ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A St. Louis executive joins other female CEOs and First Lady Michelle Obama in Washington D.C.

KMOX’s Carol Daniel reports First Lady Obama was there to push her effort to educate girls around the world called Let Girls Learn.

The First Lady relayed a powerful message to the women gathered for Fortune Magazine’s Most Powerful Women conference. She told the audience to imagine who they would be if their formal education ended after middle school.

Founder of Build-a-Bear Maxine Clark, turned her focus to improving public education after her retirement. Clark says hearing the first lady speak about education to girls was a great moment, especially for the 40 girls from the D.C. area.

First Lady Michelle Obama spoke at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit

“A lot of times people in this country take education for granted,” says Clark. “It’s 62 million girls without a chance for an education and Michelle Obama is making it her life’s work.”

Clark says she plans to join forces with the First Lady to do whatever she can as she continues to focus on the St. Louis region to improve access to quality education regardless of your zip code.

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