Limited Space Available:
Our Historic Day of the Girl-Themed #STFSummit!

McKinley Tretler of the Malala Fund & Tubi Retta of the Obama Foundation chat with Tara Abrahams on girls’ education.

McKinley Tretler of the Malala Fund & Tubi Retta of the Obama Foundation chat with Tara Abrahams on girls’ education.

Evening of Oct. 11th & Sat. Oct. 12th
15 West 38th Street, 2nd Floor, NYC

Looking to develop your voice as a young global leader? Want to build your network of changemakers? The STF Summit, hosted by She’s the First, is for you!

Every hour of STF Summit is carefully designed to make sure that you:
+ meet new people, experts and peers alike
+ expand your perspectives beyond the US and NYC
+ have actionable new skills to offer your school and future workplace

 
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KEYNOTE SPEAKER: ISHA SESAY
Journalist, Nonprofit Founder, and Author

A former CNN anchor and correspondent, Isha is the author of Beneath the Tamarind Tree, the first definitive account about the girls abducted from school by Boko Haram in 2014—and why their story still matters.

 
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CHRISTEN BRANDT (she/her) and TAMMY TIBBETTS (she/her)
She’s the First Co-Founders

Tammy and Christen are the co-founder of She’s the First, started a decade ago as a grassroots video. Today, they are leaders in the girls’ rights space and authors of the forthcoming IMPACT.

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NORMA BAJAN BALAN
(she/her)
MAIA Impact (Guatemala) Executive Director

An indigenous woman and fierce advocate for girls' rights, Norma has worked in education in rural Guatemala for 20 years+. At MAIA, she ensures indigenous girls have access to a future full of promise.

 
 
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RV DOUGHERTY
(they/them)
Community Organizer

If building community and strengthening networks is important to you, there’s no one better than RV. You’ll leave knowing how we can best show up for one another and help each other heal.

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ZOLA ZAKIYA
(she/they)
Social Worker, Activist

Zola’s ready to help you create the life you want in every way. They’ve spent over a decade in youth development, started their own nonprofit, and can’t wait to merge art and activism together.

 
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ANGÉLICA MORALES (she/her)
Guatemala

Now enrolled in university, she was the first in her family to graduate and the first in her community to study biochemistry and microbiology. (And… she speaks four languages!)

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DEEPA BOHARA
(she/her)
Nepal

After graduation, Deepa turned her love of poetry into her career: She now works with the Word Warriors in Nepal, performing and showing that all girls deserve to be heard.

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KATIE RILEY
(she/her)


She’s the First Staff
Director of Strategic Partnerships

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ALVI RASHID
(she/her)

She’s the First Staff
Program Coordinator

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HENAH PARIKH
(she/her)

She’s the First Staff
DevComms Manager

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TYLER HARRIS
(she/her)

She’s the First Staff
Operations Assistant

What’s going down?

We’ll celebrate International Day of the Girl in a big way, followed by a jam-packed Saturday that is all about investing in your leadership potential and making cross-cultural connections.

Friday Night:

  • Opening remarks + recap of an epic Day of the Girl

  • Panel discussion featuring the voices behind the Global Girls’ Bill of Rights

  • STF’s signature cupcake decorating bar

Saturday Afternoon Sessions:

  • Discover how to organize your community so they show up for your events + advocacy

  • Develop strategies to create open dialogue and avoid the trap of “call-out” culture

  • Create an action plan for your social impact project that you can start using immediately

  • Soak up inspiration from Closing Keynote, author and journalist Isha Sesay

  • Network as you decorate cupcakes and snap photo booth pics with your new friends

Saturday Morning:

  • Caffeine + energizing introductions

  • Explore the issue of protecting indigenous girls’ right to an education

  • Visualize the future (like never before!)

  • Experience a spoken word performance that highlights the menstrual discrimination girls face

  • Learn how and why you’re more powerful than you think you are

    LUNCH!


*Programming of the STF Summit is open to high school and college student leaders only. Alumni and advisers of official STF Campus Chapters are also welcome to attend.  

Travel Tips

  • If you’re booking a flight, make sure to arrive by 4:00PM on Friday and depart after 8:30PM on Saturday. (Tip: Ask professionals who travel a lot for work if they have air miles to give to you!)

  • Book a MegaBus or BoltBus on the cheap. They’ll come right into Port Authority!

  • For accommodations on a budget, try HI NYC and the Chelsea International Hostel.

Summit attendees share why STF is meaningful in their lives and communities:


 

"It's the amazing discussions, the friendships, and our passion to change the world that make the #STFSummit one of my favorite events of the year. I'm going home feeling empowered and full of energy to continue to fight for girls' education." - Luciana S.

 

Who is this for?

Anyone who is interested in taking action with She's the First in their campus community this upcoming year!


What is included in my ticket?

Admission to the student leadership sessions on Friday & Saturday, snacks on Friday, lunch & snacks on Saturday, and a She's the First t-shirt.

*Not included: transportation, accommodations, breakfast and dinner


Is this for female-identifying people only?

Nope, She's the First welcomes people of all gender identities and expressions. Anyone who wants to see a more gender-equal world should feel welcome! Gender-neutral restrooms will be available for all guests.


Is this event accessible for attendees with disabilities and/or neurodivergencies?

Yes, the venue and all reserved spaces are 100% ADA compliant. Please email us at summit@shesthefirst.org or make a note when you purchase your ticket if you need any specific accommodations, and we’re happy to arrange them!


Can I purchase a single-day ticket?

No, your ticket to STF Summit includes the full program of events Friday-Saturday.


Can I arrive late/leave early?

You’ll get the most out of the Summit if you plan to be there the whole time. The Friday program is tentatively from 7pm-9pm, and Saturday will run from 8:30am-5pm. Email summit@shesthefirst.org if you know you’ll be arriving late.


Are parent chaperones allowed to attend?

Yes, but they need to purchase a separate registration.

This is a student-driven experience & attendees will get the most out of it if they’re able to freely interact & connect with peers, We encourage chaperones to give them the space to do this.


A special thank you to our STF Summit sponsors!

 
 
 

Estée Lauder Companies Charitable Foundation