G-CAPP announces new CEO, Atlanta fall film premiere benefit with Jane Fonda
In a summer filled with blockbusters, the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention's board of directors announced a pair of its own this month. Beginning in July, Vikki Millender-Morrow, the current president and CEO of Girls Incorporated of Greater Atlanta will succeed Michele Ozumba as president and CEO of G-CAPP. And after an absence of three years, G-CAPP founder Jane Fonda is bringing another star-studded Hollywood film premiere to Atlanta October 4 at the Woodruff Arts Center via her upcoming comedy/drama "Peace, Love and Misunderstanding."
The film, shot last summer in upstate New York, finds Fonda playing a Woodstock hippie grandmother who seeks to mend emotional fences with her estranged daughter played by "Being John Malkovich" actress Catherine Keener. Fonda is also hoping to convince her other co-stars, including Jeffrey Dean Morgan ("Grey's Anatomy"), Chace Crawford ("Gossip Girl"), Nat Wolff ("The Naked Brothers Band") and Kyle MacLachlan ("Desperate Housewives") to join her and director Bruce Beresford (who notably shot "Driving Miss Daisy" in Atlanta 22 years ago) on the red carpet here this fall.
On Tuesday, Millender-Morrow and Fonda spoke with Intel about the latest exciting developments at G-CAPP. With Millender-Morrow at the helm, the state-wide non-profit gains a leader passionate about setting girls on the path to success paired with 20 years of corporate experience with AT&T. Millender-Morrow possesses both a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a Masters in Public and Private Management from Birmingham Southern College.
"As a result of being born in the South, living in Birmingham and majoring in engineering, I've always found myself a minority," Millender-Morrow explains. "As a result in my corporate career, I always wanted to do as much as possible to help other women navigate that environment." While at AT&T (then Bell South), Millender-Morrow first started volunteering with Girls Inc, a favorite charity of the telecommunications conglomerate. In 2008, Millender-Morrow's Girls Inc. board position turned into the president and CEO job where she immediately set up a strategic five-year plan to stabilize the financially faltering non-profit. Of her switch from the corporate to non-profit arenas, she says: "I found out I wanted to make a difference in the lives of girls on a day to day basis." During her tenure at Girls Inc., the non-profit's pregnancy prevention program partnered with G-CAPP on various community activities.
When Ozumba decided, after a decade at the helm of G-CAPP, to accept the position of Chief Program Officer at the global Women's Funding Network in San Francisco earlier this year, she suggested that Millender-Morrow apply for the G-CAPP job. The final candidates for the job were all interviewed by G-CAPP's founder. In preparation for her interview with Fonda, Millender-Morrow says she went out and bought a copy of the activist's autobiography "My Life So Far." "I didn't know Jane personally," she says. "Of course, I knew of her. She's an icon. But reading her autobiography gave me new insight into her accomplishments, how driven she is and how passionate she is about this cause and many others."
Of her new CEO, Fonda tells Atlanta magazine: "I'm so impressed with her. I think we're in very good hands here. I like the fact that she comes from the private sector. There's a kind of focus, mental organization and a results-based way of thinking that she brings to us that is a big positive. It's a great time for us to have that at G-CAPP. Plus, she's well-versed in pregnancy prevention through her work with Girls Inc. I couldn't be more pleased."
Of her 20 years of corporate experience, Millender-Morrow says: "My hope is that the business acumen that I bring with me to G-CAPP will be beneficial. Training as an engineer gives you great analytical skills. You may not be an expert in any particular discipline but you can be a problem solver. The great thing is that right now G-CAPP is enjoying the fruits of additional financial support but our country as a whole and non-profits in particular are still in a place where stability is far from certain. Part of my job will be to help G-CAPP retain revenue sources and to embrace new stake-holders and new supporters for the incredible work that we're doing."
Translation: Millender-Morrow is keeping her red pencil sharpened. Laughing, she adds: "Exactly!"
With 14 and 17 year old sons at home, Millender-Morrow has a personal connection to the G-CAPP's continued priority of working with teen boys as well as girls to educate them about the risks of being sexually active. "Oh, yes, it hits home!" Millender-Morrow allows. "It's something that every parent of a teenager thinks about. Research tells us that if boys are not pressuring girls to get involved in early risky behaviors, often you will see the demand decrease. I've always commended G-CAPP for seeking to involve both the girls and the boys in their mission."
"It takes two to make a baby," Fonda adds. "Boys go through adolescence differently than girls. It's important to remember that. Boys need to be approached differently with different kinds of programs geared specifically to them. The fact that Vikki is a mom with two teen boys will only enhance her work at G-CAPP. When you have a personal stake in something, you work that much harder to find solutions."
To learn more about Millender-Morrow, go to the G-CAPP news page
on the non-profit's website. To buy tickets to the Oct. 4 Atlanta premiere of "Peace, Love and Misunderstanding" and learn more about sponsorship opportunities, visit the G-CAPP film premiere page