Just like that, another She's the First Summit has come and gone. This year was my 6th producing this event, and each time, I'm surprised by little moments that make the weekend truly special.
Here are a few of my favorite moments:
Launching the new She's the First Action Network -- a free, mobile-friendly platform designed to give users the information they need to be a better activist for women and girls. The Action Network is the solution to a problem we've been facing at STF for quite some time. Until now, if you wanted to be connected with She's the First in an "official" way, you needed to have a lot of time or a bit of money. The Action Network requires neither. All you need to join is access to a smartphone or a computer, and you'll receive monthly lessons on issues facing women and girls and simple ways to take action in your community. You in?
Panel perfection. It's no secret that my favorite part of programming the Summit is putting together panel conversations. When else do I get to bring together a bunch of brilliant people, give them a super interesting topic, and then record their conversations to replay whenever I need a bit of inspiration? This year I was especially proud of two particular panels, one on the intersection of art and activism, and one on the intersection of capitalism and feminism. Check our GLAMOUR's recap of the latter panel here, and watch the art and activism panel below!
Grace Kelly's closing performance. This year's Summit felt even more incredible than usual because, for the first time ever, we opened the doors to the general public. I had no idea what to expect bringing "strangers" into our little #STFfamily, but the new energy and enthusiasm in the room was fantastic. To close the day, Grace Kelly performed her single She's the First (inspired by us, of course) and the entire room -- STF veterans and brand new friends -- got up to dance together. It was the perfect closing to a perfect day.