The Confidence Code Conference for Girls

Claire Shipman and Katty Kay

On Saturday, April 8, we are proud to present The Confidence Code Conference for Girls and the Women in Their Lives in Baltimore, MD.

Research shows high school girls seem to lose confidence just when they most need it, as they prepare to make career choices, leave home and join a larger world community.

We have partnered with American City Business Journals to create a half day program to help girls rediscover and maintain self-assurance in the company of the women who most care about them: their mothers, aunts, teachers, neighbors and friends. Starting with a welcome from Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, the day will be filled with presentations and panels featuring experts such as Mika Brzezinski of Morning Joe, leading professors, top executives, women athletes, entrepreneurs, and ambassadors of Girl Power Meetups.

Registration is open here here; we would love to see you!


If you are not local to the Baltimore area, there are several ways to follow along:

Check us out on Instagram @confidencecodegirls

Follow the day by visiting Glamour’s Instagram page on the morning of the conference — Olivia and Samera from Girl Power Meetups will be doing an Instagram Story takeover.

Check back for the official hashtag of the conference and follow along as conference attendees document the day.


7:00am: Registration opens and continental breakfast

8:00-8:10am: Introduction and opening remarks

8:10-8:15am: Opening Performance

8:15-8:45am: The Confidence Code and Girls

8:45-8:50am: Break

8:50-9:35am: First set of Breakout Sessions

    • Breakout 1: Playing for Confidence: The Link Between Sports and Success
    • Breakout 2: Capital Ideas: Growing your Own Business
    • Breakout 3: Insider’s View to College Admission
    • Breakout 4: What Every Girl Needs to Know about Money

9:35-9:40am: Break

9:40-10:10am: General Session Speaker: Know Your Value

10:10-10:20am: Performance

10:20-10:40am: General Session Speaker: The Inner Monologue of Confidence

10:40-11:00am: The Confidence to Take on a Challenge

11:00-11:20am: Refresh & Recharge Break

11:00am-12:05pm: Second Set of Breakout sessions

    • Breakout 1: A Confident Girl’s Social Media Strategy
    • Breakout 2: Embracing Leadership
    • Breakout 3: The Science of Confidence: How Women and Girls Can Master the Tech Revolution (STEM)
    • Breakout 4: Unlock the Secrets to Boosting Confidence

12:05-12:10pm: Break

12:10-12:30pm: Lunch

12:30-12:50pm: Own your Brand

12:50-1:20pm: Running for Office

1:20-1:30pm: Closing

*event agenda tentative and subject to change

Confirmed Keynote Speakers: 

  • Mika Brzezinski, co-host, Morning Joe
  • Katty Kay, Author, The Confidence Code and Womenomics; Lead News Presenter, BBC World News America
  • Sharon Price John, CEO, Build-A-Bear
  • Amanda Miller Littlejohn, Personal Branding Advisor, Package Your Genius     Academy
  • Catherine Pugh, Mayor of Baltimore
  • Claire Shipman, Author,  The Confidence Code  and Womenomics; Journalist
  • Rachel Simmons, Author, Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls
  • Susannah Wellford, President & Founder, Running Start

Click here to View Keynote Bios

 Confirmed Panelist/Speakers: 

  • Casey Bufford, Adjunct Professor, George Mason University
  • Allyson Carpenter, Student Government President, Howard University
  • Pamela Catlett, Senior VP/General Manager, Womens, UnderArmour, Inc.
  • Ethel Dickerson, Market Human Resources Leader, PWC
  • Michelle Duguid, Associate Professor, Cornell Business School
  • Ijeoma Nwatu Enemanna, Founder & Chief Community Consultant, Ijeoma & Co.
  • Amani Foster, Manufacturing Project Engineer, Northrop Grumman Mission Systems
  • Lisa Hanes, Head of Product Management, North America and Co-Chair of MOSAIC (formerly named the Ethnic Diversity Roundtable)
  • Lety Juan, Washington Metro Diversity & Inclusion Leader, PWC
  • Katy Kasmai, Engineering Program Manager, Google; Founder, Team Exponent
  • Lori Lindsey, Soccer Performance Coach; Owner, Lori Lindsey Performance
  • Angela Luna, Founder and CEO, ADIFF
  • Carolyn Merrell, Public Policy Manager, Instagram
  • Dr. Redonda Miller, CEO, Johns Hopkins Medical Center
  • Elizabeth Pakenas, Executive Director, Wealth Management, Morgan Stanley
  • Samera Paz, Founder, Girl Power Meetups
  • Debbie Phelps, Director, The Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools
  • Rebecca Powell, Senior Vice President, Wealth Management, Morgan Stanley
  • Halley Quillinan, Women’s Editor, Inside Lacrosse
  • Hillary Sale, Sullivan & Cromwell Visiting Professor at Harvard University and Walter D. Coles Professor of Law and Professor of Management at Washington  University in St. Louis
  • Marina Smith, Executive Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Morgan Stanley
  • Karen Spencer, Senior Director, Educational Consulting and Service Delivery, College Coach
  • Olivia Trice, DC Ambassador, Girl Power Meetups
  • Dr. Liberty Vittert, MIT grad, Asst. Professor and Mitchell Lecturer of  Statistics,    University  of Glasgow

Click here to view panelist/speaker bios

Confirmed Moderators:

  • Aundrea Cline-Thomas, Reporter, NBC10 News
  • Kelsey Lents, Co-Founder SEArch+ and Hatch Workspace; MBA Associate Bulldog Innovation Group
  • Lucy Montgomery, Consultant, Accenture Federal Services
  • Susan Reid, Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Morgan Stanley
  • Dr. Elizabeth Stroble, President, Webster University
  • Ingrid Vaughan, Vice President, Manufacturing, Northrop Grumman

Performances By: 

  • Martina Lynch, Musical Artist
  • Pretty Tuff, all girl step team from City Neighbors High School






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