The month of June has been one of celebration for the Olympia Snowe Women’s Leadership Institute. Not only did we mark the successful completion of the program’s first year, My Values, but also gathered with, and thanked, our donors—both the Institute’s Individual and Corporate Founders. Their early and significant support allowed us to realize Senator Snowe’s vision of an organization that builds the confidence and elevates the aspirations of young women in Maine.
At each stewardship event we were proud to share the gains made by Olympia’s Leaders over the past 10 months.
As evidence of these gains, made possible through the positive connections between Olympia’s Leaders and their advisors and ability to network with the Institute’s Corporate Leaders and Advisory Networks, we highlight three success stories.
- Lauren, a rising junior at Spruce Mountain High School who values leadership, in consultation with her OLAs, family and friends, found the courage to run for class office. The stakes were significant. If she lost the race, she would lose her seat on student council. Lauren shared her vision with her peers and was elected the Junior Class President. Congratulations Lauren!
- An Olympia’s Leader at Lewiston High School, Julia, has wanted to join the swim team for years. This year, feeling the support of an expanded network of peers, OLAs and accomplished women, Julia joined the swim team. We can’t wait to see what Julia decides to take on next!
- Olympia’s Leaders benefit from opportunities to network with the Institute’s networks of successful women. At one such event Skyler, an Olympia’s Leader from Jay, met Kate Simmons, Director of Strategic Partnerships at the Portland Press Herald. With an interest in media and journalism, Skyler was thrilled by Kate’s offer to visit the Press Herald and the two exchanged business cards. Last week Skyler reached out to Kate and will be shadowing her, and other members of the Press Herald team, for a day in July.
To get a sense for how Olympia’s Leaders feel about their advisors, Olympia’s Leaders Advisors—or OLAs, we invite you to watch a short video.