Elizabeth Paulson, JA Girl$ Director, Junior Achievement of North Florida

Elizabeth Paulson is the JA Girl$ Program Director for Junior Achievement of North Florida.  Elizabeth’s purpose in life is to inspire change and empower women. In 2006 and with over 32 years of gender specific study, education and experience, she was hired to create and implement JA Girl$. JA Girl$ teaches girls about money, career readiness and entrepreneurship. Since the program’s inception, JA Girl$ has served more than 13,000 girls in Northeast Florida and been requested for replication in 25 states and five countries including Africa, Ireland and Arabia.

Elizabeth has been nominated three times for Pioneer of the Year by Women Business Owners of North Florida. She was nominated for the School of Business Leadership Award at the University of Phoenix, profiled in the Florida Times Union column “One of Us” and based on her passion to volunteer, is a recipient of the 2011 Serve it Forward Scholarship.  Elizabeth has been presented with six JA of the USA Summit Awards, has been nominated Small Business Leader of the Year by the Jacksonville Chamber Professional Women’s Council and in 2008 was awarded a $25,000 MetLife Foundation Entrepreneurial Award for work in creating JA Girl$.

Elizabeth relocated to Jacksonville from Minnesota in 1999. She holds a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor’s in Recreation and Women Studies. She is an active member of Bright Holidays, Voices for Florida Girls and serves on the steering committees for Generation W and Generation WOW.  She is a lifetime member of Delta Mu Delta Honor Society, Powerful You and Girl Scouts of the USA.  Elizabeth travels often and lives at the beach where she spends as much time as possible outside, gardening, walking with friends and biking.