Manchester, NH (October 267 2017) – Girls Inc. of New Hampshire celebrated the successes of three “Women of Achievement” at its 13th Annual Women of Achievement Brunch at the Manchester Country Club on Sunday, October 22. Women of Achievement winners are chosen because they exemplify the Girls Inc. mission: inspiring girls to be strong, smart and bold!
This year’s winners are: Leslie Thompson, Amanda Grappone Osmer, and Carol & Anzania Norman.
Thompson is the Market Manager for Walmart supervising 11 stores in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. She supports her community at all levels, jumping in and getting her hands dirty at Building on Hope Projects, securing funding for non-profits and motivating her team to help hurricane victims. She is a perfect example of a woman who has blended her family and work lives and been a huge success at both!
Amanda Grappone Osmer is the 4th Generation Steward of her 93 year old company that she owns with her father. As a woman in a non-traditional career, she has brought innovation and creativity to an industry that was not used to change. From selling cars to employee interaction, her focus is relationship-building geared toward integrity, kindness and respect; words she knows that are not traditionally associated with selling cars. Osmer eliminated the finance department offering her customers a guaranteed lowest price, negotiation-free environment. As a woman who cares about her team, her customers, and her family, Osmer has made the experience of buying a car a more pleasant one.
As a grandmother who loved her grandchildren, Norman adopted her two granddaughters and brought them to NH to live with her. She was not sure how she would support and take care of them. She walked into Girls Inc. and discovered a safe place for the girls and for herself. Today, Norman teaches specialty classes to girls and her granddaughter, Anzania, as a senior in high school, works right next to her helping girls with homework and numerous activities. Together, they are strong role models for girls demonstrating that you can overcome life’s challenges and enjoy success. Norman’s spirituality is the key to her success and she has taught both of her granddaughters to give back to the community. The three of them can often be seen distributing food and clothing to the homeless community in Manchester. This is truly a shared awarded by two amazing women!
Girls Inc. programs address critical areas such as math and science education, pregnancy and drug abuse prevention, media and economic literacy, adolescent health, violence prevention, careers and leadership, and sports participation.
Girls Inc. is currently renovating its Nashua center, which will be ready for the organization’s return in November. The Nashua center, along with centers in Concord and Manchester, offer a variety of activities and programs for girls, including after-school classes and activities, free dinner five nights per week, full-day programming for children three to five years old, a seven-week summer leadership program and activities and field trips during school vacation weeks.
Girls Inc. of New Hampshire is a non-profit organization for girls ages 5 to 18 that inspires all girls to be strong (through healthy living), smart (through education), and bold (through independence). It provides thousands of girls with life-changing experiences and solutions to the unique challenges girls face. The Girls Inc. experience consists of people, an environment, and programming that empower girls to succeed.
To learn more about Girls Inc. of New Hampshire, visit www.girlsincnewhampshire.org.