In this month's newsletter, you will read about our 2019 Corporate Champion for Girls, summer camp, read-a-thons with Subaru, our new board members, the Rad Awards, and more.
Get to know our 2019 Corporate Champion for Girls
At this year's Strong, Smart, and Bold Breakfast, we will honor  Chubb   as our Corporate Champion for Girls for its significant contributions ensuring the success of Girls Inc. and the girls we serve by funding innovative and impactful programs. Accepting the award on Chubb's behalf is Ivy Kusinga , Senior Vice President and Chief Culture Officer, a role she assumed in 2016. In this role, Ivy is responsible for overseeing the culture integration by ensuring the cohesion and clarity of Chubb’s culture. Chubb’s culture of craftsmanship is characterized by its commitment to superior underwriting, execution and service.  
Prior to this role, Ivy worked for Chubb Overseas General within the Accident and Health team as VP of Business Development. She was Vice President of Talent and Development for ACE North America responsible for supporting the assessment, development of talent, while also providing the overall management of the Learning and Development function. Ivy joined the ACE Group in 2000 as Project Manager of Global Training & Development in Bermuda. She was appointed to the Director of Learning & Development in 2002 and subsequently, as the Head of Learning and Development for ACE North America in 2006.  Ivy currently serves as a board member with IICF Women in Insurance NY chapter, Bermuda Wellness Foundation (BWF), the Pedro Arrupe Center for Business Ethics in the Haub School of Business, Saint Joseph’s University and Gamma Iota Sigma (GIS), an international business fraternity for students of insurance, risk management and actuarial science. With 20 years of work experience, Ivy has a BA (cum laude) in International Development from St. Mary’s University, Nova Scotia. 

Girls Inc. will also honor  Kelley B. Hodge, Esq. , Of Counsel at Elliott Greenleaf, Sandy Pfeffer , Managing Director at Deloitte, and Judy Vredenburgh , President & CEO of Girls Inc. National at the breakfast for their many inspirational achievements.
The Strong, Smart, and Bold Breakfast is now SOLD OUT!
However, you can still support our most important fundraiser of the year by purchasing a sponsorship, an electronic ad, sponsoring a girl to attend, and more by visiting our website here .
The 17th Annual
Strong, Smart, and Bold Breakfast
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
The Union League of Philadelphia
We gratefully acknowledge our sponsors for supporting the 17th annual
Strong, Smart, and Bold Breakfast. See the full list of sponsors here .
Girls Inc. Read-a-Thons with Subaru
On March 16th and 23rd, forty-five volunteers from Subaru participated in read-a-thons at Wiggins Elementary School. “Subaru has a long-standing relationship with Girls Inc. affiliates across the country and we are proud to help bring their programs to our local area by empowering young girls in the Camden community,” said Sandy Capell, Corporate Responsibility and Philanthropy Manager, Subaru of America, Inc. “At the read-a-thon at Wiggins Elementary School, girls read to Subaru volunteers, allowing them to become more confident with both their reading skills and their ability to read aloud. Events like this boost girls’ self-esteem and help develop the tools they need to become self-sufficient and empowered women. We look forward to increasing the number of girls and schools participating in Girls Inc. in Camden and rolling out additional programs, including introducing girls to jobs in automotive tech.”

Thank you, Subaru !
Spend the Summer with Girls Inc.!
Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey’s summer camps are filled with opportunities to explore careers, dream big, and participate in hands-on projects as girls work closely with college and professional mentors. This year, we are offering lots of strong, smart, and bold camps including a STEM camp with a super hero twist, a Dr. Seuss themed literacy camp, a hands-on construction camp, leadership & career exploration camps, and more.

Registration is now open!  Please visit our website here to learn more and to download the application.
Board News & Updates
We are thrilled to welcome the Honorable Sheila Woods-Skipper and Simi Hoque, Ph.D. to our Board of Directors.
The Honorable Sheila Woods-Skipper currently sits on the Court of Common Pleas, First Judicial District, Orphans’ Court Division, where she brings honesty, commitment and fairness to the bench. On November 4, 2013, Hon. Sheila Woods-Skipper was unanimously elected by her colleagues to serve a 5 year term as President Judge of the Court of Common Pleas.

She participates as a mentor in our Rising STARS program through the Temple Law Alumni Association and our Ambassador Club program through The Forum of Executive Women. Read more here .
Simi Hoque, Ph.D. is an associate professor in Architectural Engineering at Drexel University, where she runs a research program on Urban Metabolism. She was trained as an architect and an engineer, with degrees from the University of California-Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, and Johns Hopkins. Simi moved to Philadelphia in 2016, after spending a decade in Massachusetts, teaching at MIT and then at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

She is also deeply invested in promoting diversity in science and engineering, and in 2013 she helped to organize a Eureka! Program with Girls Inc. of Holyoke. Since arriving in Philadelphia, she has been working with us to organize a STEM University summer program for middle school girls at Drexel’s campus. She has been an instrumental partner in the development of our Eureka! program in partnership with Drexel. Read more about Simi here .
Source: Philadelphia Magazine
Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey's Executive Director, Dena Herrin Nominated for a Rad Award
We are thrilled to announce that our Executive Director, Dena Herrin was nominated for a 2019 Rad Award! Over the past few years, the ceremony has identified the city’s most impassioned firebrands, and it plans to celebrate and honor the work of these local movers and shakers once again this year. The ceremony and celebration honor inspirational women leaders in the fields of technology, media, culture, science, and business.

Rad Girls founder Leah Kauffman said the organization received 473 nominations, up almost 200 from 2018. This is the third year Rad Girls accepted reader-submitted nominations. “Every single one of our nominees is working to change the fundamental building blocks of society for the benefit of the generations to come,” Kauffman told Philadelphia magazine. “These nominees are the future leaders of Philadelphia.”

Read more and see the full list of nominees here .
Apply for Eureka!
Eureka! is a FREE , five-year STEM based program for rising 8th grade girls that builds girls’ confidence and skills through hands-on opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Eureka! also incorporates sports and physical fitness, personal development, and college and career readiness. Eureka! broadens girls’ future academic and career interests, encourages enrollment in advanced math and science courses, promotes positive risk-taking, and assists girls in developing networks of peers and mentors to support their future endeavors.

Eureka! is filling up fast! Apply on our website here by April 19.
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