Eighteen Guilford County Facilitators Earn Certification to Provide New Girls Leadership Edge Program
Greensboro, NC – February 1, 2017 – The Women’s Professional Forum Foundation congratulates the first eighteen Certified Facilitators of the Girls Leadership Edge program. Girls Leadership Edge is a series of learning modules to be delivered by qualified, highly trained facilitators across Guilford County. The program modules provide middle school girls age 13 to 15 with the skills to become lifelong leaders in their lives and the communities in which they live. The program is designed with an emphasis on developing Courage, Confidence and Compassion.
Building capacity to develop girls in our community was important to WPF members. The following facilitators’ certification is the culmination of a rigorous application process followed by four days of classroom and experiential training at the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro.
Pat Fehlig - College Planner, College Funding Innovations
Charlene Gladney - Executive Director, Operation Xcel
Kelly Graves - Executive Director, Kellin Foundation
Bridget Gwinnett – Upper School Counsel, Greensboro Day School
Dr. Tracey Nicole Hayes – Professional Editor, Leadership LINKS, Inc.
Tasheka Jordan – Teacher, Guilford County Public Schools
Britt Lassiter – Executive Dir., PEAK Adventure Ministries
Ellen Lloyd – President, Butterfly Creations, Inc.
Maria Mayorga – Latino Family Center Coordinator, YWCA, High Point
Ashley McKiver – Unit Director, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater High Point
Brenda Mewborn – Founder, Empowered Girls of North Carolina
Jacqueline Pippens – Parent Educator, Children’s Home Society of NC
Megan Sappenfield – Program Director, YWCA High Point
Kristen Tuma – PE Department Chair, Greensboro Day School
Myrna Wigley – Community Volunteer, Diamonds & Pearls
Amanda Wycoff – Recruitment/Girl Engagement, Girl Scouts
Girls Leadership Edge is made possible by a grant from the Women’s Professional Forum Foundation (WPFF) in partnership with the Center for Creative Leadership(CCL) and the Guilford Nonprofit Consortium. The WPF Foundation provided the funding and ongoing inspiration for CCL to research, design and test the highly interactive curriculum; develop the robust tool kit of resources; and build organizational capacity by training eighteen community facilitators.
Sue Kennedy, a WPF Foundation board member and Girls Leadership Edge spokesperson, said, “The WPF Foundation has been making grants to organizations with programs that empower girls and women for more than twenty years. After interviewing so many leaders of programs that serve girls, the WPF Foundation recognized a need for an experiential learning curriculum that would support and elevate the remarkable work already being done by those organizations.”
The Guilford Nonprofit Consortium and some of the organizations that serve girls in Guilford County participated in background research and prototype sessions of the five modules. Feedback from girls and their leaders indicate that the program will make a significant impact.
Each Certified Facilitator has scheduled Girls Leadership Edge modules into their programming during 2017.