Our Cofounder & CEO – Dena Patton
Dena has a calling and a passion to empower women and girls. For the past 16 years she has worked with women and girls helping them access their own power, voice, greatness and dreams. Her passion is to find other men and women with the same passion.
In 1994 she followed her own dream to move from Phoenix to NYC at 22 with only $1500 in her pocket. She opened her own business at age 24, but she soon experienced a minor stroke at age 27 from the results of stress and being a workaholic. She quickly adopted self-care, boundaries and transformational self-development work, which was life changing! During the next 12 months she was recovering in speech therapy and sold her business to a tech startup, and in that time she also found a deeper calling to work with women and girls. In 2001 her path led her to become a global speaker, best-winning author, and coach for women leaders and entrepreneurs which she absolutely adores to this day. Her passion is to help women and girls know their worth, know themselves, know their greatness and know their valuable place in the world as leaders and world changers. In 2002 she moved back to Phoenix. In 2007 with three friends she cofounded The Girls Rule Foundation’s and today we have five leadership and empowerment programs for girls ages 12-18 to help equip our girls to lead and live confidently. Philanthropy and ministry work has always been important to Dena and she believes it’s an important part of life. Girls Rule is where she dedicates her philanthropy time and wants to see the programs reach more girls in the coming years. She is also the author of, The Greatness Game, which $1 of each book gets donated to Girls Rule.
“Youth development is important especially now that our youth has access to so much media/messaging/influencers, and they have so many distractions which can pull them off focus from their bright future. Programs like ours help girls with the social, emotional and leadership skills they need to thrive as young women and become our next generation of leaders in whatever industry or role they pursue.”
Pictured: Dena (middle) with the Past Presidents of Women’s Council of Realtors Scottsdale a crucial supporter and sponsor of Girls Rule. As a grassroots, volunteer-based organization we depend on our donors, volunteers and support – learn about the 6 ways you can help our mission and empower our reach to more girls by clicking here.
Why does Girls Rule Foundation focus on developing, inspiring, mentoring and educating teen girls? Not just because Arizona is the 3rd worst state (read statistics here) to be a girl, but because 7 core things that “pull on” EVERY teen girl in our country:
1. Peer pressure
2. Media messages of perfection & beauty
3. Puberty and early puberty
4. Suicide and self-harm is happening around them
5. Teen Pregnancy is happening around them
6. Drugs/drinking is happening around them
7. Cell phones and electronics addictions and dependency
Disempowered girls often become disempowered women, and our commitment is that empowered girls become empowered women who contribute economically, intellectually, academically, and emotionally in our communities, country and the world. Self-esteem cannot be medicated which is why we educate and equip girls with social, emotional, and leadership skill sets so that they can become our next generation of leaders and world changers.
- Our Program’s Impact:
Our movement and our educational programs are aimed to girls the greatest chances of success in their schooling, their careers and their lives. We educate and equip thousands of girls to succeed through: our after-school club, Our Annual Mentoring & Awards program, our Mother-Daughter Summits and our Summer Camp. Our programs are important because they heavily influence our 4 C’s: choice making, communication, community/relationships, and cash/income. Let’s help our girls succeed.
- Our Social Impact:
In addition to our programs we reach people electronically – through our newsletter, our social media, our online movement, and our Spread Love, Not Hate Challenge. We reach approximately 10,000 people per month.
- Our Tribe:
We are made up of men and women who stand for girls and want to see them thrive. We are made up of financial supporters, sponsors, volunteers, board members, and advocates who help our organization grow to reach more girls. It takes a village so join us!
We believe in girls & we believe in their dreams.
Because girls change the world.