Your gift gives girls a chance to thrive.

Our newly-created LEADher Circle celebrates our 5th anniversary and is rooted in the belief that every girl deserves the chance to thrive! Created in partnership with three amazing local leaders and friends of LEAD Girls—Natalie Broyhill, Mary Jamis, and Dr. Paula Wilkins—the LEADher Circle will fund our work with more than 200 girls every year. When you give between now and April 1st, your donation powers LEAD to equip the next generation of women leaders in our community and beyond.


Join the LEADher Circle to Sustain LEAD Girls of NC

Give now and your donation will help fund all of our programs in 2021—our core leadership program for middle school girls, our summer camp for budding fashion entrepreneurs, our leadership Expo and our LEAD Girls Academy academic support pilot project. Our 2021 LEAD Soirée virtual celebration will be held on Sunday, March 28 at 5:30 PM.

Meet Our Circle Leaders

We are grateful to our LEADher Circle chairs Natalie Broyhill, Mary Jamis, and Dr. Paula Wilkins for their support and leadership.

Natalie Broyhill

Read Natalie’s bio below

Mary Jamis

Read Mary’s bio below

Dr. Paula Wilkins

Read Paula’s bio below
Natalie Broyhill
Natalie Broyhill is a Winston-Salem native and currently a proud resident of Washington Park. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Meredith College with concentrations in English, Spanish and Art History. In addition to myriad other work (she is a Millennial, after all), Natalie has had the pleasure of spending the bulk of her career working at two cultural gems in North Carolina: the NC Museum of Art in Raleigh and Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem. These treasured institutions fostered her love of art and aesthetics (of course), but also honed a passion for helping creative spaces and people get organized which she plans to explore more in her next adventure (coming soon!).
Mary Jamis
Since joining M Creative in 2003, Mary has directed successful strategy and creative development initiatives for local, state and regional nonprofit clients including The Winston Salem Foundation, Davidson-Davie Community College, Arbor Acres, Ravenscroft School, Family Services, Second Harvest Food Bank, and UNC Rockingham Health Care. Mary is one of the five founding members of The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem, a philanthropic community of over 800 female philanthropists who provide grants to local programs and initiatives that address the root causes of social issues impacting women and girls in Forsyth County. She has also been involved in local and statewide efforts around LGBTQ issues, including marriage equality and most recently, HB2. Mary is an undergraduate of Hiram College in Hiram, Ohio and has her Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from Kent State University. Mary is a native of Pittsburgh, PA and lives on a retired dairy farm in Davie County with Starr, her partner of 21 years.
Dr. Paula B. Wilkins
Dr. Wilkins is a native of Winston Salem and grew up in the Boston Thurmond community area. Paula has fond memories of attending Walkertown Elementary and Middle Schools and graduating from Carver High School.

Dr. Wilkins earned a bachelor’s degree from North Carolina Central University, a master of arts in teaching from Wake Forest University, a master’s degree in educational leadership and an education specialist degree from Appalachian State University, and a doctorate in education from Gardner-Webb University.

Prior to beginning as Principal/Executive Director at Cook Literacy Model School, she led Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools’ professional development and recruiting efforts as Human Resources’ Director of Talent and Professional Development. In this role, Wilkins directed the district’s professional development for all departments. She was also in charge of recruiting talented employees for the entire district. Before becoming Director of Talent and Professional Development, Dr. Wilkins was WSFCS’ Program Manager for Gifted and Advanced Learning.

Paula has served in a range of roles as an educator, starting as an AP U.S. History teacher at Carver High School, a curriculum facilitator in Guilford County Schools, and the program coordinator for Single School Culture in WSFCS.

Dr. Wilkins is most excited and passionate about her current work in direct support of students at Cook Literacy Model School where the motto at the school is to help everyone know and believe that, “You CAN succeed because we WILL lead, educate, and empower you!” Students here this every day and all adults strive to support our CLMS students to actualize this motto.

Thank You LEADher Donors

Bridge BuildHER Donors $5,000+

Anna Reilly and Matt Cullinan

Change the World Donors $2,500-$4,999


Adrienne Amos Livengood

Claire and Randall Tuttle

Change a Community Donors $1,000-$2,499

Mayor Pro Tempore Denise D. Adams

Chelesa Barnes

Natalie Broyhill in honor of Susan, Melanie, and Jere Dabbs

DeMatteis Family

Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust

M Creative

Kelvin  and Taleona Mayfield

Maynard & Harris Attorneys at Law, PPL

Tiffany Parms

Truliant Federal Credit Union

Change a Girl Donors $500-$999


Cook Women (Alisha, Charlease, Denise, Karen, Shonette, Paula & Remona) in honor of Joy Nelson Thomas

Henrietta Brown

Wendy and Mike Brenner in honor of Natalie Broyhill

Iris Cole in honor of Joy Nelson Thomas and Mary Jamis 

Candice Cunningham

Goodwill of Industries of Northwest North Carolina

Katie Harper

Karen Harris in memory of Mary Helen Nunn

Lottie Kay

Opie Kirby

Ben and Sara Loebner

Portia Mount

Anne Rainey Rokahr

Graydon Pleasants and Margaret Scales

Joy and Jasper Thomas

Dr. Paula B. Wilkins in honor of Debra Boozer

Winston-Salem State University School of Health Science 

#IChoosetoLEAD Donors $250-$499

Jennifer Acosta

Gayle Anderson

Lilly Skok Bunch and Al Bunch

Danielle Ceberio

CC Baller Creations, LLC

Susan Dabbs in honor of Melaine Dabbs 

Katie Fanning

Kilpatrick Townsend

Linda Garrou

Theresa and Thomas Griffin 

Ashleigh Hargrave

Ginger Hendricks and Heath Combs

Annette Knight

Katheryn Northington

Joy and Jim Rochester

Karl Yena

Nancy Young

Sustainers $100-$249

Louise and Bill Bazemore honoring the leadership of Joy Nelson Thomas

Gretchen Brenes 

Kim Bell

Tembila Covington 

Stephan Dragisic

Maurice and Britney Dent

Laura Dugan

Kristine Elliott

Gail Fisher

Carrie Gatlin

Dr. Naomi Hall-Byers

Patricia Heilbron

Sue Henderson

Carol Hermann

Lucia Higgins

Amanda Hughes

Hustle Winston-Salem in honor of Shayla Herndon-Edmunds 

Cindy A. Jones

Wendy Kinlaw

Rev. Jetson and Mrs. Tanya Maness

Sandra and Don Mikush

Charlene Minor

Margaret Norfleet-Neff

Erin Nesbitt

Whitney Newell

Tara Orris

Lisa Parrish in honor of Alyra Young 

Meribeth Robinson 

Barbara Saulpaugh

Chrystal Sills

Parker Tegeler

Rafaela Thomas

General Supporters $50-$99

Sarah Font

Tracy Gaffney

Beverly Gaska

Foster Horne in memory of Earnestine Johnson Horne

Zina Johnson

Jessica Lauten

Kelly Minor

Alexia Mitchell in honor of Sandra Duggins

Beth Mitchell 

Justin Pickens

Cierrea Roach

Lynn Ross

Jennifer Szescula

Ana Tampanna

Amy Tringale

Gail Tucker

Paul and Katherine Wollner


Mayor Pro Tempore

Denise D. Adams

WSSU School of Health Sciences 

Goodwill Industries of Northwest NC 

CC Baller Creations, LLC

The Kimpton Cardinal

Kilpatrick Townsend



Confidence, security, leadership and stability are just a few things more than 200 girls build with help from LEAD every year.


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