Chess Girls DC believes that” Great chess players have the same skills as great leaders.” These skills include: focus, strategic thinking, analyzing, balancing multiple considerations, commitment to goals, mental toughness, long-term planning, and understanding consequences of actions. Women in leadership are invited to the club meeting to draw parallels to the attributes great leaders share with great chess players. Some of the amazing leaders who have participated in our series are shown below:

Captain Queen Anunay spoke to girls about her position as a female firefighter and how she must use strategic planning skills to determine the best way to rescue victims in a fire. She depends on her inner confidence to lead an organization that is dominated by men.

Adianet Perez, Woman FIDE Chess Master
Chess Girls DC met her at the US Chess Federation K-12 National Tournament.

Donna Cooper, spoke about the confidence, focus and  balancing long term considerations that she experiences as the president of PEPCO Holdings.






Aprille Ericsson, Ph.D, NASA spoke about the focus required to become the first female, and the first African-American female, to receive a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Howard University and the first African-American female to receive a Ph.D. in engineering at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Scientist also depend on notation and chess players study chess notation.



Admiral Michelle Howard spoke about the confidence and the mental toughness she needed in the Navy when there were no opportunities for women.



Rochelle Ballantyne is a college student at Stanford University on a academic scholarship awarded to her as a result of playing chess at a high level in public high school.  She is seeking to become the first African-American female grandmaster chess player.



Nazi Paikidze is the 2016 United States of America Women’s Chess Champion.



Phiona Metusi is a Ugandan Chess Champion who’s life has been the subject of both the book and the movie,  The Queen of Katwe.


Irine Kharisma Sukandar is an International Grandmaster who we visited at the Indonesian Embassy. She is currently studying under International Master Susan Polgar at Webster University.

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Susan Polgar is the highest ranked female chess player in history.