I have a teenage niece in Lexington, Kentucky
that attends advanced classes in school, writes
verse, and paints. Her opportunity for achievement
is limited only by her personal goals, which
are being established an environment with few
high achieving women for role models. She is
typical of tens of thousands of girls from ages
8 to 18 in America; her ambitions are not being
encouraged by her immediate environment. She
has no personal contact with women who have achieved
success in business, the professions, or politics.
There is a need for an institution, forum or
series of events that encourages young girls
to listen to and talk with women of achievement.
A state or regional series of conferences that
provides a forum for interaction could be put
together with corporate sponsors and volunteers.
It could be promoted as a women's' leadership
conference series or perhaps a young women's
I think corporations would see the public relations/public
image/marketing/recruiting advantages and women
who have managed to accomplish would be willing
to donate some of their time. In fact, there
are many women of attainment who would like to
have a forum that would allow them to contribute.
There are many young women who have the capability
to do great things, but their ambitions wither
in local environments where they are not encouraged
to develop challenging personal objectives.
I would be interested in the perspective of a
group whose mission seems be compatible with
this type of project.