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.
"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."
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. She is looking forward to being a part of Girls with Confidence and making a positive impact with our girls.
Emily grew up in the Tampa area where she attended Newsome High School. She and her husband Dylan currently live in South Tampa.
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 in Lithia, FL with her husband Brian of 25 years. Her son Jake, attends Canisius College in NY.
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.
Rachael Andrews is a 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 7th grade 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 two summers ago 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 3 years, and on committee for 6 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.
When she isn’t working in the community, she is at home with her husband Joe, and three daughters, Jolee, Rory, and Glennie, 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!
We are so excited to have Jennifer Hurst join our team of Summer Camp Instructors. Jennifer is a native of Tampa where she grew up in the Carrollwood area. Jennifer is a proud alum of Auburn University where she received a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communications with a Minor Psychology & Journalism.
She has worked at FishHawk Early Learning Center as a VPK teacher since 2005. She took a brief 2 year break to help out at FishHawk Creek Elementary as the PTA President.
"I love working with elementary aged kids, especially young girls. My daughter Katy participated in Girls With Confidence when she was younger and I whole heartedly believe these types of programs help girls accept and love themselves. I am beyond excited to be a part of this awesome mission to support girls in our community.
In addition to working with young kids, Jennifer also works part-time with the Osprey Observer (local newspaper). She loves that her jobs allow her the flexibility to stay involved as a Mom and in our community. Jennifer is a proud Mom of 2- Jonathan who is attending Florida State University and Katy who will be a Sophomore at Newsome High School.
We would like to have more than one intern in this area and are still accepting applications. If you or someone else you know may be interested in this position, CLICK HERE to let us know and we'll provide more information on the position.
Welcome our newest amazing addition to our Girls With Confidence team- Kiana Hart. Kiana is a recent graduate of University of Tampa where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology.
Kiana grew up on the island of Trinidad and Tobago, moving to Tampa in 2014 to study at UT. Since graduating she’s become more involved in the Tampa Bay Area so that she can learn and grow into her field of interest. She’s mainly interested in doing marketing for organizations with a positive mission and we have been blessed to have her join our team.
In her role as both Social Media and Marketing Intern, she will work on providing our followers more resources, articles and motivational posts along with providing updates on existing and future workshops, events and camps.
She will help us expand our Social Media platforms to improve our reach to more families. Kiana will also market Girls With Confidence at school and community events.
Through her experiences at college, Kiana has learned to appreciate the value of coming into oneself in a place where you are thrust into adulthood, as well as the value of having genuine girl-friend confidants. Because of these learning experiences, she resonated closely with Girls With Confidence and decided to reach out and work with us. Kiana has done an amazing job for Girls With Confidence- please join us in welcoming her to our team.
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.”