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Invest In Girls is now a program of the Council for Economic Education.

The Council for Economic Education’s mission is to teach K-12 students about economics and personal finance so that they can make better decisions for themselves, their families and their communities. They carry out their mission by providing resources and training to K-12 educators and have done so for 70 years. Nearly 2/3 of the teachers CEE reaches in person are in low- and moderate-income schools.

With the merger we are now part of CEE’s program portfolio which includes the National Economics Challenge, the National Personal Finance Challenge, Family Financial Literacy Nights and Financial Fitness for Work.
 
With CEE’s programmatic support and access to its national network of local affiliates, IIG can accelerate its growth to more girls nationwide, bringing us closer to achieving our goal of creating the first generation of financially literate women and increasing the numbers of women in finance.

To find out more about the Council for Economic Education, their other programs and resources for teachers you can visit their website: https://www.councilforeconed.org/

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Only 12% of girls feel confident making personal financial decisions. We believe every girl should feel financially empowered. 

Research shows that investing in women is one of the most effective ways to impact society for the better. Watch the video below, to see how your monthly donation can make impact happen today.

 
 
 

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Our Mission
Ushering in the first generation of financially literate girls and increasing the number of women working in finance.


Invest In Girls works with schools, community organizations, corporations and foundations to provide financial literacy programming to young girls. 


Our Corporate Partners

Our Corporate Partners are integral to the success of our program. They provide role models, open their doors to our girls in the form of industry trips and work tirelessly to support our program. They believe in our mission and work with us to ensure that all girls have access to a financial education.  

 

 


Who We Serve

IIG partners with independent, charter and public schools as well as community orgs. These partnerships help us deliver our program to girls throughout the Eastern Region of the United States. The staff are excited to support the girls at their orgs by helping to provide us with important infrastructure to facilitate our curriculum.


 
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Betsy Kelder
Executive Director

Betsy is a strategic leader focused on extended learning and out of school time opportunities. She is committed to increasing opportunities for underserved populations and IIG’s mission "to usher in the first generation of financially literate girls". She knows that confidence and knowledge are key to leadership and opportunity. Before Invest in Girls, Betsy was the Director of Summer and External Programs at Belmont Day School. Prior to a career in education, Betsy was the Manager of the Intern Program for Microsoft. She received her BS in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and her MPA from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.

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Ashley Bordas
Director of Philanthropic Partnerships

Ashley joins IIG with ten years of fundraising experience. Providing opportunities and resources to empower young women remains her biggest passion in life and aims to connect others with the important mission of Invest in Girls. Prior to IIG, Ashley worked at YouthConnect, a program of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston. She moved to Massachusetts in 2013 to pursue a master’s degree in Women, Gender, Sexuality, and Religion at Harvard University, and received her Bachelors in History at the University of the Incarnate Word. She looks forward to using her fundraising experience to cultivate new relationships for IIG to make a lasting impact for young women and future leaders.

 
 
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Devon Mercurius
Director of Technology & New York City Programs

Devon came to IIG in 2015 with five years of experience working in non-profit education. He previously ran paid internship programs, provided college application support, lead professional development programs for teens and was a site director for schools across New York City. He is currently helping IIG build new partnerships with corporate partners and schools. As the Diretor of Technology, Devon is our primary tech lead/consult in addition to managing our website and social media presence. Away from work Devon's interests include technology, business and is a bit of a foodie. He was born in Guyana, South America but was raised and continues to live in Brooklyn, New York. Devon is a proud graduate Ramapo College of New Jersey. Go Roadrunners!

 
 
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Shannan Taylor
Director of Mid-Atlantic Programs

Shannan is a native Marylander with a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting and vast experience in the financial services industry. Before coming to IIG, she was a Manager of financial institutions for fifteen (15) years. Her experience entails managing staff, strategic planning, developing implementation plans and timelines, devising budget forecasts, establishing goals and objectives, tracking performance, training, and fostering collaborative relationships with customers and businesses.  Shannan was a trailblazer in the communities in which she served by providing financial literacy to underserved schools, youth programs throughout the City of Baltimore, and adult work programs. She has seen the drought and lack of financial education in some parts of Maryland and senses a need for empowerment through financial education and literacy. For these reasons, she is passionate about sharing her knowledge power and life experiences to influence and aid in the growth and development of humanity. Shannan is confident that her alignment with IIG’s mission will advance IIG’s presence in the Maryland, DC, and Virginia areas.

 
 
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Crystal Fantry
Programs Manager

Crystal joins IIG with an extensive background in mathematics education,  STEM, and program development. Prior to IIG she taught high school mathematics at Beaver Country Day School, where she developed innovative curriculum and led the Student Council. She also spent five years at Wolfram Research as the Education Content Manager, where she created a summer camp to teach high school students how to code.  She earned her Bachelors Degree in Mathematics and Education from Stonehill College, and her Masters Degree from Boston College in Mathematics. In her free time, she enjoys running, skiing, and watching college basketball.  

Crystal is passionate about educating girls to pursue their dreams, especially in underrepresented career paths. She is excited to join the IIG team and looks forward to the continued growth of the program in order to give more girls access to an amazing program!

 
Karen Bond   Executive Director  Boys Hope Girls Hope (BHGH)

Karen Bond
Executive Director
Boys Hope Girls Hope (BHGH)

Thabiti Brown   Head of School  Codman Academy Charter Public School

Thabiti Brown
Head of School
Codman Academy Charter Public School

Tiffany S. Collins   Managing Partner / Trial Attorney  Downs Collins, P.A.

Tiffany S. Collins
Managing Partner / Trial Attorney
Downs Collins, P.A.

Matt Conroy   Director of Operations, Finance, and Business Risk  IR+M

Matt Conroy
Director of Operations, Finance, and Business Risk
IR+M

Simon Griffiths   Head of Distribution  Citizens Bank

Simon Griffiths
Head of Distribution
Citizens Bank

Michelle Hicks   Client Relations  GMO

Michelle Hicks
Client Relations
GMO

O’Donavan Johnson   Assistant Director of Leadership Gifts  Princeton University

O’Donavan Johnson
Assistant Director of Leadership Gifts
Princeton University

Elise King   Corporate Strategy  OZ Management

Elise King
Corporate Strategy
OZ Management

Lisa Mullan   CEO & Founder  Uwila Warrior

Lisa Mullan
CEO & Founder
Uwila Warrior

Christina Oliver   Executive Director  Classroom Inc.

Christina Oliver
Executive Director
Classroom Inc.

Olachi A. Opara   Portfolio Analyst  Brown Advisory

Olachi A. Opara
Portfolio Analyst
Brown Advisory

Heidi Pickett   Director of the MIT Sloan Master of Finance Program  MIT

Heidi Pickett
Director of the MIT Sloan Master of Finance Program
MIT

Caroline Sacks   Strategic Advisor  Brown Advisory

Caroline Sacks
Strategic Advisor
Brown Advisory

Dune Thorne   Head of Client Experience and Head of Boston Office  Brown Advisory IIG Co-Founder

Dune Thorne
Head of Client Experience and Head of Boston Office
Brown Advisory
IIG Co-Founder

Christina Qi   Co-Founder & Partner   Domeyard LP

Christina Qi
Co-Founder & Partner
Domeyard LP

Grace Yoon   Chief Marketing Officer  Rockefeller Capital Management

Grace Yoon
Chief Marketing Officer
Rockefeller Capital Management