Black Girls Lead Conference 

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Black Girls Rock! Empowering the Next Generation of Black Women Leaders to Be Strong, Confident and Bold
by VERGE Staff | Influence and Culture | Wednesday, July 29, 2015

BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Inc. founder and CEO Beverly Bond continues her mission to empower the next generation of girls with the launch of the BLACK GIRLS LEAD Conference.

The forward-thinking, four-day leadership intensive will be held at the prestigious Barnard College of Columbia University in New York City from July 30-August 2, 2015. 

Since its inception BLACK GIRLS ROCK! has been committed to empowering girls to lead by giving them the tools needed to find their voice, define their truth, own their agency, and honor their calling. Founded by celebrity DJ and philanthropist, Beverly Bond, BLACK GIRLS ROCK!™ is a multifaceted movement dedicated to shifting the culture of media images and empowering both women and girls.

"I am so humbled by the support of the prominent thought leaders, influencers, artists, and cultural curators who have joined me in my mission to empower the next generation of emergent leaders."  

-Beverly Bond, Founder BLACK GIRLS ROCK!

The Black Girls Lead conference will host 64 dynamic teen leaders from different cities throughout the United States and from countries around the world including Canada, Ghana, the United Kingdom and South Africa. First Lady of New York City Chirlane McCray, Dean of Barnard College Avis Hinkson, and founder and CEO of BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Beverly Bond will welcome the group of emerging leaders this Thursday, July 30.  A slate of incredible teachers and professionals from various sectors will join Bond to facilitate workshops, lectures, and panel discussions throughout the weekend. 

"I believe in the power of the village and the philosophy of each one teach one," said Beverly Bond. "I am so humbled by the support of the prominent thought leaders, influencers, artists, and cultural curators who have joined me in my mission to empower the next generation of emergent leaders. Because of them, the Black Girls Lead conference will be a rich, unique, and holistic learning experience for a group of ambitious, promising, dynamic, and deserving girls," Bond added.

The conference's vigorous curriculum is designed to fortify the girls' entrepreneurial skills, work ethic, critical cultural literacy, determination, grit, and soft skills that help women overcome barriers that may otherwise impede personal and professional progress. 

"I've long been a supporter of Beverly Bond's powerful work with BLACK GIRLS ROCK!," said Public Advocate Letitia James. "Beverly's newest initiative, BLACK GIRLS LEAD, is critically important to empower the next generation of Black girls to be strong, confident, and bold leaders -- especially in a climate where there's been a disturbing surge of violent racialized attacks and social injustices committed against Black women, men and children across the country. Black girls need to know that their voices, perspectives, talents, experiences, lives, and contributions to this world matter and that they can use the power of their voice to affect change."

The action-packed, international conference will also feature workshops on creative writing, cultural literacy, professional development, college prep, and career readiness. Vocalist, composer, cultural worker Imani Uzuri will close the conference with a performance and lecture on the role of music and culture work in fostering collective healing and social action in the Black community. For more information about BLACK GIRLS ROCK! and BLACK GIRLS LEAD visit:

Photo caption: BLACK GIRLS ROCK! INC. Continues its mission to motivate and mobilize girls from around the world to lead, innovate and serve.
Photo credit: BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Inc. 


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