‘Girl Power’ assembly founded to inspire future leaders


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(Left to right) Lin Sue Cooney, Mi-Ai Parrish, Kathryn Hackett King and Judy Mohraz speaking on a panel in the Xavier Performing Arts Center on Friday, March 3, 2017.

Madison Kloeber and Lizzie Self

A group of guest speakers were invited to speak to the Xavier student body on March 3. The event, which was founded by Lily Worden and Rachel Steinheiser, was put on with special support from Polly Fitz-Gerald and the Board of Advocates. 

“We wanted to create something that focused on encouraging and inspiring future generations of Xavier students with the idea that anything is possible,” Worden said. “We wanted to inspire Xavier girls in the same way that we had been inspired over our time at Xavier.”

The group of speakers consisted of four panelists: Lin Sue Cooney, Kathryn Hackett King, Mi-Ai Parrish and Judy Mohraz. Each woman shared stories about her life and events that helped her to become a leader.

The panelists, of various talents and careers, hoped to inspire Xavier’s students, to “further ignite their own journey for greatness.”

“We got women who are leaders in their field to speak about their life experiences and what it’s like to be women in the work place [sic],” Worden explained. “The event was more geared towards what we should strive for as woman facing the challenges of the changing world.”

The head coordinators hope that the event will become an annual tradition, with substantial growth every year.

“We were very pleased with the event and are excited to welcome more speakers next year to share their stories,” Worden said.

Listen to Madison Kloeber’s interview with Lily and Rachel.