Growing up as a young woman in the United States today comes with new opportunities and old challenges. Despite decades of progress, the number of leadership positions held by women continues to be significantly lower than men.
At BGCSF, we’re helping empower our members to rewrite this narrative. That’s why we offer several leadership programs – like the Keystone Club, Youth of the Year, and Leaders in Training – to ensure all of our members can leave the Club at age 18 with confidence, lasting skills, and positive role models.
Last week, a group of young women from the Don Fisher Clubhouse attended a Career Exposure Event hosted by the Charles Schwab Women’s Interactive Network and BlackRock Women’s Initiative Network, where they heard from women who have become leaders in their fields.
The event began with a screening of The Empowerment Project, which spotlights eight powerful female leaders from across the U.S. in traditionally male-dominated industries and roles.
After the film, our members heard from two other powerful female leaders: BGCSF Alumna Precious Listana (Tenderloin, 2015 Youth of the Year), who is a social entrepreneur currently pursuing her Cognitive Science degree at UC Berkeley, and Andrea Beasley (Sunnydale and Camp), who has a background in news media and currently works as a corporate communications consultant for Wells Fargo. Anne Brooks from BlackRock moderated a panel discussion with Precious and Andrea to learn more about their leadership journey, motivations, and plans for the future.
At the end of the evening, Anne posed one last question: “What would you do if you knew you would not fail?”
“I believe that failures shape your successes,” said Precious, “but if I knew I wouldn’t fail, I would redefine 21st century education.”
She continued by saying, “what keeps me going is my little sister. I want to make sure that when I die, she can say, ‘my big sister did that.'”
Thanks to BlackRock and Charles Schwab for hosting the event, and to Precious and Andrea for inspiring the next generation of female leaders.