Finance senior Hannah Poplack was selected this past May as a “Nominated Changemaker” out of thousands of nominees to attend the first-ever United State of Women Summit hosted by the White House in Washington, D.C in June.
The Summit, convened by the White House Council on Women and Girls, and hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey, aimed to celebrate the strides made in gender equity. The summit focused on six pillar topics, ranging from economic empowerment and violence against women to entrepreneurship and innovation and leadership and civic engagement. Hundreds of government leaders, celebrities, and executives came together to participate in breakout sessions and listen to speeches from leaders like President Obama, Vice President Biden, Amy Poehler, Cecile Richards, Warren Buffet, Gloria Steinem, and Nancy Pelosi.
“In many ways, the Summit felt like a celebration of how far women have come — especially given that the Summit convened only a week after Hillary Clinton became the first female nominee of a major political party in the United States,” said Poplack. “However, what I really enjoyed, was how the Summit focused on how far we need to go. The speakers focused on a wide range of issues that still profoundly impact women today- from rape culture to the wage gap to the absence of opportunities for women worldwide. It was incredibly inspiring to hear from the leaders heading these initiatives- and seeing real action, like the signing of the White House’s Equal Pay Pledge at the Summit.”
“I left the Summit profoundly inspired to continue creating change for young women, and empowered with a new level of understanding about the issues impacting women today.”
Hannah co-founded Cal Poly’s Women in Business Association, which has become the model for collegiate professional organizations for women nationwide, and provides programming that benefits hundreds young women each year. Hannah is a five-time United States Presidential Service Award Winner (Gold Level), a United States Jefferson Award Recipient, the most recently, the recipient of the 2016 Cal Poly Panhellenic Women of the Year Award.