As Executive Director, LaKisha Bryant is responsible for providing professional leadership and assistance in areas of community relations, marketing, administration, personnel management and program administration. Working along with Girls, Inc. Board of Directors and staff, LaKisha manages, coordinates, supports and promotes a broad range of programs in accordance with the policies and plans toward the accomplishment of the Girls Incorporated goals. She works to develop, expand and maintain relationships with diverse businesses and community organizations. She also provides communications support such as public speaking, gathering and producing information and serves as an advocate for Girls Inc. Her areas of expertise range from communications to marketing, from public relations to project management and from fundraising to event planning. She brings over 15 years of professional experience to her current position. She has held many positions in the Albany community. Under her administration, Girls Inc. of Albany was named an Albany Chamber of Commerce, Non-Profit of the Year Finalist in 2010; Albany Chamber of Commerce, Star Business of the Week in 2010 and Affiliate of the Year for Region IV in 2008 and 2009. She was also named to the Girls Inc. National Strategic Planning Team; Albany’s “40 Under 40” Professionals in 2007 and Georgia Trend Magazine’s “40 Under 40 Best & Brightest Professionals” in 2007. Girls Incorporated of Greater Los Angeles is a volunteer based group that is working to provide programs and services to help girls, ages 6-18, to be self-sufficient, responsible and contributing members of society. Today Girls Inc. is known for research, program development, direct service and public education in rural areas and urban centers around the country. In 2009, Girls Inc. reached over 900,000 girls. Girls Inc. is a national network that has introduced innovative programs that are tailored to the geographical and diverse cultural dynamics of their region. Programs focus on science and technology, financial literacy, teen pregnancy prevention, college prep and career exploration, leadership development, and media literacy (understanding how media messages influence a girl’s body image and self-esteem). Learn more about Girls Inc. programs and advocacy at the Girls Inc. website.