Helping girls become strong women is vital to building stronger communities.
This event brings girls, ages 11-16, and their educators and allies, together for a day of empowerment, teaching leadership skills, healthy conflict resolution and more, so these girls can embrace and become their “best selves.”
The workshops, lead by nationally known speaker-educators, builds self-confidence and empowers girls to challenge stereotypes, use their voice, pursue their dreams, mentor one another and help generate positive change for equity in their schools, communities and society.
- The event is open to North Texas schools and organizations serving young girls
- Individuals, small and large groups are welcome
- We require 1-2 chaperones for up to 10 girls attending
RESERVE YOUR PLACE
All nonprofit organizations and area school districts that are interested in bringing a group a girls ages 11-16 to BestSelf, download and complete this form by April 26th.
For information on how to add your organization to the invite list, contact Kristyn Senters at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Workshop 1: Living My Best Life
- Examining Self Esteem/Insecurities: how you think and feel about yourself as a total package
- Body Image: how you think and feel about your body/media/societal body image pressures
- Body changes and developments: notion of being “unclean” after starting menstrual cycle
Workshop 2: Be Your Best Advocate
- Learning best practices of being your own leader
- How to advocate for yourself, and issues that are important to you
- Build A Campaign: Girls pick a focus area and break into groups to talk about the issue and develop solutions and action items they can take to help address the issue.
Workshop 3: Representing Your BestSelf
- How to represent yourself positively in all environments (including social media)
- Navigating through social media – etiquette/best practices
- Safety practices and precautions on all social platform
Workshop 4: Surrounding Yourself with the Best
- Core functions of a healthy relationship – with friends, parents or partners
- Identifying toxic/unhealthy relationships
- How to handle difficult situations/people
Dr. Jessica Gomez is a Bilingual Licensed Psychologist and joined Momentous Institute in June 2013. Her previous experience includes work with children and families for over 10 years. She currently serves as supervisor on the APA Training Committee. Jessica received her doctorate in clinical psychology and master’s degree in counseling psychology from Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, Illinois.
Brooke Lopez A recent graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas with a bachelor’s of science in public affairs and a minor in geography, López, 21, has been interested in politics and government from an early age. She currently serves IGNITE National as a program facilitator and is a representative on its National Communications Advisory Council. At 15, she worked with her local congresswoman to propose a state bill, and at 16, she founded the nonprofit “Students of Change.”
At 18, she was the youngest person to run for Wylie City Council. At age 19, she was the youngest woman and first Latina to be appointed as a boards and commissions officer for the City of Wylie. After losing the campaign, she channeled her energy into founding the Lone Star Parity Project, a nonpartisan online publication dedicated to sharing research and stories of women in politics with the goal of bringing parity to Texas politics. She serves as a role model for many young women, including the high school ones she meets with weekly to discuss policy and politics. She’s received the prestigious Gold Presidential Volunteer Service award and was awarded Texas Women’s Foundation’s Young Leader Award. López plans to attend law school in fall 2018.
Marty McDonald is the founder of Boss Women Media. Marty created BWM in 2016 as a personal need to connect with women who desired more. She wanted to be around women who desired more from their 9-5 jobs. After great success from the first brunch in May 2016, she knew there was a need for women to collaborate together. Marty established the foundation of BWM as a brand from each brunch and soon knew this was not just a social organization but an opportunity to help women cultivate the life they desired.
Courtney Roberts is a 15-year-old freshman at Nacogdoches High School. Back in 2015, at just 11 years old, Courtney Roberts created her Instagram platform EveryDayBlackGirl. She created this page as a safe space for black women and girls to converse and empower one another. Not only does she love activism, she also loves self-expression and liberation through fashion.
She speaks to young audiences at various events around the state about mental health, youth activism and self-worth.
Dr. Jessica Shepherd is an OB/GYN, women’s health expert and the founder of Her Viewpoint, an online women’s health forum that focuses on addressing taboo topics in a comfortable setting. She currently practices at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, TX.
Dr. Shepherd is an engaging and well known media personality that is seen regularly as an expert on Good Morning America, The Today Show, The Talk, Dr. Oz, Steve Harvey, CBS News, and FOX news. She is on the Advisory Board for Women’s Health and has written in other various journals including Cosmopolitan, Teen Vogue, Women’s Day, Self, Family Circle, Parents, Best Health, Essence, and Healthline.
As a health care expert, she strives to educate girls on their bodies and how to address their physical, sexual, emotional health in addition to the incorporation of wellness. She is a national speaker and has been the main stage event speaker for BlogHer Health and has been recognized as the cover for Cancer Wellness in February 2019.
She is an expert in her field, she has now expanded her reach to keynote talks and her national appeal has allowed her to work with celebrities including Brooke Burke, Erin Andrews, Dr. Jackie Walters from Married to Medicine and Laila Ali.