"Although women comprise more than half the population in the United States, they only hold 18 percent of the seats in Congress, 4.2 percent of Fortune 500 CEO positions and 23 percent of college presidencies. The only way we can close this leadership gap is by helping girls recognize at a young age that they have the potential to change the world", states Katlyn Grosso in her 2013 article, Redefining Leadership, for the Wharton Magazine.
In honor of International Day of the Woman, CAG secured Katlyn Grasso as a visiting speaker on campus Monday, March 2. Grasso is a senior at the Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania and Founder and CEO of GenHERation, a female empowerment network for high school girls. Also the President of the Wharton Small Business Development Center's Growth Accelerator Program, the Co-President of Wharton Ambassadors, and a member of Wharton's Venture Initiation Program with her startup GenHERation, Grasso leads through example.
Director of CAG, Mariandl Hufford said of Grasso, "When we were thinking about the origins of International Women's Day, and who could embody the advancement of women's causes around the world, we realized that Katlyn Grasso, as young as she is, would be perfect. Katlyn's organization, GenHERation, has grown rapidly to become a well-known entity in the world of girls and girls' leadership development. I could not wait for our young students to hear from her."
As expected, she was energetic and engaging. The girls loved listening to her speak about leadership roles for women as well as participating in a few of her leadership activities. One of the messages she shared was, "if you see it, you can be it." To view a video slideshow of Katlyn Grasso with the third and fourth grade girls, click here.