Speaker

Vanessa Gallegos

Vanessa Gallegos
Vanessa Gallegos is a graduating senior at Central Gwinnett High School. Her early acceptance and full scholarship to Stanford University provides only a small, if impressive, clue about why she has been asked to speak.

At a time when it is easy to find examples of our education system failing, Vanessa is emblematic of its ability to do everything — maybe even more than — we hope. The awards and honors she has received are too many to list, and at the age of 17 her resumé would make even the most successful professionals feel like slackers.

Vanessa has served as an ambassador for Central Gwinnett on Kathy Cox’s Student Advisory Council, which advises the Superintendent on the impact of state policies in the classroom. Vanessa shares her lessons learned in leadership through the Gwinnett Student Leaderhip Team. Younger than most, she’s come to understand that leadership isn't taught through curriculum, it's learned through experience.