City Girls Big Dreams was a vision given to me by God at the age of 24. I remember my evening run on The Detroit River Walk. I was asking God what my purpose in life was. I looked at the skyline of Canada and Detroit, and the phrase "city girl with big dreams" popped up in my head.
I did what any millennial would do and checked on Instagram to see if the name was available. I ended up changing my Instagram name from "Liberian Beauty" to "CityGirlsBigDreams." After opening up Zarkpa's on my 25th birthday, I started showcasing the good side of Detroit on my Instagram page by posting all the positive things I was doing: hosting pop up shops with other women entrepreneurs and operating all-year-round entrepreneurship internships with college and high school girls.
I was using my power and didn't even know it; that's what happens when you want other women to win.
City Girls Big Dreams is an authentic ecosystem of powerful, supportive, ambitious girls and women helping one another achieve success through financial literacy. We are here to enlighten, empower, and inspire women’s dreams to come true.
We believe that the best way to support girls and women is through direct deposit.
Our work ranges from hosting social networking events to offering mentorship programs. Our team builds amazing online content to lift up the ambitions of the girls and women on our platform. We are serious about supporting girls and women who are chasing big dreams, which is why we partnered with our sister company GoFundHer.com. With this partnership, we are able to hold space for economic success through a real and sustainable financial platform designed by women, for women.
Our company give girls and women the opportunity to gain the hands-on experience they need. Our virtual internship program was created to increase female representation in the tech industry. Interns are able to harness our support system and leverage that network into personal success. This translates into a potent circle of women nurturing and empowering each other. We seek to foster a flourishing environment of empowerment, social justice, and diversity for both our employees and our members.
is an Operations Intern for GoFundHer. She graduated from Syracuse University with a BA in Public Policy with a concentration in Environmental Studies. She hopes to work for a sustainable fashion company in the future.
Amanda Olsen holds an MFA in Creative Writing and a BA in English Literature. After 15 years in higher education she is now the operation coordinator intern at gofundher.com. She is a writer, a mother, a teacher, and a fiber artist. In precious spare moments you might find her spinning yarn or writing YA spec fic about brave, sassy girls who don’t need saving.
Yutong is an Operations Intern for GoFundHer. She has a BA in Economics. Currently, she is a master's student majored in integrated marketing at New York University. She loves to watch movies, and occasionally play some video games in her spare time. For a long-term career goal, she is very interested in marketing-related positions, and she really wants to participate and make a difference in this field.
Sarah is a Social Media intern for GoFundHer.com and City Girls Big Dreams. She received her BFA from Michigan State University in Studio Art. She is a graphic designer and works with the Performing Arts community in the Greater New York City area.
Katelyn Wasko is a video editing intern at GoFundHer and has a bachelor in Digital Filmmaking with a minor in Journalism. She hopes that, with her editing skills and knowledge of YouTube (from 11 years as a YouTuber with over 12k subscribers), to be able to help GoFundHer and, in return, women as a whole.
During her off time, she enjoys movies, music videos (a business she hopes to work in one day), music, animals, research and anything that makes her laugh.
Megan is the Public Relations Intern at GoFundHer. She recently graduated from Baruch College in 2020 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies & a minor in Law & Policy. While she has had prior PR intern experience working at boutique lifestyle PR firms, she is excited to finally get the chance to work in house for such a unique company. She is extremely passionate about empowering females and cannot wait to help others achieve their goals during her time at GoFundHer. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, reading psychological thrillers, and trying out every restaurant that NYC has to offer!
Tanisha is a young professional and Social Media Intern at GoFundHer. She recently graduated with a B.A in Communication from SUNY Oswego and hopes to jumpstart a career in digital marketing or public relations. Her long term goal is to use her skills to serve underrepresented groups and give back to her community. She enjoys traveling and can easily be found exploring the ins and outs of major US cities. In her spare time, she loves attempting DIY projects, spending quality time with loved ones, and watching YouTube videos.
Rebekah is a Social Media Intern for GoFundHer/CGBD. She has a BA in English Literature, with a minor in Theatre. Her hobbies include lots of reading, bike riding, watching DIY tiktoks, and listening to podcasts. Her long term goal is to work in Marketing in the Publishing industry, and hopes this internship will give her lots of insight into the job.
Kaitlyn is a social media intern for City Girls Big Dreams and GoFundHer. She attended the University of Florida and recently graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Anthropology. While at UF, she was exposed to business electives which eventually led to an interest in social media marketing. That fascination coupled with CGBD/GFH’s mission and goals made this internship a perfect match. With this experience gained, Kaitlyn hopes to work in social media marketing or marketing within a museum. Outside of this internship, Kaitlyn experiments with makeup, plays electric guitar, and manages her custom-made t-shirt business.
Laura is a Social Media Intern for GoFundHer and City Girls Big Dreams. She graduated from The University of Virginia where she majored in Anthropology and Linguistics. Her interest in Social Media and Marketing united with the cause of supporting women and girls brought her to GoFundHer and CGBD. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time with family and friends. She hopes the skills she receives throughout her internship will propel her into the field of Digital Media and Marketing.
Manzura Albekova is a YouTube Media Intern for GoFundHer and City Girls Big Dreams. She has recently graduated with her Bachelors in Electronic Media and Mass Communication concentrated on Digital Media with Communication Studies. She has a passion for film, art and music. In her free time, she enjoys going on walks and spending time with her family. Through this internship, she hopes to share some ideas and gain experience in different areas such as social media, and marketing.
Emma Brousseau is a grant writer intern at GoFundHer.com. She earned her master’s in English/Creative Writing at Texas Tech University where she also worked as an Associate Editor for Iron Horse Literary Review. For her thesis, she wrote a linked short story collection about women and the apocalypse. You can find out more about her and her published work at emmabrousseau.com.
Kourtney is currently a grad student at SIUe pursuing a Master’s degree in Marketing Communications. She’s also very excited to be a part of GoFundHer YouTube team.
Kourtney will utilize her skills by creating good content that is informative and that everyone will enjoy. She hopes to improve her editing skills during this internship and to gain knowledge for her next venture.
Yao believes that working with GoFundHer in partnership with City Girls Big Dreams is an invaluable opportunity for her to get to another level of her career development as a filmmaker. She will be working on social media content especially on the Youtube platform to bring joy and hope to the world. She can’t wait to work with other Gofundher interns to create and grow together.
Sanjida Khan is a Youtube Director Intern at GoFundHer. She focuses on creating content, working on script, and editing videos with the Youtube team. She is currently a college student in New York City studying Digital Marketing and she plans to use her skills as well as gain new ones in the marketing and tech field.
Heavon Clark is a Public Relations Intern at GoFundHer, she has an Bachelor’s Degree in Media Communications and she is currently in a graduate program studying Public Relations. She is currently working towards her dream and goals of becoming an PR agent, she is hopeful to use the skills of her internships and degrees to help and brand individuals' image.
Sarah is one of the Public Relations Intern at GoFundHer and has just earned her bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in business. She is passionate about having a career that will allow her to use her writing skills to help advocate for other women. When Sarah isn’t working, she loves to draw and try cooking new recipes.
Rivka Bondar has a BBA in Entrepreneurship from Baruch College. After interning in the fashion industry, she decided to start a jewelry line. Her ultimate goal is to become a venture capitalist and invest in women-owned businesses. When she’s not working, she likes to bake, watch reality T.V. and go to concerts/events around the city.
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Jennifer Pineda has a Bachelor’s degree in English Writing Arts with a minor in Gender & Women’s Studies. She hopes to one day go into editing so that she can spend all day reading books. She loves to write, but she loves to complain about her writing even more. And she has a slight obsession with Scooby-Doo. You can find her on Instagram at @ibecameasmadasrabbits
Stephanie Hempel, MFA is a graduate of Naropa University's Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. She is a multi-genre writer, grant writer, artist, editor, freelance content creator, and performance artist. She is the Co-Founder and Editor-In-Chief of the literary magazine, Tiny Spoon, and is currently working with the literary journal, The Bombay Gin. She teaches at the Wisdom Body Artist Collective. Find more about her here:
Tracy Clegg is a grant writer intern at GoFundHer.com. She has worked in litigation for over twenty years in civil rights,entertainment and business. She earned her Bachelor's degree from the University of Oregon, and her law degree from the University of West Los Angeles. Her path has now led her to GoFundHer.com and City Girls Big Dreams to get experience in a successful grant writing campaign while having the opportunity to support women on a quest to fulfill their dreams.
Iniko is a social media marketing intern at GoFundHer.com & CityGirlsBigDreams.Com.
She has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Princeton University. Her professional interests include marketing and communications. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, volunteering on organic farms, and playing with her rescue dog, Zinga.
Julia is an aspiring professional pursuing a graduate degree in communications. She wrote her undergraduate thesis on contemporary women's issues and dedicates herself to uplifting women and girls however possible. Julia is the proud owner of a one-year-old puppy named Chester and a pop-culture enthusiast.
Kim-Moi Chin is native from Brooklyn, NY.
with a communication degree in multimedia journalist (MMJ).
She is the first in her family to graduate from a four-year institution. Driven by a single mother who instilled through hard work and persistence the sky’s the limit. Kim-Moi will be one of City Girls Big Dreams Digital Media Host.
Leah St. Clair is a recent college graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications with a minor in Marketing. Her dream job is to be a social media strategist especially for those that are small startup companies and make her way to big companies. Leah loves using her writing skills for her work and outside her work. When she is not working, she is either cooking or playing Animal Crossing on her Nintendo Switch.
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