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HERlead Leadership Forum

The HERlead Leadership Forum took place last month with 30 high school sophomore and juniors meeting at ANN INC. headquarters in New York City. Fellows were exposed to unique leadership and communications trainings, presentations on real-world solutions for social change, mentorship opportunities and the chance to learn about their personal style to help them put their best selves forward every day. 2017 HERlead Fellow, Mariah R., shared her experiences as she wrapped up her time at the forum.

A $4 Trillion Price Tag

According to a recent study in The Guardian, child marriage will cost the world 4 trillion dollars by 2030. The study goes on to share that not only would ending child marriage save governments and donors hundreds of billions annually, it would also rein in population growth and improve lives.

Create the Future

Congratulations to ElsaMarie D’Silva, 2017 Global Leadership Awards Honoree, and her organization Safecity, on qualifying for the “Create the Future” design contest. You can support ElsaMarie here by casting a vote for Safecity. Learn more about what ElsaMarie and other women in our global network of leaders and change-makers are up to.


Over the course of a year, our #AVitalVoice campaign will tell the story of 100 courageous Vital Voices Network women across the globe. Last month, we profiled Ariela Suster, a fashion entrepreneur working to end gang violence in El Salvador. Ariela’s story was shared by Chief Brand Officer of Uber, Bozoma Saint John. Be sure to follow along on social media as we continue to shine a spotlight on these incredible leaders!

Building a Global Community

The Fortune/U.S. State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership Program held an International Alumnae Component in Kathmandu, Nepal from June 19-21. Check out this blog authored by Becca Bycott, Social Media Manager with the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, on the power of mentorship.

World Refugee Month

Last month, the world observed “World Refugee Month,” marking World Refugee Day on June 20th. Women and girls bear a disproportionate burden of the global Refugee and Internally Displaced Persons crisis. Learn more about the passionate advocate, Nadia Bushnaq, and other remarkable women in the Vital Voices network who are combating this crisis.

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