Our Mission

To change the landscape of leadership by supporting and preparing young women of diverse backgrounds to become the decision makers in business, politics, the arts and more, thus making their impact on society.

Our Why

  • 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.

Our Programs

Our Results

Since 2018, we have served 331 young women with 422 hours of FREE programming. Through our programs, these young women

  • have been accepted into business mentorship programs.
  • have gone out for & accepted school leadership positions.
  • started setting goals & creating action plans for meeting them.
  • are better prepared for interviews for college, jobs and scholarships.

Our Commitment

Nerdy Girl Success® is committed to working alongside other organizations across the globe to help bring about peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. The U.N has developed 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Below are the goals the we address through our programming. You can click on each goal for more information.

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

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Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

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Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

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Reduce inequality within and among countries.

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Board of Directors

Christina Meade Executive Director & Founder

A self-described nerd girl, Christina 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.

Lisa Friscia Marketing Director

Chidinma Aham-Neze Program Director

Chidinma, a Financial Analyst at HP Enterprise, is a part of the Women’s Network Employee Resource Group at her company, to show support towards fellow women. She has served on the board of the National Association of Women MBAs -UH chapter, where she drove initiatives to enable professional development of women in the business graduate school.

Katherine Glasser President

Kate is a global business executive with over 15 years of business leadership across both mid-size businesses and large multinational corporations. She is passionate about great leadership, ending inequality and supporting others to be their best selves. Every day she tries to do something scary to live up to the word that most inspires her, “intrepid”.

Jocelyn Durant Marketing Director

Jocelyn has over 20 years of marketing experience, amassing strategic experience in several industries; banking, medical, manufacturing, and legal. Her creative marketing spirit is ignited by developing strategies for growth through rebranding, public relations, digital marketing and communications. As a leader she cultivates diverse teams, fosters varied perspectives and promotes continuing education and training.

Miara Shaw Program Director

'Maven' Miara Shaw is a Hope Curator & Confidence Cultivator who works with high-achieving, purpose pursuing leaders to take action in moving from stuck to execution without sacrificing their relationships, health & mental sanity. She calls this a Balanced Rhythm™.

Tracie Parent Vice President

As COO, CFO, and Vice President, Tracie oversees the day-to-day operations of Kahler Slater’s four offices as well providing executive direction to her team in finance, technology, and human resources. She is a member of the Executive team shaping the overall firm’s strategic direction and planning. As Vice President, she is a part of Kahler Slater’s 6-person Strategic Planning Team responsible for setting the long-term path of the firm. Tracie also serves as the Board Secretary and Treasurer. Prior to joining Kahler Slater, she has served in other creative industries including as Senior Director of Finance at global experiential marketing agency, GMR Marketing, the Strategy/Operations Lead at Amazon Web Services in Seattle, and Director of Finance for Concurrency, Inc., a technology professional services firm. Tracie is passionate about mentoring, volunteering, and is a true strategist by design. She serves as a Board Member with Westown in Milwaukee, Wisconsin as well as Nerdy Girl Success in Houston, TX.

LaGina Harris Volunteer Director

LaGina is an entrepreneur, creator, host, and producer of the LaRae Infinity “Let’s Talk” podcast series and founder of The Us Space. Her brand, LaRae Infinity, is built around uplifting and bringing positive energy to marginalized people by being socially responsible. LaRae Infinity strives to always challenge the norm and bring supportive growth to communities.

Michelle Bufano Fundraising Director

I have been a lawyer for close to 25 years with a focus on defense litigation and risk management counseling for corporations. Inspired by the many strong women around me, I have decided to pivot my practice and use my experience and expertise as a corporate litigator to assist female entrepreneurs and founders. I encourage and help women start their own businesses and also offer fractional general counsel support as the business grows. My vision is: “A world where all women thrive.”

Tara Racer 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. 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.

Pamela Oberg Volunteer Director

Pamela is currently Vice President, Solutions Management for Cognia, a global nonprofit improvement organization dedicated to helping institutions and other education providers grow learners, educators, and leaders. Pamela’s diverse background in education and technology provides an excellent foundation for identifying creative, innovative solutions that center on people and relationships. A true servant leader and relentless optimist, Pamela loves mentoring and coaching, problem-solving, and solutions development. She is passionate in her exploration of the critical factors that align and bridge client and employee experiences to improve outcomes and experiences for all.

Advisory Board

Abha Gupta Advisory Board

Becky Abraham Advisory Board

Chandrika Patel Advisory Board

Ilene Landon Advisory Board

Lauren Tisdale Advisory Board

Marion Kennedy Advisory Board

Renee Bochman Advisory Board

Adrian Shulman Advisory Board

Bindu Krishna Advisory Board

Diane Teed Advisory Board

Ishita Majumdar Advisory Board

Lisa Hannan Advisory Board

Marion Parrish Advisory Board

Sari Feltman Advisory Board

Afshan Hussain Advisory Board

Beth Simermeyer Advisory Board

Denitsa Balunis Advisory Board

Julia Wilson Advisory Board

Marjolein Westerbeek Advisory Board

Molly He Advisory Board

Shalini Nag Advisory Board

Amy Epstein Gluck Advisory Board

Charon Johnson Advisory Board

Elizabeth Kiehner Advisory Board

Jen Hall Advisory Board

Madhvi Kapur Advisory Board

Trenae Forman Advisory Board

Tanaz Pilla Advisory Board

Anne-Marie Schaffer Advisory Board

Christine Harshey Advisory Board

Ginger Purgatorio Advisory Board

Karen Habercross Advisory Board

Michele Calhoun Advisory Board

Nancy Ali Advisory Board

Tea Duplex Advisory Board

Azurée Montoute-Lewis Advisory Board

Carol Chen Advisory Board

Haripriya Jain Advisory Board

Kristen Waterfield Advisory Board

Maisie Short Advisory Board

Priti Nanda Advisory Board

Valarie Gilbert Advisory Board