(Big Hairy Audacious Goal)
Change the landscape of leadership.
Did You Know
- Girls are twice as likely as boys to worry that leadership roles will make them seem bossy.
- Between elementary and high school, a girl’s self-esteem drops 3.5 times more than boys.
- Women are more like than men to suffer from imposter syndrome (phenomenon where individuals are plagued with self doubt). Despite all external evidence that they are competent, women still feel like they are a fraud.
- A study showed that replacing a woman’s name with a man’s on a resume can increase her ‘worthiness of hire’ by 60%.
We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit that works with high school girls teaching them new skills, providing necessary resources and helping build their network of women in leadership to educate and encourage them in the pursuit of their career leadership goals .
The purpose of our programs is to help girls understand the power and importance of their voice and how to use it to affect the change they wish to see in their own lives as well as that of their communities.
Who We Are
Christina Meade - Founder & Executive Director
A self-described nerd girl, Christina is the Founder and Executive Director of the nonprofit, Nerdy Girl Success. She used her expertise in education, business experience and passion for women’s issues to launch the organization whose mission is to educate and encourage teen girls in the pursuit of business and political leadership positions. Her programs help teen girls understand the power and importance of their voice and how to use it to affect change within their communities.
The limiting beliefs of others can have a huge impact on how we feel about our own abilities. All it takes is one person believing in you and saying ‘you can do it’. Christina is determined to bring that encouragement to women and teen girls by helping them develop into the strong leaders she knows that they already are.
Nancy Sabino - Board President
At the age of 22, Nancy Sabino and her husband Angel co-founded SabinoCompTech, an Outsourced Internal IT department for small and medium sized businesses. Self-taught with a couple years of experience in the IT world they wanted to take on the IT industry on their own. In 2015 Nancy was accepted into the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program where she gained validation and learned new skills which allowed her to lead SabinoCompTech to a new era of growth and value driven service to their clients.
In 2016, within a matter of months, she transformed the entire business model of SabinoCompTech bringing focus and specialization to their service offering and creating the business that it is today.
Nancy has led SabinoCompTech to join the ranks of the Global List of the top 501 IT managed service providers, the MSP 501 in 2018 and were awarded 3rd place for MSP of the Year as well as win DigiMaster of the Year in 2019.
Nancy is passionate about business, marketing, diversity, equality, tattoos and inspiring others to dream big and be an example to other girls that with hard work, dedication and the right resources, they can be successful. Nancy and Angel are high school sweethearts who have raised 2 kids while building their business. One of those kids is planning to take over.
Tara Racer - Board Treasurer
As Managing Partner of Aberdare Business Solutions, Tara is proud to lead a team dedicated to providing clients with comprehensive, flexible and highly personalized service. After 18 years working in the bookkeeping and accounting world, she knew there had to be a better way. Recognizing this need inspired her to open her own firm.
Prior to starting Aberdare Business Solutions, Tara co-owned a retail store and wholesale business along with her husband. Together, they traveled the country participating in wholesale shows where they interacted with businesses of all types. During this time, she gained invaluable experience with purchasing, budgeting and developing buying plans—knowledge she continues to draw on today when advising clients.
The passing of Tara’s husband after 24 happily married years taught her how quickly life can change. This new perspective drives her to help as many clients as possible enjoy their businesses—never forgetting why they chose to pursue them in the first place. Part of doing this successfully is taking care of the day-to-day accounting tasks, so they don’t have to.
In addition to Tara’s work with Aberdare Business Solutions, she is a founding member of the Katy Woman’s Leadership Circle, a Certified QuickBooks Pro Advisor and a member of the National Association of Certified QuickBooks Advisors. Tara welcomes opportunities to assist new businesses and always make it a point to stay updated on the latest bookkeeping software programs out there to help clients improve operations and stay in-the-black.
In her personal life, Tara is a lifelong animal lover currently sharing her home with four sweet cats. She also likes gardening, cooking, decorating, watching British TV-shows, spending time at the beach and antiquing all over Texas.
Chidinma Aham-Neze - Program Coordinator
” There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish” – Michelle Obama. Chidinma believes that with the right mindset, resources and hard work, a woman can do anything. She has served on the board of the National Association of Women MBAs -University of Houston chapter, where she drove initiatives to enable professional development of women in the business graduate school. Also, Chidinma currently spends some time working with TWST4Girls, another organization that empowers young girls to become successful women. Chidinma works as a Financial Analyst at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. She is a part of the Women’s Network Employee Resource Group at her company, to show continued support towards fellow women.
Rachel Wilson Thibodeaux - Fundraising Coordinator
Rachel Wilson Thibodeaux, also known as the SWAG Strategist, loves God, her husband, a good book, business, high heels, and chocolate. Sometimes chocolate takes priority. Don’t judge her.
Rachel is a brand and marketing strategist, award-winning speaker, and Amazon bestselling author. She is also the Founder of SWAG Strategy Solutions where SWAG is not just a cool name (although it’s pretty cool). It’s an acronym that stands for Strategic Women Achieve Growth.
Visionary women entrepreneurs, service-based businesses, and other purpose driven leaders turn to SWAG Strategy Solutions when they want a breakthrough in their brands and businesses. SSS is all about helping clients BREAKTHROUGH to more clarity, more visibility, and more profitability. It’s a boutique consultancy focusing on brand development, inbound and digital marketing.
A content-rich, powerful speaker, Rachel has shared the stage with the likes of Robin Roberts of Good Morning America, as well as bestselling author, military hero, and former Dancing with the Stars winner J. R. Martinez. Rachel resides in the Houston area with her husband and fur-baby, a feisty shih tzu known as “the other Olivia Pope.”
Lauren Kimble - Marketing Coordinator
Lauren Kimble is currently an Account Executive with Off Duty Services, Inc, the nation’s largest provider of off duty law enforcement officers to the private sector. She is also the owner & founder of Wandern SkinCare Co; a bath & body product provider with a mission of giving back to the community. She graduated in 2017 with her Bachelors in Business Administration from Sam Houston State University. In her spare time, you may catch Lauren reading, crafting and spending time with her family. Lauren is a motivated woman excited to be at the forefront of increasing the reach of Nerdy Girl Success.
Trina Titze - Secretary
Trina Titze possesses twenty- four years of experience in public education. She began her career as an 8th grade science teacher in the Dallas Independent School District where her motto became “monitor and adjust.” She describes the best part of teaching as developing relationships with her students and helping them navigate the middle school years. Trina was teacher of the year for the 1999-2000 and the 2005-2006 school years. After completing her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership, Trina became an Assistant Principal for Richardson ISD where she continued her work with helping students become the best person they could be. In the summer of 2019, Trina moved to the Austin area to be closer to family and re-entered the classroom. She is currently a science teacher for Bastrop ISD.
In her free time, Trina loves to read, travel, needlepoint and spend time with her niece, Lillie, and her pug, Max. Trina is a member of the Alpha Phi Austin Alumnae Community Team where she serves as a Collegiate Liaison.