Michigan Women's Foundation

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2017 Empowerment Forum

April 18, 2017
Calvin College 

Last April, 2,000 high school girls from West Michigan gathered at Calvin College to hear an inspiring message from Shiza Shahid, Malala Fund co-founder at our first Michigan Women’s Foundation Empowerment Forum. Take a look at last year’s high impact, high energy Forum: 











We are excited to offer the Empowerment Forum once again with inspirational messages that will surely ignite young women to create innovative change within their schools and communities from our featured speakers, Veronika Scott and Pashon Murray.

Veronika Scott is founder and CEO of The Empowerment Plan, a Detroit based social enterprise built around an idea for a coat that transforms into a sleeping bag for the homeless. Production of this coat now creates jobs to permanently lift people out of poverty, as formerly homeless individuals are given a chance to earn a stable income for themselves and their families.

Pashon Murray is founder of Detroit Dirt, a company working to create a more sustainable Detroit by diverting food waste from landfills and turning it into usable compost. Launching in 2011, Murray says her mission from the start has been to show how corporations can save money and help their surrounding communities by recycling their food waste.

Please note that due to security restrictions, this event is not open to the public. High schools interested in attending should contact Elly Drain for more information.



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