What People Are Saying About Pathfinder

"Girls Empowerment Network is a vital organization that tells girls it is okay to be strong, smart, assertive and beautiful. In general, the self-esteem of girls really plummets during middle school. Parents can only do so much as their words tend to not count as much. GEN steps in with their empowerment program and the girls feel alive and significant again. They are thinking more in-depth about their futures and in what way they will give back to the world. That is what is needed for girls. Thank you GEN!" - Marian Williams, Parent of Pathfinder Attendee

“There is something so powerful about women encouraging one another to find their best selves and to reach their full potential. That is exactly what GEN does- it shows girls the importance of empowering and supporting one another. The Pathfinder program gives girls the chance to pick up valuable skills that they will use for the rest of their lives, while also helping them find true confidence in themselves-I wish I’d had this opportunity in high school.”-

Emily, College Junior, former GEN program participant

“In high school you’re still figuring out who you are – what you can offer to the world and what you want to get out of it – even if you think you know it all. GEN gave me the opportunity to work some of it out when I was in high school, and the tools to continue later on.”-

Pooja, College Senior, former GEN program participant


“In high school you’re still figuring out who you are – what you can offer to the world and what you want to get out of it – even if you think you know it all. GEN gave me the opportunity to work some of it out when I was in high school, and the tools to continue later on.”-

Pooja, College Senior, former GENaustin program participant

"I am so grateful that my daughter has access to the powerful and motivating Pathfinder program through GEN. She came away from the Pathfinder Leadership Summit with more confidence and direction than I have ever seen in her. I'm proud that so many women in our community took time and genuine interest in helping our girls grow into similarly dynamic women who can, it turn, give back to Austin. Thank you GEN!"- Martha Williams, Parent of Pathfinder Attendee

“GEN provides expert programming for girls in Central Texas and the Pathfinder Program is a much needed resource for young women transitioning into adulthood.”-

Lesley Guthrie, Executive Director, Governor’s Commission for Women


“Once again, GEN has created a fabulous program to help support just what their mission is, to help girls make wise choices in navigating girlhood. Pathfinder addresses one of the toughest developmental transitions in childhood – adolescence to young adulthood, a time of great conflict, uncertainty and fear. Pathfinder helps to not only open up what career possibilities are out there for these high school girls, but also to gain the skills and success to attain these goals. In addition, Pathfinder’s programming teaches and explores leadership with a healthy balance of emphasis on both personal and professional issues that are essential for this next generation of girls to be successful.”-

Dr. Allison Chase, Psychologist, AK Chase & Associates