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Mission and Vision


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Mission and Vision


Mission

Girls Thinking Global's mission is to connect global changemakers to empower adolescent girls. 

 

Vision

Our vision is to create a global network of organizations that are serving girls and women to leverage resources – monetary, in-kind, and communicative – to ensure that every possible dollar and resource is used to improve the quality of life for adolescent girls worldwide. 

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Core Values


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Core Values


We believe that a sustainable, community-driven, culturally sensitive, and optimistic approach can transform the lives of adolescent girls worldwide. Through the collective efforts of the US and international organizations engaged in this work we believe that we can deepen worldwide impact and create a forum for positive change.

We believe that:

  • Adolescent girls are the key to a healthy, happy society.    
  • Community-driven, culturally relevant, sustainable solutions to challenges are the answer to solving problems facing adolescent girls worldwide.
  • There are hundreds if not thousands of nonprofits working to improve the lives of girls all over the world, and together we are stronger. By identifying all of them in one place, we are creating a cohesive movement.
  • Collaboration between nonprofits can deepen impact, prevent recreation of efforts, and reduce wasted resources.
  • By highlighting and communicating stories in newsletters, documentaries, case studies, and blogs of exemplar organizations, women, and girls, we can disseminate best practices and change the way that nonprofits operate globally.
  • Telling the untold stories of girls and women can increase and create awareness for social change.
  • Engaging adolescent girls as part of the process of sharing and communicating stories empowers girls.
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Team


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Team


Kathy Hurley , Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Board of Directors  

                                                  

                                                  

Kathy Hurley, most recently Executive Vice President Education Alliances, for the Pearson Foundation, is a 40+ year veteran of the education industry. Kathy’s wealth of knowledge both in publishing and technology aided the Foundation with its work in promoting literacy and global projects. Throughout her career in the education industry Kathy has served in top positions in both publishing and technology companies, which includes executive positions with Pearson and IBM. She utilizes her expertise in education policy, sales, marketing and business development to help further the work of top businesses, executive level customers, associations and foundations.

Kathy is based in Washington, D.C., where she works closely with education associations. In this capacity, she currently serves on several key industry and education advisory boards. Kathy has received several awards for her efforts in education. Kathy is currently working with Priscilla Shumway on a book under the working title, Real Women, Real Leaders. 

Her work throughout the years with various businesses and organizations has taken Kathy around the world and into various countries such as, India, Australia, Uruguay, Costa Rica, England, France, Finland, Argentina, Indonesia, Cuba and others. She is sought after to speak and participate as a thought leader and her global commitment and wealth of knowledge helps organizations develop new and innovative approaches to education. In 2013, Kathy was selected as a Fellow of the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University for 2014. After Harvard she is continuing her work by co-founding a non-profit organization entitled Girls Thinking Global.

Kathy holds a B.A. degree in special education from the University of Dayton and a Master’s degree in education from Jersey City State College. She is a former NJ teacher.


Deb deVries , Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Board of Directors  

Deb deVries , Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Board of Directors  

Deb deVries , Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Board of Directors  

Deb deVries has over 30 years of experience in the education industry. She began her career in the classroom as a special education teacher after earning her masters degree at the University of Utah. She taught in Utah, Washington, and Minnesota, specializing early education/special education before joining the private sector.  She has held marketing and sales leadership positions supporting educational technology in K-12 schools nationwide with Control Data Corporation, MECC, NetSchools, PLATO, Pearson, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. In addition she has been a successful independent consultant providing services to companies and organizations including Connors Communications, Consulting Services for Education(CS4ED), International Society for Technology in Education(ISTE), Time To Know, Lightspeed Technologies, Red Rock Reports, Association for Educational Publishers(AEP), Pearson Foundation, American Association for School Adminstrators(AASA), Impact Education and most recently Nervanix.

 

Deb was one of the 3 founders of the Making It Happen award in 1995 and knows first hand the power of recognition to empower and encourage individuals. Deb has served on the Board of Directors for several key industry and education associations, including the National Teachers Hall of Fame (NTHF), the Florida Education Technology Conference (FETC), ISTE, the Education Division Board of the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) and is currently serving on the board of a charter school that plans to open in MN in the fall of 2015. She has traveled extensively including participating in People to People, AASA trips and Habitat for Humanity in Jordan. She retired from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2014 and since then has focused on independent consulting and developing a non-profit with her long time colleague and good friend, Kathy Hurley. Deb is the very proud mother of two daughters who continue to inspire her and have been extremely supportive of her efforts with starting this non-profit, focused on adolescent girls.


Cassandra Walker, Co-Founder

Cass Walker has over eight years of experience working in International Development and Education in Latin America. The majority of her experience has been working with indigenous groups and women in the Amazonian region of Ecuador, on issues of education, women’s empowerment and community development. She has founded a non-profit, SelvaKids, which aims to provide sustainable solutions to increase educational resources in the Amazon. Cassandra recently graduated from Harvard Graduate School of Education with a Masters in International Education Policy.


Elizabeth Texeira, Co-Founder

Liz Texeira has spent the last five years working in Education and International Development domestically and abroad. She has worked as an ELA Assessment Developer in Boston, an Elementary school Inclusion teacher in New Orleans, Louisiana, and as an Emergency Medical Technician and Education Specialist throughout Northern Africa and the Middle East. Her interests include positive deviance, women's empowerment, and maximizing efficiency within nonprofits. She recently graduated from Harvard Graduate School of Education with a Masters in International Education Policy.

Liz Texeira has spent the last five years working in Education and International Development domestically and abroad. She has worked as an ELA Assessment Developer in Boston, an Elementary school Inclusion teacher in New Orleans, Louisiana, and as an Emergency Medical Technician and Education Specialist throughout Northern Africa and the Middle East. Her interests include positive deviance, women's empowerment, and maximizing efficiency within nonprofits. She recently graduated from Harvard Graduate School of Education with a Masters in International Education Policy.

 

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History


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History


Girls Thinking Global is a new organization, founded by a team of women who met at Harvard University. Our Founding Board possesses a unique blend of experience, talent, and passion, ranging from education to nonprofit management, corporate experience to volunteer work, across generations and industries. Our team members have experience working in every continent, from communities in the Amazon jungle to rural communities in the Middle East, to Sub-Saharan Africa. Combining extensive experience working with adolescent girls as teachers, educators, program directors, and mentors, Girls Thinking Global has the understanding and expertise to tackle the challenge of improving opportunities for girls worldwide. From having founded non-profits working with indigenous adolescent girls in the Amazon to managing international Foundations, our team has a deep understanding of the issues facing girls internationally. Through managing projects globally and locally, our team understands the urgent need for culturally sensitive solutions, community voices and partnerships. The unique formation of this organization represents the work that Girls Thinking Global hopes to engage in: collaboration, strategic partnership, and empowerment. With the combined skills of the founding team, Girls Thinking Global is equipped to lead a movement in girls education. 

Partners


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Partners


Girls Thinking Global is passionate about partnerships! See below for our key partners.