Ladies Night came to one of the most famous addresses in America -- 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C.-- Wednesday night.
First lady Michelle Obama served as the mistress of ceremonies at an all-female White House party in the East Room, where she hosted 120 lucky high school girls to celebrate mentoring.
"You don't always see was what it took for many of us to get to where we are today. You don't always see the thousands of hours that were spent studying or practicing or rehearsing, the years spent working for that promotion, the hammers used to break glass ceilings," Mrs. Obama said.
"All of them -- every last one of them -- had someone in their lives who took the time to encourage them and to inspire them. None of us are here on our own," she added.
The event paired more than 20 successful women with girls from the D.C. area. The mentors included Academy Award-winning actress Hillary Swank and Olympic gold medalist Dominique Dawes.
Mrs. Obama told the girls to make a difference and that it was never too soon to start mentoring.
"Take advantage of this time. Don't be shy tonight. These opportunities don't come along often, so this might be your last time at the White House or you might be back here running it someday. The one thing we ask of you when you're done here is that you now owe someone else. Your job here is to reach back and pull someone else up," she said.