Leader Spotlight: Christine Harder of Girls on the Run of the Bay Area (GOTRBA)

Q: Where do you live?

A. Oakland (from Michigan)

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Q: Tell us about your organization.

A. Girls on the Run of the Bay Area (GOTRBA) builds confident, healthy girls in the Bay Area through a 10-week after school program for girls in grades 3-8. Our after school program combines training for a 5K run with life-skills lessons designed for young girls to build healthy habits and active lifestyles. Girls develop essential skills to help them navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. The program culminates with girls positively impacting their communities through a service project and being physically prepared to complete a 5K.

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Q: What is the one piece of advice you would like to share with other women looking to start an organization?

A. At Girls on the Run we believe that every girl is inherently full of power and potential to pursue her dreams and goals. Never loose sight of your limitless potential!

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Q: How can WorldWideWomen readers get involved in what you are doing?

A. "There are many ways to get involved with Girls on the Run!
You can...
- Volunteer to coach a team of girls (you don't have to be a runner)
- Sign your daughter or a friend up for the program
- Donate to ensure all girls can participate regardless of financial ability
- Be a Community Runner or Running Buddy at our 5K! "

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Q: Who is the greatest female influence in your life?

A. Molly Barker, the Founder of Girls on the Run.

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Q: What do you feel is your greatest achievement?

A. My greatest achievement is packing my bags and moving from Lansing, Michigan to the Bay Area without knowing a single sole in California!

Learn more about her organization at her WorldWideWomen page listing here.

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Connect with Christine and Girls on the Run of the Bay Area (GOTRBA) through her Facebook page!

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