GoldieBlox and I have had some pretty incredible opportunities over the past couple of years: an ad in the Superbowl, a float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and speaking on-stage with Hillary Clinton about the importance of getting more girls into STEM.
I am so excited to finally tell you about another amazing opportunity I have the privilege of being a part of: today, I am being inducted as a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship! It is such an honor to join an extremely talented group that includes Tory Burch, Reid Hoffman, Rich Barton, and Alexa von Tobel, to promote and inspire entrepreneurship around the world.
PAGE is a group of businesspeople selected by the White House to help develop the next generation of entrepreneurs at home and abroad. As a member, I will act as a goodwill ambassador in discussions about how to create an environment where creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship can grow and thrive. I will also participate in outreach and mentorship activities to help promote start-up culture and inspire entrepreneurs.
Not surprisingly, my “signature initiative” will be [drumroll, please!]: GIRLS IN STEM! I probably don’t need to explain why I chose this, but I am so excited to bring this important topic to the world’s stage.
The fact is, with women making up less than 25% of STEM jobs, there is a massive gender imbalance in these fields that needs to be fixed. Tackling this gap has always been a passion for me (hence, the creation of GoldieBlox!), so I could not be more excited to expand my mission through the PAGE program.
Today I am at the White House meeting with the President, getting to know other PAGE members, and kicking-off what I know is going to be an amazing experience for me and GoldieBlox.
I think back to the days when I sat alone in my apartment with a GoldieBlox prototype wondering if anyone would ever believe in my vision, and it’s almost unreal to think of how far we’ve come. Never in my wildest dreams did I expect this incredible outpouring of love and support, and I am grateful everyday.
We have these audacious goals at GoldieBlox — like getting an ad in the Superbowl [done!] and getting Goldie on the moon [!] — and we get fired up about them, it’s what drives us everyday. What’s surprising is that you can actually reach them, and it’s the most incredible feeling when you do. You start to realize that nothing is impossible, and if there’s one thing I want to leave behind with our girls, it’s the belief that they can do anything.
Thank you all for your endless support – we wouldn’t be here without you!!