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Together, We Can Build a Better Future for Women.

Shirnetta J. Harrell graduated from Shaw University where she served as Miss Shaw University 2012-2013 and received her Bachelor of Social Work degree. Shirnetta also became a member of the Beta Rho Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. during her journey at Shaw University. She later graduated from Alabama A&M University where she completed the Advanced Standing Program. As a result, she obtained her Master of Social Work degree with a concentration in Community Mental Health. 


Her nonprofit experience is rooted in her graduate assistantship where she interned at Harris Home for Children which is a nonprofit organization that provides full-time foster care services and crisis support for neglected adolescents in Alabama. She later went on to widen her social work experience by working in residential treatment facilities, community mental health, and school social work. 



"I believe that one of the most influential ways in making a greater impact within local communities is by knowing the difference between helping and serving."

- Shirnetta J. Harrell

Shirnetta used her social work skills to create resources to further expand the elimination of barriers and believes in the power of being connected to others in local communities.



The No Woman, No Girl Initiative was birthed out of the need to target minority women and girls who disproportionately fall marginalized to a lack of accessibility and affordability in what they need to survive. .


Shirnetta is a 2021 Spectrum Everyday Hero, 2022 Goodman Fellow and was featured in the 2023 Top 40 KNOW Woman Magazine which highlights Black women in leadership across the US.

Most recently, Shirnetta was selected as a member of the 2023 "10 to Watch" Cohort for The United Way of the Greater Triangle and was a WRAL Viewer's Choice Award "Woman of the Year" Top 5 Finalist in 2023.


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Meet the Board Of Directors


Maggie Kane,

Founder & Executive Director of A Place At The Table

Dr. Terrance Ruth,

Lecturer at NCSU

April Sneed,

Town of Rolesville Commissioner & Financial Planner

Judge Ashleigh Parker Dunston,

Wake County 10th Judicial Court Judge

Liz McClean,

Executive Director of The Holt Brothers Foundation

Amanda Cheney,

Board Chair of Band Together

Jessica Day,

Mayor of Knightdale

Monika Johnson-Hostler,

Executive Director of The North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NCCASA) and Wake County Board of Education, District 2

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