New York—Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Valerie Jarrett, an advisor to President Obama, were among the prominent women who participated this week at ANNpower Vital Voices Leadership Forum, sponsored by Ann Inc.
Held in Washington, DC, April 1 to 4, during the Forum, the ANNpower Fellows–50 young women in their sophomore and junior years of high school–participated in a comprehensive leadership training and mentoring program where they met Clinton and Jarrett among others.
This year’s ANNpower Fellows were selected for their leadership potential and commitment to creating positive social change. Together with mentors from the Vital Voices Global Leadership Network, as well as executives from Ann Inc., the girls participated in a three-day training program designed to expose them to new perspectives and equip them with the skills to catalyze their own leadership to transform their own local communities and beyond.
Role models and speakers included: Kate Hudson, the award-winning actress and face of Ann Taylor’s Spring/Summer 2013 campaign, and ANNpower Advisory Council member; Kay Krill, Ann Inc. president/ceo; and, Alyse Nelson, Vital Voices president/ceo; as well as other prominent women leaders from all over the world.
“We are continually amazed at the power of bringing together our extraordinary Fellows with generations of influential female leaders,” said Kay Krill. “Mentoring the Fellows and sharing my own path to leadership is an incredibly rewarding experience. I feel great knowing that the future of our communities will be in the hands of these very women someday–I believe they can and will create lasting change.”
Hudson made a surprise visit during the Forum and met with the young women to share her experiences as a female role model.
“In all my years of advocating for empowering young women, I have rarely seen as much talent, passion and potential as what I witnessed at this year’s ANNpower Forum. I cannot wait to see what these astounding young girls can do,” Hudson said.
Upon completion of the Forum, the Fellows are charged with developing projects to implement innovative solutions to social issues that impact their respective communities. The goal is to create a ripple effect that will benefit 5,000 or more people across the country in the next year. The young women will be eligible to receive ANNpower Project Grants of up to $2,500 to put their ideas into action. www.ANNpower.org.
About the ANNpower Vital Voices Initiative
The ANNpower Vital Voices Initiative is a groundbreaking partnership between Ann Inc. and Vital Voices Global Partnership to empower young women from across the U.S. with the leadership skills they need to affect global progress, invest in their communities and begin their journeys as the next generation of leaders. ANN INC. has committed to invest more than $1.3 million over a four-year period in the ANNpower Initiative through its ANN Cares charitable platform. The ANNpower Initiative aims to provide leadership skills and mentorship to 50 ANNpower Fellows annually and is designed to positively impact more than 5,000 members of their collective communities throughout the country each year.