January 2012

New CEO of Girls Inc. of Metro Denver

Brenda Stewart
Sonya Garcia Ulibarri, formerly of YouthBiz, assumes role of President & CEO

DENVER, CO - Girls Inc. of Metro Denver (GIMD) is proud to welcome Sonya Garcia Ulibarri as their new President & CEO. Ms. Ulibarri transitions to the role on January 3, 2012 after the departure of Carol Bowar, former President & CEO at GIMD. Ms. Bowar is embarking on a new adventure with her family, living abroad in Australia. After 11 years working at GIMD, Ms. Bowar leaves behind a strong legacy and foundation within the community, constituents, volunteers and donors of GIMD - a foundation that Ms. Ulibarri and her staff will continue to build upon with her many years of non-profit experience.

"It is an honor to be selected to serve as President & CEO of Girls Inc. of Metro Denver," said Ms. Ulibarri. "I am thrilled to continue a 28-year legacy of inspiring all girls to be strong, smart and bold. I am very excited to partner with a dynamic Board of Directors and talented and committed staff and volunteers to move the mission and work of this unique organization forward."

Sonya Garcia Ulibarri has served as the Executive Director of YouthBiz in Denver since 2007. Under her leadership, YouthBiz grew in its capacity to advance the social and economic empowerment of youth. Sonya has an uncommon passion and capacity for fundraising, having spent six years with the Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training, starting as an intern, and eventually serving as Executive Director. An active leader in the community, Sonya serves on the boards of the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center and the Chinook Fund. She is also a commissioner for the Denver Office of Strategic Partnerships and on the advisory board for Denver's Agency for Human Rights and Community Relations. Sonya has a B.A. in political science and psychology from the University of Colorado."
The mission of Girls Inc. of Metro Denver (GIMD) is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold.SM GIMD delivers gender-specific programs to over 2,200 girls each year from across the Denver metro area. These programs equip girls ages 6 to 18 to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers and grow into healthy, educated and independent adults. The organization is an affiliate of the national nonprofit Girls Incorporated, whose research-based programs and expertise on girls’ issues date back to 1864. For more information, go to www.girlsincdenver.org.
The vision of Girls Incorporated is empowered girls and an equitable society. We believe that girls have the right to be themselves and to resist gender-stereotypes, to express themselves with originality and enthusiasm, to take risks, to strive freely, and to take pride in success, to accept and appreciate their bodies, to have confidence in themselves, to be safe in the world and to be prepared for interesting work and economic independence.

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