BIAH S1: E6 How to Prepare Girls and Women for the Future with Cristina Jacobs Easton

We have all had a dream or a goal that we wanted to accomplish, but then told ourselves “that’s not for me!” “I cant possibly do that!!” In this episode of Blooming is a Habit (BIAH) S1: E6 How to Prepare Girls and Women for the Future, Cristina Jacobs Easton, the Upper School Principal at Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women (BLSYW) helps us remember that

1. You belong wherever you want to be.

2. You can do anything you put your mind to, but this comes with hard work, perseverance, and self reflection.

3. Success is not achieved by being fearless, but by being so committed to your dreams that you take action even while scared, and find ways to cope mindfully.

4. Girls and women can better plan for their future and be their best selves when they are open and honest about the challenges and success they experienced throughout their academic, personal, and professional journeys!

5. There is no such thing as perfection. Mistakes help all of us learn and grow.

These lessons start in school. Let’s make it foundational material!

Guest Bio Continued.

BLSYW is an all-girls public charter school serving girls in grades 6-12 across Baltimore City,

Cristina Is a Baltimore native and graduate of both The Bryn Mawr School for Girls and Smith College, girls' education is a topic that she holds dear both personally and professionally. Cristina began her career in Education as a Special Education teacher in the Bronx as a New York City Teaching Fellow. In 2007, Cristina was on the founding committee for The Young Women's Leadership School of Brooklyn, and was a founding staff member when the school opened in 2008. She worked there as a Teacher and Assistant Principal until 2016.

Moving to Baltimore to join BLSYW has been an exciting personal and professional opportunity. Since returning to Baltimore, Cristina has served in multiple capacities supporting girls' education and institutions.

As the co-chair of the Student Leadership Network's Affiliate networking in 2016, she facilitated space for educators in the Young Women's Leadership affiliate network across the country to share best practices.

She served as a member of the Bryn Mawr School Alumnae Association and now sits on the Board of Trustees there. Cristina has presented for the National Coalition of Girls Schools on the collaborative course, Baltimore Studies, in which Bryn Mawr, Gilman, Roland Park Country and BLSYW students engage in a historic and ethnographic study of their city.

When not working to further girls access to opportunity, Cristina enjoys spending time in her kitchen with her husband, dog, and son who joined the family in September.

You can connect with Cristina at or on LinkedIn

Read Cristina's message to students to BLSYW

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