This January Michael Stars had the opportunity to sponsor SHE’S THE FIRST (STF) first-ever west coast retreat at the Tumblr office in Playa Vista, CA! She’s the First launched in November 2009 as a simple YouTube video meant to inspire and motivate Millennials to support girls’ education. Now, Tammy Tibbetts (Founder & CEO), Christen Brandt (Co-Founder) and their wonderful team are making a huge impact providing scholarships to girls in low-income countries, fostering first-generation graduates and cultivating the next generation of global leaders.
STF’s Campus Programs Manager, Katie Riley did the honors, kicking off the day, with opening remarks. During this time the class participated in activities that challenged them to interact with their peers whom they haven’t met before.
Following the activities, Rachel McGowan spoke on the topic of “Leading with Vulnerability”. Rachel is the Program Director at I AM THAT GIRL, a movement inspiring girls to love, express, and be exactly who they are. She has a deep passion for helping young women discover their stories and become their most authentic selves. Rachel opened up to the class about her innermost feelings, challenges, and strengths that led her to success today. You could tell this motivated others to join in and speak about their own personal experiences that others might have been reticent to share.
“Every time we speak something out loud, it no longer has power over us”.
-Rachel McGowan, I am That Girl
Emily Cook Harris, founder of EMPOWERED NYC spoke about “Channeling your Passion for the Greater Good”. Emily conveyed an energy that was very uplifting as she shared her accomplishments in giving back through the Empowered community.
“Passion is your guide. It will help you find your path.”
-Emily Cook Harris, Empowered NYC
As the retreat was wrapping up for lunch we sat in awe for a moment, feeling empowered and incredibly grateful to have attended and networked with such incredible women.
A huge thank you to She’s the First for the inspiring morning and Tumblr for having us in your remarkable office space.