Young women of middle school and high school ages will have the opportunity to meet with and listen to a local congresswoman Aug. 4. Representative Barbara Comstock (VA-10) has continued the 10th Congressional District Young Women in Leadership Program and will be hosting an event at 10 a.m. at the Middleburg Community Center located at 300 W Washington St.
Thursday’s event will showcase Shelia Johnson, Jeff Marschner, Comstock’s Deputy Chief of Staff and Communications Director said. Johnson is the co-founder of the Black Entertainment Television (BET) and the first female Black American billionaire.
Throughout the program, girls from the 10th District interacted with and learned about women in elected office, women in STEM, women in education, women in medicine and women in philanthropy, Marschner said. The nonpartisan program aims to develop the participants’ communication skills and leadership abilities as well as inspire the girls to be ambitious in their career goals.
This event is one of many in the program, which ends later this month. Four hundred girls from the district have participated in this year’s program, Marschner said.