Annual GGAL Luncheon 2019

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Lead Like A Girl

Every year WISE holds a Girls Getting Ahead in Leadership (GGAL) Luncheon to celebrate another year of successful programming with its cohort of girls. The luncheon aims to highlight GGAL and WeLEAD stories, engage GGAL family members in the work their children do, and reward the girls for their accomplishments in the program.

For this year’s Annual GGAL Luncheon, WISE challenges its girls to boldly embrace their identities and utilize their leadership potential to reach their dreams.

Join WISE for an afternoon of music, performances, and presentations from its very own GGAL and WeLEAD participants!


Event Details

WHEN: May 18, 2019 11AM-2PM

WHERE: Science Museum of MN, Discovery Hall | 120 W. Kellogg Blvd | St. Paul, MN 55102

COST: $25 (includes lunch and same-day ticket to the Museum)

DRIVING DIRECTIONS/PARKING: click to view or download driving directions to the museum and parking lot.


Keynote Speakers


Kabo Yang

Kabo Yang is a former refugee and is currently the Executive Director at MN Women's Consortium, a statewide nonprofit organization comprised of 100-member groups working to close gender-based disparities. She is also an adjunct professor in the graduate leadership program at St. Catherine University and has her own independent consulting practice.  Kabo has devoted her career and volunteer service to the nonprofit sector, particularly in the areas of women and immigrants. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, a Master's Degree in Organizational Leadership, a Master's Degree in Human and Organizational Systems and is working on her Ph.D. in Organizational Change and Development, with her dissertation topic on refugee women and leadership.  Kabo is a single parent of two young adults and enjoys traveling, reading and watching scary movies. 

Eliana Reyes


Guest Performances


Hillary Lor

Hillary has played the flute for over 10 years! The flute has become her voice to express her deepest thoughts and emotions to touch the heart of others. Although the Western flute is her main instrument, she is currently exploring flutes from around the world such as the Hulusi.

Follow Hillary and her performances at


Karenni Saint Paul Dancers

“We are a Karenni dance group from Saint Paul Minnesota. We started our dance group around last year, 2018. It is always difficult to try to form a solid Karenni dance group because there is not a lot of Karenni youth who were interested in participating in the dance. In fact, many of our dancers just arrived here around 2018 from Thailand and they were also former dancers back there. Therefore, once they were here, they were able to join us and we were able to form a stable team. As a group of Karenni, we are an underrepresented minority group, and there are not a lot of people who knew or aware of us. Moreover, there wasn’t much opportunity available out there for us to tell our story, or to show who we are. And, we found dancing to be one of the ways. Therefore, the purpose of this Karenni dance group is to be united, go out and participate as many events as we can and dance to show and bring consciousness to others about our beautiful culture. “

-Oo Mey, Dance Group Member & Founder 

Follow the Karenni Saint Paul Dancers and see their other performances at