Lindsay Whalen: A Role Model for Young Girls and Women

By Chris Olsen

Before she discovered basketball, Minnesota Lynx point guard Lindsay Whalen thought she’d grow up to be a physical therapist or P.E. teacher some day. But like most middle schoolers, Whalen’s career path was yet to be determined.

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Announcing New Executive Director for Empower Leadership Academy for Girls

New leader joins Empower team to expand community partnerships and serve more girls

Empower Leadership Academy for Girls, a Twin Cities-based nonprofit dedicated to empowering emerging leaders today with the confidence, resilience and well-being to conquer the world tomorrow, is pleased to announce the appointment of Christine Strak as its executive director. Christine will provide oversight and management to move the organization forward, including building and expanding community partnerships across Minnesota and beyond, in support of leadership development in girls and young women.

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Three Powerful Leadership Lessons from 11-Year-Old Makhia

By Chris Olsen

A year ago, I officially became a volunteer mentor to a sometimes shy but always sparkly 11-year-old girl named Makhia. We get together a couple of times a month and talk about her dreams, aspirations and apprehensions, explore new places and activities, and have a lot of fun. The experience has been incredibly rewarding for both of us.

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We cannot become what we want to be by remaining what we are.

-Max DePree