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The Empowerment Project at UPrep, April 3

I want to share with you some exciting details about the upcoming UPrep event on April 3 on The Empowerment Project.

Andrea Durbin, UPrep Parent

I want to share with you some exciting details about the upcoming UPrep event on The Empowerment Project. This award-winning film was created by five young female film makers about their journey to highlight eight dynamic woman leaders in traditionally male-dominated careers.

The idea for this event came from a mutual passion a friend and I have for empowering girls and women to learn about and take charge of their financial lives--and more broadly all aspects of their lives as women. As a UPrep parent, I appreciate the school's strong focus on social justice and thought that the school would be the perfect place to hold the event.

On Wednesday, April 3, University Prep will host this event, which is sponsored by Charles Schwab ( who funded the film) and Badgley Phelps Wealth Managers. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m., and the film screening will start at 7:00 p.m. in Founders Hall.

Following the 45-minute film, a panel of local women leaders will discuss how girls, young women, and all women can take ownership in their education, careers, finances and other aspects of their lives.

Panelists--which will include two UPrep parents!--are:

  • Sally Bergesen, Founder and CEO of Oiselle, a women's athletic apparel company.
  • Regina Cahan, King County Superior Court Judge. Judge Cahan was elected to the King County Superior Court bench on October 1, 2008. As a practitioner, Judge Cahan is an active member of her community, volunteering for a variety of civil rights organizations.
  • Dawn LePore, former CEO of Drugstore.com, and CIO of Charles Schwab. She is currently a corporate director at RealNetworks and has also been a board member at AOL, EBay, and the New York Times.
  • Annie Liu, CFP, Charles Schwab Financial Services Professional. She is the PNW Regional Manager for Schwab, which helps clients with wealth management, investing, and college planning.
  • Ambika Singh, CEO and Founder of Armoire, a women's rental clothing membership. The Armoire team is currently 26 people, 23 of whom are women.

We believe young women (and men) need more opportunities to see and hear from role models in careers that are traditionally underrepresented by females. While the emphasis is on girls and women, we invite you to bring the whole family to this event. In addition, please share with anyone else in your community who might be interested-- it is not an exclusive to the UPrep community. All who can benefit are welcome. You may RSVP here, although it is not required for entry.

I look forward to seeing you all on Wednesday, April 3!

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