Girls Inc. to Honor Women Who Dare Awardees at Virtual Event

Girls Inc. of the Island City Girls Inc. of the Island City selected three women with strong achievements as its Women Who Dare awardees.

Girls Inc. to Honor Women Who Dare Awardees at Virtual Event

Girls Inc. of the Island City (GIIC) will hold its 23rd Annual Women Who Dare celebration virtually Thursday, May 17 at 6 p.m. The event will be broadcast on YouTube Live.

GIIC will honor three Women Who Dare awardees at the event who displayed strength, intelligence and are powerful role models for young girls. The awardees are education advocate Dr. Ardella Dailey, San Francisco Giants assistant coach Alyssa Nakken and Alameda High School senior Anika Miller.

Dailey is currently an assistant professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership in the College of Educations and Allied Studies at California State University East Bay. She worked in education for more than 30 years in K-12 public school districts including a stint as superintendent of Alameda Unified School District (AUSD). She retired from AUSD in 2009.

Nakken is the first woman ever to coach in Major League Baseball. She began her career with the Giants in 2014 as a baseball operations intern for the 2014 World Series Champions. Nakken played first base for Sacramento State and is a three-time all-conference selection, four-time Academic All American and the 2012 conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Miller is an honor student with a 4.0 GPA. Miller joined Girls Inc. of the Island City (GIIC) in eighth grade through the Eureka! Program. In the five years Miller has been attending GIIC, Miller also participated in other empowering programs including Passport to Success and Ethical Fashion Show. Miller serves as President of the Alameda High Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA) and as Student Co-Chair of AUSD’s LGBTQ+ Roundtable.

All three awardees will speak at the event. GIIC members, parents, alumnae, and members of the GIIC Board will also speak at the event.

The winner of the grand raffle prize will be announced at the event. The prize is a stay at the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa. Tickets must be received in the GIIC office no later than Wednesday, March 16 at 1:00 p.m. Also, people can make bids on the GIIC silent auction prizes. Silent auction items include an autographed Klay Thompson Golden State Warriors jersey, a seven-night stay at the Five-Star Los Establos Boutique Inn in the Panama Rain Forest and much more. Proceeds will benefit GIIC programs. To submit bids for the silent auction, visit

The Women Who Dare virtual celebration is free. No YouTube account is necessary. To watch the event, visit at 6 p.m. on March 17.