Young Women’s+ Leadership Program

YWLP Leadership Summit — April 9, 2022

Our first event will feature a keynote address from Brooklyn Raney, author of One Trusted Adult. Raney is also the co-founder of Generation Change, a nonprofit that seeks to embolden youth to be empathetic and compassionate change makers through cross-generational mentorship.

The event will also include small group sessions with leaders facilitating workshops about: goal setting, understanding your strengths, leading with confidence and activism!  

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Event Agenda (Click here for full session descriptions)

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. – Registration Opens
(Skinner Tower Atrium)

8:30 – 9:45 a.m. – Best Year Ever (Starting Now!)
Keynote Address, Brooklyn Raney
(Davis Lecture Hall)

10:00 – 11:15 a.m. – Workshop Block A

  • Joey Lye, Room 111
    Unstoppbale Today: Cultivating Confidence and
  • Gabby Hunter ’16, Room 211
    Design Your Life: Building Confidence in Your Future
  • Maureen Harrison, Room 304
    So You’re Leading a Group…

11:20 – 12:35 p.m. – Workshop Block B

  • AeLeiyah DeSimas ’12, Room 111
    Activism: How to Find Your Voice and Use It
  • Silvana Gómez, Room 211
    Leaders Look Like Us
  • Maureen Harrison, Room 304
    So You’re Leading a Group…

12:35-1:00 p.m. – Lunch Break
(Skinner Tower Atrium)

1:00-1:30 p.m. – Closing Session
Head of School Kate Saunders
Davis Lecture Hall

Brooklyn Raney

Brooklyn Raney, Keynote Speaker

Brooklyn Raney is an experienced teacher, coach, and school administrator. She is the author of One Trusted Adult: How to Build Strong Connections & Healthy Boundaries with Young People (2019). In her free time, she loves to hike, cross-country ski, snowshoe, and travel. Nothing, however, makes her happier than working with youth. She is the founder and lead trainer of One Trusted Adult, an organization whose mission is to ensure that all young people have a trusted adult in their lives. She is also a co-founder of Generation Change, a nonprofit that seeks to embolden youth to be empathic and compassionate change makers through a one-week summer camp, travel program, and leadership conferences.

Brooklyn is a workshop facilitator, speaker, and consultant for schools, camps, and other youth-serving organizations nationally and internationally, focused on building strong relationships and healthy boundaries with youth. A former elite-level athlete at Colgate University and an MA graduate in Educational Theater from NYU, and currently an EdD candidate at the University of Pennsylvania, Brooklyn reaches a wide audience with her unique energy, interactive approach, storytelling, and humor. She resides on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire with her husband, son, and two dogs.

Program Descriptions

Young adults are the change agents tasked with cultivating a more
equitable and just world. This session will explore how your identity and
talents can guide your activism efforts. Learn what interventions and
strategies will work in your activism efforts to ignite social change.

In a society of ever-growing comparison, it is more important than ever
to gain insight into what it looks like to focus inward, realize our own gifts,
navigate our self-talk, and intentionally improve our self-awareness and
confidence. Joey will share stories from her personal journey through
both athletics and life to provide Tilton School students with strategies to
help them increase their own confidence and become more aware of their

Consider how you might begin to build your team. What characteristics
do you want to foster? What kind of leadership would be most effective?
What can you expect as your group develops? Join in a series of activities
to consider the art of building a team.

This session is a life design workshop based on the New York Times
bestselling book Designing Your Life – How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life.
The Designing Your Life (DYL) method presents a practical and hands-on
way to creatively conceptualize the next chapter of life, give priority to
the ideas that are right for you, and test them out in a five-stage process.
Champion your five-year plan through this iterative life design tool and
build confidence in your future academic, personal, and professional life.

In this session, we will discuss the importance of and value in showing
up as your whole self in order to be a leader. Through activities and
discussions, you will come out of this workshop with an idea of how your
background, identity, and experiences can help make you a great leader.
We will build a foundation for you to step into your power as the great
leader that you are.

Thanks to our YWLP Task Force and Leadership for making this event, and this program, possible!

AaLeiyah DeSimas ’12

Maya Grant ’09

Signe Kurian ’87

Kristen Vaslet Kupperman ’06

Dave and Phyllis Gould

John and Holly Shaughnessy

About Tilton School

Tilton is a New Hampshire prep school that prepares students to embrace and navigate a world driven by diversity and change. Through the quality of human relationships, Tilton’s community cultivates in its students the curiosity, the skills, the knowledge and understanding, the character, and the integrity requisite for the passionate pursuit of lifelong success and service.

Signe Kurian

Everyone has a path and a story. My journey took me from Italy to India to California. I have been fortunate to work in consulting, public policy, and technology. But, my curiosity and learning did not stop there — I am passionate about young women’s education, alternative health, and art. 

This journey, my story, started at Tilton, just as yours is right now. This is your story and I am happy to support it and excited to see it unfold. I hope today sparks curiosity, interest, and lifelong memories.

Wishing you every success,
Signe Kurian ’87

The Young Women’s+ Leadership Program achieves its mission to aid and develop students by:

  1. Empowering women+ to be leaders in their communities.
  2. Equipping women+ with the tools to fully realize their leadership potential.
  3. Educating women+ through mentorship from successful women and alumni in order to gain real-world experience.
YWLP is a brand new program offered by Tilton School for students at all grade levels. The program assists students in cultivating the skills, knowledge, character, and global citizenship necessary to be a successful and equitable leader in today’s world.