Angela Patton is a champion for who she calls “at-promise” (as opposed to “at-risk”) girls and a serial innovator. She is the CEO of Girls for a Change, a nonprofit through which 100 girls’ groups throughout the nation work together to envision and execute lasting change in their neighborhoods, cities, or schools.

Angela’s TED talk describing a father-daughter dance for incarcerated dads and their “at-promise” girls has been viewed over 1 millions times. Following its release, Angela’s work was featured on ABC World News, Inside Edition, and NPR, and she has been in demand from corporations, at conferences on girls, as well as colleges and universities throughout the country.

She has been recognized by President Obama as a White House Champion of Change, has received the Nonprofit Partner of the Year from the Metropolitan Business League, and Richmond Times-Dispatch 2019 Person of the Year Honoree. In 2022 Angela was recognized by The International Alliance for Women as a World of Difference Awards winners in the Non-Profit/NGO Awardees category. She co-authored the book Finding Her Voice: How black girls in white spaces can speak up & live their truth, with Faye Z. Belgrave, PhD and Ivy Belgrave. Angela is a member of SisterFund and still finds time to serve on the board of Orchard House Middle School for Girls, volunteer for various organizations, and serve as a technical assistance consultant with MENTOR Virginia.

Girls already know what they need. The wisdom lives inside of them.
—Angela Patton


People may think it’s crazy to have a daddy-daughter dance in a jail. But it builds respect. You wouldn’t believe what it does for these men’s confidence to dress them up. So this dance can have a ripple effect.
—Richmond City Sheriff C.T. Woody
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