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"Powered by Optimism" captures my reflections of life in and around an all-girls' school and highlights the values of C.A.G.: leadership, global citizenship, wellness, and teaching and learning. Underscoring it all is a deeply ingrained sense of optimism that we are preparing a generation of boldly creative women who will help change the world.

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looking forward - 9.10.12

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09/10/12 12:00 AM   | reply

The first day of school, our student body president urged every one of our girls to take a risk, to rely on others for support, and to make a difference in her world while remaining true to herself, her hopes and dreams.

A remarkable speech by a remarkable young leader in our community, it served to remind us of who we are as individuals and as a school. It exhorted us to frame challenges in the most optimistic of terms, and without sentimentality, urged us to look beyond inconveniences toward our goals, enveloped as we are by the unique strengths of this school.

Leadership is, of course, a frequent topic in our school. We actively explore, at all levels of development, what it means to be a girl, who is also a leader. This year, for example, ourLower Schoolteachers will research how one intentionally builds leadership skills in our youngest students.

Our Middle and Upper School students have many opportunities to explore leadership, whether through student government, community service, the Arts, or on the athletic field.

In order to highlight the many ways in which we can cultivate our own leadership potential, we have chosen as our speaker for students, parents and members of the larger community,Julie Foudy, former captain of the US Women’s Soccer Team.

Julie’s leadership career stretches well beyond her role on the soccer field. While captain of an extraordinarily successful team, she continues to make her mark in the world by coaching a new generation of leaders toward a future in which they will own the skills to make a difference in their world.

“Leadership is something we all can do, “ Julie states. Outside of her busy speaking schedule and reporting duties, Julie is also dedicated to working with girls so that “through soccer, they become leaders and have a voice.”  She believes that girls should not just be leaders, but proactive leaders, who make a difference in the world around them.

Much like our student body president, Julie is steadfast in her belief that we each have the capacity to leave the world a better place.

If you are interested in seeing Julie Foudy speak, please see our website for more information at http://www.advancinggirls.org/Events. You can also email us atinfo@advancinggirls.org.

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