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Who We Are

We exist to facilitate spiritual growth, personal development and leadership in women and girls. We long to see every woman and girl awakened to her purpose: to run the race that God has set before her.

We know that when women are awakened to their purpose the world becomes a better place. We know that when purposeful, passionate women come together they bring solutions to the problems facing our communities and the world.

We are inspired by this quote by the 17th century poet Matthew Arnold:

If ever there comes a time when the women of the world come together purely and simply for the benefit of mankind, it will be a force such as the world has never know.

That time is NOW!

We are BETTER TOGETHER!

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

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Our Mission

♥ Awakening Purpose, Igniting Passion, Mobilizing Women ♥

FTGI strives to accomplish our mission in the following ways:

Annual Conference

A gathering of women and women’s groups for a time of connection and refreshment.  Full day of inspirational teaching including breakout sessions for middle school and high school girls as well as college age and adult women.

SHINE for Teen Girls

A nine- week program designed to help the next generation of women be prepared for life with a healthy foundation.  We are equipping and empowering girls to live to their full potential understanding their value, strength and purpose.

FTGI’s Girls Night Out or GNO

Women gather for one evening of food, fun, inspiration and a chance to connect with each other.

Outreach Programs

For the Girls International provides opportunities for women to use their gifts and talents to bring solutions to some of the problems facing our community.

Better Together Network

Better Together Network luncheons are an opportunity for you to build relationships with other business owners, entrepreneurs and working women in the Tampa Bay area. Each month we offer tools to help you grow both personally and professionally. Come network with “the Girls!”

Note from Tracey

I am so glad you found us and hope you enjoy browsing our website!

Several years ago God gave us a vision of an ever-growing army of strong, beautiful and brave women who are passionate about making the world a better place. We saw women becoming free of the chains that have held them down – released to become all they were created to be. We saw a sisterhood of women supporting each other and cheering each other on. And we saw joy…lots of laughter and joy.  You can read more about our story here.

In the past 7 years we have seen over 1000 women come through our events and we realize now that FTGI is part of a global awakening of God’s daughters. He has dreams for each and every one of us.  They sometimes come at the strangest of times and look different from what we would have ever imagined but living out our life with purpose is where true joy is found.

We all have our own individual race to run but His purpose for us is something we all have in common.

Though it may manifest itself in different ways and through different platforms or avenues, our purpose always involves letting our light shine! He is calling us to awaken to that purpose and become passionate about reaching people with His love.

At FTGI our desire is to help mobilize women to live in the knowledge that it is in Him that we live and move and have our existence and to pass that knowledge on to the next generation.

The world can be a dark and sometimes lonely place but when we gather together and determine to shine the unfailing love of Jesus to everyone around us it becomes so much brighter.

Lots of love,

TraceySignature

Executive Director, For the Girls International

Our Team

TRACEY METZGER

Co-founder and Executive Director
tracey@ftgi.org

Tracey Metzger is the co-founder and President of For the Girls International, Inc. Her passion is to see women awakened to their unique purpose and empowered to use their unique gifts to share the hope and love of God with a hurting world. As a speaker and writer, Tracey’s refreshingly honest, down-to-earth approach encourages and inspires her audiences to live and move in the fullness of who God created them to be.

Through various avenues, Tracey spends her days connecting with women of all ages and walks of life and inviting them into a sisterhood of love, support, and encouragement. She loves meeting women and hearing their stories. Whether you’re attending an FTGI event, reading her blog, or sitting across the table from her at Starbucks, you will find yourself utterly engaged in what Tracey has to say. You will also feel loved and understood. Her willingness to share her personal experiences and thoughts allows for any woman of any background to receive a message that is relatable, relevant, and motivational.

Tracey and her husband of 30 years, Dan, have lived in Tampa Bay since 1993. They are blessed with two grown sons, a teenage daughter, and lovely daughter-in-law and a brand new granddaughter.

CYNDA HARRIS

Co-founder and Director of Life Coaching
cynda@ftgi.org

Talk with Cynda for 5 minutes and you will feel like you’ve known her for 5 years! Her Oklahoma charm and nurturing personality draws you in and makes you feel at “home” instantly!

Cynda is passionate about helping women understand the greatness of God and encouraging them to step into the calling that God has for their lives.  She recognizes the potential in women and loves to encourage them to awaken to their value, purpose and to use the gifts they have and offer them to the world around them.

Whether it’s through coaching, speaking or music ministry, she loves helping women identify their life season, dig into their story, grow in their gifts and expand into new territories and flourish. In all that she does her love of the arts and music make for creative experiences for the women she ministers to.

Cynda has been in ministry for over 20 years and is a certified life coach. She is a Co-Founder of For the Girls International, Inc. and the founder of Grow Life, Inc.

Cynda and her husband Dave live in New Port Richey. They have been married for 31 years and have 4 wonderful children, a lovely daughter-in-law and a sweet baby grandson.

REBECCA CHASE

Praise & Worship Leader

Her name means “captivating,” and it is the most fitting name this young woman could possess. Rebecca shines from the inside out, particularly when she is worshiping.

As a small child, Rebecca began playing the piano, singing, and performing in various productions at her church. It was so evident even then that she loved God with every fiber of her being. In all she did, she simply sparkled with His joy. At the young age of fourteen, God opened doors for her to play larger venues, opening for Jaci Velasquez, Big Daddy Weave, and other well-known Christian artists.

She now travels to various venues to play and leads worship and blesses us by leading worship for our events.

She is a full-time English and Drama Teacher and part-time Worship Leader at LifePointe Church in Tampa but also finds time for songwriting.

She released her first self-titled CD in 2013 and is busy working on her latest EP, “Skyrocket,” featuring her hit single ‘Water
Jayde Gray

Program Director
jayde@ftgi.org

Jayde comes to us from Dayspring Academy where she worked for 3 years in Administration and in the classroom. Her experience with events and systems will be a great asset to FTGI besides the fact that she is just SO nice to be around!

Jayde will be taking over many of Carina’s day-to-day responsibilities. She will be in FTGI’s Co-Working Space Monday – Friday you can email her directly at Jayde@ftgi.org with any of the questions you would normally direct to Carina. If you have not had the pleasure of meeting Jayde yet, you will be able to meet her at the GNO at our FTGI table AND you will love her!

YOLANDA CECERE

Design Coordinator
yolanda@ftgi.org

Yolanda Cecere, a farm girl from the Free State in South Africa, has creative juices pumping through her veins.  Yolanda began art classes at the age of ten and has continued perfecting her craft ever since.
With an extensive history of education and experience in web design, graphic design, video editing, and every other artistic outlet imaginable, Yolanda is a tremendous asset to FTGI. She is a master at interpreting a concept and developing it into a design that conveys the heart and soul of the message. Every piece of graphic design you see throughout our website and printed material is a direct result of her willingness to generously offer her talent for the benefit of others!
Besides her remarkable talent, she has a steadfast love for God and a beautifully compassionate heart for people. Yolanda and her husband, Dave, have been married for ten years and have two beautiful little girls.  They currently reside in the Tampa Bay area.
Tori Cowen

Director of Communications
tori@ftgi.org

Since the time she was 12-years-old, Tori knew her heart was to help girls find their purpose. As an accomplished competitive dancer, Tori used her passion to be a positive role model for young women.

In 2014, she achieved her childhood dream of becoming Miss Florida, and she went on to place 3rd alternate to Miss America. Staying committed to glorifying God in everything she does, Tori ensured she danced to a Christian song in front of 12 million viewers during the national pageant. Today, she is the Communications Director for FTGI where she is continuing the adventure God set before to help women live out their God given potential.

Tori loves spending time with her puppy Lily Mae, eating sweet potato fries, and you can always catch-her with a cup of coffee in her hand.

Yvonne Chansley

Merchandise and Vendor Manager
yvonne@ftgi.org

Dominique Richardson

Content Editor
dominique@ftgi.org

Dominique is part of the writing team here at FTGI. In her own words she fell in love with this supportive community of women after attending her first Better Together luncheon last May.

 

When she doesn’t have her nose buried in a book, you can catch her hanging outside with her professor husband and 2-year-old twin boys. Connect with her on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook @domhrichardson or her website domhrichardson.com

Kayla Huth

Communications Intern
kayla@ftgi.org

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