Jessica is the Secretary of the Board of Directors at Girls in the Know and helps manage our events. She is married and coming upon her 10th anniversary. Professionally, she is a Special Event Manager for VentureCafe and a small business owner. Jessica loves scrapbooking- taking a picture each day to document life. She is also a huge Disney fan! She has been to Disney World over 13 times in 9 years and completed a ½ marathon there. We love her energy and compassion for life and our organization. Continue reading to understand how Jessica became involved with Girls in the Know…
I met Girls in the Know a few years ago when they presented at One Million Cups, a weekly event for entrepreneurs to connect to resources and tell their own start up story. I was working at the Nine Network, the St. Louis public television station as the events manager and was responsible for the hosting of this weekly event. After hearing the Girls in the Know story as presented by Gina, the Executive Director, I asked her if there was anything that a young woman with no kids of her own could do to help the organization.
Now, I had a great relationship with my mom – she’s one of my best friends. But the idea of a program that would allow trusted adults and pre-teen girls to get that sort of relationship with each other over four weeks while discussing really important issues – and forming a bond that would make them grow closer as the pre-teen girl grows up? I thought that was a pretty darn important goal and I wanted to be a part of it.
I started as an events committee member and learned more about the programming and the fundraising that was necessary to create such fabulous programming. Now I sit on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors as the secretary. I feel it’s truly a gift of love, bringing my OCD-ness about organization and event planning to a group of amazing women who are creating change in the lives of these young women both in our city and our county, no matter their background.
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