More Inspiration and Less Competition. I AM THAT GIRL is Changing the Conversation
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Founded in 2008 by two best friends Alexis Jones and Emily Greener, I AM THAT GIRL is an international non-profit dedicated to empowering women and “a community, a support system, and a movement inspiring girls to love, express, and be who they are”.
After Jones did a play by Eve Ensler called, The Vagina Monologues she realized her passion for public speaking and empowering girls and was determined to turn that passion into a career. She then went on to spend four years on the road with Greener, speaking at middle schools, high schools, colleges, organizations and companies about her vision for I AM THAT GIRL.
When asked why Alexis Jones co-founded the non-profit, her response was as inspirational and unique as the organization itself, she said, “For a long time, I had a very impressive answer to this question and then I ate a slice of big ‘ol humble pie when I realized the simple truth; I founded my non-profit because I needed it myself, more than anyone”.
With about 150 local chapters and an online community of over 150,000, I AM THAT GIRL utilizes online and offline programs and initiatives to unite a community of all women to be educated, inspired and supported by other women to come to love and accept who they are.
Jones expressed that the inspiration for founding the organization really came from her mom, Claludia, who she believes is the heart and soul of the organization because she inspired her to believe she could do anything.
“I believe I AM THAT GIRL is different because it’s based off an authentic sisterhood in my friendship with Emily,” Jones said. “It’s amazing to witness a default setting inside us that convinces us we are supposed to be threatened by each other. It’s a hard habit to change, but Emily and I realized that in order to authentically inspire collaboration, we had to BE it”.
I AM THAT GIRL strives to help women of all ages, religions, ethnicities and classes to form a community together where they are collaborating to inspire one another instead of competing with one another, to view each other as an inspiration instead of a threat.
“The hopes for the organization are to have an I AM THAT GIRL local chapter in every major city in the world with millions of girls meeting every week,” Jones said. “Above all else, we hope to create the future female leaders for country and we hope that we are doing our best to make our world a better place”.
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