Girls Deserve to See Themselves as Heroes: Kudos to GoldieBlox

I first met Debra Sterling, founder of GoldieBlox, when she spoke at the Women Entrepreneurs Festival in New York City a few years ago. Her vision of a toy company for girls that fostered engineering concepts inspired me then, and her continued push to bring new role models and break down stereotypes continues to inspire.Continue reading “Girls Deserve to See Themselves as Heroes: Kudos to GoldieBlox”

5 Things I’d Like to Tell My 7th-Grade Self

  I recently was invited to keynote at a Microsoft Digigirlz Camp in Albuquerque, New Mexico. And while I was very honored to keynote the event, I struggled a bit with what to say. I kept thinking back to what I was like in 7th or 8th grade and wondered what that girl would have wanted toContinue reading “5 Things I’d Like to Tell My 7th-Grade Self”

Addressing the Downside of Civic Hacking: Creating A Financially Sustainable Model

One of the best known civic mobile app contests is the NYC BigApps Challenge. The competition has attracted hundreds of teams from around the world, all vying for high dollar prizes and the promise of a coveted contract with the City of New York. Since the contest’s inception five years ago, hundreds of apps have beenContinue reading “Addressing the Downside of Civic Hacking: Creating A Financially Sustainable Model”

When Did Princess Become a Bad Word?

What is it actually that we want to teach our daughters? For me it is this: be brave enough to embrace and develop your entire self. Until we are okay teaching our daughters that, we’ll perpetuate women having to leave a large portion of their true selves at the door every day at the office.