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As a lifetime advocate for girls' and women's issues, Liz has always encouraged others to recognize the power they have to create and transform their own lives and the world at large. Liz spent the first eleven years of her professional life in the corporate sector before transitioning to the non-profit sector in 1996. It was while working at the YMCA of Greater Charlotte that Liz first met Girls on the Run founder Molly Barker. The mission of Girls on the Run - inspiring girls to be joyful, healthy and confident - profoundly resonated with Liz's personal mission and she started volunteering for the organization in 2002. She served on the Board of Directors from 2003 to 2005 and joined the staff as Chief Operating Officer in 2006. She has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Girls on the Run International since 2008, presiding over an incredible time of organizational growth. Liz brings significant expertise to Girls on the Run in setting strategic direction, leading change, and creating an appreciative culture of innovation and empowerment.
I joined Girls on the Run to follow my passion - inspiring girls to be joyful, healthy and confident, and teaching them how to realize and value their personal strengths. Since joining the organization, I am humbled and amazed by the wonderful women who put their individual talents to use furthering the organization’s mission, vision and values.
Since joining Girls on the Run, I have truly learned what it means to lead with an open heart and how freeing it is to express joy, optimism and gratitude instead of hiding my feelings. I’m grateful to work with such a wonderful network of people whose passion is helping girls reach for their limitless potential.
Working at GOTRI I am able to create programs for little girls and growing girls that allows them to be who they truly are and who they truly want to be! We are a joyful team of women who work intentionally to nurture the bodies and hearts of girls all over the world.
I am thrilled to be a member of the Girls on the Run team and to have the opportunity to share the Girls on the Run mission, vision and values with our current and future partners. This is an incredible organization that empowers women and girls, and it is a blessing to be able to make an impact on the lives of girls through my work.
Since joining Girls on the Run, I have been inspired to approach each day with an open heart and renewed passion for serving youth. I have learned that Girls on the Run is more than just a program or an organization – it is a network of strong and wonderful girls and women committed to making this world a better place. I am honored to be a part of something so much bigger than me!
Joining the organization has enabled me to see how Girls on the Run can empower girls to know they can achieve their greatest potential.
I have learned so much about leading an authentic life from my work with Girls on the Run. It is truly a gift to work with an organization and with people who value and encourage individuals to show up fully and authentically in the world – just as we are -- our perfectly, imperfect selves!
Working for Girls on the Run has taught me that the lessons we teach the girls are good for our interactions as adults, too. When you apply the GOTR core values to all relationships, people begin to shine because they feel empowered to be the best they can be. When a person feels valued and appreciated, it is easy to express joy, optimism, and gratitude!
I am excited to join an organization that inspires me, and even more, inspires young girls across the country. It is an honor to be a part of a team that gives girls the foundation that will allow them to become confident, empowered, and accepting adults with limitless potential!
Girls on the Run has taught me to accept that while our girls cannot control the worlds they are born into, through intentional love and support, they can very much control the choices they make by learning how to thrive in even the yuckiest of environments; and though this is no easy feat, at the root of every challenge or disappointment lies an opportunity to blossom into a girl with clearer vision, ambition and unwavering self-love.
Through my time at Girls on the Run, I have learned that a passionate and diverse group of women can use their unique talents to create something amazing. Each person brings her own strengths to the table, which helps us build an organization that encourages girls to accept themselves and live a confident and healthy life!
Since becoming part of Girls on the Run, I have learned a tremendous amount about being healthy, joyful and confident. These are important attributes for all girls to in order to set them up for success. Being able to work for an organization that brings such positivity and critical lessons to girls is a blessing because these girls are our future.
Girls on the Run has taught me that everyone is a unique individual. No matter our differences we all have one thing in common - we are all connected through Girls on the Run. I am honored to work with an amazing group of women who are impacting the lives of girls nationwide everyday.
I am grateful to be a team member at Girls on the Run and value the program’s ability to empower girls to be bold, strong and confident. It is a joy to collaborate with a talented group of women who truly care about the mission and values of the organization. I enjoy sharing the GOTR spirit with all of our national partners who intentionally choose to support our girls!
At Girls on the Run, I have learned our potential is truly limitless! Every day, I am thankful for the opportunity to work with a phenomenal group of authentic women making intentional decisions that positively affect the lives of girls.
Working at Girls on the Run has taught me to live life according to the GOTR core values. It has shown me what a wonderful place the world can be in if we all embrace these values and live by them. I feel so lucky to be able to work in a place that positively affects our young girls, who are our future!
I am tremendously grateful to be a part of an organization which empowers girls to realize their inner strength and activate their limitless potential. Every day I have the privilege of collaborating with strong, supportive women who are effecting change in the lives of countless girls.
Girls on the Run International Board of Directors
Denise Jackson serves as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of AMN Healthcare (AHS: NYSE) where she is responsible for the corporate governance, legal, risk management and community and government affairs functions . Denise launched her “career” with Girls on the Run as a running buddy in 2006. She is inspired by Girls on the Run’s belief that any girl can define who she wants to be, can rise to any challenge and can change the world!
Doug Jackson is a clinical professor at the University of Washington School of Dentistry where he and his colleagues apply quality improvement strategies to identify and address the many factors responsible for health disparities. When GOTR Puget Sound launched its initiative in 2009 to increase the racial, ethnic and cultural diversity of the girls it serves, Doug eagerly jumped on the opportunity to help them develop an effective strategy. Many years later, Doug continues to be proud to be part of an organization that actively and publicly lives its core value of embracing everyone’s differences and finding strength in our connectedness.
Missy Denja Maher is an executive vice president at Zeno Group, where she oversees public relations efforts for consumer brands. The Zeno Group is known for being “fearless in its pursuit of the unexpected to turn heads and win hearts.” This is what inspires Missy personally and professionally… and why she became involved with Girls On the Run. Girls, her own included, need to be FEARLESS. They need to have the self confidence that allows them to change the world.
Chris Mann serves as Vice President of Corporate Partnerships for City Year, an education organization that partners with public schools in high-poverty communities to help kids graduate from high school, ready for college or a career. He leads City Year’s national efforts to engage corporations in the strategic use of their people, expertise and resources to support students and schools. Chris was first introduced to Girls on the Run as a corporate sponsor while New Balance Athletic Shoe. He is inspired by the impact that confident and healthy women have on their families, friends and communities, and dedicated to ensuring that all girls and women have the opportunity to realize their limitless potential.
Juli Marley is a partner with Blue Point Capital Partners, LLC, a middle market private equity fund. Juli is responsible for Blue Point’s investing activities in the South East region and currently manages Blue Point’s investments in OrthoLite, Smith Cooper and US Drinks. Juli first joined Girls on the Run as a coach in 2002, where she experience first-hand the empowerment and inclusion the program creates and has been supporter of the GOTR mission ever since.
Laura Maxim serves as Director, Financial Planning & Analysis of Peak 10, Inc. where she is responsible for the Company’s budgeting/forecasting functions as well as reporting to the senior leadership team and Board of Directors. Laura joined Girls on the Run in 2012 as the Treasurer of the GOTR International Board. She is inspired by how the organization encourages and empowers girls to be their unique selves and to live a confident and healthy life!
LancasterHistory.org, Vice President
McGuireWoods LLP, Partner