Elleanor Jean Hendley has worn many different hats in her professional life, but her most rewarding mission is that of mentor and advocate to adolescent girls.
For more than twenty-five years Ms. Hendley worked at CBS 3 TV in Philadelphia, PA. where she held several positions including eyewitness news education reporter, producer/host of City Lights, a weekend primetime magazine show, and director of public affairs. Previously she was a New Jersey public school social studies teacher, during which time she created an afterschool dance and charm club for adolescent girls.
In 1985 while working full-time in television news, Ms. Hendley founded Teenshop, Inc.® a nationally-recognized college preparatory and life skills nonprofit weekend program that prepares ‘girls with goals®’ for college and careers. Teenshop has five chapters in three states – California, New Jersey and Pennsylvania – and more than eight thousand girls have been enrolled, all of whom matriculate to college.
Teenshop, Inc. was the catalyst for Girls Achieve® School Day created in 2005 to offer curriculum-support and workshops to help girls face the challenges of growing up female. The Girls Achieve® brand has expanded to include the Girls Achieve® Activity Book and a line of consumer products.
Hendley has received numerous awards for excellence in broadcasting and community service. They include an Emmy Award, CBS 3 TV in Philadelphia, PA; Take the Lead Award, Girl Scouts of Southeastern Pennsylvania; Woman of Distinction, Philadelphia Business Journal; Most Influential African Americans, Philadelphia Tribune and the Philadelphia NAACP.
A graduate of Ohio’s Central State University, Ms. Hendley further studied at the Sorbonne in Paris, France. Active in community and civic affairs, she’s a member of the Forum of Executive Women, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, and The Links; Co-Founder of the Pennsylvania Coalition of 100 Black Women, and a Charter Member of the National Association of University Women of Suburban Philadelphia. Her hobbies and interests include jazz piano, doll collecting, and world traveling.
Elleanor Jean Hendley
Founder and CEO
Girls Achieve® is an education and lifestyles company empowering adolescent girls through school and camp programs and consumer products.