Our Story

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Founders Pictured 2008: (l-r) Laura Anderson. Stephanie Millner. Jenn Kaye, Dena Patton
About the founders:
The four founders originally met in 2004 when their mutual interests to empower girl’s leadership skills found them involved at an Arizona-based girl’s charity.  From that experience, in 2008 they took their inspiration and determination and created The Girls Rule Foundation focusing on empowerment , leadership and education for girls. The founders are business owners, mothers, girlfriends and most of all, passionate about making a difference for teen girls. Together they created the Girls Rule Signature 2 hour Dream Big workshop and Annual Shine Brightly Summit to help girls shine their light and build a bright future.
Laura Anderson (pictured left) passed away in 2009 of complications of Lupus.  It was a devastating time in and the foundation wasn’t going to continue. However in 2010 we decided to create The Laura Anderson Scholarship Fund to scholarship girls to attend our Annual Shine Brightly Mother Daughter Summit that happens each Fall in Phoenix, AZ, and scholarships 4 girls to attend our 7 day Leadership Summer Camp who otherwise couldn’t afford to attend.
In 2013 Dena Patton solely continued Girls Rule and took on leadership as our CEO and is currently growing our reach and our mission to impact more girls to help them build a bright futures. In 2016 we launched our first ever national program called dreamLAB which is a 12 week after-school club for girls 7th-12th grades. Learn more about our programs here. Read about our purpose here.