Future-Ready: The Power of Sisterhood

Tuesday, February 5, 2019
11:30am - 1:00pm
Lake Washington Girls Middle School
810 18th Ave, Seattle

There has never been a better time to shine a light on stories of courageous and powerful women speaking out for equality and justice, and making profound changes in their communities and around the world.

At LWGMS, we’re always thinking about the power of sisterhood and the strength that women can offer each other as supporters and mentors. Today, LWGMS needs those supporters even more than ever, and – more importantly – the world needs us. When women lead, the world is better. When we empower young girls to do more than we could have once imagined, our future will be better, too.

Over the past 20 years, LWGMS has established itself as a leader and champion for the empowerment of girls. And since our inception, we have leased space and made it work. But recently, an opportunity arose to build a permanent, new home through a creative partnership with another local, independent school. The project will be funded with a combination of campaign contributions and long-term financing, but in order to raise more than $6 million, we need support from outside our school community. Donating to the capital campaign helps secure the future of LWGMS; preserve this vital option for Seattle families; and protect the school’s ongoing commitment to keeping tuition in check, financial aid robust, and class sizes small.

Please join us to learn more about the powerful work of this unique school, our exciting plans for the future, and how we are building confidence and compassion to inspire young leaders to change the world.

Please RSVP/Register by Tuesday, January 23.

 

Featured Speaker...

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Kajal Deepak
Senior Manager of Product Management at Amazon Web Services
Board Chair, Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands

Kajal Deepak has a professional background in engineering and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She has lived and worked in several countries both while growing up, and for her first career as an oilfield services engineer. She has lived in the Pacific Northwest for 12 years. She is passionate about women getting a chance to live their one precious life to the fullest, with confidence and self-determination, having seen how often that is denied to women across the world to different degrees, and for different stated reasons.


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Patricia Hearn
Head of School, Lake Washington Girls Middle School

Lake Washington Girls Middle School hired Ms. Hearn as its first Head Teacher in 1998. She worked with the parent board to plan the opening of the school and wrote and taught the humanities, math, and enrichment curriculum for all three grades. As the school grew and changed, so did its administrative structure. In 2005, the LWGMS Board appointed Ms. Hearn Head of School, and she has led the evolution of the school every step of the way. A hands-on leader, Ms. Hearn directs the eighth grade play each year. A frequent speaker on the value of secular, middle school education, Ms. Hearn is also a member of the boards of NWAIS and The Bush School.


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Lake Washington Girls Middle School (LWGMS) empowers girls to be strong in mind, body, and voice. Committed to shaping a community that fosters creative confidence, LWGMS opened its doors in 1998 as the first secular girls middle school (grades 6-8) in Seattle. We encourage girls to take risks, explore leadership, solve problems, collaborate, and stand up for themselves and others. Our innovative curriculum is designed to educate the whole girl—intellectually, socially, and emotionally—with a focus on integrating social justice and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) curriculum.

LWGMS is one of the most diverse independent schools in Seattle—diverse in terms of students’ race, ethnicity, economic status, and family configurations. Our staff of 22 currently serves 115 girls annually, approximately 54% of whom identify as students of color (compared to 26.5% across Washington independent schools). Twenty-two percent of our families receive financial assistance (compared to 21% at Washington independent schools).

For more information, please contact Becky O’Boyle, Director of Institutional Advancement, Lake Washington Girls Middle School, at boboyle@lwgms.org or 206.550.5068.

For news and information about LWGMS, please visit our website or The LWGMS Voice blog.