Success Stories


“Polished Pebbles has helped me be a con dent young woman. I have always been very shy but Polished Pebbles has taught me that it is okay to be shy and speak up for yourself.”
– Helena, Polished Pebbles Mentee

“Polished Pebbles gave me great mentorship on how to conduct myself as a young woman. Polished Pebbles also gave me great direction with business opportunities and how to conduct myself in a business setting.”
– Jovian, Polished Pebbles Mentee


“Polished Pebbles was very instrumental in my transition from a teenager into a young adult. In fact, Polished Pebbles granted me my first internship opportunity as their marketing intern. I am forever grateful for that opportunity and how it has equipped me with all of the real skills that I need to maneuver throughout my career.”
– Yazmine, Polished Pebbles Alumna

“I loved how thorough the program is! The mentor was engaging and the program has helped with my daughter’s confidence. This program really takes a chance on these young ladies and helps them to grow. My CEO was awakened. She is already asking about developing and building a business and making connections. I see a difference in how she articulates herself as well.” – Traci, Polished Pebbles Mom
“This program helped my daughter grow as a young woman and as a business woman.”
– Nancy, Polished Pebbles Mom

Our team is grateful for the partnership with the Polished Pebbles Girls Mentoring Program and the opportunity to welcome such promising young Chicago women into our hotel each year for leadership experiences. Without question, it is one of the most rewarding aspects of our work in hospitality. We behold a bright future because of them.
– Anthony Beach, General Manager, SOPHY Hyde Park

“It has been a privilege over many years for Bloomingdale’s in Chicago to partner with Polished Pebbles and to invest in the future careers and success of these young women through job shadows and career mentoring with our employees.”
– Bruce Ford, HR Business Partner, Bloomingdale’s

EGCEO Book Testimonials

“I would like to say that it has been a pleasure using Kelly Fair’s book, Every Girl Is A CEO. When I first saw the book I knew immediately I wanted to use the book for my girl’s career group. The girls learned a lot about CEO’s and the definition. They were able to learn about famous people in more detail. The information and pictures are everything in the book. I would most definitely refer anyone to use the book. Thank you once again, it has been a pleasure.”

– Debra Anthony, Certified School Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor (St. Louis Public Schools, St. Louis, Missouri)

Student testimonials – what they learned from the book:

Antoinette, 5th Grade:
You have to be a responsible young lady, like Oprah, she runs a network on t.v. Because she believed in herself, and I believe you can accomplish something amazing too.

Ashauria, 5th Grade:
I remember the sports sisters Serena and Venus Williams, tennis players. Before the career girls group, I didn’t know the tennis players.

See Our Model


Inspired by the Every Girl Is A CEO Curriculum, Polished Pebbles developed the annual global career conference to impact girls and young women not only locally but nationally and globally. For the past three years Polished Pebbles has engaged over 300 girls and young women from across the Chicagoland area, states across the U.S., and different countries in Jamaica, South Africa, Kenya, and India. The conference includes four panels highlighting different career pathways from hospitality to STEM to sports management. Each year the conference features one Pink Hard Hat career panel to expose girls from around the world to careers in construction, manufacturing, engineering, or the trades.

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What Our Donors the World over Are Saying

I am excited to welcome the next generation of leaders into this exciting field. I hope they had a positive experience, hopefully this is the first step of many into a very bright future for each of them.

Schereina HortonSr. Workforce Development Specialist

Our group was very impressed with the mature and insightful questions these young ladies asked. I look forward to having them tour another property or construction site in the near future!

Drakia WilkinsDevelopment Manager

Investing in our youth and future leaders is how we at Pepper begin to transform tomorrow!

Ashlie StapletonDirector of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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