On June 6, 2019, we hosted over 100 guests at The Line Hotel in Washington, DC for an inspiring event entitled “Next-Gen Girls: A Discussion on Preparing Girls for 21st-Century Careers.” Our panelists were a dynamic group of women who hold leadership positions across a wide variety of industries: Karen Amatangelo-Block (senior director, Global Talent Acquisition Operations, Marriott International), Maureen Bunyan (veteran television news broadcaster and anchor), Kelli Campbell (interim president, International, Discovery Education), Dr. Denice Cora-Bramble (chief medical officer and executive vice president, Ambulatory & Community Health Services, Children's National Health System), and Delegate Lily Qi (state delegate, Maryland State Assembly).
Moderator Rebecca Upham (vice chancellor and executive chairwoman, Whittle School & Studios) led an insightful discussion that focused on each panelist’s professional journey and the ways these women combated adversity and obstacles in achieving career success. Together with the audience, the panelists analyzed the skills the next generation of girls will need to navigate tomorrow’s careers and considered how schools can best support girls today. Key topics of discussion included empowering girls through STEM, owning your personal narrative, and accepting challenges and the unknown without fear of failure.
Moderator and panelists gathered for a photo in front of The Line Hotel’s mural, which commemorates women who ran for office in the 2018 midterm elections.
Dr. Cora-Bramble reflected on her career. “There have been defined moments in my life when somebody’s ‘no’ became the force and the wind beneath my wings to try harder, to achieve whatever someone was saying I couldn’t do,” she said.
The event was part of our Whittle Talks series: a speaker series open to the public, dedicated to highlighting innovators, authors, community leaders, and influencers who are shaping a brighter future for our local and global communities.