Sometime Peachbuzzer Rich Eldridge, now the voice of Atlanta Magazine's "ATL INTEL" broke two bits of news about Jane Fonda's Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (G-CAPP) non-profit.
First—they the organization has hired a successor to Michele Ozumba, who announced last spring that she had accepted the position of Chief Program Officer at the Women’s Funding Network in San Francisco, CA. Vikki Millender-Morrow, the current president and CEO of Girls Incorporated of Greater Atlanta will helm the 17-year-old organization committed to enriching the lives of adolescents and helping them achieve a healthy, productive future free of early pregnancy.
Secondly—and of interest to readers of this column, Fonda announced that she will be hosting a star-studded premier event for her new film Peace, Love & Misunderstanding this fall as a fundraiser for G-CAPP: "The film, shot last summer in upstate New York [boooo], finds Fonda playing a Woodstock hippie grandmother who seeks to mend emotional fences with her estranged daughter played by Being John Malkovich actress Catherine Keener. Fonda is also hoping to convince her other co-stars, including Jeffrey Dean Morgan ("Grey's Anatomy"), Chace Crawford ("Gossip Girl"), Nat Wolff ("The Naked Brothers Band") and Kyle MacLachlan ("Desperate Housewives") to join her and director Bruce Beresford (who notably shot Driving Miss Daisy in Atlanta 22 years ago) on the red carpet here" for the October 4 Woodruff Arts Center red carpet premier.
Complete information is here: http://gcapp.org/peace
Complete story after the jump:
On Tuesday, Millender-Morrow and Fonda spoke with Intel about the latest exciting developments at G-CAPP. With Millender-Morrow at the helm, the state-wide non-profit gains a leader passionate about setting girls on the path to success paired with 20 years of corporate experience with AT&T. Millender-Morrow possesses both a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a Masters in Public and Private Management from Birmingham Southern College.
"As a result of being born in the South, living in Birmingham and majoring in engineering, I've always found myself a minority," Millender-Morrow explains. "As a result in my corporate career, I always wanted to do as much as possible to help other women navigate that environment." While at AT&T (then Bell South), Millender-Morrow first started volunteering with Girls Inc, a favorite charity of the telecommunications conglomerate. In 2008, Millender-Morrow's Girls Inc. board position turned into the president and CEO job where she immediately set up a strategic five-year plan to stabilize the financially faltering non-profit. Of her switch from the corporate to non-profit arenas, she says: "I found out I wanted to make a difference in the lives of girls on a day to day basis." During her tenure at Girls Inc., the non-profit's pregnancy prevention program partnered with G-CAPP on various community activities.
When Ozumba decided, after a decade at the helm of G-CAPP, to accept the position of Chief Program Officer at the global Women's Funding Network in San Francisco earlier this year, she suggested that Millender-Morrow apply for the G-CAPP job. The final candidates for the job were all interviewed by G-CAPP's founder. In preparation for her interview with Fonda, Millender-Morrow says she went out and bought a copy of the activist's autobiography "My Life So Far." "I didn't know Jane personally," she says. "Of course, I knew of her. She's an icon. But reading her autobiography gave me new insight into her accomplishments, how driven she is and how passionate she is about this cause and many others."
Of her new CEO, Fonda tells Atlanta magazine: "I'm so impressed with her. I think we're in very good hands here. I like the fact that she comes from the private sector. There's a kind of focus, mental organization and a results-based way of thinking that she brings to us that is a big positive. It's a great time for us to have that at G-CAPP. Plus, she's well-versed in pregnancy prevention through her work with Girls Inc. I couldn't be more pleased."
Of her 20 years of corporate experience, Millender-Morrow says: "My hope is that the business acumen that I bring with me to G-CAPP will be beneficial. Training as an engineer gives you great analytical skills. You may not be an expert in any particular discipline but you can be a problem solver. The great thing is that right now G-CAPP is enjoying the fruits of additional financial support but our country as a whole and non-profits in particular are still in a place where stability is far from certain. Part of my job will be to help G-CAPP retain revenue sources and to embrace new stake-holders and new supporters for the incredible work that we're doing."
Translation: Millender-Morrow is keeping her red pencil sharpened. Laughing, she adds: "Exactly!"
With 14 and 17 year old sons at home, Millender-Morrow has a personal connection to the G-CAPP's continued priority of working with teen boys as well as girls to educate them about the risks of being sexually active. "Oh, yes, it hits home!" Millender-Morrow allows. "It's something that every parent of a teenager thinks about. Research tells us that if boys are not pressuring girls to get involved in early risky behaviors, often you will see the demand decrease. I've always commended G-CAPP for seeking to involve both the girls and the boys in their mission."
"It takes two to make a baby," Fonda adds. "Boys go through adolescence differently than girls. It's important to remember that. Boys need to be approached differently with different kinds of programs geared specifically to them. The fact that Vikki is a mom with two teen boys will only enhance her work at G-CAPP. When you have a personal stake in something, you work that much harder to find solutions."
G-CAPP's news page: http://gcapp.org/news/vikki-millender-morrow-g-capps-new-president-ceo
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