February 11

On this date, 29 years ago, Nelson Mandela, leader of the movement to end South African apartheid, was released from prison after 27 years.

This past summer while speaking in South Africa, I visited Robben Island, one of the prisons where Madiba was held. Taking a tour of the prison was truly surreal and proved that a prison is a prison, even when it’s converted to a museum. It took me a while to process the visit because it was heartbreaking and even at times eery.  I will never forget how the tour guide (also a former prisoner) kept saying he waited years before he could go back to the island because it is still a prison. The way he spoke about his missing his family, the segregation even within the prison, the treatment…it was something I will never forget.

If you ever make it to Cape Town, please make time to visit Robben Island. You must see it for yourself.

February 11 is also a great day to remind you of the wonderful things happening within and around Marvelous University as we are getting ready for summer.

I know you’re thinking, summer?!?!

It’s FEBRUARY and depending on where you are, you could be shoveling snow or on a delayed school start because of ice. ms-xQu1Wk

But, we also know, one can never be too early in getting ready for summertime fun!

So with that said, here is what’s coming up:


Last summer I traveled to Morocco with some super smart, talented and marvelous high school girl leaders (Girl Captains). This summer we’re taking smart, talented and marvelous high school Girl Captains to PERU 🇵🇪 !!
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Here is the link ➡️ https://www.girlcaptain.org/ for all of the information. The website has a lot of details, with much more to come. Feel free to ask questions. We would LOVE to take your high school girl with us!


This summer, Marvelous University and Generation Change will host Marvelous Girls Lead, a ONE WEEK day camp as a part of Summer at Hockaday, June 3-7. This day camp is for girls who are currently in the 4th – 7th grade. Look for New! Girls Leadership Camp: Marvelous Girls Lead on the Summer at Hockaday website.

Following the one-week day camp, Marvelous University is back for a second year to host Girls Soar!, a two-week elective, June 10-June 21. This is a 2-hour class. Look for New! Girls Soar! on the website. All information for Summer at Hockaday 2019 Camps & Classes can be found here.

2018-06-22_17-51-56_044One more quick note. There is a 10% discount for all registrations received by March 20.


If you’re up for some adventure for your middle school girls, you should send her to New Hampshire for Girls Leadership Camp! I’ll be there along with some other amazing, wonderful, marvelous women and girls. Here is the link to see all of the information and I’ll be glad to answer any more questions. There are LIMITED spots and trust me, it’s so worth it! GLC is for girls currently in the 5th-8th grade.


As you can see, there are some great things coming for Marvelous University. Please make sure you’re following the calendar on the website to see when we’ll be in your area.


Know what else makes February 11 so special? It’s my marvelous mom’s birthday!!!


My Marvelous Mama, Esther Armstead

My mom is truly the best! I love putting her on full blast because I need the world to know just how blessed I truly am!

As always, if you have any questions or want more information about the wonderful things ahead, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

With Sincere Gratitude,



“As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.”

― Nelson Mandela

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