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Chicago: We did this together, for our girls.

Dorri McWhorter, the CEO of the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago & Stanley Ndambakuwa, the President & CEO of the African Community Fund for Education Group give their welcome remarks at the opening of the 1st Annual Girls Education Conference in Chicago.

On May 17th, in Chicago, the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago in partnership with the African Community Fund for Education Group launched the 1st Annual Girls Education Conference. At the core, this conference was proudly sponsored by the John and Jacolyn Buckbaum Family Foundation, The University of Chicago Center for Global Health, The University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, and the National Louis University. The 1st Annual Girls Education Conference is one of ACFE's proud achievements since the Founder & CEO, Stanley Ndambakuwa arrived in the South Side of Chicago to participate in the Obama Foundation Scholars Program.

The Obama Foundation and its networks provided assistance leading to this life-size partnership program, and in the years to come, we will continue to leverage on the support of the Obama Foundation, and it's networks to expand this program.

Opening Keynote Chic Thompson from WagiLabs. "Create ideas, and make them happen." Chic Thompson gave a Keynote Address: "Social Kidpreneurship: Girls Changing the World One Idea at a Time”

Gina Warner - "Women stories matter, the stories we read & the stories we write.". Gina is the President of the National AfterSchool Association.

A panel discussion on “The next frontier of girls’ education. What does the future hold?” featured speakers like Amy Maglio - the Executive Director for the Women's Global Education Project, Dr. Cassandra McKay-Jackson - Associate Professor at Erikson Institute, Samantha Williams - Global Director for Girls' Education at Teach for All, and Annette C. Heng - Chief School Excellence Officer at Primrose Schools. The panel was moderated by Shelley Bromberek-Lambert - the Chief ReImagination Officer at YWCA Metropolitan Chicago.

Spotlight: Moments we paused for pics

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