During a sunset run in 1993, after years of questioning herself-worth and being defined by others, Molly Barker, found the inspiration that grew into Girls on the Run. Seeking a way to help girls recognize their extraordinary potential and thrive in a world that often sends them unhealthy and unrealistic messages, she began creating a solution.
In 1996, Molly piloted the earliest version of a lesson-basedcurriculum with 13 brave girls in Charlotte, North Carolina. The girls told their friends and those friends told more friends and in 2000, Girls on the Run became a 501c3 non-profit organization. Today, the organization serves girls in over 200 cities across the United States and Canada.
On July 1, 2012, Girls on the Run of Johnson County Kansas and Girls on the Run of Jackson County Missouri merged to become one unified council – Girls on the Run Serving Greater Kansas City. The combined council will reach more than 2,100 girls for the 2013 season. The service area of the combined council extends across Clay, Jackson, Cass and Platte in Missouri and Atchison, Douglas, Jefferson, Johnson, Leavenworth, Miami and Wyandotte in Kansas.
Lisa Pickard is the Executive Director of Girls on the Run of Greater Kansas City. In her role, she is responsible for all organizational and operational aspects of Girls on the Run including its administration, financial operations, revenue generation, program development and activities, personnel management and strategic planning. Prior to joining GOTR, Lisa worked for Harvesters the Community Food Network. During her tenure at Harvesters, her team was responsible for providing more than 5 million meals by engaging corporations and the community in solving the issue of hunger.
Before entering the non-profit field, Lisa worked for 12 years as a marketing consultant and top-level moderator. In this role, she conducted hundreds of marketing engagements across the country with consumers and professionals of all types. Clients included PepsiCo, El Torito Restaurant Group, Kohl’s Stores, Siemens Technology, Cricket Wireless and other Fortune 500 companies.Prior to consulting, Lisa’s worked as the Director of Research where she was responsible for managing all the market research functions for a chain of 300+ restaurants across the Western and Southern United States. Lisa also served as a Senior Manager of Product Research with Pepsico’s Taco Bell Division.
Lisa earned her Master of Business Administration from Vanderbilt University and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from San Diego State University. She, along with her husband of 18 years and two teenage children, lives in Stilwell, Kansas.
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