Global Seminar Series

Global Seminar Series

Connecting girls to learn & unite with each other to understand their roles in our global community.

Launched in May 2020, the Global Seminar Series aims to provide an opportunity for high school girls globally to connect, learn, and collaborate as they address relevant pressing global issues. The Global Seminar Series prepares students to become informed and empowered to take action by exploring one global issue through an interdisciplinary lens, interacting with experts in various professions, and participating in collaborative group projects. 

Across our 5 seminars to date, we have gathered 400+ girls from 27+ countries and 30+ schools, connecting them to each other and 34 speakers and panelists. Past speakers include Kate Bennett (White House Correspondent for CNN), Rania Dagash (Chief of Policy & Best Practices, United Nations), Paloma Escudero (Director of Communications, UNICEF), Maggie Duncan Simbeye (Founder, DARE Women’s Foundation, Tanzania), Yoonji Shin (Engineering Manager, Google) and Dr. Krista Dong (Infectious Disease Doctor, South Africa).


Our past Global Seminar Series focused on:

  • The Pandemic: A Call to Action (May, 2020)
  • The State of Democracy and the Global Impact of the U.S. Presidential Election (October/November, 2020)
  • Social Media 360: The Unsung Hero or the Insidious Villain? (February, 2021)
  • Sharing our Global Stories: Making the Invisible Visible (May, 2021)
  • Global Political Polarization – The Hidden Pandemic (Fall, 2021)

Join us for Global Seminar Series #6

The Climate Crisis: From Acknowledgement to Activism

April 9, April 23, April 30, 2022

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. EST on Zoom

Cost: Free!

Climate change is upon us – we see it in our daily weather patterns, we read news stories about it and we watch documentaries about climate change. Yet, climate change continues to be the most pressing problem that your generation faces. How can you help solve pressing global issues such as climate change? How can you become an empowered activist by finding your voice and using it for good? 


Join us on April 9th, 23rd and 30th from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. EST for our virtual Global Seminar Series – The Climate Crisis: From Acknowledgement to Activism. Students will:


  • Engage with guest experts in the field through panels and keynotes
  • Expand their global awareness of and become better informed about the climate crisis
  • Practice communicating across cultural, linguistic and geographic differences
  • Learn how to use their global citizenship skills to activate their unique power as the leaders of tomorrow that will catalyze this change
climate crisis

Keynote Speaker


Kenza Kaouakib-Robinson

Senior Sustainable Development Officer, United Nations

Kenza Kaouakib-Robinson is a Senior Sustainable Development Officer in the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA) in New York and the Department Gender Focal Point. She represents UN-DESA at the UN Inter-Agency Network on Women and Gender Equality. She organizes regional symposiums and capacity building workshops on the “Gender, Climate Change and Natural Resources Nexus”. She also facilitates the annual intergovernmental negotiations on sustainable development and Agenda 2030 . Her experience in international affairs and the United Nations system span more than thirty years including a five year assignment at the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia in Baghdad, Iraq, as well as stints in various peacekeeping missions throughout the world. She has also managed, for many years, national and regional projects on sanitation and water resources management notably in Africa and the Middle East.


Emily Bryk

Emily Bryk

Director, PCGL Summer Program & Science Instructor

Ms. Bryk’s approach to science education is significantly influenced by the work of science writers such as David Quammen and John McPhee, and her classes emphasize cross-disciplinary connections, growing as scientists and as critical thinkers. Around the Porter’s campus, she advises the Jewish Student Affinity group and the student-led STEAM publication called Hypatia, as well as coaching the cross-country running team. Ms. Bryk graduated from Williams College where she studied English and Geology, and she holds a masters degree in Chemical Oceanography and Science Education. She lives on campus with her family and cats, and in her spare time enjoys running, reading (especially literature of the sea), and fiber arts of all sorts.


Adeline Cyuzozo

Adeline Cyuzozo

The Green Protector & Coordinator, Storytelling Working Group, Loss and Damage Youth Coalition

Adeline Cyuzuzo holds a Bachelor degree in water and environmental engineering from the University of Rwanda, class of 2018. She is a young Rwandan woman passionate about climate justice and the role of gender equality within the process. She is the executive assistant of The Green Protector and a coordinator of the Storytelling Working Group in the Loss and Damage Youth Coalition. She is driven by change and aspires to achieve climate justice by raising her voice and advocating for the frontline community while taking action.

Alister Doyle

Alister Doyle

Climate Change Author and Journalist

Alister Doyle is an award-winning journalist and author of "The Great Melt", a 2021 book about people living and working on the frontlines of sea level rise and melting ice, from Fiji to Antarctica, from Peru to Iceland. He was environment correspondent for Reuters from 2004-19, including a year as a Knight Science journalism fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He's a British-Irish citizen, living in Oslo currently.

Beatrice Phiri

Founder, Friends of Nature
Youth Climate Change Activist
National Geographic Youth Explorer 2021

She has served as a climate change ambassador since 2013, under UNICEF Zambia’s child led Signature advocacy program unite4climate conservation (U4CC) Zambia. Beatrice serves as a facilitator, helping train and mentor new climate change ambassadors. Through this program she has helped train over 500 young people across Zambia. Beatrice served as a youth reporter under Agents of Change foundation and children’s radio foundation between 2015 and 2018. Through her work with Agents of change foundation and support from the children’s radio foundation, she ran weekly radio programs on climate change and environmental sustainability aimed at shifting people’s mindset for the better. Beatrice helped found Friends of Nature recently and has been the recipient of many awards. Beatrice was awarded the 2020 Presidential Award by WaterAid United Kingdom for her outstanding voluntary contribution to WaterAid’s Mission of promoting safe water, sanitation and hygiene. Beatrice’s climate change activism has been featured by both local and international media. Featured by DWtv as an eco-hero. Featured as an emerging climate change leader by Marie Claire Magazine of South Africa. Featured by BBC as Young person Spearheading climate Action in Africa. Most recently she was appointed as a National Geographic Youth Explorer in 2021.

Marinel Ubaldo

Marinel Ubaldo

Co-Founder, Youth Leaders for Environmental Action Federation
Advocacy Officer, Ecological Justice and Youth Engagement of Living Laudato Si' Philippines

Marinel Ubaldo is an advocate for climate justice and the environment. She is a Registered Social Worker and one of the Founders of the Youth Leaders for Environmental Action Federation, a youth-led organization based in Eastern Visayas that aims to mentor youth individuals and organizations in climate advocacy. She is currently the Philippine Country Coordinator for UN COY16 Glasgow while co-leading the implementation of one of the most comprehensive youth gatherings this year, the Local Conference of Youth 2021. Marinel has been actively involved in educating communities - especially, the youth and children - about climate change and the roles they can take to adapt and mitigate its effects. She has spoken to world leaders on behalf of Filipinos during the opening of the UNFCCC COP 21 in Paris and in UNFCCC COP 25 in Madrid. Her global campaign with Amnesty International calling on the Philippine government to ensure relocation of Super-Typhoon Haiyan survivors generated 528,070 actions from around the world. She has been building impactful campaigns, forming strong collaborations with the government, social and environmental organizations, and the youth. Most of all, she aims to co-power and build agency among frontline communities around the world, so we can have a safer place to live in; now she continues to tell her story on a global platform aiming to shed light on the reality of climate change and the urgency for world leaders to keep their climate commitments and for the rest of the world to act on it.