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.

Empower is a 501(c)(3) founded in 2014 by Pam Borton, former leader of the Minnesota Gophers women’s basketball program. “I am excited to welcome Christine to Empower Leadership Academy for Girls,” said Pam. “She is the right leader to help take the organization to the next level.” Empower has served more than 500 girls in grades 5-12 since its launch, and it plans to double that number in the coming year through its unique full-day Leadership Academies and half-day Leadership Huddles, as well as one-on-one leadership training for collegiate sports teams.

Christine comes to Empower with an extensive background in organizational leadership and business operations. She most recently founded the organization AdminBrandingBox Management, which is an association and small business management organization with offices in Minnesota and Wisconsin. She has held a number of sales and business operations roles in finance and health care organizations. Additionally, Christine brings extensive nonprofit and board experience to her new role with Empower.

Christine also has a personal passion for mentoring young women and helping them achieve their goals. “I am thrilled to be joining Empower as the new executive director. I am eager to put my business and nonprofit skills to work to help empower today’s young leaders to build the skills they need to take on and succeed in whatever they imagine for themselves,” Christine said.

Research shows that the structured leadership training and individualized support that Empower provides produces numerous positive results for girls; they become confident, resilient and emotionally intelligent young adults, with a sense of connectedness to the community and a desire to have an impact in the world. Empower utilizes Coach Borton’s holistic approach to leadership development focusing on girls’ social and emotional learning, building leadership skills and characteristics, and fun activities for challenging growing minds and bodies in a safe and fun environment.

Empower’s programs are made possible largely through the support of community and corporate partners that share a dedication to empowering girls as leaders. Current partners include the Ann Bancroft Foundation, the Minnesota Youth Athletic Services organization, the Minnesota Vikings, Nike, Redline Athletics and United FC.For more information about Empower and its unique leadership programs for girls, visit

Learn more about the Empower Fundraising Gala on November 16 at the Vikings Event Center at

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Empower received a donation from Rasmussen College for $1,250

Rasmussen College Campus Director, Patty Sagert, presented a check for $1,250 at an Empower board meeting.

Empower was voted on out of four other organizations to receive this donation.  This will go towards scholarships and holding extra academies and huddles throughout the year.

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