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Kendall College President Emily Williams Knight Elected to Girls in the Game Board

Emily Williams Knight, president of Kendall College, has recently been named to the Board of Directors for Girls in the Game, a nonprofit organization providing sports, nutrition and leadership programming to girls.

Emily brings an exciting new voice and vision to the Board as the organization begins planning to celebrate its 20th anniversary, hoping to share stories of past successes as well as future goals, which include expansion of Girls in the Game programs across Chicago and, in 2015, the country.

Girls in the Game is one of the only organizations in Chicago dedicated to developing the “whole girl”. Programs are year-round, multi-sport, and include leadership development and physical and emotional health workshops for girls and young women. The organization welcomes girls of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. Since inception in 1995, they have provided services to more than 35,000 girls.

“Girls in the Game is such an inspiring organization, and the countless number of girls and young women that the team has helped thoroughly demonstrates the success of their outreach model,” said Knight. “My hope is that I’ll be able to work with the Board in finding additional ways to connect with these girls and inspire them to seek out leadership roles in their communities and on their teams. I’m extremely excited to be given this opportunity and can’t wait to see what we can do together to further the organization’s services outside of the Chicagoland area.”

In her current position as president of Kendall College, Emily is constantly challenged with helping students discover their passions and bring them to life. She travels around the world inspiring students to embrace programs suitable and enjoyable for them, informing them of career potential, industry standards and growth, and how to be natural leaders in their selected profession.

The mission of Girls in the Game is close to her, as Emily is both a mother of twin girls and a past college athlete, acting as captain of her basketball team at Newbury College. Given this and her role as president, she will greatly contribute to organization policies on how to teach girls and young women about leadership roles and the importance of pursuing their dreams.

Emily has a strong background in marketing, sales and management. She completed her Masters of Science in Management from Troy University. She also holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Hospitality Management from Boston University. Past employers include Pearson Education, New England University LLCC, and Laureate Education Inc. She is currently a Doctoral Candidate at Walden University for Higher Education Leadership.

For more information contact:
Dawn Kobel
Senior Development Manager - Girls in the Game
312.633. GAME (4263)
dkobel@girlsinthegame.org

Kyle Trompeter
PR/Social Media Specialist, Kendall College
312.752.2190
kyle.trompeter@kendall.edu      

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