ANNpower Vital Voices Initiative
The ANNpower Vital Voices Initiative is a groundbreaking partnership between ANN INC., the parent company of Ann Taylor and LOFT, and Vital Voices. We are working together to empower young women from across the U.S. to affect global progress, invest in their communities, and begin their journeys as the next generation of leaders.
Each year, we search the country for young women who are committed to reshaping the world for positive and sustainable change — the leaders of tomorrow. We select 50 high school sophomores and juniors to become ANNpower Fellows. Fellows join their peers at the annual ANNpower Vital Voices Leadership Forum, where they are provided with the skills, training and mentorship they need to realize their full leadership potential. The ANNpower Vital Voices Leadership Forum will be held in Washington, D.C. from April 1–4, 2013.
ANNpower Fellows represent an extraordinary network of young women from across the country who are — in their own ways, within their local communities — paying it forward. After completing the leadership training program, Fellows are charged with going back to their communities and implementing their ideas. They are eligible to win project grants later in the year that will help put their ideas into action. Past grants have supported ANNpower Fellows as they: enable youth activism through the arts; create public service announcements to address teen dating violence; and inspire girls to pursue careers in the fields of science, technology, and math. Through their projects, ANNpower Fellows create a ripple effect that is estimated to positively impact more than 5,000 members of their collective communities throughout the country each year.
As they work to create change, Fellows receive ongoing support from their mentors, members of the Vital Voices Global Leadership Network and executives from ANN INC. Last year, Laura Alonso, Panmela Castro, Inez McCormack, Maria Pacheco, Mu Sochua, and Kah Walla served as ANNpower Advisors, sharing their experiences as women leaders and helping bring to life the principles of the Vital Voices leadership model.