Meet Dianna Flett, Women Veteran Speakers member, former Army Lieutenant Colonel and founder of Virginia-based girls’ program – Girl Smarts
Youth / Girls’ Workshops – Designed for 4th – 6th grade school programs
Girl Smarts is a series of workshops designed to give young girls the motivation and skills to move forward with confidence and strength in the years ahead. The Girl Smarts approach combines straight talk and fun activities to bring home the reality of being in control and staying in control as our youth face the challenges of today’s world. Girl Smarts started in 2009 in Stafford, Virginia as an after school program originally designed for 4th grade girls. Expanding in 2010 to work with 4th and 5th graders, the program provides myriad skills to our students as they tackle the evolving challenges in their lives. We look at topics like body image, bullying, relationships, self-image, leadership, goal setting and more; our leaders work with the girls to help them understand things of importance they face today and will certainly face tomorrow. By 2017, the original group of 24 girls at one public school has reached over 4000 girls in both public and private schools.
The Girl Smarts program is rooted in current and constantly updated materials and information designed to capture the interest of the audience. Each series of workshops include dedicated communication outreach to parents, guardians and educators. This communication allows parents to continue the discussions of these important topics at home enhancing the discussion with their own philosophies. The workshops and programs use dynamic interactive sessions, including student role-playing exercises and all means of media and special events.
“Our girls loved the program! I observed our students making connections between what they are learning in their workshop sessions and in their day-to-day interactions with others.” School Counselor, Rockhill Elementary School
“I was in a classroom this morning and on three different occasions – the information and skills you taught at Girl Smarts were brought up as examples!” Linda Glaeser, Elementary School Counselor
About Dianna Flett
Dianna Flett, a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel, has served 21 years in various positions as a military intelligence officer. While in the Army, she was a leader of soldiers in the tactical and strategic arenas. Her time in the Army has allowed her to live all over the world and travel extensively in the Middle East. Dianna is a highly decorated officer and combat veteran of Desert Shield/Desert Storm. During her military service, she received several awards including the Bronze Star for her work with deployed units in the desert.
Her training and education includes myriad military leadership schools and the FBI’s Instructor Development Course. She has worked with the FBI as a team leader of a select group of professionals, teaching leadership and management strategies to supervisory intelligence analysts around the United States. Dianna’s been a guest expert on strengthening young women on B101.5’s Sunday morning show with Dee, spoken at national bullying conferences, and was selected to attend the first US Summit on Women’s Issues in 2016 “The United State of Women”. In 2017, Dianna was nominated for the Clara de Hirsch Award Extraordinary Women’s Award, was chosen as Northern Virginian of the Year by Northern Virginia Magazine and featured in short documentary by The Story Exchange. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Stafford based not for profit “Exceptional Young Minds” and is President of the Board of Directors of Mental Health America of Fredericksburg
Following the birth of her fourth son, Dianna decided to leave active duty service to focus on her family. In 2009, after hearing from her sons about the challenges young teenage girls are facing in the middle school; Dianna started Girl Smarts. Her goal was to support, strengthen, and motivate young girls in 4th and 5th grade. Focusing on the “whole girl,” Girl Smarts is designed to elevate a girl’s sense of self before they face challenges of their early teens. Together with the teachers, administration, and parents, the Girl Smarts’ team strives to make each girl confident, capable, and in control!
“Instilling confidence in our young women is one of the most dramatic ways we can make a positive impact on the next generation.”
Booking Dianna Flett and the Girl Smarts Program
Contact Dianna Flett directly firstname.lastname@example.org (540) 809-7956
Also available via Women Veteran Speakers (240) 298-3940, Info@WomenVeteranSpeakers.com