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NCGS and Girls Prep Announce Billie Jean King to Appear at the Global Forum on Girls’ Education® II

Billie Jean King to be Interviewed in Front of Global Audience
About Importance of Girls’ Education

NEW YORK, NY — (February 20, 2018) On Wednesday, June 20, tennis legend and social activist Billie Jean King will be interviewed by Girls Prep CEO Ian Rowe in front of an audience of 1,000 educators, researchers, and advocates for girls’ education representing over 20 countries and six continents. King will take the stage in Washington, DC, during the three-day Global Forum on Girls’ Education® II hosted by the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools.

“A trailblazer and changemaker on and off the tennis court, NCGS, with thanks to Girls Prep, our strategic partner for the Global Forum II, are thrilled to have the legendary Billie Jean King at the conference,” said NCGS Executive Director Megan Murphy. “The educators attending the Global Forum II are committed to best practices in girls’ learning and their healthy development. The skills girls and young women gain from girls’ schools – challenging limits, building confidence, taking healthy risks, developing resilience, engaging in teamwork – are the same critical life-skills Ms. King has proven are learned from participating in sports.”

Named one of the "100 Most Important Americans of the 20th Century" by Life magazine and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the U.S., King has dedicated her life to creating new inroads for girls and women. During her career, King won 39 Grand Slam singles, doubles, and mixed doubles tennis titles, including a record 20 titles at Wimbledon. In 1974, she founded the Women's Sports Foundation only one year after defeating Bobby Riggs in the "Battle of the Sexes" match—a moment among the greatest in sports history that empowered women and is remembered for its effect on society and contribution to the women's movement.

King has long been a champion for social change and equality. Among her many accomplishments, King has been named a Global Mentor for Gender Equality by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and received the NCAA U.S. President's Gerald R. Ford Award recognizing her contributions to improving higher education and intercollegiate athletics.

In addition to using her voice as a social activist on the world stage, King lends her time and talents by working with girls enrolled at Girls Prep. Classrooms on Girls Prep campuses are named for famous women who serve as influential role models, reminding the students that hard work can lead to magnificent outcomes. At the Lower East Side Elementary campus, the first-grade students are treated to an annual visit by their classroom "Namesake," Billie Jean King.

"Girls Prep is committed to developing the next generation of female leaders. As a classroom Namesake and an inspiration to our scholars and females (and males!) around the world, I am thrilled and honored to have the opportunity to host an intimate conversation with Billie Jean King at the Global Forum II," stated Girls Prep CEO Ian Rowe.

June 18-29, 2018
Marriott Wardman Park
Washington, DC

Nearly 1,000 educators, researchers, advocates, and authors from 23 countries came together in 2016 for the first-ever Global Forum on Girls' Education®. What began as an exchange of best practices for teaching girls became much more significant. It signaled the start of a movement—a call to action to awaken the world to the importance of empowering girls through a single, inalienable right: access to a quality education.

NCGS and its 16 strategic partners from across the globe are eager to take the next step in making our voices heard and for educators at girls’ schools to lead this conversation. We are convening to stand up—and speak up—for girls everywhere.

In addition to internationally renowned speakers, Global Forum II programming will address the universal themes critical in girls’ education:

  • Leadership: How do schools and girl-serving organizations deliberately cultivate leadership skills among girls and young women?
  • Innovation: What innovative best practices are energizing the learning experiences of girls around the world and how is current research informing how girls learn best?
  • STEAM: What strategies are most effective for teaching girls and young women STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math), design thinking, and problem-solving within and beyond the school walls?
  • Global Partnerships: What are the best ways to encourage girls’ and young women’s political voices and what does it mean to be a “global citizen”?
  • Health & Wellness: What is the role of schools and girl-serving organizations in addressing girls’ and young women’s intellectual and emotional growth?
  • Equity & Inclusion: How do we ensure schools and educational organizations are safe spaces for the expression of differences while also encouraging inquiry, varying opinions, and open dialogue?
Complete details about the Global Forum II are available at

The National Coalition of Girls’ Schools (NCGS) is the leading advocate for girls’ schools, connecting and collaborating globally with individuals, schools, and organizations dedicated to educating and empowering girls. NCGS acts at the forefront of educational thought providing its member schools research on girls’ education and performance outcomes; professional development for educators to share best practices for teaching girls; networking opportunities to unite and build a community of thought leaders; and advocacy about the unique benefits of all-girls education.

Founded in 1991, NCGS serves over 230 national and international PK-12 grade girls’ schools (independent, public, charter, and religiously-affiliated), 15,000 educators, 100,000 students, and nearly one-million alumnae.

NCGS Contact Information
P.O. Box 5729 | Charlottesville, VA 22905 | 434.205.4496 | | @girlsschools

Girls Prep Lower East Side was founded in 2005 as the first and only all-girls public charter school in New York City; and Girls Prep Bronx was founded in 2009 to serve female scholars in the South Bronx. Girls Prep alumnae have now been accepted into some of the nation’s most prestigious colleges, including Yale University, Stephens College, St. John’s University, and Howard University. Girls Prep is part of Public Prep, the nation’s only non-profit network that exclusively develops exceptional, tuition-free PreK and single-sex elementary and middle public schools, including Boys Prep Bronx. Public Prep is determined to graduate 8th grade scholars who thrive in “right-fit,” high-performing public, private, or parochial high schools, and ultimately earn a degree from a four-year college or university.

Girls Prep Contact Information
441 East 148th Street | Bronx, NY 10455 | 212.346.6000 | | @PublicPREP