Oprah's Academy for Girls to Hold Its First Graduation


"Is it a challenge? Yes, but it's also I think an incredible opportunity to be able to maintain a connection with the audience and create what I consider to be programming that is mindful and not meaningless to you," Winfrey added.

School Faces Some Challenges

Winfrey's school has presented her with its own challenges as well.

In November 2007, allegations of sexual and physical abuse by a school matron arose. The school matron was dismissed and then charged with molesting several girls. Winfrey flew to South Africa, apologizing to the students and parents and praising the girls who'd come forward to report the abuse. The matron was acquitted in October 2010.

The school went on to flourish despite the early setbacks, becoming an even stronger learning institution as they grew over the years.

Today Winfrey shared some of the lessons she'd learned since opening the school, including the importance of patience.

"What I learned in this process is that you do nothing alone and that you can have a lot of big ideas and a lot of big dreams and vision, but unless you have the infrastructure and the people, the team of people, to work with you, nothing ever gets done," Winfrey said. "But through every single difficulty I have said to myself the investment is in leadership. It's in the leadership of these girls."

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