GenHERation Founder Katlyn Grasso Named 2019-20 Goodyear Fellow

Katlyn Grasso, whose GenHERation network, where young women and female executives connect, has been named a 2019-20 Alison Harrison Goodyear ’29 Fellow at Foxcroft School, and will keynote at their schoolwide Leadership Day, Friday, September 6 at 9am in Engelhard Gymnasium.
The public is invited to attend her talk entitled, "Empowering the Next GenHERation." There is no admission charge, but space is limited; please call 540.687.4510 for details.

Katlyn created GenHERation’s Discovery Days bus tours and has grown the GenHERation community to more than 250,000 members, hosting 300 national events and partnering with 200 companies since the seeds of her idea began as a student at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Upon graduation, she — and her then-fledgling GenHERation project — was one of the inaugural recipients of the President’s Engagement Prize created by Dr. Amy Gutmann at UPenn, which provides graduating seniors with $150,000 to develop innovative projects that have the potential to change the world.

Discovery Days are immersive day trips that allow high school and college women to visit the most innovative companies in America, meet female executives, participate in skill-building simulations, and earn scholarships. This year’s 12 trips include 10 cities and 500 female executives at some of the most innovative companies in America like Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Netflix, National Geographic, and the World Bank. Grasso says, “When girls engage in GenHERation and have the opportunity to interact with female professionals and companies around the world, I want them to think, ‘that could be me someday running the company,’ or ‘that could be me being governor.’”

Foxcroft modeled their February 2019 Wintermission road trip visiting alumnae executives up and down the east coast entitled, Glass Ceilings, Leaning In, and Mentors — How Women Grow as Leaders, after Grasso’s Discovery Days. Emily Johns, Assistant Head of School for Student Life, has heard Grasso speak and is excited to bring her message about female empowerment to Foxcroft: “Katlyn is a ‘mover and shaker’ with a passion for understanding girls and their leadership development, providing them access to role models and mentors. She will be talking with our girls about nurturing their inner confidence and inspiring them to live out their values. She’s the perfect person to come and kick off our all-school Leadership Day and our annual theme of ‘Inside Out!’”

Grasso’s presentation will be the keynote of the all-school Leadership Day, which will also feature a workshop with the Junior Class to plan their philanthropic goals for the year and a lunch with the Student Council.

Originally from Hamburg, NY, Katlyn is now a bicoastal entrepreneur spending her time between New York City, Philadelphia, and California. She speaks nationally about entrepreneurship, technology, and the advancement of women. Her work has been featured in Seventeen, Forbes, The Huffington Post, and The Washington Times. Katlyn was featured on the cover of Philly Biz magazine as the youngest woman on the “Women to Watch” list.

The Alison Harrison Goodyear ’29 Fellowship program, offered through the generosity of the family and friends of Alison Harrison Goodyear, Foxcroft Class of 1929, brings distinguished speakers and provocative performers to Foxcroft to deliver a keynote address and conduct small group seminars with students. Fellowship recipients during the program’s 48-year history include such remarkable voices as Maya Angelou, James Baker III, Doris Kearns Goodwin, David McCullough, Sally Ride, Barbara Walters, tech entrepreneur Sheena Allen, hiker, author, and National Geographic “Adventurer of the Year” Jennifer Pharr Davis, and most recently “Hello Fears” founder Michelle Poler.
An all-girls boarding and day school in Northern Virginia, Foxcroft prepares young women in grades 9-12 for success in college and in life. Our outstanding academic program offers challenging courses, including Advanced Placement classes and an innovative STEM program. Our premiere equestrian program is nationally recognized, and our athletic teams have won conference and state championships. Experience the best in girls' boarding schools: visit Foxcroft.