It's good to be a girl in this world today. I like being a girl because I can speak for myself. I can stand up for myself. Being a girl makes me strong.
Judy Vredenburgh is President and CEO of Girls Inc., the nonprofit organization that inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and boldSM. Girls Inc. life-changing programs and experiences are delivered through a network of 89 affiliates to help girls navigate gender, economic, and social barriers.
Judy joined Girls Inc. in 2010 and is leading a charge for strategic growth. Under her guidance, the organization is undertaking a five-year plan to help more girls, especially girls from low-income communities, grow up healthy, educated, and independent.
Judy began her career in the retail industry, rising to CEO of Chess King, a $257 million division of the Melville Corporation. Throughout her corporate career, she created opportunities for advancement for female executives and mentored women in business, both professionally and as a volunteer.
Her personal commitment to advancing social good led Judy to the nonprofit sector as the Senior Vice President of Revenue Development and Marketing at the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation and then President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.
Judy’s innovative leadership has garnered broad recognition. She served on President Obama’s Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships Advisory Council, was a member of the University of Pennsylvania Board of Overseers, and on the Board of Directors of Independent Sector. She was honored as one of The NonProfit Times’ Power & Influence Top 50 of 2012 for her transformational approach to the organization’s vision and management.
Judy holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the State University of New York, Buffalo. She holds honorary degrees from Lynchburg College and Philadelphia University.
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