A Girl’s World: Today and Tomorrow


Thank you to all who participated in the A Girl’s World: Today & Tomorrow conference Feb. 20, 2014. As the premier leadership organization for girls, we feel compelled to provide the community with up-to-date information about girls and the issues that impact their lives. We hope you found this year’s conference both educational and enlightening. 

Photos from the event can be found here. Check out the presentation materials from our speakers below. Please stayed tuned for additional materials. 

Breakfast Keynote: Sharon Lechter, “Girl Scouts Today- World Leaders Tomorrow”

International financial literacy expert, entrepreneur and bestselling author, Lechter will explore new opportunities for the community to support financial education and entrepreneurship skills in order to catapult girls to become financially successful women. Learn how each girl can leverage their unique female perspective, insight and natural skills to build a life not only of success, but of significance.

Lunch Keynote: Dr. Kamla Modi, “The State of Girls: Unfinished Business”

This groundbreaking report from The Girl Scout Research Institute stakes out key issues and major trends affecting girls’ leadership and healthy development in the U.S. today. Modi will present these findings including a snapshot on how girls are faring in the state of Arizona, and the role of Girl Scouting.


  • Girls and Women in the Outdoors: Loving the Lifestyle: Dr. Denise Mitten, Graduate Chair of Adventure Education at Prescott College, will explore the importance of outdoor experiences for girls outdoors and how to make it happen. Mitten will offer insights from her own research about outdoor leadership and its impact on body image, confidence and competence.
  • What’s On Tonight? Changing the Channel on Girls’ Media Exposure: Girls are inundated with messages from various media sources every day.  Rachel Reinke, Ph.D. candidate in Gender Studies at Arizona State University will discuss what these media messages are and how they are affecting girls.  Reinke will also explore how girls are making their own media and changing the world.
  • Ensuring Safe Tourism: The commercial exploitation of children is much closer to home than we realize. Kimberly Klein, SAFE Action Project Manager at the O’Connor House, will discuss the steps being taken within the hospitality industry in Arizona to combat sex trafficking and how to become an engaged community member able to see potential warning signs of trafficking situations and what to do. 
  • Multiculturalism: Capturing Cultural Heritage through Storytelling:Engage your heart and mind as you learn about the power of storytelling in defining heritage, the PBS nationwide project, and resulting documentaries. Participants will explore free online tools that offer more than 36,000 digital segments tied to College and Career Ready Standards. Girls can use these resources to discover their own sense of self ancestry.  

Contact Leslie Friedman lesliefriedman@girlscoutsaz.org or 602-452-7003