Executive Director of Everybody Wins DC (EWDC), Jordi Hutchinson spoke to students at the 8th Annual Girl Up Leadership Summit as part of the Community Impact Day of Action panel.
Girl Up is a global movement of empowered young women leaders who defend gender equality. Through leadership development training, Girl Up gives girls the resources and platform to start a movement for social change wherever they are. For those who stand with us in this movement, there is no rest until we achieve equal rights for every girl. Because when girls rise, we all rise.
50 girls – students and graduates – from around the world were in attendance to learn how non-profits work to solve local issues from experts in the field. Each girl came prepared with a nonprofit organization proposal and pitch that they would like to develop and launch. Proposals ranged from gun control to eradicating homelessness in inner cities.
Participating nonprofits on the panel:
Each panelist discussed the nature of their work, what lead them on their career journey, the issues their nonprofits solve in the community and the woes of working at a nonprofit.
Jordi on what lead to her career switch from working at the Council of the District of Columbia to EWDC:
[At the Council,] I wrote laws, I helped people win elections, but I couldn’t actually see day-to-day the changes I was making. I knew what was happening, but I wanted to see how it directly impacted a 2nd grader in English class at a public elementary school.
Having been a part of EWDC since 2015, Jordi also shared a story about the time she first witnessed the impact of her work and the power of shared reading.
When something connects, you know it!
Following the panel, attendees posed questions and took photos.