Ryann Lipcon (Georgia)
Ron Bell Family Foundation Inspirational Leader
My name is Ryann Lipcon and this fall I am a freshman at Mississippi State University (Hail State). Four and a half hours away from my home, family, and the town that I love.
My "Girl Talk Story" starts the spring semester of my 8th grade year. My mom forced my sister and I to go to a book signing at KSU for some lady who wrote some book about drama. Turns out that "some lady" became one of my role models and that “some book” lead me to the greatest thing of my high school career. The following summer I signed up to be a counselor at Girl Talk's Project Inside Out camp and fell in love with the organization. I was able to watch girls transform from caterpillars into butterflies and by helping them do so, I transformed too. My freshman year in high school was full of struggles to start my very own Girl Talk Chapter: finding an Advisor, getting school administration on board, and trying my hardest to make my Chapter reflect the mission and vision of Girl Talk. Freshman year was where I also started my time on Teen Advisory Board (the best decision ever).
Senior year came along and I had an amazing chapter with even more amazing girls, I was President of TAB, and head leader of PIO camp (2nd year in a row). On my last day of camp, Girl Talk awarded me with the Ron Bell Inspirational Leader Award which was a huge blessing and honor. Girl Talk has been such a huge part of my life and has led me to make so many connections with influential people. From meeting woman CEO’s through TAB, to the amazing people on Girl Talk’s Board, I’ve created my own mini network at just 18. It also shaped me into the confident, bright, and loving leader that I am today.
Of course I was involved in more than just Girl Talk during high school. I was in student government, President of the FCCLA chapter at my school, played lacrosse, volunteered at my church, and cheered on our boys at every football game. Being so involved made high school so much more fun. I am so grateful that my little sister, Kendall, shares my passion for Girl Talk. Since leaving for college, she has taken over my Chapter, is on the Teen Advisory Board, and was a counselor at PIO camp.
All the way from Starkville, MS, I am missing Girl Talk just as much as I miss my family. I am studying for a major in Fashion Merchandising with a minor in Business, hoping to become the next head of marketing at J. Crew or Nordstrom’s. I’m planning on getting involved in student government, Roadrunners (tour guides for incoming freshmen), Fashion Board, and being a counselor at New Maroon Camp (a camp for freshmen to learn about MSU). One of the most exciting things about Girl Talk is the sisterhood, which made me want to be in a sorority to carry on that feeling of sisterhood. I am a Delta Gamma and I’m so glad I found my “home away from home”.
Without a doubt, Girl Talk has been one of the top reasons I strive for so much. The women behind the scenes, the girls at camp and in my Chapter, Haley, the speakers who poured into me at camp and through TAB, and so many others that I’ve meet through Girl Talk have influenced me and taught me to be strong, loving, and always hold out a helping hand. I have a passion for people, to support, love and cherish them, and Girl Talk has given me an outlet for that. Unconditional love is what Girl Talk strives to show every girl - it is what they have shown me and it is what I will carry on throughout my life. I couldn’t be prouder to say I was, I am, and will always be a part of Girl Talk, Inc.