Carla Alpert And Diane Prefontaine Founders, PROUDgirls

Prior to starting, CARLA ALPERT (right) enjoyed a career in Advertising and Marketing for over 25 years. She was Art Director of the Trade and Marketing Division of Scholastic Inc., before launching her own design firm in April 1999. She still owns and operates Carla Alpert Design whose client list includes NBC, Scholastic, and Penguin Putnam to name a few.

DIANE PREFONTAINE (left) began her career in Advertising in 1986. Her vast experience in media buying stems from the agencies she has represented over the years. In 1990, Diane was promoted to Vice-President, Broadcast Supervisor at Lowe and Partners/SMS where she managed the local broadcast account for Mercedes-Benz Dealer Groups across the country, as well as various other well known brands. In January 2000, she founded Preferred Media, Inc., which continues to service a number of clients in the New York area.

Carla and Diane worked on various campaigns together before pursuing their passion to change the lives of girls and women nationwide. It was in March 2007, with their combined years of experience in marketing, that they formed PROUDgirls. They don't claim to be experts, just real women with real experience who have realized the importance and impact giving back has on your own personal self-esteem. They wake up each day in gratitude for the unique gifts they possess rather than focusing on what they think they are lacking, and they are sharing this philosophy with girls and women everywhere.

Words They Live By:
"Life mirrors every thought."
"Embrace the wonderful qualities we each possess, live in gratitude and make a difference in the world around you."

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