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Mills College Partners in Brainstorm Challenge
to Develop Leadership Capacity in Women and Girls Globally

Oakland, CA–May 07, 2013 Mills College is pleased to partner with the Global Women’s Leadership Network (GWLN) in launching a Brainstorm Challenge to crowdsource new ideas on how to radically accelerate the development of leadership capacity in women and girls around the globe. Running through May 31, 2013, the Brainstorm Challenge will award two $500 prizes to participants who offer the best ideas to address the challenge questions.

Individuals from around the world will join an online initiative in which they may submit ideas on how best to leverage creative assets of women’s organizations for networking and collaboration purposes. All participants—called “solvers”—may interact with other solvers on the active discussion board. GWLN will prepare a report based on the results of the competition and publicize and distribute the winning ideas as a source document for future planning and partner development.

Mills College was one of six elite organizations invited to partner with GWLN on the challenge, including: the Global Fund for Women, the Global Leadership Advancement Center at San Jose State University, the Monterey Institute of International Studies, the Public Health Institute, and World Pulse.

“There is no doubt that women and girls are an underutilized asset in today’s world,” said Mills College Chief of Staff and Vice President for Operations Renée Jadushlever. “This initiative aligns with our 161-year legacy of empowering women to become agents of change in political, social, and economic transitions around the world.”

To participate, individuals are asked to register for free as “solvers” and submit ideas for the questions posed by the Brainstorm Challenge.

About Mills College
Nestled in the foothills of Oakland, California, Mills College is a nationally renowned, independent liberal arts college offering a dynamic progressive education that fosters leadership, social responsibility, and creativity in approximately 950 undergraduate women and 600 graduate women and men. The College ranks as one of the Best 377 Colleges in the country and one of the greenest colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. U.S. News & World Report ranked Mills one of the top-tier regional universities in the country and lists it among the top colleges and universities in the West in the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category. For more information, visit


Last Updated: 5/7/13