Girl Power Luncheon 2015

Posted on April 30, 2015

  by Sheila Herring

Sterling was pleased to participate in the 7th Annual Girl Power Luncheon on April 29th, 2015 for the Young Women’s Leadership Charter School of Chicago.

Close to 1,000 attendees came out to support the YWLCS and celebrate the life-changing education and commitment to empowering students become the next generation of women leaders.

YWLCSoCThere were many standout moments throughout the luncheon including the announcement that 100% of the school’s seniors have been accepted to college and two of the students selected as Gates Millennium Scholars.  Congratulations to Kaylynn Cusic and Aaliyah Johnson, both will have all their costs covered for their undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degrees at Stanford University and Barnard University. What an achievement!

It’s encouraging to see successful education initiatives like this focus on developing the critical skills needed for today’s competitive workforce. Women are underrepresented in America’s growing shortage of STEM professionals and today I think we see the needle move forward with the education of girls toward rewarding careers and economic success” noted Sterling CEO Dolores Connolly.

Business girlpower2015and philanthropic leader Anna Eleanor Roosevelt delivered an inspiring keynote address. Speaking directly to students, she urged them to take a leading role in their lives, to overcome fear and to drive their own success in order to change the world. Joan M. Hall, Retired Partner of Jenner & Block and Founding YWLCS Board Chair was the recipient of the Leadership Award, her words spoke to the heart of Young Women’s Leadership history.

“I was deeply touched to see these young girls -despite the many challenges they face, push past the odds in pursuit of their goals” said Sterling Technical Recruiter Sheila Herring.  “The students networking skills as they mingled with guests from the business and philanthropic world and how confidently they showcased their work in science, math and art projects was impressive to see,  I have no doubt this drive and determination will propel them to future success” said Herring.

The event wrapped up with YWLCS CEO Theresa Nelson, PhD inviting everyone to get involved throughout the year by taking a school tour, volunteering, or serving as a mentor for one of the students. If you are interested, please contact Jessica Wetmore at or visit for more information.


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