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Inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold

Girls Inc.: Inspiring all girls to be strong, smart and bold.

It's good to be a girl in this world today. I like being a girl because I can speak for myself. I can stand up for myself. Being a girl makes me strong.

Girls Inc. of Chattanooga President and CEO Bea Lurie Tapped for Girls Inc. National Board

New York, NY (October 1, 2014) - Bea Lurie, President and CEO  of Girls Inc. of Chattanooga, has been elected to the National Board of Girls Inc., the organization that inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Lurie will serve as a Regional Professional Representative.

Lurie joined Girls Inc. of Chattanooga in 2007 as President and CEO. Under her leadership, the organization boasts a 100% success rate of high school girls going on to higher education, increased the number of girls ages 6-8 served by more than 30% and service hours by  200%, diversified funding sources, and increased annual revenue by over $250,000.

“We are thrilled to welcome Bea to our National Board as a strategic leader and passionate advocate for girls,” said Judy Vredenburgh, Girls Inc. President and CEO. “We will learn and benefit greatly from her success expanding the reach and impact of Girls Inc. in Tennessee, as well as her expertise in community relations and civic engagement.”  

Lurie has a Master of Public Administration from New York University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the State University of New York at Binghamton. Prior to joining Girls Inc., Lurie lead various community development initiatives and implemented strategies to revitalize communities, including as founding President of CRS Inc. Consulting and a Director at the New York City Housing Authority. She is also a published author on the impact of grassroots organizations on community safety.

Lurie also serves as a member of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce and Women’s Leadership Institute and on the board of B’Nai Zion Synagogue .  

About Girls Inc. of Chattanooga
The mission of Girls Inc. of Chattanooga is to inspire and equip all girls to be strong, smart, and boldSM-- healthy, educated, and independent -- on their journey to self-discovery. Girls Inc. offers in-school, afterschool, and school break programming for girls ages 6-18 that is age-appropriate, research-based, and outcome-focused. We provide girls with tools to improve academically, make smarter choices, build self-confidence, and stay focused on higher education, careers, and a successful future. Since we were established in 1961, we have served more than 25,000 girls throughout Hamilton County. We are proud that since we began tracking in 2007, 100 percent of girls who complete our high school afterschool programs in their senior year go on to college.

Girls Inc. of Chattanooga is an affiliate of Girls Inc., which serves 138,000 girls across the U.S. and Canada with life-changing experiences and real solutions to the unique issues girls face. Learn more at