Nancy has been conducting workshops for young girls in the Tampa Bay area since 2004. Nancy started her work helping girls develop stronger self-esteem and confidence with The Ophelia Project as a volunteer and mentor on their Young Women's Leadership Board and as a Certified Facilitator for a series of workshops called Girls Circle. When The Ophelia Project closed their Tampa office in 2010, Nancy decided to start Girls With Confidence shortly after. She saw there was a huge need for programs that help young girls develop a love for themselves at an early age and for teen girls to manage through the challenging times of dealing with peer pressure, fitting in and making good decisions.
"I grew up in an affluent suburb of Detroit Michigan. After graduating from High School, I attended Western Michigan University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree and majored in Retail Management/Fashion Merchandising. On the outside, it always appeared as though I was a strong, determined, confident young woman but inside I struggled with extremely low self-esteem. I always remember doubting myself and wanting to be thinner and prettier. I've struggled with food issues most of my life. Until I had my son and was in my mid 30's did I finally start to feel more self-confident. I always knew that I would work with young girls on improving their self-esteem and helping them believe in themselves. Girls With Confidence is a dream come true and I am so excited to see it's success and growth over the past few years."
We are so happy to have Emily volunteer with Girls With Confidence. Emily grew up in the Lithia area, attending Newsome High School. Emily attended The University of Florida and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences with an area of specialization in social psychology. Emily conducted a variety of volunteer and internship opportunities during her undergraduate career. During her last full academic year at UF, Emily established and facilitated multiple educational outreach groups for kids and teens weekly through Peaceful Paths, a local domestic violence shelter in Gainesville, as a Violence Prevention Intern. Emily has also been involved as a volunteer with organizations such as the Child Advocacy Center, Dance Marathon at UF, Camp Boggy Creek, and Big Brothers/Big Sisters.
“I’m thrilled to be a part of Girls with Confidence, and be in a position to use my personal skills and education to give back. I always knew I would work with the youth of our communities, and I hope to continue to support, educate, and uplift each and every child, while developing meaningful connections.”
Emily began her work with us in the Fall 2016 and the girls absolutely LOVE her. In addition to her education and experience, she has a kind heart and wonderful ability to connect with the girls. Emily will help us in a volunteer capacity at marketing events and workshops when your her schedule permits it.
Emily lives in South Tampa and is looking forward to being a part of Girls with Confidence and making a positive impact with these girls.
Nancy has another business called Professional Development Group (est. 1999) where she is a corporate trainer and consultant in the area of Leadership and Interpersonal Communications. Some of her clients include Mosaic, Hillsborough Community College, Polk State College, Walmart, Blue Cross Blue Shield and many more. Nancy has been facilitating workshops for adults and children for the past 25 years. Nancy lives with her husband Brian and her son Jake in the Tampa area.
This young lady has been an incredible support for Girls With Confidence as a volunteer at our events and summer camps. We are so proud and happy to announce she will continue working with us as our Social Media Intern.
Katherine is currently a senior attending Newsome High School in Lithia, FL and has recently announced her acceptance to attend Auburn University. She is beyond excited to start her college career and plans to study and major in Apparel Merchandising.
We are blessed to have Katherine help us with our Social Media campaigns over the next few years. She is a great role model for our girls and will do a great job in her new role. This past year she has taken on more responsibility as a leader and co-facilitator in our Girls With Leadership program where she works with our middle and high school girls encouraging them to make good choices, deal with peer pressure, develop positive friendships and most importantly helping them to believe in themselves.
Lizzy Aber has been participating, volunteering and mentoring our young girls since we started Girls With Confidence. "Lizzy is a blessing to our organization. She gives without expectation and is always willing to help because she enjoys it, not because she needs to get community service hours for school. She works incredibly hard at making sure every girl she interacts with is welcomed, loved and has fun. As you can see from her photos, she has a sweet soul and love for life. Wise beyond her years, she gets it more than most girls her age. I couldn't be happier to have her blog for us." Nancy Lemon, Founder of GWC.
Lizzy is in the 10th grade at Tampa Preparatory School in downtown Tampa where she plays varsity basketball and enjoys writing for the school newspaper. She is also the Team Manager for the Varsity Boys Baseball team. Lizzy is looking forward to inspiring girls and being a role model for them with her writing and advice.
Girls With Confidence is so excited to have Gloria Smith join our team as our first Regional Director for the Nashville, TN area. She will be responsible for both market development and curriculum delivery.
Gloria is a Licensed Professional School Counselor in the state of Tennessee. She has been working in schools and with youth for over 20 years. Gloria has also worked as a Counselor for the Women's Care Center in Indiana, where she is originally from. While at the Care Center, she worked in the capacities of counseling, parenting classes, middle and high school programs, outreach, and also director of one of the county centers. She has worked in ministry with youth and women also.
Gloria received her Bachelor of Art degree in General Studies/Public Affairs from Indiana University, and she received her Master of Science degree in School Counseling from Capella University. Gloria is also a proud wife and mother of three boys and one (surprise) girl!
"I have always had a passion to serve and help girls and women. As the oldest girl, growing up with four younger sisters, I was always surrounded by girls. When I had the opportunity to participate the Indiana Black Expo Teen Pageant, I was exposed to self-esteem and confidence-building activities for girls and women. It was a life-changing experience for me! These experiences and others gave me a passion and desire to encourage other girls to be the best that they can!"
We are blessed to have Katherine help us with our Social Media campaigns over the next few years. She is a great role model for our girls and will do a great job in her new role.
Rachael Andrews is a 37year old mom of three girls who is passionate about raising confident, strong girls. She believes the key to a girl’s self-confidence is teaching them young to see their own worth, support each other, and embrace each other’s differences.
Rachael got involved with Girls With Confidence (GWC) when her, now 11 year old, daughter was in first grade and began taking classes with Nancy. Over the years her daughters have enjoyed many classes and camps with GWC. She taught her first camps with us this past summer and loves being a part of the mission behind GWC.
Rachael has been an active part of the Fishhawk community leading the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Fishhawk for the past 2 years, and on committee for 5 years before that. She also lobbies for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network to speak to law makers about legislature that affects cancer patients. She currently works for The Osprey Observer Newspaper.
When she isn’t working in the community, she is at home with her husband Joe, and three daughters, Jolee (11), Rory (8), and Glennie (5), and her small household zoo. In her free time she loves watching football and hockey, doing anything crafty, and running daily.
Brooke grew up in Chesapeake, Virginia and completed her Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Administration with a Marketing concentration at Longwood University.
She served in the Army National Guard as an Intelligence Analyst and later completed her Masters in Marketing at the University of South Florida.
Brooke is the Children's Ministry Director at FishHawk Fellowship Church and also home schools her two children, Connor and Abby. She also lives in FishHawk with her husband, Chris. She is excited to join the Girl's with Confidence team as the Marketing Coordinator and we are thrilled to have her on our team. Welcome Brooke!
Karissa is super excited to join the Girls with Confidence team. She is a Junior at Florida Gulf Coast University studying Communications with a concentration in Public Relations and a
minor in Sports Management.
She moved to the Lithia area when she was around 8 and graduated from the IB program and Strawberry Crest High school in Dover, Fl.
She is currently the Social Media chair for FGCU’s Dance Marathon and volunteering regularly with Special Equestrians. She loves sports,especially hockey which she enjoys watching and playing.