Transcripts of full meetings of the council.

Well, thank you very much, and thank you to all the fabulous Councilwomen who are celebrating this with us today, and thank you to Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, who has not only been a past recipient of this award but a phenomenal champion for women and girls all across this region.

For ten years, this dynamic group of leaders has mobilized the power of women to give, advocate, and volunteer in support of at-risk women and girls. So far, this Women's Initiative has raised over $3 million to support its signature program, Girls Today, Leaders Tomorrow, which helps young girls develop the core values that support their future success.

Next week, as you heard, we'll celebrate these first ten years at our annual gala, but we're charging forward toward the future to take the Girls Today, Leaders Tomorrow program even further. We all know that a quality education is fundamental to a good quality of life, and helping more children graduate high school, college, and career ready is critical to the success of not only those girls but of our communities as a whole.

Through Girls Today, Leaders Tomorrow, we help hundreds of girls from low-performing schools all across the region to achieve their dreams by wrapping services around them to help them prepare for, attain, and flourish through their post-secondary education.

Thank you again to all of you for this exciting honor.

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