Leadership LINKS facilitates the Girls Leadership Edge Curriculum

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.



 Dr. Tracey Nicole Hayes, Leadership LINKS, Inc. Founding Board Member, and Girls Leadership Edge Facilitator

Dr. Tracey Nicole Hayes, Leadership LINKS, Inc. Founding Board Member, and Girls Leadership Edge Facilitator



About Women’s Professional Forum Foundation

Women’s Professional Forum Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization founded in 1984 by the members of the Women’s Professional Forum in Greensboro, North Carolina to promote, facilitate and support the education and leadership skills and qualities of girls and women. The Women’s Professional Forum is a 173-member organization whose purposes include providing support to professional women, exchanging and sharing information, ideas and experiences, and encouraging women to attain high career goals and enhance their careers through a network of professional contacts.


About Center for Creative Leadership

The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®) is a top-ranked, global provider of leadership development. Ranked among the world's Top 5 providers of executive education by Financial Times and in the Top 10 by Bloomberg BusinessWeek, CCL has offices in Greensboro, NC; Colorado Springs, CO; San Diego, CA; Brussels, Belgium; Moscow, Russia; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Johannesburg, South Africa; Singapore; New Delhi-NCR, India; and Shanghai, China.