(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 primarily with teen and preteen girls educating and encouraging them in the pursuit of business and political leadership positions.
The purpose of our programs is to help girls understand the power and importance of their voice and how to use it to affect change within 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.
Edward Batinga - Board Treasurer
Edward Batinga, CPA, is a native of Houston, Texas and attended Houston Baptist University where he graduated in 2007 with a degree in Bachelor’s of Business Administration with a triple major in Accounting, Finance and Business Administration. While in college, he served as Student Government Association President, as well as multiple leadership positions in various student and university organizations.
Maggie Kirk - Board Secretary
Maggie Kirk is in charge of Business Development at the Memorial branch of Allegiance Bank here in the Houston area. She is always there to support teen girls needing to grow and be mentored. In addition to serving on the Nerdy Girl Success Board, Maggie also serves on the board for Save Our Girls America.
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.”
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.
Lauren Lucas - Marketing Coordinator
Lauren Lucas 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.