Noni LaLone was the first person in her family with a college degree. Her father, 17 when she was born, didn’t graduate from high school.
Today, LaLone is a partner in the Everett office of a major accounting, tax and consulting firm. She also heads a steering committee to launch InspireHer, a new effort to help girls build successful lives and careers.
LaLone told her story at a breakfast Wednesday at the Everett Golf & Country Club. Women were invited to learn how they could help with InspireHer, as mentors, planners or donors.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County will be the home of InspireHer, which is sponsored by Moss Adams. There is a similar program in King County, InfluenceHer, but LaLone said the grass-roots effort here is distinct to Snohomish County.
Women invited to Wednesday’s event were “hand-picked” as role models and potential mentors by InspireHer organizers, LaLone said. Seventy women attended the breakfast. And $4,600 was raised to provide girls with memberships to local Boys & Girls Clubs and for special programming.
InspireHer will target girls ages 8 to 18. The goal is to foster success in three areas: career and academic achievement, character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. Read more.