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Nicole Ari Parker and Dr. Julianne Malveaux Set to Empower Girls of Color during At the Well Academy at Princeton University

June 23, 2017 (New York, NY)—For the seventh straight year, the At the Well Young Women’s Leadership Academy (ATW) will offer its two week summer enrichment program for minority girls entering the eleventh or twelfth grades of high school on July 23-August 4, 2017. Each year, ATW improves the leadership skills of students from across the country on the campus of Princeton University in Princeton, NJ. This year, over 70 students will attend ATW. Two of the featured speakers to share their words of wisdom include actress Nicole Ari Parker and scholar Dr. Julianne Malveaux. Nicole Ari Parker is known for her iconic roles in film, television, and the theatre including Soul Food and the Broadway production of A Streetcar Named Desire. She will speak on Sunday, July 30 at 1:30 p.m. Dr. Malveaux is President Emerita of Bennett College for Women. She is an economist, author and commentator whose popular writings have appeared in USA Today, Black Issues in Higher Education, Ms. Magazine, Essence Magazine, and more. She will speak Wednesday, August 2 at 1:30 p.m.


ATW is one of the only summer enrichment programs for minority girls to be held on an Ivy League campus. The program builds leadership skills through management development projects, interactive group sessions, critical reading and writing courses, field trips, and a financial aid/scholarship boot camp. Dynamic presenters from the corporate, non-profit, entrepreneurial, medical, legal, and entertainment fields offer workshops. Additional speakers this year include Rev. Leah Daughtry, actress Eden Duncan Smith, motivational speaker Brandi Harvey, QVC Inventor Lisa Ascolese,  attorney Renee Hill, financial guru Tiffany “the Budgetnista” Aliche, and physician Dr. Michele Reed.


ATW offers programming that is relevant to students’ experiences and addresses challenging issues that are commonly faced in their communities. Discussions include micro-aggressions, bullying, sexism, classism, and various forms of discrimination. The Academy prides itself on offering a safe space for students to share their experiences in a nurturing and healing atmosphere. An upcoming focus will include where students see the role of youth in the global economy.



ATW is the brainchild of the CEO and Founder Jacqueline B. Glass. A graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, Jacqueline created the program to offer minority girls the opportunity to develop leadership skills, see themselves in successful women of color, and engage in peer-to-peer dialogues. Glass states, “Minority girls need support and encouragement from their peers who have the same level of ambition. In too many instances, we see these teens isolated, along with their talents, in high achieving academic settings where too few of their peers look like them. ATW is a safe place where students can discover and sharpen skills while being supported for their unique abilities.”


At the Well Young Women’s Leadership Academy is a program of At the Well Conferences, Inc., a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization empowering women and teens since 2009. Visit


Media Contact:  Linda Peavy,, 216-262-1029


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