Our first Girls 4 Tomorrow event, powered by AdVenture Capital in partnership with the Dannon Institute, took place in Fort Worth, Texas. This was a unique workshop focused on empowering female students from underserved schools and cultivating their creative health and wellness ideas.
March 8th was International Women’s Day and we had 49 amazing young women from 11 schools/districts come together at the National Cowgirl Museum for an event supported by 20 passionate mentors from the local Dannon plant. It was truly a magical day in a magical place filled with images, words and stories about bold, fearless, pioneering women. To top it off, three media outlets, CW33, Channel 8 and the Fort Worth Business Journal covered the event! We heard 25 wonderful pitches from brave, enthusiastic #Girls4Tomorrow, we gave away $15,000 in funding for students’ ideas, with six grants distributed for $1,000 and an additional six grants for $1,500.
The esteemed judges panel included:
- Philippe Caradec, Vice President Regulatory & Corporate Affairs Dannon
- Dannon Institute Board Member Leah Whigham, PhD, Executive Director of the Paso del Norte Institute for Healthy Living
- Dannon Institute Alumni Nikhil Dhurandhar, PhD, Professor and Chair Nutritional Sciences, Texas Tech University, Dannon Institute Alumni
- Mike Konkle – CEO, Dairy MAX
Girls 4 Tomorrow winning pitches included:
- Student’s Choice – Offer additional options for students and show the nutritional value of that food so students will make smarter choices about what they eat
- Bullet Bar – Provide a healthy protein shake to students as an alternative to higher glycemic food options typically offered at the school and help students who are pre-disposed to insulin resistance
- Gardening for the Future – Create an organic garden with grant money going toward tools and seeds, wasted food will be composted and used to fertilize the garden. Wasted food will go to the Backpack Project.
- The Stress Free Room – Plan to create a stress-free space for students to finish class work and do group work. Have a section in the room to help students stay calm
We could not have asked for a more engaged partner than the Dannon Institute and Dannon, whose team members put tremendous time, energy and heart into into the planning and execution of these events. A huge thanks too goes to Dairy MAX for their continued support in making these events a success by recruiting local schools, engaging the Cowboys, and helping to secure an accomplished and positive female role model in Brill Garrett, wife of Cowboys Head Coach, Jason Garrett, who took time from her very busy schedule to speak to the students and share her passion for education and female empowerment. GENYOUth’s own, Alexis Glick and Ann Marie Krautheim for sharing their wisdom with these girls, along with Jennie McDowell from Dairy MAX.
The AdCap team learns and gets stronger with each one of these events we are lucky enough to put together with our partners, and yesterday was no exception. We will take our learning and excitement about these #Girls4Tomorrow to New York with us for our second event on March 15th.
You can read more about the event in the press release, which hit the wire yesterday. And as always, we’re grateful for your support in promoting these events on social media. Please let people know about these amazing Girls 4 Tomorrow by using the hashtag #Girls4Tomorrow and sending them to the AdCap website!