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Whitney Smith

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Whitney Smith is the founder and CEO of Girls For a Change, an international organization that empowers girls to realize their full potential through creating social change in their communities.
Whitney Smith is the Founder of Girls For a Change, a national organization that empowers girls to create social change. Prior to founding GFC, Smith worked at the executive level of county government in Silicon Valley, as an advocate and policy designer for issues facing women. Before joining government, Whitney worked with Girl Scouts of Northern California for six years creating and managing programs for girls in juvenile detention centers, the daughters of women in prison, and girls living in low-income communities. Smith began her career as a social advocate in college, where she initiated and developed the first Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) support group in the Pennsylvania state university system. She is a member of The Clinton Global Initiative, and an Advisory Board Member for the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs and Executives, and the National Girls Institute. She is also a Board Member for Thinking Beyond Borders, and is serving as an Advisor to the National Women Studies Association.

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How to Build Sisterhood
Whitney Smith describes how her organization, Girls for a Change, promotes sisterhood and creates safe spaces for girls.

Filter the World
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At 40 Years Old
As she has grown older, Smith has realized not to waste time and energy caring about what others think of her.

Bring Your Kids to Work
Whitney Smith discovered that she didn't want to have to choose between work and family, so she combined both of her loves.

Female Competition
As a mentor and role model for young girls, Whitney Smith needed to overcome her feelings of jealousy towards other women.

The Magnitude of Messages
One of the biggest challenges for young women today is the amount of information governing their thoughts and behavior.