Pitzer College Alumna and Girls Fly! Founder Receives Recognition from White House

Gael Sylvia Pullen ’78 recognized as an American representative for International Day of the Girl 2017

Claremont, Calif. (December 12, 2016)—Pitzer College hosted a ceremony to announce the selection of alumna Gael Sylvia Pullen ’78 and her organization, Girls Fly!, as part of the Presidential Proclamation mandates for the International Day of the Girl, scheduled for October 2017.

This recognition was facilitated through the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, as it supports the efforts of Girls Fly! to promote the cognitive, social and emotional development of women and girls internationally.

“We are proud to receive this recognition from the White House and are excited to formally participate in the global celebration of girls’ rights next year,” said Pullen. “It’s an honor that President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama share our enthusiasm for increasing opportunities for girls to become leaders around the world.”

Girls Fly! is an initiative designed to partner with local and international communities to empower girls and women through a wide variety of motivational iFly experiences. These customized experiences focus on engagement with mentors and supporters from a community of women who share a commitment to excellence and a focus on helping women and girls.

During the ceremony, Pullen and Pitzer College President Melvin L. Oliver expressed the importance of promoting opportunities for girls and discussed how the efforts of Girls Fly! have effectively impacted many young women throughout the world.


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