The United Nations Foundation's Girl Up campaign has announced the speakers for its 5th annual Girl Up Leadership Summit, the only summit that is by girls, for girls.

The Leadership Summit will bring together 275 passionate girl advocates from around the world from July 11-13, 2016 in Washington, DC.

Speakers at this year’s Leadership Summit will include:
• Kate Gilmore, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
• Rosie Rios, Treasurer of the United States
• Ashley Graham, Model, Designer and Activist
• Dr. Jen Welter, First Female Coach in the NFL, Arizona Cardinals
Yara Shahidi, Philanthropist, Scholar, Actress known for her role on black-ish
• Kat McNamara, Girl Up Champion, Actress known for her role on Shadowhunters
• Marley Dias, Founder, #1000BlackGirlBooks
Monique Coleman, Girl Up Champion, Actress known for her role in High School Musical

This year, Girl Up Leadership Summit attendees come from 33 U.S. states and territories, and 9 countries including Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, and Singapore. For the first two days, attendees will participate in leadership training, learn from influential speakers, and engage in skills-based workshops. On the third day these young female leaders will put those skills into action, meeting with Members of Congress during an official lobby day on Capitol Hill.

“This year’s Girl Up Leadership Summit is our biggest one yet, and I am thrilled with the lineup of speakers that our passionate girl advocates will get to hear from and learn from,” said Melissa H. Kilby, Director of Girl Up. “As the only summit that is by girls, for girls, we strive to empower, educate and embolden the potential of every girl in attendance. Hearing from powerful leaders such as Kate Gilmore and Rosie Rios, as well as peers such as Marley Dias, will help ensure every girl leaves the summit knowing she has the power and the skills to change the world.”

For more information on the Leadership Summit visit GirlUp.org/Summit.

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