About Us

STGPB is a faith and leadership platform that provides personal and professional development to women. Through our local, national, and international relationships, we connect like-minded women who want to grow in their faith and make an impact in their communities. Our network of STGPB fosters solutions for leadership challenges, celebrates growth, and collaborates on important obstacles women are facing in today’s world.

Meet the Founder

Darla Harms

Darla Harms, President/CEO of Small Town Girls Play BIG (STGPB) and Owner of Darla Harms Leadership, earned a master’s degree in Leadership and Adult Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), and she worked in education, churches, and non-profits before dedicating her career to full-time leadership. Despite her past professional roles and growing up in a small town of 1,200 people, leadership, influence, and thinking bigger was always her core focus.

She knew her calling was to fully pursue leadership after stumbling across a 13-week leadership class. This focus group was centered around the book “Leadership Gold” written by John Maxwell, Founder of the John Maxwell Team, with six women in attendance. After attending the first session, Darla immediately signed up for the John Maxwell Team certification program and, that year, became a Certified Leadership Coach, Speaker, and Trainer and launched Darla Harms Leadership.

Darla has facilitated leadership programs such as group trainings, onsite development, coaching, workshops, keynote speaking, and executive retreats. Now, she has entered the next phase of her career through empowering “Small Town Girls” and continuing to build her leadership legacy.

We exist to equip women of faith to become leaders in their communities.

Small Town Girls Play Big is one of the only faith based leadership organizations for women in small towns and rural communities in the United States. Small Town Girls deserve every opportunity to become the leaders their communities, industries, and families need.

Our Mindset for Success

  • Expanding Connections
  • Exploring Opportunities
  • Life-long Learning
  • Nurturing Relationships
  • Thinking Bigger