Get Involved with Pacesetters!

Posted by EFranz in on Fri 08/10/2018 5:38

Pacesetters, the women's leadership circle of Girls on the Run St. Louis, are women who live out the GOTR mission and core values and inspire girls to go after their dreams with joy, passion and integrity. Last night, over 25 women attended the kickoff of the fall Pacesetter event series. At the kickoff, we heard from Kath Carter, Ernst & Young Senior Executive and Pacesetter of gender equity in the workplace, who is helping to transform the landscape for women at EY. Kath talked about her professional journey - the wins, the challenges, and the surprises - and those who helped her along the way. As we reflect upon Kath's story and the conversations had among the women there, we asked three Pacesetters to talk about how Girls on the Run is helping to affect positive female leadership in the St. Louis community.

Why do women, despite their abilities and skills, often hesitate to identify themselves as leaders?

Women are still under- represented in corporate and political leadership roles so to an extent, young women may not recognize the opportunities that actually do exist for them. It's important that as we take on leadership roles, we create ways for other women to live into their potential, personally and professionally, on their own terms. - Peggy Slater, President of Ursuline Academy

I believe that our culture teaches women to underestimate and undervalue their skill sets so we often discount ourselves as leaders. On top of that, there are so few female leaders it makes it harder to identify and see those positions as attainable for ourselves. - Stephanie Skees, PhD student and GOTR-STL Young Professionals Board President

How do you think Girls on the Run helps girls identify themselves as leaders?

Girls on the Run’s programs help bring women together with a common cause, whether that be the young women the organization supports, or the volunteers that make it all happen. Women who encourage each other, mentor each other and rise in diverse and inclusive settings are the amazing women who are all part of Girls on the Run! - Anjali Singh, International Tax Senior Manager at KPMG

Serving in a leadership role requires a level of confidence that comes from facing a variety of experiences, some better than others, and growing from them. Finishing a 5k run is a big deal no matter your age! In creating the experience of achieving this challenging goal, GOTR plants a seed in the girls: "OK, what can I do next?" This will serve them for a lifetime. - Peggy Slater

The second event of our fall Pacesetter series is on Thursday, September 27th and will feature Elle Potter, founder of Yoga Buzz and Pacesetter of inclusivity in the practice of yoga. Girls on the Run St. Louis invites you to join us at Urban Chestnut in the Grove for a night of meaningful conversation and community. Interested in learning more about becoming a Pacesetter? Learn why Peggy, Anjali, and Steph are looking forward to the coming year below!

GOTR provides a safe space for girls to be challenged, learn, laugh and create friendships that last. I want a grown-up version! Pacesetters is a chance to connect with a variety of interesting women who share the values of GOTR. - Peggy Slater

It is a wonderful opportunity to support GOTR and its powerful mission to help young women in a multitude of ways, and also a chance for women in the community to come together regularly and network, learn and inspire one another! - Anjali Singh

A group like Pacesetters can be challenging to find so I was so excited to find out more about it. Pacesetters offers access to an amazing network of professional goal driven women with similar interests and a desire to raise up a generation of female leadership. - Stephanie Skees