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Women’s evening lecture series kicks off Oct. 29

Sept. 30, 2019

Women’s evening lecture series kicks off Oct. 29

October 29 Upper St. Clair School District will host its first “Sharing Her Story” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29 in the Boyce Middle School library. The event, part of the uscGAL initiative, is free and open to the public.

The goal of the event is to provide a forum for attendees to hear the life story of successful women, to reflect on their own experiences and to offer an opportunity for girls and women to network and form authentic connections.

“Hearing the life stories of accomplished women can inspire young girls and women to pursue their aspirations,” Giulia Gouker, uscGAL coordinator and Upper St. Clair High School English teacher, said. “Building a strong, supportive network is essential to the growth and success of ambitious women. With support and encouragement, success is possible for all women, despite societal bias, setbacks and self-doubt.”

The inaugural event will feature Dr. Mary Parks-Lamb, owner of Lamb Medical Concierge & Aesthetic Medicine.

Light refreshments will be available and all attendees will have an opportunity to win door prizes. For more information, contact Ms. Gouker at

An acronym for Upper St. Clair Girls Advancing Leadership, the uscGAL initiative’s mission is to advance the personal leadership skills and empowerment of women and girls in the Upper St. Clair School District. In its first year, adult and student uscGAL participants have engaged in personal development training and informal mentorship opportunities.

“uscGAL provides opportunities for adolescent girls to realize that each of them possesses the skills to lead their own lives uniquely and confidently,” Amy Pfender, assistant to the superintendent, said.

Leading the uscGAL effort is Ms. Gouker along with Mrs. Amy Pfender, assistant to the superintendent; Mrs. Lauren Madia, assistant director of student support services; Dr. Sharon Suritsky, deputy/assistant superintendent; and Gordon Mathews, USCHS counselor. Consultation and training are being provided by Dr. Marta McClintock-Comeaux, director of women’s studies at California University of Pennsylvania and Pernille Spiers Lopez, author of “Design Your Life” and former president of IKEA North America and global human resources manager for the IKEA Group and its 135,000 employees.

This year’s plans include the evening speaker series as well as lunch and learn events, service opportunities, and a leadership and empowerment workshop for middle school students. The initiative is funded by generous donations from the Mary Elena Batz Memorial Fund and Joan Rossin Stephans.