Michelle Obama recently made an appearance on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. For a good part of the segment, the First Lady discussed the President and her initiative, Let Girls Learn, which promotes girls’ education throughout the world in conjunction with several US government agencies and through cooperation with several foreign governments. Empowering girls and young women with education is a fundamental right; in many cultures, however, this is not the case. Let Girls Learn helps girls see their own value and power. They provide leadership training not only to girls themselves, but also to their families so they will learn how to best support their daughters in their education. Obama promised Colbert that she and her husband will continue to work for girls’ education long after they leave the White House. This is servant-leadership at its finest: empowering the disenfranchised for a lifetime of success.
Girls, Inc., an organization which inspires girls to be “strong, smart, and bold,” is a mentoring partner of Let Girls Learn. A local chapter of Girls, Inc. was a Gabriel Center scholarship recipient last year.
President, the Gabriel Center for Servant-Leadership