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We Lead: Pathways to Women’s Power and Leadership


American University’s School of Public Affairs/Women & Politics Institute, Smash Strategies, and Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital will host a group of high school and college women from the Washington, D.C. region for a special event about the pathways girls can take today to become leaders in tomorrow’s world.


Tuesday, October 30, 2018, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.


American University, East Campus, Constitution Hall  


Young women want to push boundaries. They want to make their voices heard, contribute to society, and lead lives that can transform and improve their local communities and the world. This special event will bring together Girls Scouts from Washington, D.C. high schools, American University students, community leaders and activists to talk about the ways in which young women can take their place as leaders of tomorrow.

Speakers include:

  • TaLisa Carter, Postdoctoral Fellow, AU’s School of Public Affairs;
  • Abrar Omeish, recent graduate of Yale University, Gold Award Girl Scout alumna;
  • Imani Fields, College Senior, Miami University of Ohio
  • Lidia Soto-Harmon, CEO, Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital
  • Pauline Weger, co-author of Beautifully Said, Grit & Grace
  • Kathleen Matthews, businesswoman, journalist
  • Moderated by Stephenie Foster, Smash Strategies, Senior Advisor/Counselor in the Secretary's Office of Global Women's Issues at the United States Department of State.
  • Welcome by Betsy Fischer Martin, Executive Director, Women & Politics Institute, AU School of Public Affairs

Prior to the event, AU’s SPA Dean Vicky Wilkins will lead a group of Girl Scouts on a campus tour 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.

RSVP: Members of the media interested in attending the event and speaking to the event participants need to RSVP by 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018. To RSVP or to receive more information about the event, please contact University Communications at: 202-885-5950 or