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Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation’s 2nd Annual Girls Who Rule The World Mentoring Weekend Takes Place in Atlanta

Mon., Oct. 31, 2011 11:09 AM EDT
by Tami Reed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Sunday Oct. 30, in Stone Mountain,Ga over 100 young women from all walks of life spent a fun filled and informative weekend at Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort. When I was younger, I didn’t have a mentor and I always wondered  what would have been different in my life if I had that guiding hand. I spoke with several girls from the program and they made it clear that they were glad they were there.

Over the pre-Halloween weekend teen girls spent time getting inspired, motivated and empowered by heavy weights in the business, such as Soledad O’Brien, Constance White, Lisa Price, Mikki Taylor, Teresa Edwards, Keisha Knight Pulliam and more.

Socialite and philanthropist Marjorie Harvey and her team of female leaders provided real world applications for the girls as they spoke with them about staying in school, goals for the future, teen pregnancy, fitness, the body as a temple, self worth, healthy living, and inner strength.

A representative from one of the event’s sponsors Delta Airlines, said that Delta understands and is always looking for ways to give back to the community, saying the airline giant was happy to support the event.

Participants explained that either they or a family member heard about the event online or from the Steve Harvey radio show and they quickly sent in the required essay. Over 100 metro Atlanta teens were selected from the application process. Mrs.Harvey explained that she established the program because “it takes a village to raise child, and right now the village is in trouble!” Harvey later said that, “girls can rule the world, they hold the power!”

Every day the girls learned something new. The panels included Strong 4 Life, You Can Be Me, and Networking Your way to the Top. The girls also enjoyed team building exercises, lively discussions, etiquette class with Chloe Taylor Brown, a mountain hike and walk through Stone Mountain with Harvey, and a performance by Atlanta Ballet.

The closing ceremony included Marjorie Harvey receiving the Phoenix Award from the City of Atlanta,  and remarks from Steve Harvey in which he told the young participants, “You’re sitting on a gold mine.”  Harvey always hilarious framed his talk in such a way that the girls really got it. He said, although men make at attribution about women,  they  don’t realize how important that statement is. Harvey said, “men will treat you like you expect us to.” He then went on to say that men like to hunt, it is in their D.N.A. and that no man wants something they can get so easily. “Have men you’re dating open doors for you and if he doesn’t understand teach him. Always have high standards. Be the queen you are. He also called out his sons in the audience and said they would be dead if they didn’t make sure their sisters got in the car first.

The keynote speaker was Mikki Taylor, editor-at-large from Essence magazine. She talked about the 5 Pearls of Wisdom:

1. Know Your Value

2.Be on Purpose

3.Dont let negativity get in your way.

4.Take your q’s from the right source.

5.Build your spiritual muscle

The Pearls of Wisdom ceremony then took place with all the girls receiving a Girls Rule The World certificate and a pearl necklace and dinner with their family. It was a fabulous event.

 

 

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  • Angela Hudson

    My daughter participated in this event last weekend and it was spectacular!
    Initially, there was a mishap; however, Ms. Kim, Ms. Morgan and Mrs. Harvey worked it out, superseding my expectation. My daughter received about 15 minutes of individual time with S. O’Brian and Mrs. Harvey. Both ladies are phenomenal and are just as beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside. I remained at the event until 12:00 a.m. for the first day of events and was very impressed. S. O’Brian and F. Whitfield (CNN) spoke with the young ladies and then S. Taylor (Essence) spoke with the young ladies.
    All three women shared so much of themselves with the young ladies. After the speaking session the young ladies were routed to a beautiful ballroom decorated in white, pink and green. Stations were set up for the young ladies. There was a make- up/ make over station, manicure station, photo station, paint/ art work station, food stations, DJ station, massage station and so many more. The girls were really involved. I returned to pick up my daughter on Sunday. Steve Harvey was the highlight because he had “real talk” with our young ladies. He shared that all he could speak on would be manhood. He shared with the young ladies what young boys/ men are looking for from them and that it is up to them to determine how they are treated by the boys/ men that they allow into their life. He shared the information in words/ terms so that the girls hopefully understood without misinterpretation what was meant. The event was phenomenal and I highly recommend this mentoring initiative/ camp. It was only three days, but I as a parent, see what a difference it has made to my daughter, Taylor Hudson. Also, this event was well planned and executed!