The Girls Leadership Institute "Eureka" Moment

Over a decade ago, a light bulb went off when co-founder Rachel Simmons tried to teach girls how to interview for a job and promote their own talents. When they resisted, telling Rachel that self-promotion was bragging and that others would disapprove, Girls Leadership Institute was born.

In a culture that sends girls mixed messages about just how powerful they can be, many girls are ambivalent about leadership. They are passionate about changing the world but worry about how their authority will be perceived. Girls Leadership Institute is working to resolve that ambivalence. We develop girls’ inner resume, or the skills to be self-aware, take healthy risks and advocate for themselves.

By practicing this kind of leadership with friends, family, peers and teachers, girls learn to lead lives of personal, civic, and professional leadership.