HOW IT STARTED
Girls Driving for a Difference (GDD) is an organization empowering young women to become the leaders and social change-makers of tomorrow through design thinking. I started GDD as a student at Stanford, with three amazing colleagues who have become some of my closest friends. Today, we continue to work on GDD outside of our full-time jobs.
Drawing inspiration from the Stanford d.school's design methodology, we created a design thinking & girls leadership workshop curriculum focused on the needs of young girls, and began coaching workshops for students throughout the Bay Area.
Over the summer of 2015, we then road-tripped across the country for 14 weeks in an RV, coaching our workshops for more than 1200 women from diverse communities across 30 states.
After our national tour, I devoted my senior capstone project in Stanford's Product Design program to translate our workshop into the Teaching Toolkit—a physical "workshop in a box" that enables educators, organizations, and individuals to bring our workshop to communities of their own.