On Friday, May 11, the Shaker High School Girls Take Charge (GTC) club hosted its annual Speaker Day Event where the club invited a panel of prominent female leaders in the Capital Region to speak with students about overcoming the adversity that women and girls face while striving for leadership. Dozens of Shaker Junior High School and Shaker High School girls were in attendance for the event.
GTC is an empowerment and leadership club that takes a group of high school students and has them work with younger students from the junior high school. These older students lead discussions and work through activities with the younger students centered around confidence, public speaking and many other topics.
“The goal is to mentor and inspire the bright, young, future female leaders of our school,” said Hibah Vora, Co-Chair of GTC. “We want to provide them with positive role models to look up to.”
Vora – along with her three other co-chairs, Asma Bawla, Helene Ryu, and Abbi Olivieri – invited five local, professional women to be a part of panel group to discuss questions like: ‘What were your aspirations growing up?”; “How did you reach where you are today?”; and, “What is the best piece of advise you have ever received?”
“Empowering young women is so important so I am extremely honored to be a part of this event,” said Laura Hudy, a Segment Leader at General Electric and one of the panelists.
The five panelists included:
- Dr. Patricia Hughes – Chief of Pediatrics at Ellis Medicine
- Jeanne Flanagan – Gallery Director at the Massry Center at the College of Saint Rose
- Sharon Daley – Operating Partner at Blackstone
- Laura Hudy – Segment Leader at General Electric
- Carmen Duncan – Social Entrepreneur and the Chief Coach and founder of Mission Accomplished Transition Services
A big thank you to all of the panelists for coming and speaking with our students!