BLACK GIRLS ROCK! will hold its annual BLACK GIRLS LEAD conference, in partnership with hair care brand Emerge™, July 31 and Aug. 1. This year’s conference has been re-imagined as a virtual event and is designed to bring together young girls across the nation for two days of self-discovery, reflection and celebration.

The partnership between BLACK GIRLS ROCK! and emerge, a line of textured hair care products, was born from the understanding that there is an urgent need to provide the resources and tools needed for young women of color to succeed.

“As a hair care brand rooted in self-expression and creativity, emerge is committed to unlocking opportunity for young girls of color so they can successfully pursue their creative passions,” said Cara Sabin, CEO of Sundial Brands. “With the impact of COVID-19 on Black and Latinx communities, and the continued fight against systemic racism, we are honored to partner with Beverly Bond and BLACK GIRLS ROCK! to empower, inspire and support the next generation of creative trailblazers.”

The BLACK GIRLS LEAD conference was created by BLACK GIRLS ROCK! to amplify leadership skills, critical thinking, ingenuity and creativity for girls ages 13-18. The conference will welcome 1,000 young women from communities across the United States.

Apply for the conference by going to For more information about BLACK GIRLS ROCK! and BLACK GIRLS LEAD visit