WHY DID OWN IT START?
OWN IT started to address the leadership gap. Women have filled the education gap--in fact, they are graduating college at higher rates than men. However, there is still a dearth of women sitting on corporate boards, in science and technology, in C-level positions, representing us in government, and in general leadership roles. We all know you cannot be what you cannot see. OWN IT seeks to provide young women with an opportunity not just to see, but to learn from and connect with women who are living out leadership in a variety of fields and positions. Similarly, OWN IT seeks to provide well-established women with an outlet to give back and share what they have learned with future leaders.
WHEN DID OWN IT START?
OWN IT was started by Helen Brosnan and Kendall Ciesemier, then sophomore and junior in college, respectively, during their time at Georgetown University in 2014. The inaugural OWN IT Summit was held in April 2014 and brought over 40 speakers and 400 attendees together. The success of the inaugural summit in 2014 spurred nationwide expansion in 2015. We now have satellite summits at eleven universities in the country, including one in Puerto Rico! Most recently, OWN IT 2016 featured more than 800 attendees, 100 speakers, 30 breakout sessions.