LeeAnnWe are so excited to welcome Lee Ann Jourdan to our team! Get to know a little about our new strong, smart, and bold Vice President of Development and Public Relations:

What will be your role at Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis?

I will be ultimately responsible for fund development and external communications, ensuring that Girls Inc. has the resources needed to empower girls and meet our mission. Generally speaking, I will help develop strategic plans and implementation strategies in the area of fundraising to support Girls Inc. operations, plan and implement short and long-term development department budgets, and develop and implement ongoing plans to cultivate, solicit, and steward donors.

What about the Girls Inc. mission appeals to you?

I am a firm believer that strong, smart and bold girls make the world a better place. I am also a firm believer that girls are inherently strong, smart and bold. Unfortunately, girls are not always encouraged to be their strongest selves, and can lose confidence very early in their lives. There is a lot of pressure to be perfect all of the time. We know that girls with positive self-esteem, a healthy body image and soaring confidence will be the leaders of tomorrow. Rest assured that Girls Inc. is working on these issues and more each and every day in our community and beyond. Girls Inc. girls are healthy, educated and independent. What’s not to love?

How are you strong, smart, and bold?

Having worked for a sister affiliate of Girls Incorporated in three different capacities, the mission has and always will hold a special place in my heart. After all, it was on a Girls Inc. campus that I truly learned what it was to be strong, smart, and bold and to advocate for all girls to overcome gender inequities that still exist in our society today.

Youth development is my passion, and I am honored to serve in a leadership position where I engage in mission-centered work every day focused on encouraging others to educate themselves on, to place value on, and to serve the needs of youth in their own community.