Our Leadership

Girls Rule Foundation Leadership
Dena Patton, CEO & Cofounder


Girls Rule office: (480) 282-4242



2018 Board of Directors 




Laurie Sliva, 2018 President


Facilitator, Speaker, Life Skills Trainer at



Julie Trujillo, Secretary


Director, External Relations –

Eller College of Management,

The University of Arizona

Vice President


Kelly Lorenzen, Marketing Director

CEO of

KLM Consulting,
Marketing and Management

Board Chairs


 Advisory Board
Dr. Ali Arnold, Speaker, Author and Founder www.docaliarnold.com

                     Dr. Ali Arnold                         Speaker, Author and Founder www.docaliarnold.com

Clarissa Burt

             Clarissa Burt                  CEO & Supermodel      www.clarissaburt.com

Diane Aiello

                 Diane Aiello, CEO                          Celebrity Stylist, Fashion Editor   www.dianeaiello.com


        Lori Ann Robinson           Founder, LAR Consultants   Image and Fashion Consultant www.larconsultants.com

Gelie Akhenblit

                  Gelie Akhenblit                       Founder and CEO   www.NetworkingPhoenix.com


Dr. Karen Jacobson

Dr. Karen Jacobson, Health & Wellness Expert, Author and CEO   www.drkarenjacobson.com

                   Lynda Bishop, CEOLyndabishop.com  

Robyn Mckay

  Dr. Robyn McKay PhD      Founder of SHEology    robynmckay.com



Lori Severson, President/Coach    InspirAction Ink     loriseverson.net


CEO & Cofounder
Pictured: (l-r) Dena Patton, Laura Anderson, Stephanie Millner and Jenn Kaye

About the founders:
The four founders originally met in 2003 when their mutual interests to empower girl’s leadership skills found them involved at another Arizona-based girl’s charity.  In 2008 they took their inspiration, experience and determination to create The Girls Rule Foundation that focuses on empowerment and leadership for girls. The founders were in the training and development industry, and was inspired to adapt one of Dena’s women’s programs into a girls version which became their first program; The Dream Big workshop. They went on to create the Annual Mother Daughter Summit to help girls build a bright future. Laura Anderson passed away in 2009 and in her honor we created The Laura Anderson Scholarship Fund in her name which scholarships 50 girls to our annual Shine Brightly conference and scholarships 4 girls to our summer camp.


After Laura passed away the three founders continued building Girls Rule and defining it’s programs. In 2013 Dena Patton continued the mission and took on leadership as it’s CEO and grew the 3 additional programs; The Brilliant, Beautiful and Bold Workshop, Wings to Fly a 7 Day leadership summer camp and the 12 week after school club called dreamLAB. Girls Rule is a grass roots movement with a mighty mission to help girls become our next generation of leaders and world changers.  Read about our programs here.

A few words from our founders:

Laura Anderson (deceased) – As a high school student I was blessed with so many amazing opportunities and mentors and I saw a shift in focus and resources going to disciplinary programs instead of leadership and self-development. This was just not “ok” with me and I made a commitment to create experiences that would give teens a strong belief in themselves and their ability to fulfill their dreams. The Girls Rule! Foundation is a fulfillment of my dream and I hope it gives young women the knowingness and skills to experience their unique power and grace.

Dena Patton – The teen years are challenging for any teen, but with the right people and the right tools she can overcome anything and she has the power to create a bright future.  This organization represents what I think most teens want: to better know herself, to know her worth, know her power, know her valuable place in the world, and to learn the skills to pursue her dreams. I truly want each girl to know she is brilliant, beautiful and bold just how she is! I love working with teen girls and my hope is that the Girls Rule Foundation helps girls to become the next generation of leaders, strong women, inventors, teachers, entrepreneurs, CEO’s and world changers.

Stephanie Millner – The Foundation to me is a stepping stone in the journey of life. I believe a dream is reality that hasn’t yet met the right tools. My hope for the Foundation is to provide the right tools for girls to love themselves, enjoy life and live their dreams. As a teen,  I was fortunate enough to have mentors that encouraged me. I want to offer this same support so that any young woman willing to believe in themselves will have the same opportunities for self-discovery and achievement as I was given.

Jenn Kaye – Being a self-confident, powerful person in the world means knowing what you want and having the confidence in yourself to go after it. In addition to inspiring young women to be leaders of their own lives, the Foundation is important because it will provide practical experiences that they can apply immediately. Building a strong community of mentors, teen leaders and experts with real-world knowledge is a foundation that I am passionate about and believe will benefit young women for the rest of their lives.