GCC Empowers Young Women with Girls Rock

Friday, December 20, 2013

Gateway Community College hosted Friday, Nov. 15 its second annual Girls Rock symposium. This year’s theme, Don’t Give It Away, focused on ways young women can obtain and hold onto financial power and good health while fostering positive self-esteem.

Girls Rock was first introduced by Gateway President Dorsey Kendrick to provide young women with the tools they need to achieve their goals and to encourage them to dream big. The event also aims to provide them with a sense of purpose and direction.

Teresa Younger (pictured) and Barbra Rudolph were the keynote speakers. Younger is the Executive Director of Connecticut’s Permanent Commission on the Status of Women. She is an expert in women’s economic security, health and safety, and the elimination of gender discrimination. Rudolph holds a Master’s degree from NYU and works as a nursing and allied health counselor for Gateway.

Girls Rock was held at 9 a.m. in GCC’s Community Room (N100). It was co-sponsored by the Women’s Center, the Gateway Community College Foundation and Library and Learning Commons.