“When our girls are growing up in a culture that rewards them for being complicit and agreeable, to ask them to be powerful and to use their voice can mean getting in trouble, getting a bad grade, or losing friends. There are consequences to learning to be powerful, especially as you’re growing up.” – Simone Marean
Learning to use your voice to speak up for yourself is a muscle. Simone Marean, co-founder and co-CEO of Girls Leadership, believes that if you teach girls the social, emotional skills to assert themselves early in life, that muscle will be stronger as they grow up.
Simone joined Aine for an empowering discussion on the emotional benefits of training girls to use their voice to advocate for themselves and others. Whether you have daughters, granddaughters, nieces, friends, or you need a boost for yourself, listen to the episode to learn more about Girls Leadership and their important work.
(02:28) – Girls Leadership
(06:34) – Partnering with adults
(10:48) – Race and ethnicity
(15:33) – Social-emotional learning
(20:25) – Unlearning
(24:25) – Direct impact
(26:45) – Program structure
(29:22) – Collective healing
(36:50) – How is Simone cultivating joy?
Simone Marean is the Co-CEO and Co-Founder of Girls Leadership, a national educational nonprofit that equips girls with the skills to exercise the power of their voice. In Girls Leadership’s ten years as a nonprofit, it has impacted more than 200,000 girls, and is on track to reach one million girls by 2023.
She began her career teaching in New York at Brearley and the Young Women’s Leadership School and she taught at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy in South Africa. Simone now presents the latest research and work on girls around the country; including at Google, Facebook, Morgan Stanley, PwC, UBS, as well as on the Today Show and KQED’s Forum.
She graduated from Bryn Mawr College and later earned a Master’s Degree in Education from NYU. She now lives with her family in Berkeley, California.
Aine Rock is an artist, entrepreneur, mom and High Performance Coach working on becoming the best version of herself and inspiring others to do the same. Rock Your Joy is a place for women to share the unique ways they find, cultivate, and celebrate joy. We’re often so focused on things happening to us that we forget that joy exists within us. Tune in every other week as we find that joy, together.
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