When I first heard about the opportunity for my daughter, Phelicia,
to participate in a design workshop at SAP, I was immediately interested. I
know what a tremendous value these opportunities are to girls at a young age
and I was appreciative of the chance to involve my daughter.
What I didn’t know, was that the “driving” force behind this
amazing opportunity was an initiative called Girls Driving for a Difference
(GDD) involving a team of four female Stanford students who are traveling
across America to teach design thinking to middle school girls. The goal of GDD
is to encourage middle school girls to become leaders of social change.
With sponsors like SAP, GDD is heading out across the
country this summer to host workshops just like the one my daughter was
fortunate enough to attend at the SAP Palo Alto campus.
As a result of this workshop, Phelicia had the opportunity
to learn about her strengths as a leader and she was surprised by what she
learned. With initial self-reflection she felt more confident swimming, but
found out that her leadership strengths lie in passion of photography.
Phelicia was also able to communicate her passions and
strengths in photography and social boldness during the workshop. With
photography, she loves that it gives her the ability to showcase images in a
different way than what we see right in front of us . It was great that the GDD team was able to
help Phelicia tap into this interest and also assist her in communicating her
concern about the air quality around her. By taking pictures of skies with smog
and sharing them with her community, for example, she can increase awareness of
the air quality problems in our community and help solve this problem. Phelicia never realized she could use her
passions to make an impactful change to something like that. And now, it is her
mission to do so and my mission to help her on this journey.
At the end of the GDD workshop, Phelicia felt proud of the
mission statement she created: “Using my strengths in photography and social
boldness, I’m driving for a difference where we’ll have a better chance
cleaning the air around us.”
By encouraging her to take more pictures and helping her
share them with the world, I know I can help my daughter solve the problem of
air pollution that she is passionate about. I share her pride in this mission
and am excited to be right by her side as she works to achieve this goal.
I am so thankful that the SAPsv team has brought these
incredible opportunities to not only the employees of SAP in the Silicon
Valley, but also to our families. I am looking forward to participating in
additional SAPsv opportunities in the future.