Carleton Convocation presented by “Girls on the Run” founder Molly Barker

January 3, 2017

Carleton College kicks off its winter term weekly convocation series with an appearance by Girls on the Run founder Molly Barker on Friday, Jan. 6. An innovative social entrepreneur who aims to motivate and activate girls and women and change perceptions around gender, beauty, and power, Barker’s presentation is entitled “Climbing Out of the Girl Box.”

Carleton convocations are held Fridays from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. in Skinner Memorial Chapel, located on First and College Streets in Northfield. They are free and open to the public, and are also recorded and archived for online viewing at

Barker is founder of Girls on the Run, a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. The program teaches life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games. The three-part curriculum includes:  understanding ourselves, valuing relationships and teamwork, and understanding how we connect with and shape the world at large. Running is used to inspire and motivate girls, encourage lifelong health and fitness, and build confidence through accomplishment. Important social, psychological, and physical skills and abilities are developed and reinforced throughout the program.

A four-time Hawaii Ironman triathlete, Barker used her background in social work, counseling and teaching, along with research on adolescent issues, to develop the program. She started with just 13 girls in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1996. The program has grown exponentially and is now offered in over 200 cities across North America with over 180,000 girls being served by over 60,000 volunteers.

Girls on the Run has been featured in many media outlets including People, Runner’s World, Redbook, Women's Day, O Magazine, Self, Shape, Southern Living, Running Times, CNN, MSNBC, ABC News, NBC News, NPR, ESPN and Forbes. Named one of the top 50 Most Influential People in Running, Barker is the recipient of several prestigious national awards, including Redbook magazine’s “Strength and Spirit Award” which recognizes individuals who are building a better future for all of us; Woman’s Day magazine’s “Woman’s Day Award” that salutes individuals who have used their vision and heart to help fix pressing problems; the “Heroes of Running Award” from Runner’s World magazine; and the “Point of Light” award given in a ceremony at the White House hosted by former President George Bush and President Barack Obama.

For more information about this event, including disability accommodations, call (507) 222-4308.