Meredith Walker, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, will be the keynote speaker at EmBe’s 6th Annual In Her Shoes Empowerment Breakfast on Thursday, February 7 from 7:30am–9:00am. In addition to Walker, the event will feature a compelling story of one local woman who will share her journey of strength and empowerment. The event proceeds benefit EmBe’s signature program, Dress for Success Sioux Falls, which encourages women to be all they can be.

While many successful women appear to have always excelled, the stories preceding their success often deserve an audience of their own. “In Her Shoes has become a highly-anticipated fundraising event in the community celebrating the amazing women we serve, the power of our mission and encouraging others to open the door for women to rise in the workforce, ”says Dress for Success Sioux Falls Executive Director, Erin Bosch. “When women feel empowered, they succeed, and when they succeed, it makes a positive impact throughout the entire community. This event encourages women to take a greater role in changing the course of their own lives and in being a force for empowerment in Sioux Falls.”

“Dress for Success Sioux Falls demonstrates the incredible support the region offers to women and families,” added Karen Lundquist, EmBe CEO. “This powerful program exemplifies the life-long impact our work has on the people we serve. We are incredibly grateful to those who support our mission through contributions of time and financial resources.”

Tickets purchased in advance are $40 per person, $150 for a half table (4 tickets) and $300 for a full table (8 tickets). Tickets are available online at

For more information or questions regarding a sponsorship, please contact Samantha Bucknell at 605-336-3662 ext 205 or

More about Meredith Walker

meredith walkerMeredith Walker is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, an online community dedicated to helping young people cultivate their authentic selves. Since its inception in 2007, the organization’s website and YouTube channel have become destinations for inclusiveness, positivity, intelligence, and imagination.

Walker served as the head of the Talent Department for Saturday Night Live, where she quickly became close friends with Amy Poehler. The two later joined forces to create Smart Girls, the result of their shared vision of an online community that encourages and celebrates girls who are experiencing adolescence.

Walker travels near and far to promote the mission of Smart Girls, from serving as the journalism envoy for the U.S. State Department Bureau of Culture and Education’s mission, to spending time at the Al Za’atari and Emirates Refugee Camps, to visiting remote primary-care clinics on delegations to Haiti and Malawi.

Walker has been named a “Profile In Power” finalist by the Austin Business Journal and “The Confidence Builder” by Austin Way. Tribeza Magazine called her “unapologetically, brilliantly herself” when naming her one of their 30 “Persons of the Year.” She was the September 2016 cover woman for Austin Woman Magazine. Her appointments include the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders Advisory Council, the Common Sense Advisory Board for Gender Equality, the UN Women Global Innovation Coalition for Change (GICC), and the CARE Action Advisory Council. She also teamed up with the Austin-American Statesman for her outdoor series Pocket Adventures and has been published by Poetry and Motto for Time.

She currently lives in Austin, Texas.

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