Testimonials from Presenters:
“Every school should have a teacher like Stephanie LaBonte who sees the value in empowering young women. I was honored to keynote the rally she organized today in Waterbury and was inspired by the enthusiastic students and amazing women who spoke and held workshops” - Alaine Griffin, legal affairs reporter for The Hartford Courant. Alaine has won awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and New England Associated Press News Executives Association, including top honors for her coverage of the 2010 trial of Cheshire home-invasion suspect Steven Hayes. She has served on the Connecticut Judicial Branch's Public Access Task Force, charged with examining the openness and public accessibility of the courts and was a panelist at the symposium, “Sandy Hook and Beyond: Breaking News, Trauma and Aftermath” at the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma at Columbia University.
“Today I was honored to be a speaker at the 2nd annual Lady Wildcat Empowerment Rally! I am grateful to have had the opportunity to speak to high school girls about the importance of empowering one another. I met and shared the day with so many amazing, inspiring, successful, and empowering women! It was a privilege meeting 2016 National Teacher of the Year, Jahana Hayes.”- Miss America Connecticut 2016-17, Alyssa Taglia
“ I had the wonderful privilege to speak to young ladies at the 2nd Annual Wildcat Empowerment Rally! Along with a wonderful group of other successful Connecticut women, we shared our words, stories, and wisdom in hopes of inspiring. The theme of this years’ rally was ‘Breaking the Glass Ceiling” and then we broke some glass! Thank you so much to Stephanie LaBonte for inviting me to be a part of this wonderful event!” - Marisa Balletti- Lavoie, creator and founder of Sassy Mouth Photo.
Testimonials from girls:
“The experience I had during the women empowerment was truly touching. The stories women shared with us made me think and realize about how precious our life is and to spend it wisely, make good choices for ourselves, help others, and always be kind to one another. It seemed like all of us became a whole. “ -Martha, 10th grade student
“What I experienced at the Girls Movement Rally was a group of women and girls coming together for one purpose.” -Tiana, 9th grade student
“I loved the women empowerment rally! It was a great experience learning from the presenters, I’m just upset we didn’t have time to hear everyone’s story.” - Jarlyn, 11th grade student
"I wish my whole school had Social Media Savvy! I learned alot and Ms. Stephanie made it fun and educational."- Skyler, 6th grade student