As a life-long advocate for equal opportunity and access, Betty Sims will be sorely missed, and most especially, as a Champion for Girls and their education. Her unparalleled dedication to Girls Inc. included being a dynamic Board Chair, supporter and very wise counselor. We could count on Betty to push us to think boldly and give generously just as she always did.
Betty’s brilliance in building relationships and in leading change for good assured the dramatic resurgence of Girls Inc. of Greater St. Louis. Under her chairmanship, Girls Inc. retained a top tier CEO and, together with the Board, assured high impact programming, the beautiful renovation of the center for girls, and year in year out double, and sometimes triple, digit growth.
When Girls Inc. National considered which city to host our Network-wide conference, Betty was a major reason we selected St. Louis. We knew we could count on her to help set an example of first rate experiences for our leaders. And, she gladly opened doors for Girls Inc. among the country’s most important public policy leaders in Washington D.C.
I am among the many inspired by the energetic way Betty enacted her deep values, voiced her views, and gave fully to the people and organizations she cared about.
Thank you, Betty Sims, May you rest in peace.
National President & CEO