The G-CAPP Board of Directors announced that Vikki Millender-Morrow has been named the new President & CEO. Millender-Morrow, currently President & CEO of Girls Incorporated of Greater Atlanta, succeeds Michele Ozumba, who, after 10 years as President, left in April for a position in San Francisco. Millender-Morrow has been at the helm of Girls Inc. since 2008 and also has a 20-year corporate career with AT&T (BellSouth). She will assume her role as G-CAPP’s chief executive on July 7.
“Vikki not only has a stellar reputation as President & CEO of Girls Inc. but brings a successful 20-year career from the business sector as well. That was extremely attractive to us an organization. Equally important, she clearly understands the issues around teen pregnancy and shares G-CAPP’s passion and vision for these issues. She has earned a reputation as a respected, multi-dimensional leader and is the right CEO at the right time to lead, expand and build on G-CAPP’s successes as Georgia’s only organization in the that’s focused solely on teen pregnancy prevention,” said Jane Fonda, founder and Cheryl Franklin, M.D., chair, in joint statement.
Vikki Millender-Morrow’s Bio
Making a “real” difference in the lives of girls is the passion that pulled at Vikki’s heartstrings for years. As a committed advocate for women and girls’ issues, she served on numerous boards and clocked countless community service hours striving to make a positive impact in the lives of girls.
In January 2008, she decided to fully own a solution for a group of girls. She became the President & CEO of Girls Incorporated of Greater Atlanta, whose mission is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold. Vikki transitioned from a successful 20-year career in management at AT&T (Bellsouth) where she held positions in Engineering, Sales, Product Management, Regulatory & External Affairs and Human Resources, learning all aspects of the business, to move into nonprofit management. At the time, Vikki offered Girl’s Incorporated of Greater Atlanta, who was facing the most pervasive financial challenge in its 34 year history, the seasoned leadership necessary to survive and thrive.
Vikki is a multi-dimensional leader. She uses the system’s approach of an engineer to right size programs and improve processes; the talent development model of a human resources executive to build and sustain excellent teams; experience in governance to enhance the board and help develop an accountable 5-year strategic plan; along with the tenacity and courage to lead an organization through dynamic times.
This creative problem solver maintains focus on both quality and cost. Under her leadership outreach programs have expanded, servicing the needs of the girls at a lower cost through innovative staffing models. Similarly, administrative costs were reduced while the facility was made more efficient and aesthetically pleasing through her skillful management of the Girls Inc. Program and Administrative Center renovation.
Vikki was recognized by the 2011 Trumpet Awards “High Tea with High Heels” which spotlights women who have made their mark by breaking barriers of others. She was selected as a 2010 “Inspiring Woman” by the Atlanta Dream (WNBA Team) and as a 2008 Nominee for the “Leadership Character Award for Integrity” by the Turknett Leadership Group.
Vikki graduated with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She also earned a Masters in Public and Private Management from Birmingham Southern College. She is a member of the 2009 Class of Leadership Atlanta. Vikki has attended the Harvard Business School 2009 Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management Program.
Vikki made Atlanta her home 20 years ago. She is married to Derrick Morrow and is the proud mother of two sons, Kendall and Austin Thomas.