Girls Summit 

The one-day summit is an inspiring and informative seminar for girls of all backgrounds to network with successful female leaders in our community, learn about different career fields, and explore their personal ambitions and what it will take to achieve them. The intent of this initiative is to nurture the next generation of women leaders to serve Hawai'i and beyond. 

The Girls Summit advocates and supports economic and educational opportunities for young women. Each workshop is built with the goal of contributing to the personal growth of each participant. We feel Girls Summit contributes to the betterment of the community by empowering the next generation with confidence and leadership skills. 

2016 Girls Summit - October 22, 2016 on Hawai'i Island at  Hawai'i Preparatory Academy E-Lab Conceived as a high school science building dedicated to the study of alternative energy, the new Energy Lab at Hawaii Preparatory Academy functions as a zero-net-energy, fully sustainable building. The project’s fundamental goal is that of educating the next generation of students in the understanding of environmentally-conscious, sustainable living systems. read more

2016 Girls Summit - October 22, 2016 on Hawai'i Island at  Hawai'i Preparatory Academy E-Lab

Conceived as a high school science building dedicated to the study of alternative energy, the new Energy Lab at Hawaii Preparatory Academy functions as a zero-net-energy, fully sustainable building. The project’s fundamental goal is that of educating the next generation of students in the understanding of environmentally-conscious, sustainable living systems.

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This years 2016 Girls Summit included the young women from Hawaii Preparatory Academy and Honoka'a Intermediate and High School. We were very fortunate to have the summit on Hawai'i island at Hawai'i Preparatory Academy's E-lab. Throughout the summit, the young women networked with peers, heard from keynote speaker Christine Lanning, attended two breakout sessions, engaged with professional women during a mentoring activity and participated in an advocacy portion. 

WORKSHOP BREAKOUT SESSION: "Women in Today's Emerging Technology" - Discussion on the opportunities available to women in the emerging technology sector. What is emerging technology? How will it affect my future and how can I be a part of it?

"Careers in the Scientific Field for Women" - Are you interested in a career in the sciences? What opportunities are there for you in your areas of interest? You will be amazed at the career paths available for you!

"Competition vs. Collaboration - Women in the Workplace" - Discussion and interactive workshop on how women in the workplace interact collaboratively and competitively. Do gender roles play a part in these workplace dynamics? What type of environment would you best thrive in?

 

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2016 Workshops led by our special guest speakers:

Belinda Lau of HI Tech Support, Tanya Johnson of Manoa Botanicals, Farrah-Marie Gomes of the University of Hawai'i & Keynote Speaker Christine Lanning, President of Integrated Security Technologies.

We need more opportunities like this, these women motivated me to keep striving for what I want to do, especially in the science and tech field.
— Honoka'a Student Participant

Mahalo to Saltchuk for their Sponsorship of the Girls Summit on Hawai'i Island. We thank you for helping us provide STEM Leadership to the young women of Hawaii Preparatory Academy and  Honoka'a High School. 


ON MARCH 12, 2015 the YWCA of O‘ahu and the Patsy T. Mink Center for Business & Leadership, in conjunction with St. Andrew’s Priory School, held the very first Girls’ Summit with the theme being: We Mean Business. 

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Invited to participate in the 2015 summit were students from St. Andrew’s Priory School and 85 students from W.R. Farrington High School, along with their advisors and chaperones

Throughout the summit, the young women networked with peers, heard from keynote speaker Yunji De Nies, attended two breakout sessions, engaged with professional women during a mentoring activity and participated in an advocacy portion.

WORKSHOP BREAKOUT SESSIONS included “Finance Savvy: College & Beyond,” a financial literacy workshop aimed at preparing the students for the coming years in which they will have the ability to take charge of their own financial situations. The workshop “Winning Interview Techniques,” equipped the students with interview skills for college and the workforce. Lastly, “Make Your Resume Pop!” taught the young women how to create a functional and relevant resume to use when applying for internships or jobs. All three of the workshops intended to arm the participants with skills and knowledge that they could apply within the coming years of their lives. Prior to the summit, 90% of the girls who did not feel comfortable networking, writing a resume, preparing for a job interview or managing finances in college moved to feeling comfortable in all these areas after the summit. The votes on the advocacy issues came in as follows: Equal Pay-46, Building Confidence-11, Teen Dating Violence Prevention-8, Higher Education-5, and Sex Education-4.

“As a student at Farrington High School, I would
like to thank the YWCA for inviting us girls to this
conference. I feel empowered and determined
to reach my goals, regardless of my sex, age or
upbringing. Growing up in Kalihi has been a struggle,
but today has taught me that struggle is beautiful
and something to learn from. Thank you all for your
stories. I appreciate all of them. I hope to become
like these women someday. I am excited to see the
future for women, especially with programs like
these available.” —Farrington student participant

Mahalo to HomeStreet Bank and the McInerny Foundation for their Sponsorship of the Girls Summit on O'ahu. We thank you for helping us provide business skills to the young women of St. Andrew's Priory and Farrington High School.