Our Story

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2008 – Girls Rule was born with 4 women’s passion to make a difference for girls
2009- Laura Anderson, co-founder, unexpectedly passes away
2010- The Laura Anderson Scholarship Fund was created
2011-2012 – Continue to grow our workshop, continue to define our mission, our vision, and our case
2013 – Dena Patton, co-founder, solely takes it on and turns it into a 501c3
2014 – Works on solidifying 2 programs and creating brand awareness
2015 – Creates infrastructure, internal systems, measurement/outcome systems, first Board, start fundraising
2016 – Hold 1st summer camp, creates after-school program, learn fundraising,  starts movement
2017 – Tweak and tightened up all 4 programs, continues fundraising, launched dreamlab beta
2018 – Hosts over 16 programs & 5 fundraisers, launch Tshirts, build community outreach, build brand, build impact
2019 – Continue all 4 programs, Strategic year working on Mens Board, dreamLAB national launch, Fundraising
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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 they were involved at an Arizona-based girl’s charity. But when their mutual interests to empower girl’s leadership skills found them wanting more direct training around self-esteem and leadership they decided to create something of their own.  From that experience, in 2008 they took their inspiration and determination and created The Girls Rule Foundation focusing on empowerment, leadership and SEL education for girls. The founders are business owners, professional trainers/coaches, 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 Conference to help girls shine their light and build a bright future.
Laura Anderson (pictured left) passed away unexpectedly in 2009 of complications of Lupus.  It was a devastating time, and the foundation wasn’t going to continue. However in 2010 we decided to create The Laura Anderson Scholarship Fund to honor her legacy and use the dollars to scholarship girls to attend our programs 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 bright futures. In 2016 we launched our 8 day leadership summer camp and in 2017 we launched our first ever after-school program called dreamLAB which is a 12 week club for girls 6th-12th grades. Learn more about our programs here. Read about our purpose here.