As the founder of the Ladybug for Girls Foundation, Inc., I’ve come to see that passion and inspiration are contagious. When the hearts of a few are ignited, this fire for change evolves and grows into a powerful movement.
Marked by First Lady Michelle Obama’s healthy school lunch and Let’s Move initiatives, 2008 opened the door to a new era focused on health, nutrition, and female empowerment. It was during this time that I noticed the lack of resources available for children in the health system in Atlanta. I decided to take a stand with other passionate community leaders who came together, united by the common goal of starting a women-led social enterprise to increase healthy options for girls. So girls can be healthy. So they can feel confident. So they can be inspired. In this way, the Ladybug for Girls Foundation, Inc. was created to help our girl’s improve their individual health and overcome wellness barriers in a fun, supportive environment.
Being a community leader and an experienced health professional has shown me the steps we need to take in order to improve our standards of sustainable nutrition, health education and empowerment for girls in metro Atlanta. My passion is to continue being an advocate for our community health and wellness. I have continued to support this desire by working with programs including the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, American Academy of Pediatrics Georgia Chapter, Georgia Organics Farm to School Alliance, the Slow Food Atlanta movement, Women’s Sports Foundation and the World Affairs Council of Atlanta. On the greens, I enjoy mentoring young girls in sports through our LPGA-USGA Girls Golf of Decatur City program. I am also a docent for the Lexicon of Sustainability initiative.
In my role as a health and wellness enthusiast, the ability to nurture the potential of tomorrow’s leaders is a huge blessing and a cherished opportunity. The Ladybug for Girls Foundation, Inc. celebrates a vision of girl’s health and female empowerment through education, discovering self-awareness and change. I’d like to warmly invite you to join our movement and become a part of our family.
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