Marisa Porges

What Girls Need
  • What Girls Need

  • The key ingredient to success for girls isn’t confidence or resilience, education or courage. What matters most is how all these elements work together in the boldest way possible. This is What Girls Need, now and for the future.

    Based on ground-breaking work at the all-girls Baldwin School, renowned for helping girls thrive personally and professionally, and using lessons from the author’s own stellar career path in typically male-dominated environments - she has a BA from Harvard in Geophysics, flown jets for the US Navy and been a counter-terrorism expert in Afghanistan and the White House - this is an essential hand-book for all parents of girls - and anyone who cares about girls and what happens to them. It will empower you to help her close the confidence gap with boys, find her voice, nurture her competitive spirit, turn her audacity into persuasion, learn the art and skill of networking, and find role models – all the things that will help her succeed as an adult woman – whatever field they enter, whatever challenge they face.

Dr Marisa Porges is known for her work on leadership, education, and national security. She is currently the eighth Headmaster of The Baldwin School, a 130-year-old all-girls school outside of Philadelphia that is renowned for academic excellence and preparing girls to be leaders and change-makers. Prior to joining Baldwin, Dr Porges was a leading counterterrorism and national security expert serving in such places as the Obama White House and the US Navy. Porges has a bachelor’s degree in geophysics from Harvard University, a master’s degree in comparative politics from the London School of Economics, and a doctorate in security studies from King’s College London. Her awards include the National Committee on American Foreign Policy 21st Century Leader Award and the NATO Medal for service in Afghanistan.

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