Local teen named ANNpower Fellow

Elena Hughes, a young woman from Greenwich, is one of 50 young women from across the country to be selected as an ANNpower Fellow for her leadership potential and commitment to creating positive social change.

Elena is a sophomore at The Ursuline School in New Rochelle, N.Y. and founded a club called Global Health Corps Club (GHC Club) there. The club’s mission focuses on fund raising and raising awareness about health inequity around the world.

“I am especially passionate and interested in health care and hope to be a surgeon for Doctors Without Borders in the future,” Elena said in a press release.

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 range from building mentorship programs for girls interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), addressing healthy eating in their communities to environmental preservation.

According to ANNpower, “The young women represent a diverse and dynamic group.”

“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, 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 process to-date, ANN INC., in partnership with Vital Voices, selected the 50 girls, who are high school sophomore and juniors, to become ANNpower Fellows.

As their first step in their leadership journey, the Fellows participated in the 2014 ANNpower Vital Voices Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C., in June

At the three-day ANNpower Vital Voices Leadership Forum, the 50 Fellows underwent comprehensive leadership training from influential women leaders who are part of the Vital Voices Global Leadership Network, as well as executives from ANN INC., including Kay Krill. The Forum’s curriculum was designed to equip the aspiring young leaders with the training and mentorship they need to realize their full potential as future leaders.

For more information about the ANNpower Vital Voices Initiative, visit ANNpower.org.

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