Events Generations of Strength. (Special to Juice)

Generations of Strength. (Special to Juice)

Connect with women leaders and support girls in need at ‘Generations of Strength’

Published on June 17th, 2014 | by Josh Hafner

Two years ago, Sonia Ashe hosted a dinner party at her home titled “Generations of Strong and Feisty Women.”

Women of all ages, from their 20s to their 60s, met, ate and asked each other: What hurdles do women in leadership face in every generation? And what issues are unique to their own times?

“I have contacts who are upwards of 70 years that I feel like I learned a lot from while growing up and especially when developing as a local volunteer and activist,” said Ashe, 29, a fundraising director for the Young Women’s Resource Center. “(I) felt they would enjoy meeting women my age.”

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The dinner party was a hit. Now the first-ever Juice Charity Challenge is following Ashe and three friends as they plan “Generations of Strength,” a July 24 gathering aiming to gather the wisdom and spark and women leaders young and old.

The reception will pair an informal time of food, drink and conversations with speakers representing adolescent, young professional and seasoned women leaders in the region.

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“After that, we’ll encourage everyone to take on an opportunity to support emerging female leaders in our community by sponsoring a girl to take a 6-week problem solving course at the YWRC,” Ashe said. “Every girl is vulnerable at some point in her development or adolescence, so we provide services like the problem solving groups to build up self esteem, talk about (healthy) relationships and reproductive health.”

The event, co-organized with Emily Harmon, 24, Lindsey Smith, 34, and Holly Herbert, 32, will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the Thoreau Center (3500 Kingman Blvd) and is free of cost. Email Ashe for more information and watch for further coverage of the event here at Juice.

About the Author

covers young professionals for The Des Moines Register. Josh can be reached at or on Twitter via @joshhafner.

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