Dear Bulgarian-American Society, we, the Leadership Academy GLOW team, would like to greatly thank you for your support!

We have successfully conducted both the Academy and its evaluation by the participants and their parents; we are eager to share the results with you!

The 60 new participants this year came from 27 different communities. Among the participants, we are proud to share that we had members from:

  • The 2016 National Biology Team of Bulgaria – a member of which is a bronze medalist from the 27th International Biology Olympiad
  • The National First Aid Team of Bulgaria for 2016,
  • Former members of the National Team in Synchronized Swimming.

Beside our main interactive sessions dedicated to leadership, teamwork, effective communication, decision making, public speaking, online image and gender roles, a special guest of the training was Daniela Dermendzieva, Dean of the Psychology Department of the University of Veliko Tarnovo. All participants took part in a specially organized by GLOW social campaign in Veliko Tarnovo on promoting positive attitude.

To celebrate GLOW’s 16th anniversary, we held one of the biggest GLOW alumni get-together in Veliko Tarnovo hills. The event was organized by the volunteer staff and brought together 112 girls from the different years still carrying the GLOW spirit. Together we made a time capsule to be opened on the 20th edition of Leadership Academy GLOW in 2020. The event is the first of a series of gatherings we are planning around the world in order to make the GLOW Alumni Network more active. You can see photos from the Academy here.

After the Academy we have conducted a complete evaluation asking the participants to evaluate their participation and this is what they have to say:

“I can confidently say that what I have learned in the span of only a week will always be a big part of me growing up and developing as an individual. With the help of the wonderful people on GLOW, I’m now on the road to being a more creative, disciplined and far more self-reliant person. I’m surely looking forward to taking what I’ve learned and applying it in the future – in my everyday life and beyond.”

Viktoria Hristova, 18 years old

“Words cannot explain the whole Glow experience! Being a camper at Leadership Academy GLOW was one of the best things that happened to me this year- so many positive emotions,memories and new friends.Glow is something that you have to feel in order to understand how powerful and inspiring it actually is.It isn’t 5 out of 5, it is 100 out of 5!”

Viktoria Bruncheva, 16 years old

“GLOW helped me grow as a strong, confident individual and I will be forever grateful for this!”

Ivanina Dimitrova, 16 years old
GLOW 2016 Infographic
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We also asked their parents to evaluate how the Academy influenced the development of their daughters. Their opinion is described in the attached infographic. Thank you for making GLOW 2016 possible – the whole team thanks you for your generous support and contribution to the Leadership Academy GLOW!

The GLOW Team


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