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Girls Inc. of Jacksonville Set to Celebrate the Power of a Girl

2018 Second Annual Women of Vision Celebration Luncheon

Published Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Girls Inc. of Jacksonville will host its second annual Women of Vision Celebration Luncheon, Thursday, March 8th at WJCT from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The event theme will be “The Power of a Girl” and Rear Admiral Bette Bolivar, the new commander of the Navy Region Southeast in Jacksonville, FL who is an exemplary reflection of the luncheon theme, will be the keynote speaker. She will discuss her journey in achieving the position she has today, and the importance of investing in youth so they have the opportunities to realize their own power and fullest potential. The organization will honor two local women for their successful leadership and lifetime achievements that have benefitted many women, girls and institutions, as well as girls in our programs who are thriving and succeeding because of the organization’s life changing programs.


The goal of the Celebration Luncheon is to raise awareness about global, national and local issues and challenges girls face, the importance and relevance of the Girls Inc. mission in our world today, and how our mission and transformational programming helps girls successfully overcome any issue or challenge they face so they can live empowered and inspired lives.


This year’s Women of Vision Honoree, Dr. Frances Kinne, Jacksonville University past president and Chancellor Emerita, will receive the 2018 Women of Vision award because of her impressive and long list of lifetime accomplishments to further the opportunities for all women and girls.


Dr. Kinne’s considerable abilities and dedicated work ethic resulted in her being the first woman to break through the “glass ceiling” in many arenas, academic and otherwise. Of note are the myriad examples of outstanding accomplishments while being “the first woman” in those leadership roles.


Her “firsts” that demonstrate “The Power of a Girl” to achieve significant lifetime accomplishments include:


  • The first woman Dean of a College of Fine Arts in the world
  • The first woman president of a Florida University
  • The first woman member of the Jacksonville Rotary Club, the first club in Florida
  • The first woman President of the Jacksonville Rotary Club
  • The first woman member of the River Club of Jacksonville


In addition, the organization will bestow the Champions for Girls award to Audrey McKibbin Moran, Senior Vice President for Social Responsibility and Community Advocacy at Baptist Health, for her extraordinary leadership and lifetime accomplishments for woman and girls in our local NE Florida community.


Ms. Moran’s accomplishments equally demonstrate “The Power of a Girl” to achieve significant lifetime success and include the following:


  • Active member of the NE Florida Women’s Giving Alliance to improve the lives of local women and girls
  • Recipient of the Klechak Award for Downtown Advocacy
  • Recipient of the Rotary Good government award in 2003
  • Recipient of the Gateway Girl Scout Council Woman of Distinction award
  • Recipient of the Leadership Jacksonville’s Community Trustee award in 2004
  • Recipient of the Jacksonville Bar Association’s Lawyer of the Year award in 1998
  • Recognized for her significant accomplishments in 2012 during Women’s History Month
  • Recipient of the Distinguished Business Leader award by the University of North Florida’s College of Business



About Girls Inc.

Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold, or healthy, educated, and independent, providing more than 140,000 girls across the U.S. and Canada with life-changing experiences and solutions to the unique challenges girls face. The Girls Inc. Experience consists of people, an environment, and programming that, together, empower girls to succeed. Trained staff and volunteers build lasting, mentoring relationships in girls-only spaces that are physically and emotionally safe and where girls find a sisterhood of support with shared drive, mutual respect, and high expectations. Hands-on, research-based programs provide girls with the skills and knowledge to set goals, overcome obstacles, and improve academic performance. Informed by girls and their families, Girls Inc. also works with policymakers to advocate for legislation and initiatives that increase opportunities for all girls and women.


With Girls Inc. in her corner, every girl can be healthy, educated, and independent. Join us at



Corporate and individual table sponsorships for the event are available now and can be obtained by contacting Amanda Padgett, Director of Development at or by calling 904-731-9933. Individual tickets are $55 and can be purchased on the website at or by calling Amanda Padgett.



Amanda Padgett, Director of Development

(904) 731-9933