The ANNpower Vital Voices Initiative is a partnership between Ann Inc., parent company of Ann Taylor and Loft, and Vital Voices Global Partnership to empower young women from across the U.S. with the leadership skills they need to affect global progress, invest in their communities and begin their journeys as the next generation of leaders.
Vital Voices Global Partnership is a leading non-governmental organization that identifies, invests in and brings visibility to extraordinary women around the world by unleashing their leadership potential to transform lives and accelerate peace and prosperity in their communities.
Founded by Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 1997, the organization trains and mentors women leaders as agents of transformative change in economic development, human rights and political participation. The Vital Voices Global Leadership Network includes more than 14,000 leaders representing 144 countries who have trained and mentored 500,000 additional women and girls in their communities.
Ann Inc. and Vital Voices Global Partnership recently announced the 2014 ANNpower Fellows. The newly selected ANNpower Fellows hail from 25 states, Puerto Rico and Canada, and share a common interest in creating effective and sustainable solutions to challenges in their communities. Their ideas include building mentorship programs for girls interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), addressing healthy eating in their communities and environmental preservation.
"I am thrilled with the innovative ideas and impressive talent that we have seen during this year's application period," said Kay Krill, president and CEO of Ann Inc. "It truly goes to show how outstanding these 50 young women are to have risen to the top of such a competitive application pool, which has tripled over last year. They are fearless in their quest to make a difference in their communities and the world, and it is a privilege for Ann Inc. to play a part in their path to leadership."
In January 2014, Ann Taylor and Loft launched a nationwide campaign in-stores and online to identify the next generation of female leaders and invite them to apply to become ANNpower Fellows. Through the most competitive application pro