Girls For Progress - Conference for Girls Who Want to Change the World

Bringing girls together who want to make a difference in their lives and their communities

We’re glad to see so many inspiring young people standing up for themselves and others, and making the world a better place.

If you know a young girl between the age of 10 and 15, make sure she and her parents are aware of this event.

Background On The Conference

Girls For Progress is a conference that was created by then 12 year old Aleena Valdez to inspire young girls ages 10-15 to change the world! The goals for the conference are to create an environment that encourages girls to grow and effect change both personally and in their communities. Girls For Progress has had successful conferences in both Phoenix and Austin, with this being the Second Annual in Austin.

Conference Goals

Goals for the conference are:

  • To help girls become more aware of their social surroundings. There are many items in the media and social media that may have connotations of what girls are or should be. Recognizing these items is the first step in being able to change perceptions and those same connotations.
  • To create an environment that inspires girls to effect change. I want to bring girls together who want to make a difference in their lives and their communities to inspire them to do just that. The conference would be a starting point and used as that spark to inspire girls.
  • To sustain a community that fosters positive relationships and growth through peer support. I have achieved some great things, but I have also had support along the way. Change does not happen overnight, but it can be achieved gradually through peer support and positive relationships. Everyone needs some help along the way. Girls For Progress wants to sustain that community that helps when girls need that help.

Conference Speakers 

Tania Katan
Award-winning author, keynote speaker and creative trespasser who believes in storytelling at all costs. 

Andra Liemandt
The Kindness Campaign - TKC offers a one-of-a-kind SEL curriculum designed to inspire the next generation to be kind to themselves and prepare to be the kind leaders of tomorrow.

Amy Jo Martin
NY Times best-selling author, speaker, entrepreneur, and nvestor Amy Jo has a passion for helping women thrive in business leadership and is currently spending her time investing in other female entrepreneurs so they can reach their full potential.

Monia McCoy
Founder of MonicaMotivates, an organization providing coaching, speaking, and consulting services that helps women transition from being spectators with their lives to being active participants inside the arena.

Stacy Nadeau
Stacy is an award-winning professional speaker and life coach. She works to empower men and women to love themselves and the life they lead.

Aleena Valdez
Founder of Girls For Progress - 13 year old entrepreneur, philanthropist, and strong believer that you are never too young to change the world.


A light breakfast will be available in the morning, followed by lunch in the afternoon.

Date and Time

Saturday, April 21, 2018
8:00 am – 4:00 pm  


Gaspedal Ranch
10300 Springdale Road 
Austin, TX 78754 


This is a free event for girls ages 10-15. Parents are welcome to accompany their daughter(s), but it is not required. 
Please RSVP here

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