Strong, Smart, and Bold: Women Empowering Other Women

There are only a few moments in life that we can truly say touch or inspired us in some way.

Oakland, CA- On April 1st, 2016, the women of ATI had the honor of attending the 2016 Girls Inc. Annual Luncheon for the second year in a row. With an amazing turn out of guests, not only was there not a dry eye in the room, the energy was palpable, making for another inspirational event.

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The annual fundraiser hosted by Girls Inc. did more than bring together a group of empowering women, it celebrates and salutes inspirational women in our community that influence the world and make a difference every day.

This year’s list of honorees and key note speakers was impressive and included:

Tiffany Dufu – Tiffany made the advancement of women and girls her life’s work. She has received numerous accolades for her work as catalyst-at-large, and is driven by a mission to inspire women and girls to recognize they are the most powerful change agents in their own journeys. (

Carla Harris – Carla is a leader, author, and singer whose passion lies in helping others. Along with acting as Vice Chairman of wealth management at Morgan Stanley, she was appointed by President Barack Obama to chair the National Women’s Business Council. (

Dr. Dayna Long –Dr. Long is a pediatrician and asthma specialist working to solve critical problems of patients with chronic illness at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. She is the founder and co-director of the Family Information and Navigation Desk, which addresses social and environmental factors that profoundly impact health. (

In addition, this year, ATI honored one of our own guests, Mary Grace Houlihan, a civil engineer and land surveyor for Interwest Consulting Group.

These incredible women encompass what it means to be Strong, Smart, and Bold, a phrase you will hear quiet often around the Girls Inc. community.

We congratulate Girls, Inc. in fundraising over $89,000 (wow!) at this event. This money will help support their mission to provide life-changing programs and experiences to girls all over the world. This stands as a reminder of how STRONG, SMART, AND BOLD we can be when we come together to make a difference.


In honor of this event, we asked some of the women around the ATI office to define a “Strong”, “Smart”, or “Bold” girl/women. Here is what we got:

 A “STRONG” Girl/Woman

Strong – to ALWAYS get back up when you fall.” – Ysenia Cooper

“Being strong means going through life equipped with the full armor of victory – the shoes of peace, the belt of truth, the shield of faith, and the crown of favor.- Christine Espina


A “SMART” Girl/Woman

“To be smart is not what other people think about you, it’s what you think about yourself. Smart women know who they are and what they’re worth.” – Sarah McCorriston


A “BOLD” Girl/Woman

“Being bold means that you are never afraid of being passionate, expressing yourself, and embracing your womanhood, even if the popular opinion says you can’t.”  – Alla Hesse

 “Bold means putting yourself out there, getting over any fears or timidity, and being a force to be reckoned with.  It means “if you want to be something you’ve never been before, you have to do something you’ve never done before” and that was a quote from a very bold and vivacious speaker at the Girls, Inc. event.” – Lisa Dell’Anno

Bold:  To leave doubts aside and confidently move forward.  No Fear.” – Teresa Jennings


With that being said, we hope to see you for another amazing event next year, Girls Inc.!



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