LeadHERship Defined Virtual Summit
Join us on July 28th through 30th from 1pm to 4pm ET.
Girl Talk’s LeadHERship Defined Virtual Summit is for girls by girls. At Girl Talk, our mission is to inspire all girls to be confident leaders. Curated for girls aged 13-18, this Summit provides the perfect place for them to lean in and learn from other leaders. Our goal is to create a virtual space for girls both inside and outside of our organization to have access to Girl Talk’s leadership resources. This is achieved by highlighting various topics identified by our current teen Leaders. Girl Talk provides resources and a network to reach her full leadership potential.
Three Day Event
Meet Your Hosts!
Pace has been a mentor for girls younger than herself since she was 15 years old. She feels purposeful when she is serving others by diving into creating new resources for teenage girls! Whether she is working on newsletters, coming up with and implementing new ideas, or helping brainstorm and put Girl Talk events into action, you will always catch her with a smile on her face.
Meet The Speakers!
Deesha Dyer is an award-winning event strategist, community organizer, and speaker who specializes in transforming ideas into causes that create tangible change. A 2019 Resident Fellow for the Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics, her career and personal journey reflects an unwavering passion for servant leadership, civic engagement, and social justice.
On her journey from a 31-year old community college student intern to social secretary for the Obama White House, Deesha resolved to not only open, but build doors of opportunity, support, and access to others. Deesha worked with the President and First Lady to plan and arrange all official and personal events hosted at the White House. She coordinated the historic visit of Pope Francis, State Dinners with leaders from China, Canada, Italy, Singapore and Italy, and booked legendary acts like Beyonce, Bruce Springsteen, Aretha Franklin and more.
Deesha is the co-founder and Executive Director of beGirl.world, an organization that empowers teen girls through global education and travel. In 2019, beGirl.world awarded scholarships to two black female college students who have been accepted into study abroad programs. She also oversees additional initiatives, including Black Girl 44, a scholarship fund for young black women seeking internships in Washington, D.C., and the Deesha Dyer Second Chance Scholarship at the Community College of Philadelphia.
Deesha recently completed a two-year tenure at the Ford Foundation and opened her social impact firm, Hook & Fasten in May 2020. She is a sought after keynote speaker known for delivering engaging talks on topics spanning women in leadership, diversity, and social change. She was named to Marie Claire’s new guard of women changing the world and the Root’s most influential African-Americans. A proud Philly native who currently resides in Harlem, she has been featured in national media outlets including TIME, The New York Times, Elle, Glamour, Marie Claire, Essence, Vogue, Forbes, Travelnoire and Washington Post.
Marissa Joseph is a rising sophomore at Harvard University from Acworth, Georgia. She plans to pursue a concentration in History and Literature. On-campus, she is the incoming Special Events Chair for the Association of Black Harvard Women and previously served as a first-year representative. She has also been involved with the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics Fellows and Study Groups Program and served as a liaison for Deesha Dyer. This summer, she is excited to return home to Atlanta and explore her passion for public service with the Center for Civic Innovation.
After founding Girl Talk, Haley’s dedication to helping young girls inspired her to write the bestselling book, The Drama Years, a guidebook for parents and educators to help girls navigate the transition into adolescence. She is currently leading research and working with thought leaders to help better understand how to address what she’s coined the, “Confidence Crisis” facing women and girls.
Jayla Moody is helping people choose their joy and design the life they want and deserve. Ever since she can remember, she's been drawn to people and the amazing things they're capable of doing. She is a writer, communication strategist, and full-time communications graduate student. Jayla believes joy is a fulltime job, and every day you have to make the conscious decision to wake up and choose it for yourself. Originally from Decatur, Georgia, she received her undergraduate degree from Mercer University in Macon, GA in Journalism and Global Development Studies. Jayla is very passionate about development through leadership and mentorship. Her heart for service and her desire to help others grow to become the best version of themselves always bleeds through her work. She wrote her first ebook, Choosing Your Joy, in 2019 about the steps she took to work towards designing the life she wants. She also writes a weekly newsletter, Joy Story, that has grown into a community of almost 200 subscribers. She provides affirmations, books to read, advice on life ’ s seasons and she offers herself as a set of listening ears to whoever may need it.
Julia Paxton is a senior majoring in social work at the Ohio State University She plans on working with children and adolescents when she graduates. Julia is passionate about mental health awareness and breaking the stigmas that surround it. She is a patient advocate with Nationwide Children’s On Our Sleeves program and shares her story of overcoming depression, self-harm, an eating disorder, and suicidal ideation and finding healing from sexual abuse. She is passionate about empowering others to find heating and share their stories. Through her advocacy work, Julia hopes to help people overcome their shame, find healing, and break the stigmas that are holding them down.
Valheria is a Colombian artist specializing in fashion and portrait photography and collage art. She is inspired by her french bulldog, clementine, distinctive color palettes, theatricality, and a love for all things vintage and eclectic.
‘Her art is a visual representation of youth culture today: colorful, unapologetic and magnetic… and her art aesthetic ranges from ethereal to loud… playing with photography, text, illustration, objects, colors, and practically anything she can get her hands on, Valheria creates vibrant collage—style art, each piece with its own striking personality.” — Sydney Hard // milk.xyz
Windsor Hanger Western, Co-Founder and President of Her Campus Media is responsible for the company’s revenue and marketing strategy and execution. She co-founded the company out of her Harvard dorm room with two of her classmates in 2009. Under her leadership, Her Campus has brought on a veritable who’s who in college marketing with an impressive list of clients including Aussie Hair Care, Sephora, Ulta Beauty, L’ORÉAL, Target, TIGI, Deutsche Bank, ebay, HBO, IKEA, Keurig, Steve Madden, Primark, TRESemmé, bareMinerals, H&M, Merck, ASOS, Vera Bradley, Microsoft, and Intel. Windsor was responsible for creating and bringing to life Her Campus's signature experiential programs including Her Conference, College Fashion Week, and Her Campus Tour. Windsor is a 2010 honors graduate of Harvard University where she majored in the History of Science with a citation in French. At Harvard, Windsor was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta and was named one of the 15 most interesting seniors for the class of 2010. She has been named to Forbes 30 Under 30, Inc.’s 30 Under 30, Businessweek’s 25 Under 25, Glamour’s 20 Amazing Young Women and The Boston Globe’s 25 Most Stylish Bostonians. She was named Marketer of the Year by Target Marketing Magazine, was named a Top Woman in Media: Entrepreneurship by Folio and was the chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Hub in Boston. Windsor has spoken at Cannes Lions, The GirlUp Leadership Summit at the White House, Cosmopolitan's Fun Fearless Life Conference, Harvard University, Cheddar Live, NECN and many more. Windsor is a National Women’s Health Week Ambassador and was a MassChallenge Alumna-in-Residence. She co-authored The Her Campus Guide to College Life, a back-to-school bestseller at Barnes & Noble. Windsor lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband and two young daughters.
More Speakers To Come.