The mission of Camp Rocky Road is to inspire, challenge, and celebrate young women through a commitment to building resilience, self-esteem and leadership skills that will last a lifetime.
CAMP ROCKY ROAD
Camp Rocky Road is a summer leadership camp for rising 9th grade girls from all walks of life. It's a 5-night sleepaway camp filled with classes, workshops, and hands-on experiences to create actionable steps for finding one's own path, staying true to oneself, and cultivating unwavering confidence -- all while living a dream LA vacation. With female guest contributors from a range of different backgrounds, we'll hear from executives, creatives, & entrepreneurs on the various secrets to their success. The goal of Camp RR is to open the eyes of young women to their infinite potential and to ignite excitement for the possibilities that lie ahead. We aim to foster the curiosity and confidence to pursue their dearest and most fulfilling dreams.
Recently featured in Forbes, the founder and CEO of her eponymous fashion label. Ripley deeply understands how hard work and creativity go hand in hand. Ripley is passionate about design, entrepreneurship and fostering leadership skills in young women. She teaches design to at-risk teen girls and leads mentorship workshops in character education for girls.
"It's time we shift how women speak, and thereby feel, about themselves. As a fashion designer, I'm up close and personal with women on a daily basis; and with them, their feelings of self-worth and confidence. Witnessing this complex relationship is what has driven me as a designer. I'm passionate about making clothes for women that allow them to stand out, feel strong, full of themselves, and ridiculously confident. It's my mission to start cultivating these qualities from an early age in young women. I want to be a part of creating a generation of young women with unapologetic self-esteem. I've seen it work with clothes, but now we must begin from the inside. Camp Rocky Road is a week spent with incredible female entrepreneurs, trailblazers, and visionaries. Being a female founder with relationships in the fashion world and beyond, I'm constantly connecting with women who are changing the world through their work. We'll spend a week digging in with these pioneering women using workshops to challenge, inspire, and create an actionable game plan for entering high school with a solid toolbox for success."
Ripley Rader recently launched The Empowerment Shirt, a T-Shirt with her iconic quote " Who wouldn't want to be you?" A battle cry for unapologetic confidence with a percentage of profits going to Camp RR.
who wouldn't want to be you?
ELLEN ETTEN - CAMP DIRECTOR / (Every Camper’s BFF) A comedy writer and stand up comedian who hails from Minnesota. She attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. This past year, she created and wrote the digital series TWO WOKE GURLS to get out the vote for the midterm elections. She’s also written and directed spots for Planned Parenthood and Families Belong Together, as well as wrote for Obama’s re-election campaign. Her pilot FEMINISTA was developed by Warner Horizon studio.
KYM BYE Originally hailing from the East Coast, Kimberly Bye has her Master’s in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy at Pepperdine. She works with clients in a supportive, compassionate, and nurturing way; helping them identify strengths and define goals through a process of active listening, deep empathy, non-judgment and acceptance.
HELEN EIGENBERG "I have been teaching comprehensive sex ed for 10 years as a volunteer for Planned Parenthood LA. One of the greatest gifts we can give to young people is the knowledge and education about their bodies so they are empowered to make the best decisions for themselves!"
CHRISTY MARSDEN Christy Marsden, owner of Yoga Blend studio in Burbank, CA since 2005 has been teaching yoga for over 20 years. She is passionate about sharing the ancient wisdom of this healing art in a practical and down to earth way.
CHELSEY DAILEY GOODAN Chelsey Goodan is the founder of The Activist Cartel, a network of men and women dedicated to promoting women’s rights and equality. Chelsey recently became a Board Member for the nonprofit, A CALL TO MEN, which educates and activates men and boys to be a part of the solution in preventing violence and discrimination against women.
WEYNI MENGESHA Weyni is an award-winning director. A committed mentor of new talent and a producer of youth arts initiatives, she has been the co-director of the acclaimed A.M.Y. Project, training young women in the arts.. She’s also the co-founder and artistic director of the Selam Youth Festival, which trains and gives a platform to over 60 young artists from the Ethiopian and Eritrean communities annually.
AIMEE CARRERO Aimee Carrero is an actress of Puerto Rican/Dominican descent. Since moving to Los Angeles, she’s appeared in over 20 projects! Most notably, she can be seen as Sofia on the Freeform sitcom “Young and Hungry.” In 2015, DISNEY announced Aimee as the voice of Elena of Avalor, their first-ever Latina princess. She most recently completed an off-Broadway run of “The Portuguese Kid.” She is also the voice She-Ra, on Dreamwork/Netflix’s animated reboot, “She-Ra and the Princesses or Power.”
Hearts are poured into Camp Rocky Road. The young women invited to attend will be held to the highest standard possible. We’re seeking a diverse, interesting, fun group of ladies who are willing to jump in without judgments or reservations!
We want women who are courageous enough to take part in everything the camp has to offer.
OUR AMAZING BOARD
Ellen Etten is a writer, comedian and producer who hails from Minnesota, land of 10,000 lakes. She grew up forcing her brothers to perform in her elaborate basement productions, and later attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she graduated with honors and received an award for Excellence in the Arts. While at NYU, Ellen performed in a sketch comedy group and went on to teach sketch comedy at The Atlantic Theater Company. She has also studied sketch comedy at Upright Citizens Brigade and The Groundlings. Most recently, Ellen wrote for SCROLL WHEEL OF TIME, an interactive comedy executive produced by Paul Scheer. This past year, she created and wrote the digital series TWO WOKE GURLS for Elizabeth Banks' digital company WhoHaha in an effort to get out the vote for the midterm elections. She’s also written and directed spots for organizations like Planned Parenthood, Families Belong Together, and Black Women for Wellness, as well as writing for Obama’s re-election campaign. Ellen has written punch-up on various features and TV pilots, and her pilot HERLAND was developed by Warner Horizon studio. She performs stand up regularly around LA, hosts the monthly comedy show Bash Comedy, and has performed with Sarah Silverman, Nick Kroll, Ali Wong and many others.
Jill Sergison, CNM, MA is the Strategic Policy Advisor for Upstream North Carolina. She is a reproductive health and contraceptive research professional with 14 years of experience working as a Certified Nurse Midwife coupled with four years of experience in contraceptive product R&D and 20 years of contraceptive counseling experience. Her clinical experience includes full-scope practice in private, public and academic settings with an emphasis on family planning education and provision. Jill most recently held the position of Associate Scientist at FHI 360 where she was the lead safety coordinator for multiple international contraceptive clinical trials. She co-developed the “NORMAL” job aid designed to communicate bleeding expectations associated with the use contraceptive methods, which is being integrated into many domestic and international programs such as the PSI Choice manual, Ministries of Health across multiple countries in Africa, and bedsider.org. She has served as a technical advisor on contraceptive research and development programming throughout the world and was part of an FHI 360-led initiative to introduce 2.5M affordable contraceptive implants into sub-Saharan Africa.
Jill received a BA in Biology from Wake Forest University and a Master of Arts in Nursing with a certificate in Nurse-Midwifery from New York University. She lives in Durham with her husband and two sons. In 2018 she founded The Benevolent Table, a one-part cooking class, one-part dinner party, which has raised thousands of dollars for social-justice organizations.
Anjali Bhimani is an award winning singer/actress whose career spans from Broadway to television, films to video games, and more. International audiences know her as Symmetra, the light-bending architect from the hit game Overwatch, as well as from numerous onscreen roles such as Nina Patel on Modern Family, Joya in Alex Inc, SWAT, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, NCIS, Grace and Frankie, the Sopranos, and many many more. On Broadway, she has been seen as Myrrha and others in Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses and as Bollywood diva Rani in Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Bombay Dreams. She is the creator and host of I Am Fun Size, a YouTube series to encourage people to live their fullest lives and find new ways to face life challenges. When not performing, you can catch Anjali climbing mountains, building, trees, and whatever she can get her hands on, probably while wearing high heels. She is the proud mama of Charley the Wonderdog. You can find her on Instagram, Twitter, and Youtube at @sweeetanj and at www.AnjaliBhimani.com
Sarah Moore is a St. Louisan, and an executive regulatory affairs leader for bioMerieux, a global in vitro diagnostics company. With a passion for creating opportunities for women in the workplace and in the community, Sarah devotes her time to charitable engagements in addition to her career. She serves Doorways Interfaith Residences, an HIV/AIDS housing and healthcare program, Springboard to Learning, and Charis Chorus, the flagship St. Louis Women's Chorus. Most recently Sarah joined the efforts of the Ripley Rader Camp Rocky Road Board. A devoted mom, Sarah is thrilled by the mission to create young women leaders, ready to change this world! You can usually find Sarah traveling the globe for work and play, with her family Jay, Simon and Sadie
Elliot LaPlante is a Los Angeles based Production Designer and Creative Consultant. She specializes in visual story telling and impact media – with a background in communications, content strategy and graphic design. Having recently worked on projects for Universal Television, Paramount, Rabbit Bandini, and The Spirit Awards, Elliot is currently the Art Director for NBC’s hit comedy Superstore. In addition to her design work, Elliot is dedicated to creating opportunities for those whose circumstances have unjustly held them back. She worked as the Program Manager for the Actor’s Gang Prison Project, which brings rehabilitative theater to prison inmates across the state of California. As a leader in that initiative, Elliot worked with Mayor Garcetti, Kamala Harris, and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder as an Arts-in-Corrections advocate. Elliot previously spent six months teaching art and music at Banglahope, an orphanage in Bangladesh. She is currently Executive Producing a documentary on the Fall Festival of Shakespeare, an award-winning program that brings Shakespeare to life for hundreds of high school students every year. Her non-profit work blends her love for art and aesthetic with her commitment to social change and advocacy. Elliot is proud to be joining the Board of Camp Rocky Road, and excited to bring her passion to it’s vital mission.