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  • Writer's pictureJaden Faunteroy


There is no greater feeling than sitting in a room filled with empowering young ladies the same age as you. GLEAN stands for Girls Leadership, Empowerment, and Networking. The GLEAN conference was a day filled with activities that celebrated the similar and unique qualities of each girl that attended. GLEAN gave me an opportunity to listen and learn from the stories and experiences of girls that attend private and predominately white schools.

Often times as a girl in white or mostly male spaces it is hard to be heard or seen. It is even harder to be an effective leader that people truly respect. I am truly grateful for this diversity conference, it gave me; a new perspective, sense of belonging, and reminded me how truly powerful I am as a black woman.

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