Changing HERstory: All Girls Forward

Join AWF for our Women’s History Month Webinar
Changing HERstory: All Girls Forward
Date: Wednesday, March 27, at Noon EST

To celebrate Women’s History Month, the Atlanta Women’s Foundation presents the “Changing HERstory: All Girls Forward” webinar on Wednesday, March 27, at noon. 

Julie Finn, CEO of Working Mother’s Mentor Collective, will moderate the virtual conversation. Julie is also a graduate of AWF’s Inspire Atlanta Class of 2018! The conversation will feature three AWF grantee partner representatives from the ALL GIRLS FORWARD: Girls Empowerment Program, who will share the challenges girls in their programs face, how their programs help address these challenges, and how AWF funding directly helps their programs. 

Tying in with this year’s National Women’s History Month theme celebrating “Women Who Advocate for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion,” webinar participants will discuss how their programs are working towards eliminating gender barriers, discrimination, and bias to create more fair opportunities for Atlanta’s girls.

AWF’s All Girls Forward Program aims to ensure Atlanta’s girls are empowered through education, socio-emotional development, and pregnancy prevention. Over the next five years, All Girls Forward will support local nonprofit organizations in providing the critical combination of services needed to ensure Atlanta’s girls experiencing poverty can be on a level playing field with their peers.

Webinar Participants:

Julie Finn (Moderator)
CEO, Working Mother’s Mentor Collective

Julie Finn is a seasoned executive coach who leads the Working Mother’s Mentor Collective, a dynamic membership community for ambitious women with professional and personal development training, tools, engaging interviews with successful executives, a supportive community, and more. Julie honed her expertise in strategy, innovation, and thought leadership roles at top-tier global companies including The Boston Consulting Group, The Coca-Cola Company, and Deloitte. Julie received her BA and MBA from Stanford University and her Masters from the University of Oxford, where she was a Fulbright Scholar.


Elizabeth Elango
CEO and Head of School
Global Village Project

Elizabeth Elango is CEO & Head of School at Global Village Project (GVP), a school for refugee girls in Decatur, GA. Elizabeth draws on her personal experience of having attended an all-girls school in her native Cameroon and being an immigrant in the US to inform her leadership of the school. Before joining GVP, she served as the CEO of Junior Achievement Africa for five years, promoting the organization’s mission in 15 African countries from the regional headquarters in Ghana, where she was based. 

 AWF grant helps: AWF funding will support the Global Village Project’s (GVP) More Than A School: Wraparound Support for Refugee Girls Program. The wraparound services provided support the holistic well-being of its students; this includes, but is not limited to, supplemental nutrition, transportation, home visits & family conferences, experiential field trips, and more!

Maritza Morelli, Executive Director
Los Niños Primero

Maritza Morelli has devoted over two decades to advancing underserved Latinx children, youth, and families as the Executive Director of Los Niños Primero. With a special education and child psychology background, Maritza’s journey began as an interpreter and bilingual liaison in the public school system before assuming her pivotal role. Under her leadership, Los Niños Primero has experienced remarkable growth, expanding from a single location serving 17 children to a network of six locations, impacting over 1,100 individuals.

AWF grant helps: AWF funding will support Los Niños Primero’s mentorship program for girls. This program, created specifically for girls, will foster social connections and strengthen access to education, the arts, and mental wellness. A component of the mentorship programs will be to pair an older “big sister” with a younger “little sister” to cultivate a close relationship built on trust and personal growth.

Rachel Alterman Wallack, MSW, Founder and Mission Director
VOX Teen Communications (VOX ATL)

Rachel A. Wallack is the founder and mission director of VOX Teen Communications (VOX ATL). Growing up in Atlanta and writing for Junior Scholastic and Business Atlanta magazines while volunteering with teenagers inspired her to unite teens from different backgrounds to create an outlet for youth voices in 1993. After serving as executive director for VOX ATL’s first two decades, Rachel worked with the board to manage an executive transition while advancing VOX’s leadership in youth development through strategic partnerships.

AWF grant helps: AWF funding will support VOX ATL’s after-school programming, which intentionally involves teen girls in program development, implementation, and evaluation. Teens in the program are surveyed annually about their after-school, communications, and mental health needs.