From July 13-15, 2015, young female leaders from around the U.S. and the world met in DC for three days of leadership training, dynamic speakers, engaging skills-based workshops, and an official lobby day on Capitol Hill. This year’s sold-out summit, was the largest to date, with 225 participants, 45 speakers, and 22 mentors delivering three days of programming allowing participants to grow and deepen their leadership capacity. The general theme was Stand Up. Speak Up. Rise Up.

And Symrise was among the sponsors for the event. The education and promotion of young women is one of the elements within its sustainability agenda. Wherever possible, it encourages them to realize their full potential with a number of initiatives.

Girls from 29 states and 11 countries were invited to build the confidence to seize the moment, learn the skills to make their voices heard, and finally take their message to their members of Congress – all to help support the empowerment of girls in developing countries. Girls heard from a variety of speakers including business leaders, celebrities, development leaders, Girl Up Teen Advisors and First Lady Michelle Obama.

“On behalf of Girl Up, I wanted to express our sincerest gratitude for your support of our 2015 Leadership Summit. This year’s summit convened some of the brightest and most passionate thought leaders and champions of adolescent girls”, says Melissa Hillebrenner, Director of Girl Up.

“Thank you Symrise. Your support helped us make the 2015 Leadership Summit the largest in history. Together, we are making a real difference in the lives of girls. I look forward to continuing our partnership and working together to change the world.”

The summit ended with an advocacy day, meeting with members of Congress and speaking with them on expanding refugee girls’ access to education around the world. Participants raised their voices and spread the Girl Up message through over 160 meetings on Capitol Hill.

About Symrise

Symrise is a global supplier of fragrances, flavorings, cosmetic base materials and substances, as well as functional ingredients. Its clients include manufacturers of perfumes, cosmetics, food and beverages, the pharmaceutical industry and producers of nutritional supplements and pet food.

Its sales of more than € 2.1 billion in the 2014 fiscal year place Symrise among the top three companies in the global flavors and fragrances market. Headquartered in Holzminden, Germany, the Group is represented in over 40 countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, the United States and Latin America.

Symrise works with its clients to develop new ideas and market-ready concepts for products that form an indispensable part of everyday life. Economic success and corporate responsibility are inextricably linked as part of this process. Symrise thus takes sustainability into account in every part of its corporate strategy. The company was awarded the German Sustainability Award in 2012. In 2013, Symrise was certified as a “Green Company” by DQS. Symrise – always inspiring more…

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