SOURCE: buildOn


March 11, 2015 13:48 ET

Non-Profit Organization buildOn Celebrated Professional Female Leaders and Adult Literacy on International Women's Day

STAMFORD, CT--(Marketwired - March 11, 2015) - This past International Women's Day buildOn celebrated professional women leaders who are committed to the development of females in the economically impoverished countries where buildOn works. Each of these amazing women that have committed to participate has invested $1,000 to support of buildOn's adult literacy classes, skilled labor apprenticeship programs and the development of female leaders. buildOn will continue to celebrate and announce more of professional throughout March.

Some of these amazing women include Oksana Malysheva (Principal, Linden Education Partners LLC), Margaret M. Keane (President & CEO, Synchrony Financial), Susan K. Stern (Chair of the New York State Commission on National & Community Service), Katherine Nicholls (Niche Media CEO & CFO, Niche Media), Juliet Izon (Entertainment Editor, Niche Media), Ashley Mateo (Deputy Digital Editor,, Emily Turner (Senior SoulCycle Instructor - NY), Jordi Lippe (Health, Wellness, Travel and Lifestyle Contributor),Jill Bornstein (buildOn Community Volunteer), Nicole Cribbins (buildOn Community Volunteer), Amanda Lang (Sr. Business Correspondent, CBC News Network Ontario, Canada), Susan Davis-Gillis (SVP, Consumer Banking Leader, Synchrony Financial), Jodi Shelton (Founder, President and CEO, Shelton Group), Patricia Hubbard (President, West Coast MKTG INC), Olga Hartwell (VP, Senior Tax Counsel, General Electric), Karen D. Vachon (Volunteer and Connecticut Board, buildOn), Cindy Estrada (Vice President, UAW General Motors Dept.), Kimberly Kopnitsky (Elementary School Educator) Ginny Carroll (Founder, Circle of Sisterhood), Raisa Medvinsky (Office Administrator, Williams, Williams, Rattner & Plunkett, P.C), Alexandria Sullivan (Program Director, Document Management & Collaboration, John Hancock), Catarina Schwab (Founding Partner, Chief Business Officer at NPX, LLC), Kimberly Townsend (Program Coordinator, buildOn) and Patricia Tripar (Senior Manager, Banking Practice, West Monroe Partners).

Two-thirds of the world's 785 million illiterate adults are female. Educating and empowering these women is a key first step to ending poverty in the developing world. The contributions each of these highly regarded professional women made will provide the following:

Adult Literacy Classes for Women, buildOn teaches women essential literacy through the lens of health, enterprise and relevant life skills, while helping them generate strategic plans for income generating activities.

Fund buildOn's Apprentice Program, women are given the opportunity shadow buildOn's skilled laborers and learn valuable construction skills during their local school building project. At the end of the apprenticeship they earn a certificate from buildOn and may even be hired as a member of the buildOn skilled labor team.

Develop Women Leaders in the buildOn Organization, developing female leaders in the countries where buildOn works is essential to empowering women in the developing world.

To read more on why these women are personally devoted to helping end the education crisis or to pledge your support, please visit:

About buildOn: At home or abroad, buildOn's goal is to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through service and education. Across the U.S., buildOn empowers urban youth to transform their neighborhoods through intensive community service and to change the world by building schools in some of the economically poorest countries in the world. Since 1991, buildOn has constructed 700 schools worldwide, with more than 92,000 children, parents and grandparents attending these schools every day. For more information, visit

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