The CAG Update

CAG Update: May 2021


The close of the school year brings with it so many emotions about our experiences and perhaps some questions about what the future holds for our community. As we prepare for the summer and a change of pace, I hope we can embrace our reflective practices in a way that celebrates the wonderful ways we responded to challenges this year. I recently listened to a podcast that featured co-CEO and Founder of Girls Leadership, Simone Marean, who said, “Knowledge, respect and communication of your feelings is the foundation of leadership.” In this year that has felt and looked so vastly different from previous ones, I applaud all of you who have set such a beautiful example for our girls as you led with courage, compassion and commitment to doing what is best for your daughters.


Alison B. Monzo
Director of Programs, Center for the Advancement of Girls


Initiative Spotlights

Virtual Visit with Mari Schaefer

In partnership with the Sharon Rudnicki Writing Center, the Center hosted former reporter from the Philadelphia Inquirer Mari Schaefer. Ms. Schaefer connected with nearly 75 students involved with our Upper School Publications along with their faculty advisors and shared so many wonderful pieces of advice about a career as a journalist. She encouraged the girls to stand up for themselves, read everything, and engage in the draft process. We look forward to creating more opportunities for connection with student groups next year!

AthLEADs Seminar #3: Communication

The third AthLEADs seminar, which focused on communication, engaged all Upper School spring athletes with an online webinar before transitioning outside to practice their skills through a minefield exercise with their respective teams. This marks the end of the third year of our partnership with the outstanding Athletics department. As we look ahead to the fall, we’re excited to revisit some topics and imagine other ways to help support our girls as they make the connection between participation in sports and their leadership capacity.

AIS Allied Wrap-Up Event

It was another successful year in AIS Allied as we welcomed 5 new alumnae who supported 20 Upper School students through monthly virtual calls. One student noted in her end of year survey that, “Allied created a safe and happy space for me to talk about anything.” Thanks to the power of Zoom, this program shifted seamlessly to virtual engagement and enabled us to tap into mentors who live around the country. The connections forged through this program are truly remarkable and a testament to the incredible mentors we have that give freely of their time, expertise and guidance.


June 8th at 6:15 p.m.
Raising Resilient Girls Webinar: Girls often feel an expectation to be happy, content, and confident, but in COVID they tell us they’re actually feeling anxiety, disappointment, and loneliness. In this 75-minute webinar hosted by Girls Leadership, participants will look at the gender expectations of girls and how living through a pandemic makes them more problematic than ever. Then we’ll invite families to reflect on how we might take advantage of this moment to model new habits that are the foundation of wellness, resilience, and voice.