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Saturday, September 16, 2017

9:00AM - 3:00PM

St. Catherine University, St. Paul Campus

For Girls Ages 8-15

Join us for a full day of events that include guest speakers, workshops, and activities designed to empower our girls through positive thoughts, words, and actions!  

Continuing the momentum from our pop-up workshops this year, we will build on encouraging confidence, bravery, and self-expression. While highlighting the importance of community and girl power, each girl will also have an opportunity to participate in our community service care package project benefiting homeless youth. So please bring a pair of socks with you to donate in our care packages!


The Make a Bold Statement Program was designed to align with our Dig DEEP (Discover their Differences, Acknowledge their Essence, Build their Esteem and Embrace their Power) Model. This is the process that assists in learning life skills and how to deal with one’s self by creating self-awareness and self-management skills to achieve success in life.   This summit is an extension of our pop-up workshops which were hosted this year in St. Paul, Fridley, and Apple Valley.

Anticipated Outcomes of the Summit

Session 1: Girls will learn that becoming empowered starts from within and requires a positive mindset
Session 2: Girls will learn that being empowered takes on many different forms of self-expression
Session 3: Girls will learn that staying empowered is dependent upon their choices and actions
Session 4: Girls will learn the impact they can make by empowering others and their communities
Overall: Girls will learn more about the mission and goals of Girls Are Powerful and ways to stay connected

Summit Schedule at a Glance (subject to change)

9:00 am    – Event Registration / Continental Breakfast

10:00 am  – Event Kick Off

10:30 am  – Session 1: Empowering Yourself Through Positive Thoughts

11:15 am    – Session 2: Empowering Yourself Through Positive Words

12:00 pm – Lunchtime / Activity

1:00 pm – Session 3: Empowering Yourself Through Positive Actions

1:45 pm – Session 4: Empowering Others Through A Positive Character

2:30 pm – Wrap-Up & Closing Remarks

The Parent Circle is a safe space for parents to talk openly about topics and issues affecting girls today, with the goal being to support and empower them along their adolescent journey.  

We are excited to be able to offer the Parent Circle, the Summit Edition.

This session will be hosted between 10:00AM – 1:00PM

Cost: $15 which includes a parent lunch

Discussion Topics include:  Building Self Confidence and Dealing with Bullying

Speaker Information Coming Soon!

  • Session 1 Speaker:  TBD
  • Parent Circle Speakers: TBD
  • Community Service Speakers: TBD
  • Youth Panel Speakers:  TBD


  • Individual Fee: $35

  • Family Fee: $30 per girl (for 2 to 4 family members only)

  • Group Fee: $25 per girl (for 5 or more girls)

General Registration Deadline:  September 9, 2017

Don’t let cost stop you!  A limited number of scholarships are available.  
For more information see scholarship information below.

Registration Fee includes:

  • Continental Breakfast

  • Lunch

  • Workshop Materials & Supplies

  • Summit Swag

We are no longer accepting Scholarship requests for this event.

Girls Are Powerful is pleased to offer financial assistance to those who require it to attend the Empowerment Summit.   Please complete the Girls Are Powerful – Event Scholarship Request Form to be considered for a scholarship.  


St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Ave
St. Paul, MN 55105

Download and view St. Catherine University Campus Map

Drop-off and Pick-up Procedures

Registration begins at 9AM and the Summit ends at 3PM You may drop your youth off for the day between 9AM – 9:45AM and plan to pick-up between 3 and 3:30PM.

Our attendees’ safety and security are our top priority therefore, each youth will be assigned a verification number upon arrival.  More information will be emailed in the coming weeks after you’ve registered with specific procedures for the day of event drop-off and pick-up.

You are more than welcome to walk your youth in for registration.  If you plan to attend the Parent Circle morning event parking information and instructions will also be sent via email.

Please note:  Your youth will be released to you once our volunteers check your verification number.  If a person does not have the verification number we will assume they are not authorized to pick up your youth.   Therefore, we will not release a youth to anyone who does not have this verification number.  We appreciate your support.

Public Transportation

Metro Transit – Trip Planner –


The Girls Are Powerful Empowerment Summit wouldn’t be possible without the financial support of the Minnesota Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation, EILEEN FISHER, and the Ann Bancroft Foundation!



Special Thank You, to the following organizations who donated to our Community Service Project!

  • Community Dental Clinic
  • The Edge Christian Fellowship
  • Target Stores
  • Sustacek Group LLC


Would your company like to join us?  Become a sponsor today!

If you would like to show your support of the importance of empowering our next generation of girls and young women, review the Girls Are Powerful Sponsorship Kit and contact us today! 

Any questions about sponsorship should be directed to Shawntan Howell, at or 612-454-0064.


Donations are also welcome!

Your donation will help support our Community Service Care Package Project for homeless youth.  Wilder Research reported that there is an estimated 6,000 Minnesota Youth who experience homelessness on an any given night.  This includes an estimate of 2,500 minors age 17 and younger.  These young people are often invisible and their voices are silent.  These care packages will then be donated to an organization who provide these young people with the needed resources.  

If you are interested in donating items for our Community Service Project, please review our Donation Request Document.

Volunteer Opportunities

Onsite volunteer opportunities will be available during the Empowerment Summit.  If you are interested in volunteering, please the complete the Volunteer Interest Form and we will contact you with further details.



2017 Empowerment Summit Planning Committee

Da’Lacie McGrew

Da’Lacie McGrew

Volunteer, Empowerment Summit

Da’Lacie resides in Eagan and is a Summit Volunteer & Marketing Professional.  Her favorite POWER WORD is Unique.  I believe that it is important for each girl to embrace her unique personality, path, and physical appearance. When we understand and accept our own differences, we can appreciate the differences of others- not just because we want others to appreciate our differences, but because we are comfortable in our own skin.

Theresa Carr

Theresa Carr

Volunteer, Community Service Project
Theresa is a resident of Anoka County. Her passion is to work with women in a non-profit agency. To encourage and challenge women to “Live Their Dream”. Theresa has recently joined Girls Are Powerful as a Volunteer. Her POWER WORD is UNIQUE, she hopes the girls visualize they’re Special, one of a kind. They can be whatever they Dream to be.

Janelle Brechon

Janelle Brechon

Volunteer, Board Member, Parent Circle Facilitator
Janelle is a resident of Bloomington, MN and has been on the Girls are Powerful Board of Directors since 2015.   She has lead the parent circle for the Make a Bold Statement sessions.   Janelle’s favorite POWER WORD is CONFIDENT.   She loves to help girls and women identify their superpowers and stretch themselves to their full potential.  
Aayla Anderson

Aayla Anderson

Volunteer, Graphic Design
Aayla resides in St. Paul and is a Graphic Designer who has been helping with design work and branding since February 2017.  Her favorite POWER WORD is SMART. I believe that girls who use their talents and brainpower smartly can accomplish great things and nothing can hold them back.



Monica Mason

Monica Mason

Volunteer, Program Development
Monica is a Minneapolis resident committed to service and empowering youth through education and career exploration. Monica has been working closely with Girls Are Powerful for about a year in the areas of program planning and evaluation. Her favorite POWER WORD is POWERFUL, and she hopes more girls will learn to embrace their own power.
Keltie Egan

Keltie Egan

Volunteer, Communication
Keltie resides in Alexandria, VA and is a communications and project management specialist who joined the Girls Are Powerful community in February 2017. She has contributed to the Make A Bold Statement campaign, the website, and our GRP blogs. Her favorite POWER WORD is DETERMINED. Life may knock you down or steer you in the wrong direction, but with determination, you can and will always find your way.
Shawntan Howell

Shawntan Howell

Founder and Executive Director
Shawntan is the Founder and Executive Director of Girls Are Powerful who has made it her mission to empower all girls to know that they can be any and all things they put their minds to!  She also wants them to know that they are Beautiful, Smart, Confident, Unique and Determined all of which is what makes them Powerful.  Her favorite POWER WORD is POWERFUL because it took her to own her own Power to start an organization to change the lives of girls today!
Sierra Leggett

Sierra Leggett

Volunteer, Marketing
Sierra resides in Chaska and serves as the Marketing Volunteer.  She is committed to assisting with marketing and publicity efforts as much as possible and helping the organization become more well known.  She recently started with Girls Are Powerful after coming across the organization online and learn more about how to get involved.  Her favorite POWER WORD is CONFIDENT because she believes you can accomplish anything if you are confident in yourself!

2017 Empowerment Summit – Make A Bold Statement
Saturday, September 16th | 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM | For Girls Age 8-15 | St. Catherine University, St. Paul Campus


"My daughter participated in the Improv for Confidence event and had a great time. It gave her the opportunity to meet new people and to learn more about theater. I also enjoyed the improve show with her afterwards. Looking forward to participating in future events!" - Michelle (Mom)
"The girls were thrilled about the Character posters that were created and said they had a really good time and hope to come back! We hung up their framed artwork right above their beds!"" - Parent
"The energy around Girls are Powerful events is uplifting and inspiring. My daughter has the language and the ideas for a strong and solid base off which to grow. I'm grateful and encouraged by everything that Shawntan and the team are doing. Thank you!" - Parent
"My daughter is gaining self-esteem, learning how to interact with others, building long time friendships and becoming more aware of the power that is in her." - Parent
"I was going to tell you, all of your facilitators and volunteers did a WONDERFUL job! It was well organized and beautifully decorated. And I just love your merchandise table!!!" - Parent
"Love what you are doing and your approach – focused and clear! Empowered girls grow up to be empowered women who bring their gifts, confidence and talents to the rest of the world! " - Parent
"This was an awesome event!! Great way to spend time with my daughter. Thank you, thank you, thank you!! Years from now, I'll be still utilizing tools I learned today! Mother / Daughter Event" - Antionette (Mom)

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