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Soledad O’Brien will bring girls' summit to St. Kate’s

Award-winning broadcast journalist Soledad O'Brien
Award-winning broadcast journalist Soledad O'Brien
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St. Catherine University has been identified as one of a handful of up-coming sites for Soledad O’Brien’s PowHERful Summit.

In the summer of 2015, 1,500 Minnesotan girls age 16–20 will have the opportunity to build confidence and learn valuable tools to launch them into college success.

"We are thrilled to partner with Soledad on this prestigious event. It’s a natural fit with our mission and values as a University with a women’s college at heart. This is what we do — empower young women to aim high, and equip them with the tools to lead and influence in their profession and make a difference in their communities,” says Bea Abdallah, vice president for External Relations.

The inaugural PowHERful Summit event in New York earlier this year featured Iyanla Vanzant as keynote and offered the girls in attendance sessions on empowerment and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields, as well as “how-to” sessions on applying to and financing college, landing an internship and networking.

New York City, Los Angeles, New Orleans and St. Paul are currently the cities identified for 2015 PowHERful Summits, with other locations possibly being added.

Read more about the summit in the Star Tribune column “St. Kate’s among select few for Soledad O’Brien’s girls summit.”

More about Soledad O’Brien

An award-winning broadcast journalist, Soledad O’Brien is founder and CEO of Starfish Media Group, which produces content for various media outlets, including HBO Real Sports, CNN, National Geographic and Al Jazeera America. Before opening her company, O’Brien was an anchor and correspondent for CNN and started her career at NBC.

Following Hurricane Katrina, she and her husband started the Soledad O'Brien and Brad Raymond Starfish Foundation, with the mission to “provide young women with a bridge between obstacles and opportunity, by giving them the resources to overcome barriers and reach their highest potential.”

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Dec. 19, 2013 by Sharon Rolenc

See also: Education, Leadership, Social Justice, STEM