Oct 15, 2019

Girls Inc.: Your Investment at Work

Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg is the most recent of the young women at whose courage the world marvels. She and her sisters Malala Yousafzai, Emma Gonzalez, and Yara Shahidi—to name but a few—have sought allies, overcome personal obstacles, faced impossible challenges, and committed themselves to taking action in highly visible arenas. Each has a different goal, but they are working toward a unified outcome: a more rational, thoughtful, inclusive, equitable world.

 These young women represent a future in which we are not satisfied simply to compensate successfully in any given situation, but we instead work intelligently toward improving the conditions that create the need to compensate. As I watch their progress, I am incredibly proud to be leading the work at Girls Inc., where every day we work with girls who have the same extraordinary potential.

Because you have invested in that potential, Girls Inc. girls have safe, positive, pro-girl environments in which to explore their inherent strengths and talents. Thanks to your generous support, they have trained, caring mentors who guide and challenge them as they set and achieve goals—from physical and emotional health to high academic performance and self-determination. And your investment is behind them as they broaden their outlook and reach, using the sisterhood and the power they have found in the Girls Inc. Experience to advocate and legislate on behalf of girls and women everywhere. Girls Inc. girls are not only navigating successfully in a sometimes-unaccommodating world, but they are also changing the world for the better.

On behalf of all of us at Girls Inc., I thank you for your confidence in these strong, smart, bold girls, and for your investment in the powerful future that they are creating.

Jul 16, 2019

Girls Inc.: Your Investment at Work & Important Announcement

Girls Inc. has been changing the lives of girls for over 150 years, and I am honored to have been chosen to continue this legacy as I join the organization this month.

This new role weaves together many threads of my previous experience. I have devoted much of my career to advancing and supporting girls and young women, as well as ensuring access to excellence in high-need communities. From serving as a faculty member and administrator at women’s colleges (Wellesley and Mount Holyoke) to leading the Brearley School to addressing the challenges of STEM learning in high-need schools at the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, I have been committed to opportunity and achievement for young people, and especially young women. Now I am delighted to share my enthusiasm for this work with Girls Inc., on behalf of our strong, smart, and bold girls.

As I begin my journey with Girls Inc., I am very pleased to announce to you another new leadership appointment: Tony Bucci, a valued member of our National Board of Directors since 2008 and previous Vice-Chair, will be stepping into the role of Board Chair. Tony is Chairman and CEO of MARC USA, one of the nation’s largest privately held marketing communications companies. Tony has often brought the talents and resources of his agency and his personal enthusiasm to our collateral, from the “With You In Her Corner” campaign to our newly designed, mobile-friendly, website. Widely recognized for his high-level thinking, strategic marketing expertise, and philanthropic efforts, Tony was a natural choice to lead Girls Inc.’s Board, and I am so pleased that he has agreed to take on this key position. I look forward to our work together.

I would also like to thank Judy Vredenburgh for all of her advice and support as I step into this important new role. All of us at Girls Inc. are tremendously grateful for her transformative leadership, which has created a solid foundation for our future plans and goals.

It is a privilege and a pleasure to be leading an organization that I have admired for many years. I will continue with pride the Girls Inc. traditions of transformational programming for the girls who need us most, and transparency and accountability to you, our important investors. Thank you for helping Girls Inc. make certain that all girls have the opportunity to grow up healthy, educated, and independent.

With all best wishes,

Stephanie J. Hull, Ph.D.
President & CEO

Apr 22, 2019

Girls Inc.: Your Investment at Work

Girls Inc. is proud of our work for and with girls, and it’s important to us that you are too. Above all, we are determined to be accountable to the girls we serve and to you, our investors. That’s why we are pleased to share these important updates and exclusive information on how we’re meeting the needs of girls today, and the impact we’re making in their daily lives.

In October, we announced our new advocacy campaign:  #GirlsToo: Respect Starts Young. Inspired by the stories of girls from across the country, #GirlsToo was conceived to bring awareness to the fact that sexual harassment and violence affect girls as well as women. If you haven’t already done so, we invite you to join the ranks of more than 10,000 signers and take a stand against sexual assault and harassment by signing the #GirlsToo pledge. To sign and gain access to important information for youth, parents, educators, and others on this topic, visit girlstoo.girlsinc.org.

We continue to work toward our ambitious growth goals. I am proud to announce that our third cohort of growth grantees has been selected: an additional nine affiliates were awarded two-year grants of $100,000 - $500,000 each to grow the number of girls they serve comprehensively by over 3,500, an increase of 138% in just two years.

Our newest cohort of growth grantees are:

Girls Inc. of Greater Atlanta

Girls Inc. of Greater Houston

Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis

Girls Inc. of Island City, CA

Girls Inc. of Johnson County, IN

Girls Inc. of Monroe County, IN

Girls Inc. of Pinellas, FL

Girls Inc. of San Antonio

Girls Inc. of Worcester

With the addition of this group, 46 affiliates - or 57% of the entire network - have taken the plunge and committed to growth with impact. In total, with your support, we have invested $9.1M in affiliates to grow by over 25,000 girls and enter two new markets: reaching more communities, more schools, and most importantly, more girls.

Finally, I am thrilled to share that our Board of Directors has appointed Stephanie J. Hull as the next President & CEO of Girls Inc., starting May 15, 2019. Stephanie has had a long and illustrious career as a leader in education and as a women’s advocate and was the unanimous choice to succeed me as the head of this extraordinary organization. We look forward to introducing you to Stephanie in the months ahead and know that you will find her to be the right leader for Girls Inc. at this point in time.

Thank you for your support of Girls Inc. and girls. During my tenure, I have been proud of the obstacles we’ve overcome, the gaps we’ve closed, and the strong, smart, bold girls whose futures we have secured. Together with Stephanie, I know you will continue to invest in the rights and opportunities of girls, as we progress towards the best future possible for all girls.

Warm regards,


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