CAG Update: April 2021


Throughout the month of April, the Center connected students with women using their voices to make an impact in their communities. Upper school students engaged with AIS alumnae across many professions from law to astrology. These alums credited their AIS education with giving them the confidence and resilience to follow the path to where they are today. Many of our guest speakers shared messages for our graduating senior class, encouraging them to take risks and explore every opportunity.


Morgan Pease
Interim Director of Programs, Center for the Advancement of Girls


Initiative Spotlights

GenHERation at AIS Impact Symposium

Through the Center’s partnership with GenHERation, we welcomed the founder and CEO as our keynote speaker for the Upper School Impact Symposium. Katlyn Grasso founded GenHERation as a global network that connects young women with companies, creating life-changing opportunities. Katlyn Grasso led the Upper School through a United Nations simulation while also sharing some inspirational messages about finding your purpose and making an impact. Grasso stated, “the best way to solve any problem is to just get started.”


Alumnae Lunch Series!

The Center and the Alumnae Office welcomed back Emily Geer Hippler ‘96 and Shakirah Tabourn ‘10, to speak with our Upper School students during lunch Emily Geer Hippler ‘96 and Shakirah Tabourn ‘10. Both alumnae spoke about their unique stories but shared common sentiments about how Agnes Irwin was fundamental in the development of their confidence and voice. Hippler is a judicial staff lawyer working in the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas and a member of the AIS Alumnae Board. Hippler shared her work experiences during COVID and her decision to volunteer her time to vaccination clinics. When the pandemic hit, Hippler asked herself, “how can I help?” and remarked that this passion for volunteerism began at Agnes Irwin. Shakirah Tabourn is an astrologer, author, and educator whose career path quickly led her to being a self-employed success. Tabourn spoke to the power of internships and making connections that allowed her to transition quickly from college to her career.


2021 National Coalition for Girls Schools Book Lists for girls!

K-5th Grade Students: Picture Books

4th-6th Grade Students: Chapter Books

6th-8th Grade Students

9th-12th Grade Students

Parents and Educators


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