Building a better world through the next generation of leaders

Did you know there are estimated 130 million girls not in school? Yet, it’s a fact that when the number of girls attending school increases by 10 percent, gross domestic product (GDP) increases by three percent.

As part of the Caterpillar Foundation’s work to alleviate poverty, we know that investments in programs that support women and girls have proven to yield the best results in putting communities on a path to prosperity. That’s why the Caterpillar Foundation supports the UN Foundation’s Girl Up – a global leadership development initiative that positions girls to be leaders and create tangible change for girls everywhere. From leadership training to lobbying Congress on Capitol Hill, Girl Up leaders are helping create real and lasting change that impacts girls around the world. 

Recently, more than 300 girls gathered in D.C. for Girl Up’s annual Leadership Summit. Caterpillar’s Global Government and Corporate Affairs Vice President Kathryn Karol had the opportunity to speak with them to provide lessons in leadership. In this backstage interview featured here, Kathryn shares three pieces of advice with the next generation of leaders that have helped her grow personally and professionally.

For more on the Caterpillar Foundation and our partners, click here.  For more on how the Foundation is empowering girls around the world, check out Caterpillar’s 2017 Sustainability Report.