Design Thinking & Leadership Workshop for Girls
10am-12pm: Find Your Drive workshop
12-1pm: Lunch and Wrap-Up
We believe every girl has the potential to become a leader and create her own change. She just needs the right tools and inspiration.
That's why we founded Girl Possible: a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization empowering girls to become leaders of social change through design thinking. We first started teaching our design & leadership workshops for girls in 2014, as a team of students at Stanford University. During the summer of 2015, we road-tripped across the US in an RV for 14 weeks, coaching workshops for more than 1200 girls across 32 states. Last summer, we ran our first superhero-themed summer camp for 50 girls. Today, our teaching materials can be found in the hands of schools, organizations, and passionate people in 15 countries around the world.
What kind of change do you want to create in the world, and how can you begin to achieve this dream today?
This is the question we ask every girl at the start of our workshop, "Find Your Drive." During this session, we help girls:
identify their unique strengths
discover their leadership style and abilities
reframe problems in the world as opportunities
Girls are able to bond, laugh, and be silly, while also learning more about what really matters to them. Each girl graduates from the workshop with their own personal mission statement for improving the world around them.
Meet the Facilitators
Katie Kirsch is a designer filled with ideas and energy. She grew up in a feminist Bay Area household, spent 7 years at an all-girls school, and came to Stanford looking for a creative way to impact girls—and found her answer in a room filled with post-its at the d.school. Today, Katie is putting her Product Design Engineering degree to work as part of IDEO’s “Design for Play” team—which is fitting, since she’s always believed that “work” can be incredibly fun. Katie loves traveling, learning new languages, dancing in public, standing on her head, and being wrong. She is also still watching Grey's Anatomy, 15 seasons later.
Natalya Thakur is passionate about the intersection of financial inclusion, innovation and female empowerment. Her superpowers include empathy for others, incorporating humor into learning and designing curriculum. She is currently pursuing her MBA at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and MPP at the Harvard Kennedy School. Prior to school she worked at BlackRock, hosted leadership workshops for women and helped launch Stanford's financial literacy program. Natalya enjoys golfing and watching improv, but more importantly, loves being a part of the GP team, exploring new ways to connect with girls and applying design thinking to social change.
Rachel H. Chung grew up as a competitive classical concert pianist, igniting her desire to lead a creative professional life and to help others find their most creative, out-of-the-box voices. While studying at Stanford, she researched design cognition and started 2 companies, one of which is Girl Possible. After graduating, Rachel’s work has brought her to New York, Berlin, and back to San Francisco, where she consulted for established brands and growing startups and nonprofits on innovation strategy. Currently, Rachel is a product designer and strategist at AngelList’s Venture team, connecting capital with startups.
Are there any age requirements for the event?
Our workshops are geared towards girls ages 11-15.
Where should I park?
We recommend parking at Tresidder Parking Lot at Stanford University. Our workshop space at the d.school is a sunny 5-10min walk from the parking lot. You'll pass a Starbucks and food court area on your way there, and when you get to the d.school, we'll have a sign to guide you. If you get lost, call / text our team at (650) 804-4141.
Will lunch be included?
Snacks will be provided, but for lunch, girls should bring a bag lunch.
Can I sit in on the event or volunteer?
We do have a few spots available for volunteers. Please email us at email@example.com if you would be interested!
Note: If the cost of this workshop is at all prohibitive for you, please email our team, as we do have scholarships available. Thank you!