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Girls Rule! | The Etiquette Imperative featured in B.Couleur Magazine:


“Daily, girls are bombarded with subtle societal messages about their value and potential. When we replace negative messages with positive tools and proper social skills including courtesy, civility, and respect it proves to be the bottom line in determining a profitable and successful future.”

Recently, Girls Rule! and The Etiquette Imperative were featured in the B.Couleur Magazine article, “Girls Rule! Old-Fashioned Etiquette Prepares Girls for Modern Success” by award winning journalist, Nykeya Woods. We are honored and proud to raise the visibility and highlight the importance of etiquette mastery and it’s significant impact on future earning potential and civil social interactions.

Thank you to all of our supporters, partners, followers and subscribers for helping to make our work possible. We hope you enjoy the piece:

“Gone are the days when ladies put on gloves for an outing, dress up to run errands, or wear a slip under a skirt. More people today view etiquette-letting seniors or pregnant women sit on public transportation or holding doors open-as a dying practice. Yet, others argue that the more etiquette is disregarded, the more conflict will arise. Ladon Thames-Brumfield thinks a return to etiquette instruction could revive the art of civility and manners.

Seven years ago, the former corporate…

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Girls Rule! In the News: abc7chicago features Girls Rule! in PSA for work in urban communities..

What’s preventing you from pursuing your dream, launching your business or non profit program? Revive your dream. Honor your purpose. Don’t let fear hold you hostage from pursuit of your purpose.

If you’ve been given a vision to develop a business, non-profit, program, workshop series or some other endeavor it’s important to honor the vision you’ve been given…even if other’s can’t see it. Enjoy the video.

Ladon Brumfield for Girls Rule!

When my daughter was younger, I remember taking her to see her first feature film.  It was a beautiful and bright summer day, so when we entered the theater, we struggled to find our seats until our eyes adjusted to the darkness and our bodies adjusted to what felt like subzero air conditioning.  My it was cold in there!  After the movie ended, I took my daughter’s  hand and we walked together toward the nearest exit.  When I opened the door, the bright and beautiful sunlight pierced the darkness and almost blinded us.  As I stepped forward into the light, I felt my daughter’s tiny hand pulling me back into the darkness.  She was afraid.  “Mommy, it’s too bright!” she said.  I explained to her that our eyes had become accustomed to the darkness and our bodies had adapted to the coldness of the theater, but that didn’t mean we were meant to stay there.  After a little more coxing, we braced ourselves and stepped out of that cold and dark place together.  Within a minute, our eyes adjusted to the light and we opened our arms wide to more fully enjoy the wonderful sensation of the warm sun rays dancing on our skin.  As she skipped and laughed, my daughter said, “Mommy, you were right!  We had been in there so long I’d forgotten how good it felt out here.”

What a lesson!

In life, one thing is certain.  Dark days, trials, tribulations will come.  But let’s not allow our minds, bodies or spirits to become so comfortable in darkness that we grow too fearful to step into the light, love, opportunity or purpose awaiting us…someone may just be depending upon you to show them the way.


Ladon Brumfield
Girls Rule!


abc7chicago (WLS-TV) & McDonalds Corporation has recognized Girls Rule! as an organization that is making a positive impact on youth in the city of Chicago.  Therefore, throughout the month of  February, 2012 abc7chicago (channel 7) will air the following PSA featuring our Englewood Girls Rule! Chapter (Hinton Elementary School).

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Girls Rule!  Inspiring Girls to Blend…OUT!


via The Chicago Citizens Newspaper

Girls Rule! ( ), a young women’s enrichment program is bringing female empowerment to one southside school.

A new Girls Rule! chapter was recently created at Lavizzo Elementary School, 138 W. 109th St.

Ladon Brumfield, director of Girls Rule is excited about the organization’s new chapter at Lavizzo Elementary School. Brumfield is pictured here working with a group of girls.  (Photo Courtesy of Ladon Brumfield)

Ladon Brumfield, founder and director of Girls Rule! says she started the program to empower young women without degrading young men.

“I started Girls Rule! as a means to lift girls up, without pushing boys down.  We all have value, gifts and the ability to contribute positively to the world around us.  Girls Rule! helps girls to define and envision for themselves the type of women they’d like to become, then provides them with the tools to bring that vision to fruition,” she said.

Girls Rule! collaborates with local public, charter and private schools and has sustained a total of 12 chapters over the past year.

The Lavizzo chapter consists of 15-20 girls and was launched through an existing partnership with Girls Rule!  and Metropolitan Family Services.

“Through our work together, we developed a reputation with Metropolitan Family Services for being a high quality program provider.  So, when they – along with Principal Stelly at Lavizzo Elementary School sought to expand and support their mission to provide quality programming for Lavizzo’s after-school services, Girls Rule! was a perfect fit,” said Brumfield.

Girls Rule! activities are designed to help participants become poised young women. With lessons in resolving problems and proper etiquette—the girls are equipped with tools to build confidence.

“We customize our programming to meet the changing needs and interests of the communities and young ladies we serve.  Our core programming at Lavizzo centers on esteem and leadership building activities along with positive conflict resolution and etiquette classes.  [Recently], they began learning how to make quality fashions and life decisions through our Sewn Perfect fashion design component,” said Brumfield.

According to Brumfield it is important for young girls to know their self-worth because it impacts their choices in life.  She adds though images in media are pervasive, with the correct guidance, girls can gain and maintain high self-esteem.

“Today’s music, television programming, print media and a host of other outlets send powerful messages to girls on a daily basis about their value – which if presented often enough, becomes easy to believe.  Young ladies who have defined their own sense of value are less likely to conform to what others attempt to impose on to them – but instead make their decisions based on what is true to them,” she said.

For membership information, interested young women should call 312-479-0789 or send an email to .  To view a listing of activities log on to

By Thelma Sardin

Although I am strong, today I will be brave enough to lie…
in the arms of those who love and support me.

 After all, life is full of wonderful highs AND stumbling blocks.  
When we fall, we all need a soft place to land. 
So go ahead and LIE…I dare you.

Image by huntz via Flickr


Today’s weather is dreary & storms are looming all around us. All signs point to this being a horrible day, but you get to choose. Will you choose 2 let your environment or circumstance dictate your state of being or will u choose to love and joyfully LIVE regardless of how things appear? One choice makes you a slave and the other gives you freedom. CHOOSE WISELY.

Ladon Brumfield
Girls Rule!  Inspiring Girls to Blend…OUT!


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