Inspiring and Empowering Middle School Girls

Lisa Monteiro

Lacking guidance and direction growing up as a young girl, Lisa had to navigate through the precarious teenage years on her own. She was rebellious and tenacious, yet also very guarded. As she became a young adult, she gradually was able to positively translate those traits in to independence, resourcefulness, and confidence. She realized she wanted to reach out to young girls to help them identify their strengths and use the tools needed to reach their full potential.

Lisa first became a mentor to at-risk middle school girls with the AAUW-Long Beach branch in 2002, and since then has participated in numerous volunteer activities and organizations throughout her adult life. Seeking to become more involved in empowering and inspiring young girls again, she volunteered at the 4GIRLS Orange County workshop in 2016, and since then has been enthusiastically involved with 4GIRLS.

Lisa lives in Costa Mesa and has a 6-year-old son (soon to be 7). She is a CPA and a CFE, and graduated from CSULB with an MBA. She has worked in government auditing for over 17 years, the last five at the City of Anaheim.