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Girls Inc. Honors Clara Shih at March 7 New York Celebration Luncheon

Screen Shot 2016-03-07 at 9.13.11 AMNEW YORK – March 7, 2016 – Girls Inc., the national organization that inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold today honors Clara Shih, CEO and Founder of Hearsay Social whose leadership and accomplishments have helped inspire and increase opportunities for women and girls.

As a tech entrepreneur and pioneer in the social media industry, Shih developed the first social business application in 2007 and subsequently authored The New York Times-featured best-seller, The Facebook Era before founding Hearsay Social in 2009. Shih is a member of the Starbucks board of directors and previously served in roles at Google, Microsoft, and

“Clara has broken barriers as a woman in technology, inspiring girls everywhere to imagine their own success,” said Girls Inc. President and CEO, Judy Vredenburgh. “She is a part of a growing movement to ensure the next generation of girls is excited and ready for careers in technology and other STEM fields. We are thrilled to recognize her accomplishments.”

Clara Shih joins four other distinguished honorees: Diane Hoskins, FAIA, Co-CEO, Gensler; Yvette Ostolaza, Dallas Managing Partner, Co-Leader, Securities and Shareholder Litigation Group, Member of the Executive Committee, Sidley Austin LLP; Voya Financial®, Corporate Vision Award Honoree; and Ellen Stafford-Sigg, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP and Girls Inc. Board Chair, who will receive the Girls Inc. Champion for Girls Award.

Now in its 32nd year, the Girls Inc. New York Luncheon brings together nearly 1,000 committed champions for girls. Honorees are paired with Girls Inc. National Scholars who share personal stories of overcoming challenges and how the honoree has motivated her to achieve her academic, personal, and career goals.

Held at the New York Marriott Marquis, the event is chaired by Regina Montoya, Attorney and Board Member of Girls Inc., and hosted by Elizabeth Vargas, Anchor, 20/20, ABC News.

The event raises funds to support Girls Inc. in delivering life-changing programs and experiences to girls across the United States and Canada.

About Hearsay Social

Hearsay Social provides the Predictive Omnichannel Suite for financial advisors and insurance agents across the world’s largest financial institutions, including seven of the top 10 global financial services companies and leading firms such as New York Life, Raymond James, Vanguard and Penn Mutual. Hearsay Social powers more than 130,000 financial relationship managers worldwide, allowing them to engage today’s social, mobile customer through Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+, mobile-first websites, personalized email and text messages. Advisors receive unique client insights through multi-channel signals, and the Predictive Content Library makes it easy to share the right content at the right time. Built-in enterprise integration and governance powers compliance and supervision for global firms, seamlessly addressing industry regulations and enforcing policy.

Hearsay Social is a SIFMA strategic partner, LIMRA Elite Strategic partner and GAMA partner, and has raised $51 million from Sequoia Capital, NEA and private investors. Named a 2015 CNBC Disruptor and a 2015 Best Place to Work in the Bay Area, the company is headquartered in Silicon Valley with dedicated local presences in New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Austin, Toronto, London, Paris and Hong Kong.

Stay up-to-date on the latest Hearsay Social developments and news in social business and financial services by visiting the company’s blog, as well as its Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ pages.

About Girls Inc.

Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold, providing more than 140,000 girls across the U.S. and Canada with life-changing experiences and solutions to the unique challenges girls face. The Girls Inc. Experience consists of people, an environment, and programming that, together, empower girls to succeed. Trained staff and volunteers build lasting, mentoring relationships in girls-only spaces that are physically and emotionally safe and where girls find a sisterhood of support with shared drive, mutual respect, and high expectations. Hands-on, research-based programs provide girls with the skills and knowledge to set goals, overcome obstacles, and improve academic performance. Informed by girls and their families, Girls Inc. also works with policymakers to advocate for legislation and initiatives that increase opportunities for girls.

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