Nancy Lemon is the Founder & CEO of Girls With Confidence. She 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 mentor for their Young Women's Leadership Board and as a Certified Girls Circle Facilitator.
Nancy founded Girls With Confidence in 2011 with the focus on starting confidence building at an early age. 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.
Nancy decided to establish the non-profit The Confidence & Leadership Foundation to help scholarship more young ladies. Every girl should be allowed the same opportunity to attend our programs regardless of their families financial circumstances. Donations in this area will allow girls to attend confidence & leadership building programs such as after school workshops, events or summer camps. In addition, The Confidence & Leadership Foundation will be able to provide programming for organizations, communities and schools in need.
Nancy is also the President of 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 30 years. Nancy lives in Lithia, FL with her husband Brian of 27 years. Her son Jake, attends Canisius College in NY.
Liz is currently a student at the University of Missouri where she is studying elementary education. She has been participating in Girls with Confidence since she was 9 years old and began volunteering when she entered high school.
"One of the biggest things I learned when I attended Girls With Confidence was that it's okay to be authentically myself and that if others don't accept me it says more about them than it says about me. Now, I am able to hold leadership positions in my sorority and I feel very confident in who I am and what I want in life."
During her time volunteering with Girls With Confidence, Liz learned a lot about classroom management and curriculum development. She can't wait to implement what she's learned in her own classroom one day.
We love having someone like Liz on our board who has the experience of attending all our programs through the years and staying involved. We know she will be a great asset to helping our non-profit grow and succeed.
Kristy Hendricks joined Girls With Confidence in 2018 and has been an important part of the team as an instructor and marketing coordinator.
Kristy became a board member in the late part of 2020.
Kristy attended the University of South Florida for both her bachelors and masters degrees, receiving a B.S. in Business Management and M.Ed. in Educational Leadership. She has spent the last fifteen years as an elementary educator in Hillsborough County. Prior to teaching, Kristy was the Membership Director at the New Tampa Family Y.M.C.A.
Holly joined The Confidence & Leadership Foundation in October 2020. She enjoys volunteering with Girls With Confidence and engaging with the girls for a positive and rewarding experience. Holly serves in children’s ministry at her church and offers her time doing community outreach with her friends and family. Holly has been employed with Moffitt Cancer Center for 15 years, working as a Contract Sourcing Administrator in the Purchasing department
Her hobbies include singing karaoke, dancing, listening to music, and painting with friends. Her favorite football teams are the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Holly resides in Brandon, Florida, with her husband, Chaz, and daughter, Makenna.
“I believe we all have a responsibility to encourage, inspire, and help raise up young girls to be the best they can be and show them that they matter. It is important to offer our youth love, compassion, and understanding, in a society where bullying and shaming often exist. I am honored to be a part of this amazing program and foundation, and I look forward to many years of serving our community and being a role model to these special young ladies.”
Kristy lives in Plant City with her husband, Ryan, and their dog, Deuce. She loves reading, being outdoors, watching the Rays, checking out new restaurants, and spending time with family and friends, especially her niece and nephew.
Lisa Aber has been associated with Girls with Confidence since 2011. She is an advocate for empowering young girls in developing a positive self esteem for a lifetime. This is Lisa's second year on the Confidence & Leadership Foundation Board. She served as Secretary in 2020. She is a mother of three and has been a local resident for over 14 years.
Lisa Aber has been associated with Girls With Confidence since 2011. Lisa has a long term personal relationship with Girls With Confidence having had her daughter Elizabeth participating in the programs for over 8 years as well as serving as a volunteer and most recently having been selected to be a Board Member with Girls With Confidence. Lisa feels grateful and blessed to have had her daughter participate in all of their programs.
She is an advocate for empowering young girls in developing a positive self-esteem for a lifetime. This is Lisa's second year on The Confidence & Leadership Foundation Board. She served as Secretary in 2020.
Lisa has been an administrative professional for over 20 years and brings a wealth of experience to the organization. Lisa volunteered for numerous years at Bevis Elementary as well as having been a Board Member of the Newsome High School PTA.
Lisa has resided in Florida for 15 years. She relaxes by spending time with family and friends and enjoying the fabulous culinary delights that her husband creates.
The Confidence & Leadership Foundation is a 501c 3 nonprofit organization that was formed in the Fall of 2019 to help support Girls With Confidence in 2 main areas of scholarships and special projects where girls need extra support and guidance. As many of you know, many hands make light work and we have some amazing women who have stepped up to help make these goals possible.
As a teacher Kristy made it a priority to empower her female students, encouraging them to reach their full potential, particularly in the area of mathematics which is often a male dominated subject. She emphasized the
value of looking for other girls to stand with and support rather than compete against. Girls With Confidence & The Confidence & Leadershiip Foundation is the perfect landing spot for her to continue her work in mentoring young women.