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The Vital Voices Young Leaders Councils are made up of the next generation of leaders. These cross-sector, bipartisan young professional networks raise the visibility and brand awareness of Vital Voices while also providing insight into how Vital Voices can engage in their communities. Vital Voices currently has Young Leaders Councils in Washington, DC, New York City, the San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, and Los Angeles.

As a Young Leaders Council member:

  • You receive recognition as a passionate leader committed to the advancement of women and girls;
  • You have the opportunity to engage with Vital Voices network of 20,000+ leaders all over the world;
  • You join a network of other active, passionate and committed women leaders at the top of their field who are key to advancing gender equity around the world;
  • You have first access to Vital Voices’ signature events, convening and engagement opportunities.

For more information or to get involved, please email Brynne Skalla at:

New York Young Leaders Council Chairs

Shabana Baksh, Real Estate Attorney, K&L Gates

Zara Kwan, Vice President, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

San Francisco Bay Area Young Leaders Council Chairs

Carly Webster, Investor, Cuadrilla Capital

Clare O’Connor, Product Manager, Novi Connect

Washington, DC Young Leaders Council Chairs

Stéphanie Oueda Cruz, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, IDB Invests

Lanice Williams, Sr. Program Officer,

Northwest Young Leaders Council Chairs

Lillian Bijl, Director of Account Management,

Dana Langseth, Associate UX Researcher,

Los Angeles Young Leaders Council Chairs

Kelly Cannon,