Girls for a Change Summit

What is the Girls for a Change Summit?

The Girls for a Change Summit, hosted at the Montana State University campus in Bozeman, MT, is an annual, day-long event devoted to encouraging high school-age girls to step out of their comfort zones and experience a day of incredible fun. Girls that attend make new friends, try things they’ve never done, and explore new possibilities for their future.

IGNITE. CREATE. LEAD. The upcoming 2020 girls summit on February 8 at MSU Bozeman, hosted by Thrive, will inspire high school girls from all across Montana. The goal of this year’s summit is to IGNITE the inherent potential of every girl, inspire them to CREATE the world they want, and become thoughtful LEADERS in their own communities.

This one-day summit is like no other and it brings together hundreds of girls to participate in over 35+ workshops.  Jennifer Perry, inventor of the Jelt Belt, is the Keynote Speaker and workshops include topics like jewelry making, STEM careers, leadership, cooking, yoga and more!




After a near-death experience, Jen Perry knew she wanted to do more with her life. An idea IGNITEd in side of her, and in 2014, she founded her business, Jelt, to CREATE a product and promote social change. Jelt belts are sustainably made and manufactured in a way that LEADs and empowers women. Produced by women living on rural Montana ranches, and manufactured at the Women’s Prison in Billings, Montana, Jelt gives opportunity to women to provide the skills and confidence needed to live a more productive life. “I started Jelt Belt as a social enterprise after seeing the impact businesses can have on nonprofit causes. I blended my personal experience with my desire to give back to the community and Jelt was born.” Jen and her team are excited to talk about their journey that IGNITED from one idea of CREATING an all-female business as a social enterprise while using their superpowers to give back, LEAD, and change the world one belt at a time.

February 8, 2020 • Bozeman, MT

9:15am - 4:45pm

Check out the 2020 Workshops:

Session 1

Session 2

Session 3

Session 4

Countdown to the 2020 #gfacSUMMIT:

Montana communities
More than
Amazing Workshops
An Inspiring Address from
Incredible Keynote Speaker
  • Registration is open to all girls in grades 8-12.
  • The cost is $25 per girl. Registration is non-refundable.
  • Lunch and snacks are provided. Gluten-free and vegetarian options available.
  • Participants under the age of 18 are required to have parent/guardian signature.
  • We are unable to change workshops for participants once registration has been submitted.
  • Scholarships are available on the registration page!

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Each year, hundreds of high school girls gather to meet new friends, explore new careers and celebrate their unique strengths thanks to Girls for a Change. Sign up for occasional email updates to find out more about upcoming GFAC events!

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