Summer of 2019, Maryland MENTOR and ANANIZACH sat at a conference table and made a precursory remark about women and girls mentoring relationships. Our commentary soon kindled the objective of possibly hosting a summit for mentoring programs catered to young girls in Maryland. We sought to ignite mentorship among women and girls in Maryland, while creating a pipeline of transformative relationships, and on January 18, 2020, Elevate H.E.R.: Women and Girls Mentoring Summit became a reality. What better time to culminate National Mentoring Month!
The Women and Girls Mentoring Summit was an amazing opportunity for attendees to learn firsthand how Maryland MENTOR and our many partners and programs collaborate to make mentoring work for our amazing girls and young women across Maryland. This vital summit consisted of several high energy presentations, panels and activities designed to highlight, educate and revitalize all who attended. Attendees had access to build and connect with our guest panelists as well as with other prominent and influential women.
We cannot say THANK YOU enough times to express our appreciation for all your support with our inaugural Elevate H.E.R. Summit. From our phenomenal panelists that dropped gems of knowledge and advice during the panels, to our supportive program leaders and advocates who promoted this event to mentees, to our young girls who were eager to learn and network, this event could not have been a success without any of you all. Although this event was $FREE.99, as I mentioned during the summit, there is no such thing as free- this summit was made possible by our extraordinary individual donors and sponsors, including Under Armour, YMAN, Brown Advisory, Elev8 Baltimore, UMBC & Kaiser Permanente, who made our vision a reality. We would also be remiss if I did not recognize our unsung heroes, our remarkable volunteers.
Women and girls who attended returned to their communities renewed with new tools and information and a deeper appreciation of their worth and power. Mentoring programs returned to their offices equipped with a deeper understanding of what it means to be an effective mentoring program catered to young women. We hope to see new faces at our 2nd annual Elevate H.E.R. Summit in 2021!