Billie Scheepers / 07.12.2015

Maria Eitel, born in Everett, Washington, is the founding CEO and President of the Nike Foundation where she works to unleash the girl effect, the powerful social and economic change brought about when girls have opportunity. Previously at NIKE, Inc, she worked as their first Vice Presdident of Corporate Responsibility.  With multiple degrees under her belt including a Masters in Economics at Georgetown and a Business degree at Stanford, Eitel has also worked in posts at The White House and Microsoft.  Early in her career, she was a reporter and producer in commercial and public broadcasting.

“I knew I had to do something about adolescent girls because when I looked around, they weren’t able to live their enormous potential and at the same time, they were this incredible force for change and strength on the planet. ”

Maria Eitel

“Success comes from having a clear vision of what you are setting out to do — coupled with plain old hard work — and a dose of courage. ”

Maria Eitel

“I’m inspired by human authenticity -- when a person does something real, knowing nobody is watching. ”

Maria Eitel

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