Help us celebrate our 75th!

In 1946, Lucille DeVore Tucker traveled from Memphis to Pennsylvania, where she happened to visit a local Girls Club. She was so impressed with this national network of Girls Clubs and what it offered girls that she came home and started Girls Club of Memphis.

In 1990, members of the national Girl Club network voted to change the name to Girls Incorporated to better reflect the seriousness of our mission—equipping girls for successful adulthood, because Growing Up is Serious Business.

For 75 years, Girls Inc. of Memphis has provided quality programs for girls in Memphis and the Mid-South. Our mission – inspiring all girls to be strong, smart and bold.

This year we celebrate our past, savor the present and plan for the future. Friends and supporters like you make it all possible, so we want you party with us!

Mark your calendars for these key dates and events below and plan to join us for any or all of them.

  • Friday, June 11, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. – 75th Anniversary Kickoff Luncheon honoring our Woman of the Year, Adriane Johnson-Williams, PhD.  (VIP In-Person seating is sold out – But you can STILL ATTEND VIRTUALLY by clicking here. RSVP by June 7 and you’ll receive a DoorDash e-gift card on us to fund your lunch!)
  • Friday, Sept. 17 – Alumnae Homecoming at the Levitt Shell
  • Friday, Nov. 5 – 75th Anniversary Gala at the Memphis Botanic Garden

To donate and/or become an individual or corporate 75th anniversary sponsor, contact Taylor Gipson at

Here on our site, each month we’ll be introducing you to alumna who have made our first 75 years so special. Click on the photos below to read these strong, smart and bold profiles.

Meet Elizabeth Thurman Shell