Girls Rock Philly: Leadership Development and Planning

About the Client

Girls Rock Philly (GRP) is a volunteer-based non-profit music and mentoring organization dedicated to empowering girls and young women from the greater Philadelphia region through music education and activities that foster leadership skills, creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration.

Scope of Work

At the beginning of 2014, Jenna Peters-Golden kicked off a year-long consulting contract with Girls Rock Philly with the goal of exploring, challenging, and offering education regarding Leadership within the GRP community.



We facilitated discussions with staff, board, volunteers, and other constituents in the GRP community to gather their perspectives and input on shaping the leadership plan (below). We also surveyed these constituents to help further identify roadblocks and hopes for leadership.


Jenna provided three half-day trainings to the GRP group.

1. Anti-Oppressive Meeting Facilitation. This training helped the board of directors to improve their meeting facilitation and participation skills.

2. Fighting the Systems: Destabilizing Systemic Oppression in the U.S. This training was open to the GRP community and was an opportunity to discuss methods and tactics for deconstructing systemic oppression.

3. Training for Trainers. This training helped members of the GRP community to gain skills to design and facilitate quality educational workshops.



This retreat was an important opportunity for all GRP stakeholders to be in the same room discussing the ins and outs of GRP’s values as an organization on a large scale and specific to leadership. It was a key moment to solidify the organization’s identity.


As a final outcome, AORTA created an integrated leadership plan (1,3, and 5 year) that dynamically interfaces with GRP’s other organizational documents (budget, programming cycle, and other plans). The plan includes a detailed hiring timeline for a Co-Director, recommendations for forming a Youth Advisory Board and a Volunteer Coordinating Committee, and advice for preparing for organizational growth. The plan also incorporates “fabulous practices” from other organizations on leadership principles, structures, and priorities.