We focus on girls with proven leadership potential

and put them at the helm of our program

OUR STORY

Louisville Girls Leadership was incorporated in the early 2000s to fill a void. At the time, girls in Louisville were an underserved population and there were almost no opportunities for teenage girls to participate in meaningful enrichment or personal development. Designed as an opportunity for high school girls to become leaders within their community.

 

The origin story dates back to 1995 when a steering committee was formed to help fulfill the 1995 United Nations 4th World Conference on Women Bejing Platform for Action goal to “develop leadership and promote self-esteem in girls and young women”. This steering committee then created the first Louisville Girls Leadership Conference in 1997.

OUR MISSION & VALUES

We create an immersive experience in which high school girls develop meaningful skills and relationships. As members of an inclusive community, girls amplify their societal impact, becoming exceptional leaders in their world.

 

This program is for all cis and trans girls, as well as non-binary folks who are comfortable in a space that centers the experience of girls.

 

Louisville Girls Leadership strives to uphold these core values:

CELEBRATE EACH OTHER

We acknowledge the greatness in each and every girl. We seek mentorship, friendship, and meaningful connections from each other.

HONOR DIVERSITY

We recognize that there is value in difference and always focus on acceptance, not judgment.

SEEK WISDOM

We value our collective knowledge and experiences and look to our peers to expand our worldview.

COMMUNE WITH COMPASSION

We respect the safe environment that is created when we meet. We are understanding and thoughtful in our words and actions.

RAISE CONSCIOUSNESS

We raise awareness of local and global issues affecting women and girls.

ENRICH OUR WORLD

We share our unique gifts and lead by example to serve our community and improve the lives of those around us.

TEAM

LGL is made possible through the full-time support of our team lead and is supplemented by the generous contributions of practicum students from the University of Louisville Kent School of Social Work . We are forever grateful to our founder, Marsha Weinstein, for her continued guidance and support as the the program reaches beyond the hundreds of girls served through our mission.

Carmellia Jackson | Program Manager (she/her)
Naomi Penner | AmeriCorps VISTA (she/her)
Marsha Weinstein | Founder, Emeritus (she/her)

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Rachel Roarx | President (she/her)
Diane Courington | Vice President (she/her)
Kelsey Doren | Treasurer (she/her)
Holly Kessinger | Secretary (she/her)
Andi Dahmer (she/her)
Heather Dearing (she/her)
Jenny Garcia (she/her)
Neha Konduru (she/her)
Maya León (she/her)
Shadea Mitchell (she/her)
Melissa Raley (she/her)
Kelsie Smithson (she/her)
Kelly Weaver (she/they)