Launched in 2000 as a student group at Harvard University by then-freshman, Lindsay Hyde, SWSG engaged 6 women as mentors to 30 girls. Since that time, requests from parents, schools, and community members have driven the program’s growth. In 2004, Strong Women, Strong Girls incorporated as a non-profit agency in Boston and now serves hundreds girls annually in over 17 neighborhoods in and around Greater Boston. Every year we work with 200 college mentors to empower 600 girls in our community.
Meet the demand for women’s leadership opportunities.
Engage Boston’s robust college student population in service while exposing them to the neighborhoods and assets of Boston.
Provide much needed gender-specific programming for eligible elementary age girls.
200 college mentors from six college chapters supporting over 700 girls at more than 40 mentoring sites.
Kate Bennett, Harvard Business School MBA Admissions Marketing Director and Evaluation Board Member
Susan Brady, EVP, Global Program Strategy & Development at Linkage
Jessica Lee, Investor Relations Officer, Root Capital
Ariela Lovett, MBA/MPP, Legislative Analyst at Massachusetts Municipal Association
Elena Luna, MED, Director of Partnerships, Spotsato Graduate School of Education
Rebecca Moniri, Chief Administrative Officer, State Street
Sheila Moore, Associate Program Manager, Diversity & Inclusion, Liberty Mutual Insurance
Marynee Pontes, Analyst, Initiative for a Competitive Inner City
Kait Rogers, Chief Financial & Admin Officer, Citizen Schools
Elaine Stokes, (Chair) Vice President, Portfolio Manager, Loomis, Sayles & Company, L. P.
Nikki Tabron, Vice President, Education at Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center
Jenn Troutman, Director of Customer Experience, Vistaprint
Kathryn Ward Fishman, (Vice Chair) PMP, Senior Project Manager, Natixis Global Asset Management
The Strong Women, Strong Girls team ensures that girls and women in Boston develop skills, relationships, and role models to ensure future success.
Rossye Alvarez joined the Strong Women, Strong Girls team as Development Assistant in July 2017 and now serves as our Program Assistant. Rossye started with SWSG as a girl participant in the program, later becoming a college mentor in 2015. She then went on to be Chapter Director for the UMASS Boston chapter of SWSG. Rossye is passionate about female empowerment and fighting racial injustice, which led her to spend time in Guatemala and Mexico respectively in order to understand the true nature of cultural biases. Rossye recently graduated from Umass Boston with a major in Anthropology focusing on Afro-Caribbean Religion and Racial Identity with a minor in Biology.Rossye at ralvarez(at)swsg.org
Marikate Taylor is an experienced Development and Communications professional motivated by the belief that those with the capacity to do good, should. She joins SWSG after years working in non-profit organizations in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her experience ranges from individual giving, community events, formal fundraisers, social media campaigns, web design and database migrations. A lifelong feminist, Marikate obtained her Masters in History with a concentration in Gender and Sexuality from Villanova University. She obtained her Bachelors of Arts in History and Political Science from Clemson University. When Marikate isn’t at work, she’s likely spending time with her dog, taking on a new craft project, running or trying a new restaurant.Marikate at mtaylor(at)swsg.org
Minh Nguyen is a creative youth worker, trainer, educator, and consultant and started at SWSG as the Mentor Coach in March of 2018. Minh has nine years of experience in positive youth development, program management (youth mentoring, tutoring & enrichment programs), staff & volunteer development (supervision & coaching, hiring, on-boarding), monitoring, evaluation & learning, training & professional development, curriculum development, and organizational culture. Minh’s last position was Director of Programs at Tutoring Plus, where she supported youth, families, volunteers, and staff for seven years. Minh’s personal experience includes several decades of being a curious lifelong learner, observer of people and the world. Minh is also the Co-founder and Consultant with kyriQ – a consulting company focused on anti-oppression, inclusion, and cultural responsiveness
Alexandria Nunez-Bibby has a true passion for producing high quality events and cultivating strong relationship with volunteers,donors, as well as vendors. Her passion for mass social impact grew during her time at United Way of Massachusetts Bay. As an Event Manager, she was responsible for planning and executing several key fundraisers, stewardship and brand awareness events. Prior to joining SWSG, Alexandria worked at Boston College in the Alumni Association focusing on volunteer management for young alumni, and executing various events during Reunion Weekend. Alexandria received her Masters of Science in Leadership & Administration from Boston College. She obtained her Bachelors of Arts and Science in Sociology with a minor in Chinese from Union College. During her senior year, she presented her thesis at the Steinmetz Symposium and the National Conference of Undergraduate Research – Untangling The Relationship Between Hair And Self-Esteem: The Views of African American Girls. Alexandria is a proud Posse Scholar, and is strong advocate for mentorship. In her spare time, you can find Alexandria lip-syncing to her favorite songs or perfecting her jazz hands technique!Alexandria at anunezbibby(at)swsg.org
Tricia McGuiness is a dedicated social worker seekng to empower youth and families. Tricia brings to her role as Program Officer, an expertise in youth development, family engagement, and staff coaching. She has worked for more than a decade in direct service roles in a variety of settings including after school programs, schools, hospitals, and mental health facilities. Tricia also has a penchant for research, policy, and evaluation and is currently one of 25 National After School Matters Fellows contributing to research in the out-of-school time field. She has worked in the nonprofit sector in Boston, fostering the social-emotional capacities of young women and men and also strengthening the quality of youth programming by helping organizations access and utilize data for ongoing program improvement. As a Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW), Tricia began her career in the mental health and juvenile justice field before focusing on roles in prevention. She holds a Masters in Social Work from the University of South Carolina and a Bachelor of Arts from Stonehill College with a focus on Criminal Justice and Psychology.Triciaat [email protected]
Natalie Martinez is Executive Director and Co-President of Strong Women, Strong Girls Boston. Prior to joining SWSG, Natalie was the Associate Director of Alumni Relations at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. She has also worked at Boston University School of Medicine, as well as Central Boston Elder Services, Boston Day and Evening Academy and the Unitarian Universalist Association. She is delighted to begin a collaborative working relationship with Dr. Horner, and believes that their combined experience and perspectives, along with those of the dynamic staff and volunteer leadership at Strong Women, Strong Girls, will lead to even greater impact. Natalie is working toward completing her Masters in Nonprofit Management from Northeastern University and holds a Bachelor’s in Management from Lesley University. A native of Boston, she currently resides in Brockton with her spouse, Chris, and their three daughters, Amara, Mykalah and Alexis.Natalie at nmartinez(at)swsg.org
Prior to joining SWSG as Program Manager in March 2019, Sarah worked with the Women & Health Initiative at the Harvard School of Public Health, as well as a variety (Fearless Futures, Women’s Campaign International, Vital Voices) of youth and women’s social justice programs. Her passion lies in mobilizing education and advocacy as tools for inclusion, accessibility, and sustainable change for women and girls’ empowerment. Sarah received her MSc in Gender, with a focus on women’s human, reproductive and sexual rights, at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her graduate work focused on the roles privilege and body politics play in representations and disruptions of sexual assault within a neoliberal context. She is thrilled to be a part of SWSG and further her commitment to uplifting women and girls and dismantling the systems of oppression that hold them back!Sarah at ssmiley(at)swsg.org
“This is our time to shine!”
“My vision for the world is supporting other people. In SWSG, I knew I had a group of people I could count on.”
“…it was empowering for me as a mentor to have a leadership role as someone for the girls to look up to. My role as site leader really pushed me to show strong leadership skills.”
“I’ve met some really inspiring girls of all ages who have helped me become a proud woman, proud of my strength rather than inclined to cover up that strength in an effort to feel more like a girl.”
“I’ve had the opportunity to meet probably over 100 extremely strong and confident women and girls over the past four years. It has been an amazing opportunity and I am so happy I got involved with the program.”
“My Professional Mentor helped me set attainable goals throughout this year to keep me on the right track with my job search. She was incredibly patient in helping me figure out my path, and checked in with me regularly between our meetings to see how I was doing with my goals”
“While I was interning with SWSG and mentoring, my Professional Mentor helped me balance my roles in each of those settings. Kathryn is incredible supportive and I felt empowered after our meetings. I look forward to continuing our relationship after I graduate.”