The future is female, indeed. The retail giant (encompassing brands Ann Taylor, Loft and Lou & Grey) gets behind the timely mantra with its HERlead fellowship program, which trains and empowers the next gen of female leaders. Available to teens in 10th and 11th grades, HERlead helps girls accomplish community-focused goals through mentorships with female leaders from around the world and grants that can put ideas into action. Case in point: recent DePaul grad Jacqueline Martinez, founder of the nonprofit NetWings, was able to put her passion for spreading cultural awareness into action after being selected as a 2012 HERlead fellow, and is now an ambassador for the program. The program has helped 250 female high-school students since it launched in 2011, and is looking for its next crop of up-and-coming leaders.
To learn more or to apply for this year’s fellowship — the deadline is March 18 — visit Herlead.vitalvoices.org.