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GEN Austin’s “We are Girls Conference” Empowers Young Women

published on November 10, 2011

This weekend, Austin based non-profit GEN Austin (Girls Empowerment Network) hosts its annual, “We Are Girls Conference” starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, November 12 at Austin High School in central Austin near Westlake Hills. It’s a conference specially created for girls in grades 5-12 and the adults who care about them – that’s teachers, parents, and any who want to learn from experts about the best way to live life as a young girl in today’s society. And even though this conference is aimed at girls, there is a special place for the men in their lives; this year they’ve added three sessions just for dads – a Dad’s Panel, the “She Calls Me Daddy” workshop, and an interactive workshop with Tom Meredith, Chairman and CEO of MFI Capital, LLC.

The conference offers a wide variety of sessions, each one falling under the umbrella topics of bullying, self-image, and being a girl. Topics range from Cyber Bullying to Media Literacy to Parent-Daughter Relationships. Workshops will be hosted by educators from a variety of local organizations and businesses like GirlStart, Lifeworks, Travis County Underage Drinking, and a Dell employee group, among others. Joy Williamson, head instructor at Sun Dragon Martial Arts, even will be bringing her Second Degree Black Belt in Seido Karate out from their school near Travis Country to teach girls how to stand up for themselves and to teach parents how to talk to their daughters about violence. Other women from all walks of life including entertainment, business, and social work also will offer their expertise and support to help make the conference both educational and empowering for all involved.

GEN Austin is offering a true service to the community by hosting this annual conference for girls from all walks of life. I hope this conference is still being held when my girls are old enough to participate and that they still offer the father/daughter panels,” Austin REALTOR® Brian Talley commented.

If you and your family would like to participate in this year’s conference, you can register on their website. Tickets are $30 per person or $25 per person for groups of 3 or more. And while you’re there, if the Travis Country subdivision stands out as a great place to raise your daughters, be sure to contact Austin REALTOR® Brian Talley so he can help you with your Austin home search.

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