The 17th Annual Strong, Smart, and Bold Breakfast


Over 400 people attended the sold-out Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey’s 17th annual Strong, Smart, and Bold Breakfast on May 8 at the Union League of Philadelphia, raising more than $125,000 for the organization. Kelley B. Hodge, Esq., Of Counsel at Elliott Greenleaf; Sandy Pfeffer, Managing Director at Deloitte; and Judy Vredenburgh, former President and CEO of Girls Inc. National, were honored for their many accomplishments and for being extraordinary mentors and role models to the girls and women of Philadelphia and beyond. A new award, Mentor of the Decade, was given to Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey’s Director of Programs and Community Engagement, Natasha Andrews to celebrate her transformational work with the organization over the past 20 years.

Girls Inc. also honored Chubb as its Corporate Champion for Girls. The award was accepted by Queenie B. Gandy, Vice President, NJ Branch Marketing Manager at Chubb. Chubb has proudly partnered with Girls Inc. in Philadelphia since 2016, through the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program. Specifically, the grants from Chubb support the Operation Smart STEM Program, which encourages girls to pursue educational and career paths in science, technology, engineering, and math. Chubb is committed to providing girls and young women with opportunities to learn about, engage in and pursue these interesting and lucrative fields.

Girls Inc. girls confidently spoke about the Girls Inc. programs, how their lives have been impacted by their participation, and their advocacy efforts.

To see photos from this year’s Strong, Smart, and Bold Breakfast, please visit our website here.