On May 18, 2018, 300 L-Dub fans came together at Block 41 in downtown Seattle to celebrate 20 Years of L-Dub! It was so wonderful to spend an evening with people who believe in the power of our small but mighty school, and in our graduates, students, and faculty and staff.

The LWGMS Timeline created by Molly Klema and Chelsea Giacolino.

The LWGMS Timeline created by Molly Klema and Chelsea Giacolino.

The event was a success! The Fund a Need raised an unprecedented $175,000! $50,000 of this would not have been possible without a generous $25,000 match at the $500 level! Thank you to everyone who rose their paddles high for the Cary Wyatt McRae Financial Aid Fund. All proceeds from Fund a Need – indeed the entire gala – support tuition assistance for our families.

We raised $11,000 in the dessert dash; community events raised $6,300; and the raffle brought in a whopping $13,000! An additional $14,000 was raised through the amazing photos taken of our students by the fabulous Brian Smale P'18, the wine toss, bar donations, and the 20th anniversary commemorative Glassbabys! Thank you for spending an evening with us your generosity inspires so much of what we are able to do at L-Dub!

Rachel Kaftan ‘13, the evening’s Emcee.

Rachel Kaftan ‘13, the evening’s Emcee.

Our program featured alumnae...

  • Actor Rachel Kaftan ‘13, Franklin High School graduate, finalist in the 2016 National August Wilson Monologue Competition, and theatre student at Loyola Marymount University;

  • Washington State Running Start at Seattle Central and Seattle poet Azura Tyabji ‘14, one of 10 young poets competing at the Youth Speaks Seattle 2018 Grand Slam;

  • Jamie Keene '08, policy analyst in the Mayor’s Office in Washington, D.C., former Political Appointee, White House Council of Economic Advisers of the Obama Administration, and Smith College graduate;

  • and Savannah Blackwell '17, Franklin High School freshman and lead of the the FHS Drama Program’s Spring Musical The Wiz.

Azura Tyabji ‘14, performing her poem for female revolution, for girls.

It is almost impossible for me adequately convey what LWGMS has done for my life. In a world that tells girls that they are not good enough and not strong enough to lead, LWGMS intervened at a critical moment in my life to correct the narrative. This school, its teachers, and its community of supporters, were able to help me create that steady inner voice that to this day calls me to believe in myself. Simply put, LWGMS made me aware of my power.
— Jamie Keene '08
Jamie Keene '08.

Jamie Keene '08.

Lake Washington Girls Middle School’s program reflects a commitment to its mission. “Strong in mind, body, and voice” is evident in the classroom, in the school’s messaging, and in the LWGMS students – and the program is definitely all about the girls.
— NWAIS Accreditation Visiting Team Report

As a fully accredited member of NWAIS, Lake Washington Girls Middle School has undergone a rigorous eight year cycle of Self Study process and review. It's a process that both holds us to the highest standards of conduct and operations, and asks us to reflect upon our school-wide practices around teaching and learning, culture, leadership and management. Lake Washington Girls Middle School last hosted an accreditation team in March of 2009.

Faculty, staff, and community representatives spent the 2016/2017 academic year reflecting on the NWAIS Standards and the questions posed in the NWAIS Self Study. We have engaged in hours of conversation and even more hours of writing to complete our Self Study. As a result, we produced a robust document that provides a shared understanding of where our school has been, where it is now, and where we would like to go.

What an incredible amount of reflection and effort that went into this study! Thank you for sharing this final piece and congratulations to all of you for completing this part of the process. The visit will be an an affirmation of the strong school that LWGMS is.
— Brenda Cram P'12, Associate Head of The Evergreen School and LWGMS Board Member
 
LWGMS's Self Study: 106 pages strong!

LWGMS's Self Study: 106 pages strong!

On Sunday, March 25, 2018, we began the next stage in our accreditation journey – hosting a visiting team. A team chaired by Dr. Jayasri Ghosh, Head of The Brightwater Waldorf School and comprised of other school heads and staff from peer schools arrived to offer their perspective on our school. They received a copy of our Self Study and were on campus for three and a half days. The team’s task was to see if what we have written in our Self Study accurately reflects what happens at our school. The team also looked at whether what we do meets the NWAIS Standards for accreditation. While the team was here, members observed the overall school program and met with various groups with these two goals in mind.

The team wrote write a report outlining what they observed and offering commendations, recommendations, and suggestions based on their observations of our school. There are members of our community who have served on teams for other schools who can attest to the care and attention given to crafting recommendations that are not prescriptive. The visiting team report is meant to serve as a tool for schools to meet their goals while staying true to their mission. The team does not decide whether or not the school receives accreditation, but rather makes a recommendation to NWAIS. If you would like to see a copy of the response report, please request one via email and we will share it with you.

On August 25, 2018, we received word that Lake Washington Girls Middle School’s NWAIS accreditation status was renewed. We will still have work ahead of us as the NWAIS Annual Report requires that schools report back on their progress in addressing the major recommendations from the report. Additionally, between September 2020 and March 2021, we will submit a Response Report addressing all recommendations.

We would like to thank each and every person who was involved

 
Lake Washington Girls School, or L-Dub, is at a wonderful point in its history. The School Mission, which is “to empower girls to be strong in mind, body, and voice,” is visible in every facet of the school’s operation and planning. This focused work has yielded great dividends. The school is enjoying strong growth and is maturing nicely as it approaches its twentieth anniversary this year. A dedicated group of Board members, working in partnership with a long standing and visionary school Head, makes this possible. Additionally, the faculty, who teach with rigor, vigor, and kindness, enjoys the freedom to interpret the Mission to meet the needs of each girl, each day.
— NWAIS Accreditation Visiting Team Report
 

LWGMS 2017/2018 Annual Report: Revenues
LWGMS 2017/2018 Annual Report: Expenses 1
2016-17 Fuerza Fund
 

The Fuerza Fund turns individual gifts of all sizes into a collective pool of support for every aspect of an LWGMS education. Every dollar is used to ensure that LWGMS is financially accessible to a qualified and diverse student body, recruits and retains an exceptional faculty, supports broad curricular and co-curricular programs, and provides and maintains the facilities possible to support academics, the arts, and athletics.

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+ 2017/2018 Fuerza Fund Donors

Christopher Bailey and Amie Patao P'19
Kent Barber and Louise Almgren P'15, '18
Russell and Melissa Benaroya P'19
Luis Briones Garcia and Alma Amador Meza P'18
Robert and Jennifer Bucher P'12
Ross and Susanna Bunker P'15, '18, '20
Raymond and Heather Caldwell P'15, '18
Daniel Caracciolo and Donna Mackenzie P'01
Jaime Cardenas and Michelle Habell-Pallan P'19
Jonathan Castrodale and Katherine Ropp P'18, '21
Brent and Jessica Collett P'20
Leanne Corcoran and Rachel Ligtenberg P'18, '21
Marcus and Reiko Dabney P'18
Tony DeEulio and Jean Joichi P'18
Dan Delong and Vanessa Ho P'19
Puneet Dewan and Padmini Srikantiah P'19
Spencer and Valerie Dillard P'17, '20
John Dirks and Ellen Nadelhoffer P'20
Joe and Marsann Easterday P'18, '20
Dan Eder and Joela Maggio P'13, '16
Noreen Elbert and Liz Little P'18
Erik and Lannhi Fischl P'19
Alice Franck P'20
Gregory Garcia and Erica Pascarelli P'12, '18, '20
Joshua and Christine Gardiner P'20
Benjamin Gardner and Jennifer Meyer P'20
William Golding and Jacqueline James P'08
Mark Goodermote and Jennifer Roth P'15
Judith Greenleaf-Jenkins
Tim and Katy Hall P'15, '18
Alan Haynie and Elizabeth Gay P'19
Patricia Hearn
Oleine Hedeen
Aaron and Christina Hendelman P'19
Tim and Alexandra Hinderliter P'19, '21
GeoEngineers Inc.
James and Jill Jago P'17
Leroy and Julie Jenkins P'09
Judith Kaftan and Kristin Marra P'13
Valerie Kampe
Keiko Koizumi P'20
William and Pamela LaBorde P'19
Anne Landfield and Melinda Johnson P'18
Peter Lape and Charlotte Spang P'19
Steve Layton P'20
Mary Lee P'20
Jong Lee and Hezie Rhee P'18
Matthew and Mary Lehto P'20, '21
J.A.S. Design-Build, Inc.
Jason and Keahi Leong P'19
Diankha Linear P'21
Martin Loesch and Cynthia Lewis P'18
Sue Loh
Jaymee and David Lundin
Charles and Mary Anne Martin P'19
T.A. and Teresa McCann P'13
Amy McCue P'19
Paul and Judy McGough
John Mellana and Suzanne Edison P'15
Geoff Miller and Shirley Bekins P'17, '20
Shont and Katrina Miller P'19
Melinda Morrison P '21
Peter Mostow and Leigh Hardiman P'18
Ken Mostow and Martha Straley P'05
Susie Mostow
Lizzy Moxey P'17, '19
Carrick and Susan Mundell P'16
Ben Noble P'14
Eric Olson and Anne Gienapp P'14, '17
Sean Patterson and Christina Gutierrez P'18
Robert Picinich and Shabana Khan P'20
Dave Pon and Kelley Hazel P'18
Marc and Ann Pottier P'18, '20
Bill and Teresa Predmore P'19
Eric and Kelly Prime P'16
Sumathi Raghavan P'16
Frank Retman and Rosselle Pekelis
Marc Rothmeyer and Heidi Gans-Rothmeyer P'17, '19
Angela Russell P'20
Telly Russell P'20
Christian and May Salva P'18
Jeff Samella and Deirdre Murano P'18
Owen Santos and Hannah Morgan P'17, '19
Tim Schmuckal and Kate Ross P'18
Kerri and Cy Scott
Brad Sevenko and Joy Southworth P'19
Michael Shea
Joe and Becky Sherman P'17
Stan Shikuma and Tracy Lai P'04
Charles Shull and Becky Bates-Shull P'18
Joel and Ji Sider P'20
Max Silverman and Sue Wilkes P'19
Rob Sim and Nisha Nathani P'16, '21
Brian Smale and Shelley Thomas P'18
Richard Sohn and Susan Papanikolas P'14, '18
Gregory Sterne and Suzanne Gillis P'20
Jennifer Stewart P'19, '21
Diane Stoebe and Louisa Jenkins P'20
Lou Stubecki and Nadine Samter P'16
Adam Svenson and Sharon Dennehy P'19
Brad and Danielle Tilden
Raymond Timm and Laura Rattner P'20
Kim Tippens P'20
Nathan and Trina Torgelson P'19
David True and Sarah Hufbauer P'10
David and Reba Utevsky P'05
Eric and Stacy Uyeji P'17, '19
Zach and Terra Vall-Spinosa P'20
Alex Vollmer and Meredith Li-Vollmer P'17
Vincent Vonada and Joani Benoit P'18
Meagan Walker and Brenda Cram P'12
Shiba Ward and Jane Davis-Ward P'19
Scott and Kristan Weller P'15
Colleen West
Bryan White and Carrie Tzou P'19
Jennifer Winter and Renee Lamphere
Paul Wirsing and Paola Maranan P'10
Todd and Nancy Wyatt
Chris Wyman P'20
Jun Young P'17, '20
Gary Zarker and Janet Primomo
Michael Zuberbier and Martha Jacobs P'19


2016-17 Raise the Paddle for Financial Aid
 

The Cary Wyatt McRae Memorial Fund was established when we lost our beloved friend and “school mom,” Cary McRae. The money raised for this scholarship enhances our financial aid budget to enable all girls admitted to attend LWGMS regardless of their family’s financial situation. This was a core value for Cary, and we are grateful to continue her legacy. Thank you to the following people who donated to the Scholarship Fund, through the Annual Fund and/or at the Annual Gala. You enabled us to support our community members receiving need-based financial aid.

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+ 2017/2018 Raise the Paddle for Financial Aid Donors

Ben and Kia Akada P'20
Alison Alhadeff
Kaaren Andrews and Rhonda Claytor P'21
Shane and Tasha Atchison P'21
Christopher Bailey and Amie Patao P'19
Eliza Barkan '07
Andy Bassetti
Lisa Bebee
Jon and Megan Bergerson
Miranda and Margaret Bradford P'18
Tom Braman and Kathryn Robinson P'12
Amy Bresslour
Janet Brodsky P'01
Robert and Jennifer Bucher P'12
Ross and Susanna Bunker P'15, '18, '20
Kenneth Burton and Michelle Terry P'18
Raymond and Heather Caldwell P'15, '18
Daniel Caracciolo and Donna Mackenzie P'01
Jaime Cardenas and Michelle Habell-Pallan P'19
Jonathan Castrodale and Katherine Ropp P'18, '21
Matthew and Nina Chow
David Coleman and Marivic Borromeo P'20
Brent and Jessica Collett P'20
Todd Connor and Jane Dauber P'17
Alyce Conti
Leanne Corcoran and Rachel Ligtenberg P'18, '21
Graham Baba Architects
Phil and Amy Crocker
Marcus and Reiko Dabney P'18
Tony DeEulio and Jean Joichi P'18
Marion DeForest
Laura DelVillar-Fox '07
Dan Delong and Vanessa Ho P'19
Holly Detels P'18
Bernie Determan-Griffin
Puneet Dewan and Padmini Srikantiah P'19
Spencer and Valerie Dillard P'17, '20
John Dirks and Ellen Nadelhoffer P'20
Colleen Douville P'11
Wes Ducey and Christine Zarker Primomo
Joe and Marsann Easterday P'18, '20
Anne Echols
Amy Eggler and Erika Shaffer P'15, '17
Noreen Elbert and Liz Little P'18
Mary Fialko
Erik and Lannhi Fischl P'19
Seton FitzMacken
Edwin and Rebecca O'Boyle Fotheringham P'12
Joe and Sabrina Furia
Eliza Furmansky
Gregory Garcia and Erica Pascarelli P'12, '18, '20
Joshua and Christine Gardiner P'20
Benjamin Gardner and Jennifer Meyer P'20
Mike and Chelsea Giacolino
Warren Gibbs and Jan Frederick P'09, '14
David Gill and Karri Meleo P'09, '15
William Golding and Jacqueline James P'08
Jim Graham
Doug Greene and Barbara Manning P'17, '21
Tim and Katy Hall P'15, '18
Leo Hamaji and Nora Mar P'01
Paul and Nancy Hawkes P'15
Alan Haynie and Elizabeth Gay P'19
Patricia Hearn
Todd and Katie Heckel P'18
Aaron and Christina Hendelman P'19
Wanda Herndon
Alex Higgins and Eva McGough P'16
Tim and Alexandra Hinderliter P'19, '21
Hussein and Julia Ismael P'14, P'21
Sarah Jones
Judith Kaftan and Kristin Marra P'13
Valerie Kampe
Linda Keene P'08
Megan Kennedy
Thomas Kenney and Eliaichi Kimaro P'20
Hannah Keyes '08
Safiya King '08
Keiko Koizumi P'20
Jim Kramer and Carol Macilroy P'19
Julie LaLuna P'20
Anne Landfield and Melinda Johnson P'18
Ben and Heidi Lantz P'16, '18
Steve Layton P'20
Dara Leary '05
Mary Lee P'20
Matthew and Mary Lehto P'20, '21
Brad Lenz and Kristie Gamer
Jason and Keahi Leong P'19
Sandy Lew Hailer
Bryan Lhuillier and Shannon Blaisdell
Diankha Linear P'21
Dave Lipe and Victoria Haven
David and Soyeon Lippman P'19
Martin Loesch and Cynthia Lewis P'18
Terry and Glenna Luke P'01
Tom Marks P'08
Charles and Mary Anne Martin P'19
T.A. and Teresa McCann P'13
Robert and Julie McCann P'14
Amy McCue P'19
Clay McDaniel and Mandy Levenberg P'19, '21
Morva McDonald
Anna McGough
Scott and Janet McLeod P'09
Shannon McPhail
Martin and Lissa Mehalchin P'17
Geoff Miller and Shirley Bekins P'17, '20
Gregg Miller
Ron Morris and Laura Blanchard
Peter Mostow and Leigh Hardiman P'18
Lindsey Mutschler
David Neiman and Keiko Kawasaki P'14
Andreea Niculescu and Leah Koshiyama
Shaterra Overton
Joseph Park and Deborah Gassner P'17, '19
Sean Patterson and Christina Gutierrez P'18
Tracey Pierce
Dave Pon and Kelley Hazel P'18
Marc and Ann Pottier P'18, '20
Sumathi Raghavan P'16
Dawn Rains
Frank Retman and Rosselle Pekelis
Pavel Rozalski and Lana Makhanik
Angela Russell P'20
David Sabban
Christian and May Salva P'18
Jeff Samella and Deirdre Murano P'18
Owen Santos and Hannah Morgan P'17, '19
Lisa Schlichting
Brad Sevenko and Joy Southworth P'19
Jenna Shames '05
Joel and Ji Sider P'20
Max Silverman and Sue Wilkes P'19
Rob Sim and Nisha Nathani P'16, '21
Brian Smale and Shelley Thomas P'18
Christopher Smith and Karin Hirschfeld P'14
Richard Sohn and Susan Papanikolas P'14, '18
Angela Russell P'20
Marcio and Charito Sotero de Menezes P'07
Peter Lape and Charlotte Spang P'19
Jason Starkie and Heather Kravas
Gregory Sterne and Suzanne Gillis P'20
Becca Tessin
Brad and Danielle Tilden
Lauren Tilden and Kate Ciurej
Jacquie Tilden Calderón and Daniel Calderón
Raymond Timm and Laura Rattner P'20
Nathan and Trina Torgelson P'19
Farhad Tyabji P'14
Zach and Terra Vall-Spinosa P'20
Josh Vall-Spinosa
John and Cara Vallier P'19
Christian and Nicole Verbrugghe
Alex Vollmer and Meredith Li-Vollmer P'17
Dan Walter and Megan McCabe P'19
Shiba Ward and Jane Davis-Ward P'19
Ron and Kim Warness
Ben and Kimberli Wilson P'11, '14
Jennifer Winter and Renee Lamphere
Sheila Wise
Frewoini Woldemariam P'15, '18
Holly Woodson P'20
Chris Wyman P'20
Rene Yoakum and Greg Pindras
Amy Young P'17, '20
Gary Zarker and Janet Primomo
Drew and Jenny Zavatsky
Michael Zuberbier and Martha Jacobs P'19


2016-17 #GivingTuesday
 

#GivingTuesday is a global celebration of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration – a new tradition of generosity. On November 28, 2017, 13 families used this day to make their Fuerza Fund donations, totaling $3,300. As always, we are humbled by the love and support of our community. Thank you.

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+ GivingTuesday 2017 Donors

Margaret and Miranda Bradford P'18
David Coleman and Marivic Borromeo P'20
Doug Greene and Barbara Manning P'17, '21
Tim and Katy Hall P'15, '18
Paul and Nancy Hawkes P'15
Peter Lape and Charlotte Spang P'19
Brad Lenz and Kristie Gamer
Alex Higgens and Eva McGough P'16
Martin and Lissa Mehalchin P'17
Marcus Rempel and Sandi Everlove P'07
Eric and Stacy Uyeji P'17, '19
Josh Woods and Ann Boyd P'16, '17
Laura and Erik Zaugg


2016-17 GiveBig
 

LWGMS was honored to participate in the eighth and final GiveBig! event, sponsored by the Seattle Foundation. GiveBIG 2018 raised $16.6 million for our region’s nonprofit organizations, bringing the total impact to $113.7 million over the past eight years. We are grateful for your support of GiveBIG and our partnership to make Greater Seattle a stronger, more vibrant community for all. With your support, a total of $3,500 was donated to L-Dub! Thank you for giving on this exciting day, and to those that participated in the last eight years. We are so appreciative!

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+ GiveBig 2018 Donors

Alison Alhadeff
Samuel Blackwell and Sereatha Brooks Blackwell P'17
Stephanie Bravmann, PhD
Todd Connor and Jane Dauber P'17
Holly Detels P'18
Richard Dunn and Laura Widdice P'10
Ralph Fragale and Annie Barrett P'16
Joshua and Christine Gardiner P'20
David Gill and Karri Meleo P'09, '15
Mark Goodermote and Jennifer Roth P'15
Mark Hatcher and Nolana Newton P'17
John Hughes and Marni Levy P'07
Alison McCaffree
Melinda Morrison P '21
David Neiman and Keiko Kawasaki P'14
Josh Parks P'09
David True and Sarah Hufbauer P'10
John and Cara Vallier P'19
Susan Wendel P'16
Michael Zuberbier and Martha Jacobs P'19


2016-17 Corporate and Foundation Gifts
 

We are pleased to have received donations from the following corporations and foundations 2016-17. Thank you to our donors who initiated these donations.

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+ Corporate and Foundation Gifts

Adobe Systems Incorporated
Alaska Airlines
Amazon Smile
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Boeing
Frog Prints e!
Gienapp Family Foundation
Google Inc.
Graham Baba Architects
J.A.S. Design-Build, Inc.
Microsoft
Schoola
Tableau Foundation
Wyman Youth Trust

2016-17 Corporate and Foundation Gifts

2016-17 In Kind Donations
 

We are grateful for the many gifts – of time, effort, and enthusiasm – our supporters bring us on a daily basis, and to the following people for donations of in-kind necessities...and things to break apart in STEAM class.

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+ In Kind Donors

ADH Tech Services
Brian Smale Photography
Edwin Fotheringham Illustration
Eltana Wood Fired Bagels
Dharma Maps
Dreaming Tree Wines
Fremont Brewing
Fortunate Orchard
Ken and Cheri Bowles P'15, '17
Kenneth Burton and Michelle Terry P'18
Lenz | Skerritt Media
Mighty-O Donuts


LWGMS Annual Social Justice Film Festival.

The Fifth Annual LWGMS Film Festival showcases the social justice films made by the class of 2018. As part of the Humanities curriculum, the Walls to Bridges class highlights taking action in a number of different ways, and on May 10, the eighth graders inspired us with their storytelling in the film medium. With their classmates, the students agreed on a topic, generated a thesis, created a storyboard, integrated interviews, videos, and still photos, and edited a five-minute film that inspired its audience to act, to think, and to discuss important issues facing our country and the world. The students’ film topics were indicators of what is on their minds, and this year, students had messages about gun violence, racism, the LGBTQ community, gender, dress codes, immigration, the Mee Too movement, and the media. Using film as a means of social change, students worked hard to create passionate and creative films that inspire us all to see things differently, to challenge old ideas, and to take action.

Some special thanks are in order. Mr. E is the answer to all things technical, Ms. Blaisdell makes the festival run smoothly, and filmmaker Eli Kimaro brought four other filmmakers to L-Dub to preview the films and offer invaluable feedback for the student filmmakers.

Congratulations to all of our filmmakers! You can find all the films – including the four audience-choice winners – on our YouTube page

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ThinkTank week at Lake Washington Girls Middle School is a week where half the student body is at Broadway Performance Hall preparing for the spring production, and the other half is on campus, spending their days in deep-dive projects.

This year, eighth grade students spent ThinkTank week creating their own Startups, complete with business plans based on market research and strategy, mission statements, branding packages, and web products (an app or a website).

The week began with a visit from Seattle’s own Molly Moon Neitzel of Molly Moon's Homemade Ice Cream, who spoke to students about her journey to becoming CEO and the valuable life lessons she learned along the way. She also urged students to think about how to create businesses with strong values systems woven through every aspect of their organizations – very much in line with the social justice values at LWGMS.

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After some brainstorming and wireframing, every student pitched an idea to her classmates and students narrowed down the pool by selecting the business idea – each one of them social justice-themed – they most resonated with. Teams formed and the girls got to work. They developed the beginnings of seven businesses, such as the two winners, Blend, a company creating bandages that perfectly match their customers' skin tones, and Z, an online community for gender-judgement-free shopping.

Our students spent the week collaborating, building useful products and websites, and asking each other hard questions. Today the girls hosted a Startup Symposium for their peers (potential investors in this case) to pitch their ideas. Each student was given one heart distribute to the company of her choice, representing her investment in their mission, values, and work.

We were excited that King5 came to cover the symposium, and reported about it on Friday's 4pm news!

THE WINNING COMPANIES (FROM THE STUDENTS):

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Blend (Website)

Girlpreneurs: Kyra, Anabel (filmed), and Valerie

Mission: BLEND works to make all people feel comfortable wearing bandages, no matter the color of their skin.

Pitch: BLEND is a company that creates bandages in a variety of skin tones so that all people can feel comfortable using bandages. We want all people to know  that their skin is beautiful, even if it does not match the “flesh-colored” bandages sold in retail stores.

We offer a variety of different bandages, such as adhesive bandages and elastic bandages.

On our website, you can send us a picture of your skin, and then we create a custom color that matches it. You can also choose from a large selection of colors on our color palette to create a bandage that matches your skin tone.

Z (Website)

Girlpreneurs: Ella, Allison (filmed) and, Charlie

Mission: We provide a safe and easy way for people to buy the clothes that fit their personal style without the limitations of binary labels.

Tagline: GENDER Judgement free shopping

Elevator Pitch: Z is a personalized website where people can shop for their favorite brands from the comfort of home, without the discomfort of feeling as if someone is judging you for your style.  

What the website does: Our website was made with the goal of eliminating the judgement that surrounds clothes shopping. We conducted a survey at our school where we asked participants to circle pictures of clothing articles that they thought they would wear. The pictures were of both men’s and women’s clothing, and participants were not told which was which. We found that, even though the majority of our classmates shop in the women’s section, everyone circled at least two items that were sold as men’s clothing. None of the clothes are categorized by gender, and our sizing doesn’t include the language “plus” or “petite,” but instead, uses numbers. Our website features a tool that allows users to input their size and measurements. With that information, pieces of clothing are recommended for the customer.

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LWGMS Future Ready Campaign Progress (2017/2018 Annual Report)