In Partnership with the Global Women's Leadership Intiative (GWLI) at the Wilson Center and 10x10 Educate Girls Change the World Feature Film, the Yale Chapter of Circle of Women (CoW) will kick off its first major event: the first Circle of Women National Conference - Girls + Education - in celebration of the UN’s International Day of the Girl. Held at Yale University on October 13, the daylong program aims to reinvigorate and change the way participants think about women’s issues.

“This is not an ordinary conference,” says Hoffman, a co-director. “This day will challenge participants to re-think their approach to increasing and improving women’s education, to generate exciting new ways to connect the dots and to make a difference to those less fortunate.”

Girls + Education will bring together representatives from every CoW chapter (Harvard, Georgetown, Princeton, Cornell, Brown, and Holy Cross), Yale undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, as well as practitioners in the relevant fields of development, non-profit work, and women’s empowerment. Over 100 individuals are expected to participate in the conference, which will be headlined by several prominent speakers who are active in women’s issues.

Together, participants will work together to come up with new ways to approach old problems, harnessing their collective creativity to devise sustainable solutions to issues in women’s education.

“We hope to share the energy and ideas that drove this conference with all participants,” Freeman says. “Our goal is that participants will walk away with new perspectives on the issue, empowering them to make a difference in their own unique way.”

The conference will be an interactive and thoroughly educational experience, featuring 50 minute workshops with a Yale professor or practitioner delivering a 30 minute address, followed by 20 minutes of break-out dialogue led by student moderators. All conference events will take place in Linsly-Chittenden Hall, situated on Yale University’s Old Campus.

The GWLI team will lead a workshop on the power of mentoring and how to effectively use social media to advance a cause.