Illana Raia

Founder & CEO

https://www.etregirls.com

Recently named one of the first 250 entrepreneurs on the Forbes Next 1000 List, Illana Raia is the founder and CEO of Être - a mentorship platform for girls. Believing that mentors matter as early as middle school, Illana brings girls directly into companies they select to meet female leaders face to face. The goal, as Être's French name suggests, is to help today's girls figure out who they want to be. 

 

Named a Mogul Influencer in 2017, Illana appeared in the HuffPost "Talk To Me" video series, participated in the 2018 Balance Project Interviews and the 2019 #WomenWhoRock campaign, and has been featured on Cheddar TV and podcasts like The Other 50%, Her Money, Finding Brave and Women To Watch. Illana has authored 50+ articles for Thrive Global, HuffPost and Ms. Magazine, and her award-winning book Être: Girls, Who Do You Want To Be was released on Day of the Girl 2019. Her next book, The Epic Mentor Guide, is scheduled to arrive on International Women's Day 2022.

 

Prior to launching Être in 2016, Illana was a corporate attorney at Skadden, Arps in NYC and an occasional guest lecturer at Columbia University. She graduated from Smith College and the University of Chicago Law School, and remains unapologetically nerdy.

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Are You America’s Next Top Young Scientist?

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How Today’s Ocean Heroes Are Turning The Tide For Good

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How Philosophy Brought Hope and Grace During Mental Health Awareness Month

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How This Former Snapchat Exec is Connecting the World Through New Stories

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Be What You Want To Be…DIY Empowerment During Women’s History Month

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What Wella Company’s New CEO Wants Girls To Know About Ambition and Authenticity

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What This Teen Author Wants You To Know About The Power of Gen-Z

by Illana Raia
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How No7’s Unstoppable Together Movement is Bringing Women Back to Work

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What Mireille Harper Wants Today’s Girls To Know About Black Leaders, Legends and Legacies

by Illana Raia
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Why the Teen Vogue Summit Was A Bright Spot in 2020

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Getting to the Heart of the Matter: What Elizabeth Vargas Wants Girls to Know About Connecting to End Addiction

by Illana Raia
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Celebrating Day of the Girl with Somali Supermodel Halima Aden

by Illana Raia
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Flying for Day of the Girl – How this All-Female Skydiving Team is Launching Girls’ Dreams

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ICYMI…Takeaways from Teen Vogue’s Politics and Culture Workshop

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Pssst…Insider Fashion and Media Tips from Teen Vogue

by Illana Raia
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Why Your New Favorite Science Class Just Dropped on Netflix

by Illana Raia
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Meet the New Team Encouraging Female Athletes to Raise Their Voices

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Five Takeaways from the Teen Vogue Orientation

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Who Do You Want To Be? “Bee Fearless!”

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Meet Four Middle School Girls Changing the World Through Science

by Illana Raia
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Girl Scouts is Building a New Generation of Leaders – Badge by Badge

by Illana Raia
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That Time When NASA and Nickelodeon Sent Slime Into Space

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Meet The Girl Taking The COVID-19 Crisis Into Her Own Hands

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Confidence, Connection and COVID-19

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