By Michele Weldon, Seminar and Public Voices Fellowship Leader at The OpEd Project
Inspiring and humbling: those are the take-aways from the first two days of The OpEd Project training for Global Girl Media.
Young women from two U.S. cities and three countries attended the first-ever Global Girl Media week-long summit in partnership with The OpEd Project at DePaul University in Chicago June 24-28. OpEd Project leaders Michele Weldon and Deborah Siegel led the participants from Chicago, Los Angeles, Morocco, and South Africa in a day-and-a-half training in credibility, expertise, and thought leadership.
Rocio Ortega, Global Girl Media alum from Los Angeles, talked about her TEDx talk she gave recently in San Diego and how it demonstrated her leadership.
Discussing the need to inform others about teen pregnancy and forced sex, child marriage, and bullying against physically challenged youth, the participants brought up their ideas and the need to inform others about the need for change in many arenas.
With sponsorship by the Harnisch Foundation and hosted by DePaul’s Office of Public Relations and Communications and the College of Communications, the summit brought together a dozen young women top area journalists (including Teresa Puente and Claudia Garcia-Rojas from The OpEd Project) to train in video, blogging, social media, digital storytelling and the power of voice.
Founder Amie Williams and Tobie Loomis, national programming director of the award-winning Global Girl Media initiative, brought the women together as they advocated in the power of individual story as a tool for social change.
A highlight of the day was “dancing” out the OpEd Project saying: “No is a bump on the way to yes.”