About Us

Our Mission

Building Confidence, Developing Skills, and Achieving Success

According to research girls’ confidence between the ages of 8 and 14 drops by 30 percent. The author of the confidence code, authors of The Confidence Code for Girls found that today’s girls often experience low levels of confidence. Between their tween and teen years, girls’ confidence that other people like them fall from 71 percent to 38 percent — a 46 percent drop. An OECD study also revealed that girls around the world lag behind boys in math and science, because of a lack of confidence. Confidence has a role to play in the girl’s abilities in school. According to research, only 38% of women hold top management positions despite the fact that more than half of the workforce are women.

Girls Can Dream Big 2 intends to modify these statistics by empowering girls and young women with confidence and leadership development skills and programs to improve their abilities in school. Through confidence, and communication including public speaking, competence, and leadership development programs, the girls and young women will be better equipped to do well in school all around including STEM-related disciplines. The girls who come through our programs will not only dream big but will be equipped with the right skills to help them succeed in life.

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Empowering Every Girl and Woman

Our Vision

Every girl and women empowered to find and use their voice, believe in themselves, dream big, take action to purpose their dreams with confidence, and be the light for other girls and women and the community.

Our Value

Integrity, Leadership and Learning

Our values are at the core of everything we do. We believe in empowering girls and young women to realize their full potential and become leaders in their communities. We achieve this through promoting confidence, competence, and leadership development skills in all aspects of our programs.

What we offer

Mentoring and Coaching

Research also informs us that (mentoring.org) students who are in mentoring programs are: 59% more likely to earn better grades. 52% less likely to skip school. 81% more likely to participate in extracurricular activities. 55% more likely to enroll in college

78% more likely to volunteer regularly, 90% are interested in becoming a mentor

130% more likely to hold leadership positions. Our mentoring and coaching programs provides mentoring and coaching opportunities to girls and young women for a period of a minimum of a year.

Why Choose Us

Empowering Women and Girls.

Experienced Mentor

Our mentors are carefully selected based on their expertise, professionalism, and commitment to empowering young women


We aim to create a community of support, empowerment, and collaboration that inspires girls and women to become leaders


We strive to create a safe, supportive, and inclusive environment where girls and young women can feel comfortable being themselves

Our Team

Our team is made up a powerhouse of women who collectively have over 50 years of work experience in various industries. Learn more about our team.


Dr. Maurine Kwende

Dr. Maurine Kwende is the Founder of Girls Can Dream Big 2, a non-profit for women and girls focused on education and community empowerment. Maurine’s purpose is to empower others especially women and girls to dream big, take action and reach their full potential. Prior to founding the non-profit, she has over 20 years of work experience in the field of learning and development. She holds a Ph.D. in Learning Technologies Design Research from George Mason University with research interests in decision-making, artificial intelligence (AI), workplace learning and emerging technologies. Maurine wears many hats and believes you can be anything you want to be in life if you take action.

Tina Fisher

Board Member

Kelly Neff

Board member

Partner with us

Are you interested in collaboration and partnership opportunities. We are always seeking ways to invest in Girls Can Dream Big 2. Please contact us today to discuss potential opportunities.

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