Spotlight on GIRLS WHO ROCK concert benefiting “She’s the First”

20 06 2011

Originally posted on MakeCharityCool.com on June 7, 2011

 

Charity Spotlight | GIRLS WHO ROCK concert benefiting She’s the First

By Jillian Diedrich

The second annual GIRLS WHO ROCK benefit concert will rock out for girls’ education worldwide this Friday, June 10, at Gramercy Theatre in New York City beginning at 8 p.m.

Taking place during Internet Week New York, GIRLS WHO ROCK benefiting She’s the First will fundraise for the sponsorship of girls at the Arlington Academy of Hope in Uganda, where less than 20 percent of girls graduate secondary school.

Put together by a rock star team of all-volunteers, GWR brings together the most dedicated voices in music, media, technology and design.  The team has worked to help Ugandan girls be the first in their family to graduate high school.

“Being Indian, and having gone to India a plethora of times, I know how hard it is for girls to get an education,” said 17-year-old volunteer and recent Archbishop Molloy High School graduate Opal Vadhan. “I think it is so empowering that this organization is raising money for girls in third-world countries to get an education.”

Opal has been working hand-in-hand with co-founders Cynthia Hellen and Tammy Tibbetts as the creative associate, responsible for concept development and monitoring the daily tasks of the team.

“My experience has been incredible so far! I absolutely love what I get to do at GWR!” said Opal. “It’s been such an exciting opportunity in my life where I’ve gotten to learn so much and meet so many great people.”

 Looking to get involved?

Running on the passion of a team younger than 30, and by the generosity of artists donating their time and talent, GIRLS WHO ROCK aims to raise at least $20,000 in this one night and in an online fundraising campaign at http://girlswhorock.causevox.com. Donate $11 in honor of the Class of 2011 campaign now!

The talented and diverse lineup of rocking female performers includes platinum-recording artist JoJo; the R&B twin duo Nina Sky; up-and-coming artist Nikki Jean, releasing her debut album Pennies in a Jar in July; Eddy, the first to produce a music video on the iPad2; KimberlyNichole, featured in Vogue; along with DJ Kiss, emcee Touré, host of Fuse TV and Rolling Stone music journalist, with special appearance by Data, robotic standup actor and comedian, presented by TED fellow Heather Knight.

Tickets are available online at http://girlswhorock2011.eventbrite.com/.

GIRLS WHO ROCK will be Ustreamed live the night of the concert for those who cannot attend but want to stay tuned in. GWR demonstrates in real time how the Internet can be used to create social impact, especially through social media.

An innovative spin on the concert is the pilot of a student volunteer program, GIRLS WHO ROCK Gives Back. The initiative brings high school and college students deep into the concert creation process.

“GWR isn’t only a team, I consider them my family!” concluded Opal. “I’ve always wanted an older sister and now I have SO many of them! I’m learning so many lessons, from work wise to life wise. And it’s great to have a support system where we are all rooting for each other!”

Learn more at http://girlswhorock.org.

Donation page: http://girlswhorock.causevox.com/ [Donations can be made until the end of June. Help GWR reach its $5,000 online fundraising goal!]

Ticket page: http://girlswhorock2011.eventbrite.com/

Follow breaking updates on GIRLS WHO ROCK’s Facebook page and the @GirlsWhoRockNY Twitter handle.





Spotlight Wednesday: Meet Our GIRLS WHO ROCK Team

11 04 2011

Originally seen on http://blog.girlswhorock.org – April 6, 2011

A core group of passionate “Renaissance women” make up the GIRLS WHO ROCK team. With diverse talent and well-rounded lives, they work countless hours to produce an amazing event which benefits girls’ education. GWR would not be the smashing, feel-good event without the contribution of these thoughtful and hardworking people, and we’d love for you to get to know them!

This Week: Jill Diedrich, @jill_diedrich, GWR PR Officer


How did you first connect with GIRLS WHO ROCK?

I was placed in front of co-founder Cynthia Hellen through my work as Director of Operations for Make Charity Cool. Before meeting, Cynthia had no idea our interests and my skill set would align to the point of me jumping aboard the GWR team the very night we met! Cynthia is so passionate about her work and I love and respect the empowerment that GWR brings across the globe. I am happy and excited to be helping the cause.

What’s your role on the GIRLS WHO ROCK team?

I am the Public Relations and Communication Officer for GWR.  My role involves reaching out to the media, strategically marketing GWR, and overseeing all communication efforts. I get to see the latest developments occurring at GWR and tell them to the world!

What’s your day job or professional/academic area of expertise?

I am a soon-to-be graduate at The University of Texas, majoring in Public Relations.  I am currently working part-time as an account executive for Hackney Communications, a boutique PR firm based out of Austin, Texas.  I am also the Director of Operations for Make Charity Cool, a budding non-profit working to inspire and change the world.  Doing PR for GWR allows me to bring together my communication skills and passion for empowering women and changing the world for the better, all in my favorite city and future home – New York City!

What’s the biggest lesson you have learned so far while helping to produce GIRLS WHO ROCK?

Enthusiasm is contagious.  Working with a team of enthusiastic women allows GIRLS WHO ROCK to thrive with others wanting to get involved and the media wanting to find out more.  It is important to enjoy what you do and believe what you preach. Watch out, because our enthusiasm for GWR has only just begun!

What’s the #1 thing you want people to know about what goes on behind the scenes of GIRLS WHO ROCK?

Our GWR crew is a support team of talented and motivated young women, working together to make positive changes in the world.  For many of us, our paths have crossed for the first time through our work at GWR, and yet we already feel connected – like we were always meant to be friends and working together for girls’ education all through the power of GIRLS WHO ROCK.  The beauty of technology allows us to stay connected on a daily basis.

Five Favorites of the moment (think fast!):

What is a memorable story or fact you learned about girls’ education in the developing world through She’s the First?

The main fact that of the 130 million youth who are out of school in the world, 70% are girls is mind-blowing to me. The gender gap must be closed, and there is no reason for girls to be left uneducated. Furthering girls’ education is critical for the future of the global community.

Give a shout out to a special teacher or mentor who shaped your own education, so that you can be where you are today in NYC, on the team.

My parents are the reason I got my educational opportunities, and they gave me the resources I needed to succeed.  The motivation and support I gained from my parents as mentors is incomparable. Obviously, I took advantage of these opportunities and made it to where I am today.  I think everyone deserves the opportunity to receive an education and that is what She’s the First and GWR is all about.

In terms of brand and image, how can a non-profit or business develop their overall look and signature style?

In terms of brand and image, a nonprofit can stand out by having a bold look, strong message, and unique style.  Clearly our message is strong, and GWR is especially unique in its initiatives of music, technology and design.  Staying ahead of the curve with technology is where non-profits and businesses need to be.  GWR exceeds this expectation through its use of social media and technology in general.  It stands out by being on a national platform and having the power to reach people anywhere, anytime with a consistent message and collaborative style.

Fill in the Blank: A GIRL WHO ROCKS is can change the world!

Check back each Wednesday for a new profile on someone from our team and the GWR council!