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International Women’s Day 2017

Wednesday, March 8 marks International Women’s Day—and GMR has big plans to make a difference.

The theme this year is #BeBoldForChange, and in an effort to take personal action, each GMR office will host their own activities. To drive change in a serious way, we have chosen to support two organizations dedicated to supporting women: Milwaukee non-profit Grateful Girls and San Francisco-based Girls Inc.

Grateful Girls works to inspire, motivate and encourage young girls, teens and women of all ages who are victims of the sex-trafficking industry. The organization provides short-term housing, counseling and evening classes to help young women in need get back on their feet.

Girls Inc. encourages young women to embrace their full potential as smart, strong, bold women through service and advocacy. The organization teaches girls how to advocate for themselves and their communities, using their voices to promote positive change.

Each GMR office will offer unique and engaging opportunities to get involved and #BeBoldForChange.

  • Milwaukee: Leading up to International Women’s Day, GMR’s global headquarters will raise money through fundraising events including chocolate and wine pairings, coffee carts and a 50/50 raffle. On March 8, Chandra Cooper, Executive Director of Grateful Girls, will visit to share her organization’s story with GMR employees and inspire action and change.

  • Charlotte: In preparation for International Women’s Day, GMR Charlotte will host a networking breakfast with special guests Tera Black, Chief Operating Officer of the Charlotte Checkers; Kelly Brooks, Executive Director of SHARE Charlotte; and Jeff Campbell, Co-Founder & Managing Director of Resolution Media. This event will be open to the public. More information here.

  • Toronto: GMR Toronto will host a breakfast and Q&A with special guests Patsy Coyle, MLSE Director of Global Partnerships, and Melissa Bubb-Clarke, Live Nation Senior Director of Global Partnerships.

  • San Francisco: GMR San Francisco has partnered with Girls Inc. to host 13 girls aged 10-14 for three hours of interactive breakout sessions and activities centered on women’s advocacy.

To learn more about International Women’s Day and explore the many ways you can #BeBoldForChange, visit


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