October 2016 —

Charlotte, NC — Executives of the Girl Scouts Hornets’ Nest Council in partnership with the Center for Creative Leadership have announced the inaugural members of Cohort I accepted into the Young Women’s Leadership Institute (YWLI).

“The partnership between the Girl Scouts and Center for Creative Leadership is a testament to the importance of growing tomorrow’s female leaders,” said Angela Woods, chief executive officer of the Girl Scouts Hornets’ Nest Council. “Together, we can enhance the courage, confidence and character of these girls to make a deep and lasting impact.”

The YWLI is a world-class leadership development experience open to all high school girls in the Carolinas, including Girl Scouts and non-Girl Scouts. The long-term goal of YWLI is to create the next generation of leaders by empowering young women to be strong, resilient and brave; understand and own who they are; and become their best selves, allowing them to make a unique difference in the community and world.

“We are thrilled to welcome our first cohort this month,” said Val Swan, project director for the Center for Creative Leadership. “These young women are coming from more than 20 different high schools across the Carolinas and are a diverse mix of ninth- through 12th grade levels. The selection committee was very inspired by our interviews with them, and we look forward to their growth and development over the course of this year together.”

The first class of YWLI has 28 girls who underwent an application and interview process to be selected for the year-long leadership program.

The YWLI selection process is based on the following criteria:

  • A strong record that reflects leadership ability and the potential to achieve higher levels of leadership effectiveness;
  • Vision, passion and capability to make an impact in the community;
  • Insight, courage and evidence of a commitment to curiosity, growth and development;
  • Capacity and willingness to learn in collaboration with other members through action, reflection, feedback and support; and
  • Commitment (from the individual, references and family) for the applicant’s continuing active engagement in structured learning, self-study and project activity.

The 2016-2017 year will include three face-to-face program sessions and intersession activities at the Center for Creative Leadership’s campus in Greensboro, NC, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the Charlotte metro area. Participants will have the opportunity to connect and network with peers, mentors and the community at each session.

The YWLI Cohort I members:

Gaston County

  • Amberly Selk – 9th grade, Mountain Island Charter School
  • Keely Snavely – 9th grade, Mountain Island Charter School

Guilford County

  • Emma Cook – 10th grade, Northwest Guilford High
  • Alexis Sirimongkhon – 9th grade, Northwest Guilford High

Mecklenburg County

  • Imani Abner – 10th grade, Independence High School
  • Jada Allen – 12th grade, Lake Norman Charter
  • Naomi Benson – 9th grade, Mallard Creek High School
  • Anasia Gaskin – 9th grade, Lake Norman Charter
  • Kareena Gor – 9th grade, Providence Day School
  • Elizabeth Greene –10th grade, Myers Park High School
  • Madeline Hannon –11th grade, William Amos Hough High
  • Mia Johnson – 9th grade, South Mecklenburg High School
  • Unique McQueen – 10th grade, Phillip O’Berry High School
  • Samantha Robinson – 12th grade, Northwest School of the Arts
  • Kendall Sanders – 9th grade, Northwest School of the Arts
  • Lacey Treese – 9th grade, Homeschooled
  • Izë Weaver – 12th grade, Charlotte Catholic High
  • Margaret Whittle – 9th grade, Myers Park High School
  • Nya Henry-Wilson – 9th grade, North Mecklenburg High School
  • Emma Zhang – 10th grade, North Mecklenburg High School

Stanly County

  • Lilley Brookshire – 10th grade, Gray Stone Day School

Union County

  • Katherine Beekman – 10th grade, Marvin Ridge High School
  • Peyton Johnson – 11th grade, Marvin Ridge High School
  • Eden Meggett – 9th grade, Union County Early College
  • Caroline Sweeter – 11th grade, Cuthbertson High School
  • Sara Thomas – 12th grade, Metrolina Christian

York County

  • Eleanore Fernandez – 11th grade, Fort Mill High School
  • Caitlyn Horton – 11th grade, Fort Mill High School

For more information, see more info about the Young Women’s Leadership Institute. To learn more about potential involvement and community support, see the Sponsor Packet and/or Supporter Packet.

About the Center for Creative Leadership

The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®) is a top-ranked, global provider of leadership development. By leveraging the power of leadership to drive results that matter most to clients, CCL transforms individual leaders, teams, organizations, and society. Our array of cutting-edge solutions is steeped in extensive research and experience gained from working with hundreds of thousands of leaders at all levels. Ranked among the world’s top providers of executive education, CCL has locations in countries worldwide.

Stephen Martin
Center for Creative Leadership
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