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Black Girl Rally – Part 1

October 14th, 2022 at 8:00 am 11:30 am EDT

Part 1: Closing the Gap Chew & Chat with Continental Breakfast

For Educators, Parents, Caregivers, Youth-centered programs and Champions for Black girls

Increasing Gender Equality takes all of us. Kickstart your morning with us.

Tickets are $20 person

When: Friday, October 14, 2022, from 8:00am to 11:30am (Doors open at 7:30 am)

Where: Living and Learning Center at Virginia Union University
1500 N. Lombardy St, Richmond, VA

What makes STEAM programs successful? Creativity and the mentors who encourage girls to reach for the stars! As champions of Black girls, we all we got. So let’s collectively come together to solve the STEAM gap and come up with actionable solutions that we can implement right now.

Girl-centered programs, schools, nonprofits, clubs, parents, and caregivers all play a critical role in the daily lives of girls and young women. Yet, no single entity or person can holistically meet the needs of every girl, nor can they solve the larger systems of inequalities. It really does take a village. Let’s come together with Virginia area schools to uncover gaps and opportunities across our respective resources and networks to provide STEAM opportunities to our girls.

We will hear from a collective of people who occupy a variety of spaces in STEAM and go on a fun STEAM WALK to grab materials, network, and take back resources and connections to your school or community. We also have door prizes to give away!

7:30 AM – Doors Open

8:00 AM – Continental Breakfast sponsored by Richmond Public Schools (prepared by Kitchen Magician)

8:15 AM – Expanding Tech Talent pathways in Central Virginia, presented by Todd Waldo , Founder/Principal Consultant, Hugh Helen LLC

8:50 AM – Out of School Time & STEAM Education Panel, moderated by Duron Chavis Natural Day


  • Vida Williams CodeVA Founding Board Member
  • Todd Waldo, Founder/Principal Consultant, Hugh Helen LLC
  • DJ Little, Founder/Innovation Architect at SEEDstudio
  • Gabriella Daire, VCU Undergraduate Student

9:50 AM – Women in STEM Panel, moderated by Maureen Jules-Perez, GFAC Board President; Divisional CIO and Managing VP, Capital One


  • Carol Walker Reese, President of ReeSources, Inc.
  • Marieiasha Little, VCU student
  • Asia Bey, Associate Group Leader, Private Pharmaceutical Company
  • Dominique Meeks Gombe, Software Engineer, Google

10:40 AM – We All We Got, presented by GFAC CEO, Angela Patton

Glow Up Girl Framework Introduction Created by Founder & Executive Director of Pretty Purposed

11:00 – 11:30 AM – STEAM Walk: Visit STEAM stations that foster creativity & technology

RPS educators, parents, and caregivers please contact your school office or Girls For A Change at nakera@girlsforachange.org to request your promo code to attend at no cost.