Girls Who Rule the World!
For three days and two nights, 100 chosen young women from in and around metropolitan Atlanta were privileged to sit at the feet of greatness, engage in food and conversation, hang out in the “Cool Zone”, and learn how to rule the their bodies, minds, and ultimately, the world from the likes of CNN anchorwoman Soledad O’Brien and Essence Editor at Large Mikki Taylor. Hosted by The Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation, and held at the Marriott Evergreen Hotel in Stone Mountain, GA from October 29-31, 2011, the 2nd annual Girls Who Rule the World mentorship conference was the answer to what foundation President Marjorie Harvey calls “a great responsibility.”
“It’s such a need,” says Harvey. “They’re our future leaders and they have to recognize their power.”
Harvey developed the program for girls in response to the alarming statistics of high school drop outs and prostitution among young women in Georgia and to emulate the tremendous impact her husband, television and radio personality Steve Harvey, has had on the young men he affects each year through their foundation.
The conference highlights included a Friday night speech by O’Brian followed by a more personal experience as the girls hung out, talked, and played games in the cool zone with Taylor and Harvey.
On Saturday, the intimacy continued with smaller workshops designed to educate and encourage purity, fitness, financial savvy, business acumen, and true
beauty. But the highlight of the day was the opportunity to listen to an intimate conversation between Taylor and Essence Editor in Chief Constance White.
“This has been an enriching event,” says Taylor who agreed the conference was an “easy yes” for her and found intimacy to be at the heart of the event. “I didn’t even allow her to finish,” she adds in her response to Harvey’s request. “As much as we come to give, we take away so much in return… you can’t give too much (because) this is our gift to the future.”
And the gift doesn’t end with the conference. According to Harvey, the foundation is set up to track the impact on the lives of the young women with
follow up activities and mentoring opportunities to ensure present and future
“Those of us who have accomplished a lot, those of us who have lived a lot, can really share,” says White who also gave the keynote address at the Saturday luncheon and described the mentoring opportunity as an incredible obligation. “We have something to give that is valuable to our young women. A big goal is to make sure they understand that they are young, beautiful and amazing.”
India Hester, Spelman freshman and 2nd year GWRTW attendee says the conference has had an incredible impact on her self confidence and self worth. “It’s taught me that I definitely want to be successful and that when I do become successful I want to do something like this for younger girls. This has helped me so much and has been extremely beneficial. I just want to pay it forward.”