Lori Schippers was a Peace Corps Volunteer from 2008-2010 in Andara, Namibia. While there, she formed lasting relationships with the girls she taught and learned from. Through these relationships, she learned about the hardships of growing up female in rural Namibia, facing challenges the boys in her classes didn't.
Upon returning to the United States, she has continued her efforts to improve the lives of girls in Namibia by creating Empower Women in Africa to bring economic opportunities to women and educational opportunities to girls. Lori graduated Magna Cum Laude from Connecticut College in 2008 with a degree in mathematics.