Press Release | Feb 05, 2024

Austin Hatcher Foundation to Participate in Chattanooga Girls Leadership Summit, Empowering Girls for a Transformative Journey

By The Austin Hatcher Foundation
By The Austin Hatcher Foundation
Austin Hatcher Foundation to Participate in Chattanooga Girls Leadership Summit, Empowering Girls for a Transformative Journey

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Feb. 5, 2024) – Rocco Mansueto, School Counselor and Educational Support Navigator at the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer, will be a featured speaker at the upcoming Girls Leadership Summit in Chattanooga on February 10, 2024. The summit, focusing on self-esteem, confidence, worth, and healthy relationships, is set to empower over 300 girls and nearly 50 adults with its transformative theme for the year, "You are Worthy - Be Brave."

The Girls Leadership Summit aims to provide valuable insights and tools for girls, addressing important issues like teen dating violence during Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. For girls in middle school through college, this summit “provides a platform to create awareness, educate, and make a real difference.” The Austin Hatcher Foundation recognizes that the challenges faced by pediatric cancer families extend beyond medical aspects, touching on broader issues such as mental and physical health, school readiness and performance, and navigating the ever-expanding digital world. Attending this summit aligns with the Foundation’s commitment to sharing valuable knowledge and expertise to empower communities.

“The summit focuses on teaching girls self-esteem, confidence, worth, and healthy relationships,” said Sandy Pricer, the event founder and coordinator. “We are excited to get to pour into the next regeneration and strengthen our community.”

The Austin Hatcher Foundation believes that the information and expertise of its staff are valuable resources that should be shared, fostering a sense of community and collective empowerment. With over 300 girls signed up for the event and nearly 50 adults expected, The Foundation is eager to contribute to the summit's objectives of fostering self-worth, bravery, and community strength.

“Navigating today’s digital landscape isn’t easy, but I believe the information I have to share on this specific topic will help the many parents in attendance,” said Mansueto. “I look forward to the opportunity.”

To learn more or register for the Girls Leadership Summit, visit The event will take place at the UTC Student Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

About the Austin Hatcher Foundation:

The Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer (AHF) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization based out of Chattanooga, Tennessee. AHF provides families with the tools to cope in the present and thrive in the future after childhood cancer. Families of the foundation are provided with services such as Mental and Behavioral Health Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Art and Music Therapy, Educational Support, Grief Groups, Family Programs, and more at absolutely no cost to them. All services are funded solely by the donations of supporters. Since its inception, the Austin Hatcher Foundation has provided over $24 million in valued therapeutic services, 100% free, to families facing childhood cancer.

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