Girls Advocating Leadership & Strength​​

In  November of 2015, Sheryl Chen and Lily Zhang founded the GALS
Organization to support female leadership positions in business and government. As two future businesswomen, exploring their own potential careers, they have learned that there are major disparities among women in executive roles and want to do their part in bridging this gap.
Meet the founders

Sheryl Chen

Lily Zhang

 Sheryl is a senior at Staten Island Technical High School, and the co-founder of Girls Advocating Leadership & Strength (GALS). She is passionate about serial social entrepreneurship, digital media, and women’s rights. Her passion is solving problems through nonprofit management, youth activism, and public policy. Sheryl would best be described as an insatiable knowledge seeker and innovator, always trying to better her community and leave the world a better place than how she found it. In addition to her work with GALS, Sheryl is a Global Kindness Ambassador for GenerationOn, leading guided discussions and designing creative service projects for youth. She also founded to provide style knacks and travel tips to low-budget teens on a digital platform. Within school, Sheryl is also a community leader and team player. She is Vice President of Leadership of National Honor Society, President of Key Club (a community service organization), President of Model UN, and Vice President of Future Business Leaders of America. In addition, she runs on the Cross Country and Track & Field Team, specializing in 1500m racewalk. Outside of work and school, her hobbies include traveling, riding rollercoasters, running, and golfing.
Lily is the co-founder of Girls Advocating Leadership & Strength and a current senior at Staten Island Tech School. As a freshman in high school, Lily discovered her passion in women’s rights when she spent two weeks training at the Bella Abzug Leadership where she received professional mentorship from experienced female business leaders in the industry. Gradually, Lily began to build her networks and became well connected by gaining work experience outside of the classroom. In the summer of 2016, Lily completed a six-week internship at J.P. Morgan where she had the opportunity to work alongside Prime Brokerage bankers and delivered a presentation to her PB team. Many of Lily’s friends describe her character as bold, ambitious, and fearless.  Lily enjoys the competitive and interactive atmosphere of the corporate profession and hopes to study finance and law in college. Through the GALS Organization, Lily aims to encourage teenage girls to develop the confidence and determination to chase their goals, take action, and ultimately, run the world!
GALS Board of Directors 
  1. Sheryl Chen
    Co-founder and CEO
  2. Lily Zhang
    Co-founder and CEO
  3. Joseph Manzo
    Schools Engagement Advisor
  4. Aileen Gemma Smith
    Mentor, CEO of Vizalytics Technology Inc.
  5. Alissa Plotkin
    Executive Director
  6. Marina Andrawis
  7. Victoria Wong
    Social Media and Marketing Director
  8. Kelly Yu
    Social Media and Marketing Coordinator
  9. Stephanie Sabido
    Events Coordinator