Convocation delivered by Let Girls Lead’s Kathryn Harper

Titled “Invest in Girls, Transform the World,” Harper’s presentation reflects Let Girls Lead’s mission to empower girls to change the world.

25 April 2015 Posted In:
Let Girls Lead's Kathryn Harper
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Kathryn Harper, a passionate advocate for the global empowerment of girls and women, will present Carleton College’s weekly convocation on Friday, May 1 from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel.

Titled “Invest in Girls, Transform the World,” Harper’s presentation is free and open to the public. Carleton convocations are also recorded and archived online.

Harper is senior manager of external relations for Let Girls Lead, a global movement with a mission of improving the health, education, livelihoods, and rights of more than seven million girls. Let Girls Lead is invested in girls and their allies through advocacy, education, economic empowerment, and storytelling. In the face of poverty, violence, and discrimination, Let Girls Lead believes that girls are not victims, but are powerful leaders and inspiring agents of change. The movement asserts that investing in girls creates a catalytic effect that promotes gender equality, contributes to poverty reduction, and improves health outcomes. For more information about the movement, visit their website at

Statistics show that the global community fails to prioritize girls, with less than two cents of every dollar in international development funding going to programs supporting adolescent girls. Harper’s management of Let Girls Lead seeks to ensure that girls can attend school, stay healthy, and learn skills to escape poverty.

Let Girls Lead also works with a sister company, Champions for Change. Champions for Change saves the lives of women, newborns, and children by improving reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health in Nigeria. Both Champions For Change and Let Girls Lead drive sustainable impacts and systemic change through leadership development, organizational strengthening, grant-making, and advocacy to improve laws, programs, and funding for women and girls around the world.

For more information, including disability accommodations, call (507) 222-4308. The Skinner Memorial Chapel is located at the corner of College and First Streets in Northfield.