Spotlight: Girls Story
In 2006, Lynn Johnson and Allison Kenny, partners in life and business, founded a company called Glitter & Razz Productions, focused on creating high-quality, arts-based camps, classes, and birthday parties for kids in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Two years later, in a church basement in Oakland, 17 girls - and only girls - signed up for their summer camp. That had never happened before so Lynn and Allison decided to go for it and they made the theme of that summer "Go Girls!: The Magic & Power of Being a Girl." The camp session wound up being so successful, by every measure, that they asked participants, "If we do this again next year, on purpose, will you sign up?" The answer was a resounding "Yes!"
Over the next 4 years, Go Girls! programming grew and grew and Lynn and Allison knew they were onto something amazing. It was clear that, in order to become their boldest, bravest selves, girls needed safe and creative spaces to practice taking center stage. They redesigned their mission, rebranded, and restructured their programming to focus exclusively on the social/emotional health of girls.
Lynn Johnson is a visionary entrepreneur, speaker, and Co-Founder/CEO of Spotlight: Girls – an Oakland-based B Corp that inspires, educates, and activates girls & women to take center stage through a multi-media platform and summer camp.
To date, Lynn has raised over half a million dollars in capital to prepare to license Go Girls! ™ - their popular summer camp - nationally. She is the first recipient of the Force for Good Fund, a recipient of RSF Social Finance’s Women’s Capital Collaborative, and the winner of SheKnows Media’s #ThePitch at BlogHer 2017.
In addition, Lynn works as a coach for Jenny Kassan Consulting and serves on the Alameda County Commission on the Status of Women.
Allison Kenny is an award-winner blogger, author, actor, and co-founder of Spotlight:Girls.
As an author, Allison has written and published Starring Celia, a chapter book about a fictional Go Girl!, and Go Squirrel!, a series of coloring books aimed at teaching young readers complex social/emotional lessons through fun and accessible social stories.
An award-winning educator with over 25 years experience
Expert curriculum and toy designer, Formerly with Leap Frog and Little Passports
Sales and Marketing Manager
Experienced business professional with focus on social impact
Over 10 years of experience working in diverse industries
Musician & Founder, Alphabet Rockers
Partner & Collaborator of girl anthems "My Light" and "I'm Proud" which appear on the GRAMMY-nominated album, Rise Shine #Woke
Founder & CEO, Culture Shift Creative
Cultural strategist, music industry veteran known for her work with India Arie & advising the Obama Administration on arts and culture. Partner in "Shelectricity," a girls'
empowerment ecosystem that brings together technology, culture, and community