"We don't do little ideas here," says Trudy Hall, head of Emma Willard School. "Writ large, the idea is to educate every girl everywhere."
Emma Willard School is the Founding Sponsor of AUDACIA, a highly interactive two-day invitational forum offering attendees unique and valuable opportunities for dialog and meetings with potential collaborators in the global girls' education movement. The problems facing girls around the world are huge and effective solutions are urgently needed. The focus on best practices and the convening of people from the non-profit, for-profit, philanthropic, governmental and religious sectors is a brave, new strategy. Add it all up and it is audacious; give it a proper name, we call her… AUDACIA.
Archbishop Emertius Desmond M. Tutu and his wife Leah are the honorary co-chairs of AUDACIA, and joined luminaries like Katie Couric, award-winning journalist and TV veteran; Kavita Ramdas, executive director, Ripples to Waves; and Dr. Changu Mannathoko, senior policy advisor, education for UNICEF in addressing participants at AUDACIA on September 26-27, 2011.
Emma Hart Willard challenged the barriers to American girls’ education in 1814 when she founded the first school in the United States to provide girls the same educational opportunities as boys. She was a revolutionary thinker who knew the education of girls would serve the then new republic.
In the 21st century, an era in which women as well as men must be groomed to be well-educated and principled world leaders, AUDACIA is the logical next step in honoring the founder’s legacy of bold and progressive initiatives on behalf of girls. AUDACIA enhances what Emma has done since 1814 – empower girls.
AUDACIA 2011 through the highlights video, above. Feel the energy, relive the lively discussions and hear directly from participants as they share the spirit and enthusiasm for real change that was inspired by the voices heard at the forum.
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