(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%.
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.
Board of Directors
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.
Kate 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 spent her high school years playing sports (basketball, softball and cross country) and as captain of those teams giving her the passion for leadership. Then she discovered her next true loves of travel, adventure and risk taking by living in South Africa, Japan and China. In her most recent role, she joined IDEX in 2019 as President – Rescue Group, IDEX Corporation, with responsibility across a portfolio of businesses globally for all strategy, operations, marketing, sales, people and growth. Prior to IDEX, Kate spent the previous decade at The Dow Chemical Company where she held roles of increasing responsibility in key product, marketing, mergers and acquisitions, corporate strategy and global business leadership, most recently as the Business Director for Dow Coating Materials in North America.
Kate holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from the University of Rochester, as well as a Master of Business Administration in General Management, Entrepreneurship and Accounting from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She is a founding member of Chief Chicago, a member of C200 and an Executive in Residence at University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Kate lives in Chicago with her husband and their three children. 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”.
Amisha Vadalia - Fundraising Director
Amisha Vadalia is an East coast native currently residing in Silicon Valley, CA. She serves as the Director of Operations at Plus.ai, where she is helping to shape the future of autonomous trucking. She previously worked in the renewable energy sector, leading operations at a solar monitoring and data analytics company. Amisha went to the University of St Andrews in Scotland, where she received a joint degree in International Relations and Management. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, running, and Indian dancing.
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. 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 Director
” 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.
LaGina Harris - Communications Director
LaGina R Harris is an entrepreneur. 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. LaGina is the creator, host, and producer of the LaRae Infinity “Let’s Talk” podcast series and founder of The Us Space, an intentional space for women and their teams to thrive in their endeavors through creating, collaborating, coworking, and building community.
LaGina is an accomplished event planner, fundraiser, and artist. Well-versed in her professional experiences, her background includes organizational consulting, training, facilitation, curriculum writing, student retention, and hosting/moderating.
LaGina is committed to her philanthropic endeavors. Recently, LaGina graduated from Volunteer Houston’s Leadership Corps and is an active member of The Houston Community Action Council. Currently, she is serving as a Board Member for CoveredGirl Inc, is the newly appointed Board Member of Nerdy Girl Success, and is one of the organizers of Share The Mic Now Texas.
Rachel Wilson Thibodeaux - Marketing Director
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.”
Shivani York - Director of Volunteers
Shivani York is a Chief Operating Officer at Ookla, the global leader in internet performance and analysis. She has a long track record of leading, operating, growing and scaling organizations, as well as driving a business forward post M&A process. Her focus over the last decade has been to create healthy, growth driven organizations that are rooted in accountability and process. Through her 20 years of working in Technology, Media, Big Data Analytics and Consulting, her ability to create organizations that are set up for growth is rooted in her extensive experience. Shivani has practically played every role in the organization from being a Software Engineer, Project Manager, Product Owner, Head of Marketing, Head of Acquisitions, COO and CEO.
Prior to joining Ookla, Shivani was the Chief Innovation and Chief Operating Officer for a consulting company where she drove her company to 250% revenue growth in Two years and landed the company on Inc. 5000, Deloitte Technology Fast 500, and Consulting Magazine’s Best Companies to Work For.
Shivani is an immigrant and a woman of color who is actively involved in bringing more diversity across leadership roles, and currently serves as the Vice President of Women’s Leadership Program and a council member at Diversity Equity and Inclusion Council at J2 Global (NASDAQ: JCOM).
Shivani graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Stony Brook University, and finished her Executive MBA from Pace University in New York, where she was also the class Valedictorian. After finishing her EMBA, Shivani also served on the Board of Advisors for the Pace University’s Lubin School of Business, guiding the dean & faculty on the program and driving 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.
Beth Guide (SEO 411) - Website Support
SEO 411 is a full service Digital Marketing Agency, including all disciplines necessary for success. Our services include SEO, Social media and SEM. We also have a world class development team for custom web applications and web design. Simply put, we work with our customers to develop, host, promote and rank websites, as well as provide turn key IT solutions for small and mid-sized businesses.
Rebecca Council - Tech Support Guru (she/her)
Rebecca is known for her creative hair and ability to take challenging Web and social media topics and deliver them in bite size pieces for small business owners and companies of various sizes to understand and implement. As the owner of CLR Digital Media Services, the digital ninja teaches everyday people how to strategically use social media to build a healthy social media footprint. In other words, she helps you step up your online presence using social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, SnapChat, Instagram and LinkedIn. The self-proclaimed Evernote Junkie and Evernote Certified Consultant gives effective and actionable tips in Evernote, social media and email marketing to help you succeed.