Are you a past member of Girls Inc. (formerly Girls Clubs of America)? If so, we invite you to join the Girls Inc. Alumnae Network! The benefits of reconnecting include:
- Keep informed of what Girls Inc. is doing today.
- Learn how to be an advocate for girls and girl leadership.
- Share your Girls Inc. story. How did Girls Inc. influence where you are today?
- Be connected to the growing network of Strong, Smart, and Bold women.
- Learn about opportunities to attend special events or to be interviewed on behalf of Girls Inc.
Are you a Girls Inc. alumna? Share how Girls Inc. impacted your life and shaped who you are today. Tell us about your latest accomplishments and how you are inspiring other girls.
Alumna Spotlight: Margaret Hodges
Margaret discovered Girls Inc. of the Greater Capital Region as a freshman in high school when she needed a safe space that would also allow her to tap into her creative side. There, she became involved with their theatre group, and produced performances that addressed a wide range of social issues that girls continue to face today. For Margaret, the theatre group became like a second family to her and it’s also where she found mentors who guided her through high school and the college application process. Through the mentorship of several Girls Inc. leaders, Margaret learned about economic independence, the importance for women to practice financial literacy and the necessary skills to be able to support herself. At Girls Inc., she also gained the self-confidence that she struggled to find elsewhere and she was introduced to scholarship opportunities that helped make college a reality. As a Girls Inc. National Scholar, Margaret attended a private college in New York City where she started working for an investment bank after graduation.
Now, almost nine years following that experience – one that she says would not have been possible without the help and guidance of Girls Inc. – Margaret works on a fast paced trading desk in Manhattan’s Financial District that requires time management and organizational skills and a keen attention to detail.
Outside of work, Margaret continues to understand the importance of giving back to organizations that help people live fuller lives and realize their potential. When Girls Inc. of Westchester County approached Margaret about mentoring Girls Inc. girls, she immediately jumped at the chance, wanting to give more girls the opportunities that Girls Inc. gave her earlier in life.
Thank you, Margaret, for being such a positive role model for other Girls Inc. girls!
"My experiences at Girls Inc taught me to have the confidence in myself to speak up and assert myself in an industry where woman are still working hard to make a greater impact."