The New Savvy is a great advocate for learning and women’s education, so imagine our delight and immense support of The Power of an Educated Girl event in New York.

#62MillionGirls Initiative

Moderated by Glamour’s editor-in-chief, Cindi Leive, Michelle Obama gave inspiring advice to thousands of girls. The First Lady of the United States co-panelist includes former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Plan International student activist Nurfahada, and actress/U.N. Messenger of Peace Charlize Theron.

As part of the recently launched Let Girls Learn campaign by the White House, the initiative aims to help 62 million girls worldwide without access to an education.

Michelle Obama’s Advice at The Power of an Educated Girl event

Here are some of The New Savvy’s favourite life lessons by the FLOTUS. There are reminders even to the strongest, smartest of us!

1) You are worthy. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
“I learned that when I was young. I’m worthy. And if I’m worthy, so are you.”

2) Don’t be afraid of claiming your seat on the table.
“Compete with the boys, beat the boys, because you all are capable.”

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Michelle Obama’s Advice to Girls: "We can never give up. We can't afford to."
Michelle Obama: “Compete with the boys, beat the boys, because you all are capable.”

3) Invest in yourself.
“You’ll have the opportunity, and you’ll have control of your life to make choices. And you won’t have to listen to your parents, because you’ll have a job and you’ll pay your own bills. You want that freedom. Freedom comes later,” she said. “Now you invest. Now you put up with. Now you be patient. Because if you don’t do it now, then you’ll be living this cramped-up life for the rest of your life.”

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4) Failure is inevitable but learn from your mistakes. Have tenacity and persevere on.
“Failure is an important part of your growth and developing resilience. Don’t be afraid to fail.”

Our favourite quote from Michelle Obama? Watch the video below. Trust us, it’s worth it.

“If I had worried about who liked me and who thought I was cute when I was your age, I wouldn’t be married to the president of the United States.”


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Anna Haotanto is passionate about finance, education, women empowerment and children’s issues. Anna has been featured in CNBC, Forbes, The Straits Times, Business Insider, INC and The Peak Singapore. She was nominated and selected for FORTUNE Most Powerful Women conference in 2016 (Asia) and 2015 (San Francisco, Next Gen). Anna has 10 years of experience in the financial sector and is currently a Director in Tera Capital. Her previous work experience includes positions at Citigroup, United Overseas Bank, a regional role in Business Monitor and a boutique private equity firm based in Shanghai. She graduated from Singapore Management University (Finance and Quantitative Finance).



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