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Lauren Berninger
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Lauren Berninger is the founder and director of Finding the Fabulous, a non-profit that connects 8-12 year old girls with high school and college role models to prove that uniqueness should be inspiring, not inhibiting. For her work with Finding the Fabulous, she was awarded the 2011 DoSomething.org Be Amazing grant and the 2011 NYU Reynolds/Youth Venture Be A Changemaker Challenge Award. Her organization was recently featured on the television series "Live Life and Win!" She is also the editor of ClaudiaChan.com, a for-purpose women's media brand and voice that interviews and celebrates women leaders, visionaries and change makers of the 21st century. As of December 2012, she will be an NYU graduate with a B.A. in individualized study focused on creative writing, curriculum development and social entrepreneurship.

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11 Female Role Models on Shaping Your Life Story

(1) Comments | Posted June 11, 2015 | 6:53 PM

This past weekend, 40 aspiring teen leaders gathered for a weekend of inspiration to challenge the status quo, live confidently and change the world. It's a big undertaking, so we sought the advice, insight and stories of incredible female role models.

We learned some surprising tidbits that, beyond motivating...

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Stop Blaming the Media for Our Body Image Issues

(1) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 1:10 PM

From Sophia Bush's war on Urban Outfitters and the #aeriereal models campaign to obese Barbie and magazines airbrushing skinny models to look fatter, the body image debate has captured our attention for years... and for good reason.

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Why Girls Don't Want to Be Engineers

(26) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 10:06 AM

I love this video from Goldieblox and its unapologetic push against stereotypical toys, and ultimately aspirations, for girls. But this ad begs the question of why, at a time when girls have more diverse opportunity than ever, Goldieblox's initiative seems so radical? The answer I've found is that...

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Graduated and Engaged, Now What?

(1) Comments | Posted March 14, 2013 | 6:13 PM

At 21, I'm learning the most important lessons by pretending I already have all the answers and hoping everyone plays along. From writing a business plan to planning a wedding, ready or not here comes the real world like a slap in my you-still-look-like-you're-15 face. Suddenly the world can't verify...

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'Precious' Star Gabourey Sidibe's Monday-Brand Confidence

(4) Comments | Posted October 24, 2012 | 9:49 PM

Gabourey Sidibe walks into the room flaunting electric blue eyeshadow and a laugh that has everyone turning to see who it belongs to. Right off the bat, she's got our attention saying, "I don't assume that I'm not awesome." All I can think is what did she eat for breakfast,...

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A Weekend of Women's Empowerment: Why 12 Year Olds Should Be Attending the WIE Symposium

(2) Comments | Posted October 1, 2012 | 10:53 AM

This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend an intimate interview with Jane Wurwand. I knew that she was the founder of the industry's #1 skincare company. I knew that she had a great accent. I knew that she was a believer of pushing it...

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Mirror Mirror on the Wall

(0) Comments | Posted August 10, 2012 | 11:35 AM

In the same day I asked two young girls what they wanted to be when they grew up. The one girl grew shy, looking at her feet and shrugging. "I don't know how to do anything," she said. The other girl, without a moment of hesitation, said a single word:...

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