Noelle George is a secular activist who grew up in Seattle and studied chemical engineering at the University of Washington. She didn’t become passionate about secular activism until she moved to Houston, TX in 2004 and was often asked, “Where do you go to church?” Noelle moved to Houston to work for a Fortune 500 company as a project manager and started volunteering for secular activist causes in 2008. Noelle has worked with multiple national secular organizations and founded two nonprofit organizations, and has traveled around the country consulting with local secular groups on the topics of volunteering, leadership, and organizational skills.
Noelle is the Executive Director of Foundation Beyond Belief (FBB), whose mission is to unite humanist in charitable and volunteer efforts and to advocate for compassionate action around the world. When she became involved in national secular activism in 2008, she noticed a lot of lecture-type and social bar events and started advocating for more diverse gatherings like community service projects and family-friendly meetups. To that end, she founded a secular volunteering charity in 2009, but in 2011 merged it with FBB to create the volunteer network that is now the Beyond Belief Network (BBN). Since then, Noelle has held many different roles in the organization, both volunteer and as staff. Noelle still lives in Houston (except for 2.5 years spent in South Korea) with her husband and young daughter, two cats, and one dog.
Subtopics: Atheist/secular movement, Coming out atheist, Community group organizing, Event planning, LGBTQ issues, Mental illness, Starting a group, Women & gender
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