Turning Point USA's Young Women's Leadership Summit

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I recently attended Turning Point USA’s Young Women’s Leadership Summit (YWLS) in Dallas, TX. If you’re not familiar with Turning Point USA, it is a conservative non-profit organization founded by Charlie Kirk in 2012. When he was still in college and only 18 years old. Turning Point USA’s mission ”is to identify, educate, train, and organize students to promote the principles of fiscal responsibility, free markets, and limited government.”

This is my second time going and what a difference two years makes…not just for me but for them as well. This years event was the biggest yet for TPUSA, bringing together 1400 young women from across the country who believe in their conservative values, their faith, and most importantly in what this country stands for.

When I was asked to be an ambassador for Turning Point USA, I didn’t immediately jump at the opportunity. I’m very specific about who I partner with and the companies I speak about. I had a general idea of what TPUSA was about as well as their mission. I also remember the spirit and dedication of the young women I met the first time I attended the YWLS. Of course, after doing some research and talking to a few friends about them, I decided to move forward and let me now tell you that there are no regrets. It’s important to support and empower young women to take action and stand up for what they believe in especially in today’s society and this organization helps them do just that.

I immediately was so impressed by the young women I met and spoke with. Their passion, drive, and overall devotion to the weekend was moving. I was also so impressed by how articulate, poised, and well spoken these young women are. I surely was not that put together or that passionate about anything when I was that age. It truly makes me feel good about the next generation knowing that we have women with strong foundations ready to stand up for what they believe in.

I don’t know anyone that left that weekend not encouraged, inspired, or affirmed in their purpose. We were all ready to harness our inner strength and tackle our dreams without letting society tell us we can’t or what we believe in is wrong.

The summit brought in so many leaders to speak to these women such as Judge Jeanine Pirro, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Anna Paulina, Candace Owens, Sara Carter, Graham Allen, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, and Congressman Dan Crenshaw…just to name a few. I didn’t get to see as many of the speakers as I wanted to but I did get to catch some snippets. I loved that the speakers didn’t just come in, deliver a speech, and then immediately leave. Some took questions from the audience and it helped to create a dialogue, conversation, and educate. Others posed for pictures and held impromptu meet and greets.

I was excited to hear Congressman Dan Crenshaw speak and I’m lucky I was able to make that happen. He encouraged the audience to stand up for their beliefs and to take this opportunity to not be ashamed to be a conservative. The one guest that I was really looking forward to hearing was Nikki Haley, the former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. I was incredibly inspired and moved by her discussion. As a TPUSA Ambassador I was invited to attend a banquet where she was the guest speaker. She did an interactive Q&A panel with Charlie Kirk. She spoke about her experiences becoming the first female governor of South Carolina, the trials of being a woman in a male dominated industry, how she handled the naysayers, and so much more. She offered words of encouragement and it was truly a great discussion. It was a highlight of that weekend for me and I’m grateful to have been given the opportunity to hear her. I think we all left hoping she runs for President one day.

Photo Credit for above photos: Jonathan Williams. You can see more of his photos from the event here.

Not Your Average Gun Girls

On top of all the fun things going on during that weekend, Amy and I took the opportunity to film some episodes for Not Your Average Gun Girls.

We’ve got a lot of content coming so stay tuned for that. We lined up some great guests and their stories and experiences are worth hearing.

We also have a “woman on the street” episode where we ask attendees various firearm related questions and the responses are hilarious. It’s a really fun episode and the format wouldn’t be possible without OpsLens TV believing in us.

You can catch previous episodes here and you can watch our show on OpsLens TV or on their app. Additionally, you can listen on your favorite podcast platform.

If you’re interested in learning more about Turning Point USA, check out their website. They have multiple nationwide events per year and they have smaller local chapters on different college campuses. It’s a great organization that brings like-minded people together that believe in the same things and can have open conversations that are informative and refreshing.

I would definitely suggest checking them out especially if you have children. It might provide a great opportunity for them to get involved, meet new people, and help drive their passion and purpose.