Our Mission

Alpha Girls Institute (AGI), a 501c3 nonprofit, founded by NYT best-selling author Julian Guthrie, is dedicated to advancing and supporting women and girls of all ages to transcend barriers and succeed in male-dominated industries.   

AGI is a totally new and fresh approach. We believe in case studies and solutions. We believe in the power of sharing our stories. We believe in strategizing and positioning. We believe women win with a band of girls and women alongside them, and with great male allies at the ready to help support and promote their mobility upward.  

At AGI women and girls will learn more than just survival tips, but more importantly how women win through real-life hacks to thrive during any life-stage or transition.  AGI provides a forum to take off the rose-colored glasses by shining a light on the very notions that stifle the progression of women and girls and equips them with a new and tangible sense of how to succeed.   

The institute will offer scholarships to STEM-focused girls and women entrepreneurs; facilitate alpha girls clubs in schools, colleges and communities; and provide hands-on coaching and mentoring by trailblazing women.

Powered by a peer network of alpha girls and male allies, the AGI ecosystem unites individuals, communities, and corporations interested in advancing gender equity and supporting women and girls to thrive in male-dominated industries.  All donations made through AGI are tax deductible and will go toward supporting the mission of the institute.

Join an Alpha Girls Club

Whether you are a college student trying to figure out career paths or a later in life innovator looking for your next pivot get plugged into an Alpha Girls Club on your campus or in your community to help you overcome barriers and reach your goals.

Become an Alpha Girl

Serving as an Alpha Girls Ambassador is transformative experience, where you will develop valuable leadership skills that you can leverage as you progress through you own unique career journey.  

Donate to Scholarships

Alpha Girls Institute provides graduate and undergraduate scholarships to women leading fearlessly, transcending barriers, and serving as agents of support for other women in efforts to succeed in male-dominated industries and shape a more equitable world.

Meet the Founder

Julian Guthrie is one of the nation’s most respected journalists, an international best-selling author, and an inspirational speaker. Over her award-winning, 25-year career, Julian has interviewed some of the world’s most successful and interesting people, from Steve Jobs, Larry Ellison, Richard Branson, and Elon Musk to Melinda Gates, Marissa Mayer, Christy Turlington, the late Prof. Stephen Hawking and Peter Thiel. She has spent years researching how men and women win (and it’s not the same). Her feature writing and enterprise reporting were nominated multiple times for the Pulitzer Prize.

Although Julian has written four books and thousands of news stories, Alpha Girls is the story that changed how she looks at the world. Her eyes were opened to the powerful women and great male allies whose stories too often go untold; to the real and ridiculous obstacles that women continue to face across industries; and to this moment in time when attention is focused on empowering and supporting women. 

Since the publication of Alpha Girls, Julian has talked with thousands of men and women – focusing on how women succeed. She has developed a clear understanding and fresh approach for how women and girls can succeed, and how men can be allies. In addition to founding the institute, she is the founder of a stealth-mode startup. Stay tuned for more information. 

Please join the Alpha Girls Institute movement. Let’s make the world a better and more equitable place, and tell the stories of amazing women of all ages, backgrounds, and walks of life. And let’s have a great time along the way.

Meet our Board of Directors

Founding Board Members, Alpha Girls Institute

Stay tuned for more announcements around board members and board advisers!

Nikole Collins-Puri

Nikole Collins-Puri

Nikole is a social justice visionary, strategist, advocate and mentor who has committed her life to unleashing the potential of untapped communities. She’s the CEO of Techbridge Girls, a nonprofit organization that excites, educates and equips girls from low-income communities through STEM, empowering them to pursue STEM careers and achieve economic mobility and financial security as adults.

Nikole is a master collaborator who is able to leverage her rich professional experiences in tech, philanthropy and education to bring diverse groups of stakeholders together to urge social change in our communities. She’s committed to removing barriers and increasing access and opportunities for all those who are often left behind but essential to the success and growth of our society. 

Prior to Techbridge Girls, Nikole worked at AT&T where she spearheaded their diversity and inclusion efforts, at the College Board where she advised states on their college completion strategy for Black and Latinx students, and at the Women’s Foundation of California where she advanced women’s economic security by supporting and awarding grants to visionary grassroots organizations.

Chris Morgan

Chris Morgan

Chris Morgan is a partner with the international law firm Reed Smith LLP, representing many household name technology companies in patent and commercial litigation disputes.  Chris also is deeply committed to the advancement of women and serves as the Chair of Reed Smith’s Women’s Initiative Network in San Francisco.  She also founded her own company “Women’s Era” to continue to empower women in law and beyond.  She is a fierce advocate for gender parity and has committed to take at least one action daily to empower a woman or girl in her life.

Steve Strom

Steve Strom

Steve is Co-founder and CTO of NewHomes.House. He has more than 24 years of experience in high-tech (including Visio, Concur, Opsware, and HP) building programs, teams, and companies; defining, developing, and delivering technology solutions; and managing people and partnerships. Previously he worked for the American Heart Association as an Operations Manager and Bank of America as an Auditor. In his spare time Steve is a tutor and a drummer for a classic-rock band.
Steve on his goal for AGI: “It is often said that talent is evenly distributed in this world, but opportunity is not, particularly for young women. Alpha Girls Institute is working tirelessly to change that, and I am humbled and proud to be part of that effort. I want my daughter, granddaughter, and every young woman to have every opportunity to pursue their passion. They deserve nothing less.”

MJ Elmore

MJ Elmore

MJ Elmore became one of the first women to make partner at a venture capital firm in the United States when she joined the venture capital firm of Institutional Venture Partners (IVP) in Menlo Park CA. She has invested broadly in all stages and areas of information technology companies throughout her career. She served on the Board of Directors of numerous private and public information technology companies. Prior to joining IVP, Ms. Elmore was a marketing manager at Intel Corporation’s Development Systems Division.

Currently Ms. Elmore is general partner and advisor to the IVP funds and a private angel investor. She is a member of the advisory council of the Stanford Graduate School of Business, the advisory council to Stanford’s Center on Longevity and the Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy Board of Visitors.  She was a member of the inaugural class of Stanford’s Distinguished Career Institute and spent full time at Stanford in 2015. Ms. Elmore supports philanthropies that advance education at all levels and is passionate about the visual arts. She is one of four “alpha girls” profiled in the best-selling book, Alpha Girls: The Women Upstarts who Took on Silicon Valley’s Male Culture and Made the Deals of a Lifetime. MJ is particularly interested in what she calls the “Third Trimester,” which is about finding meaning – whether new careers, friends, hobbies or passions – at later stages in life.

Jill Carrano

Jill Carrano

Jill has spent two decades managing outcomes for company and revenue growth, scaling logistics infrastructure and long-term strategy planning for companies such as Sephora and NIKE.  She began her career with NIKE, pioneering and growing the first Shop in Shop retail concepts through developing customer engagement revenue processes in merchandising, design and management, both nationally and globally. 
 
At Sephora, Jill launched the company and brand from 8 stores to over 450 across the US and Canada. Jill conceived, built and managed the revenue wheelhouse of store growth, key vendor partnerships, and implemented global build out programs designed against long term company strategy to bring Sephora growth and scale from 10 employees to over 5,000.
 
Jill’s goal for Alpha Girls Institute is to help educate and bring awareness to our next generation to become strong and confidant early on, before entering the workforce, and ultimately, not to ever sit on the sidelines. “I’ve worked for both a heavily male and female dominated companies, as well as working full time with two children, and with that experience, feel I can inspire and support AGI’s path to thrive.”