Thursday, November 25, 2010

Sejal Hathi : Empower A Girl

Glamour Magazine recently held its 20th annual Women of the Year Awards. As part of the awards, Glamour honored 20 Amazing Young Women Who Are Already Changing the World.

Huffington Post profiled the 20 young women - just finished reading all of the profiles. I was particularly drawn to 19 year-old Yale sophomore Sejal Hathi who founded Girls Helping Girls, an international NGO, to empower all girls to create innovative social change. She's amazing!!

Here are some highlights from her Huffington Post interview:

What are you doing to change the world? Training and mobilizing thousands of girls in several countries to incubate and sustain their own ventures.

What is a quotation or message that drives you? “By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.” –Franz Kafka

What would you say was the "coolest" moment in your life thus far? Spending a week in 2008 at the We Are Family Foundation’s Three Dot Dash peace summit, with 29 other amazing, global young changemakers.

If someone gave you a million dollars to benefit your cause (or your research, your company, etc.) what would you use it for? To launch a global social venture incubator, funding, and mentorship model just for women.

Who do you think should win a Glamour WOTY Award next year? Jacqueline Novogratz of the Acumen Fund.

What advice would you give to our college women readers? Never give up on your dreams—life is too short to stop believing in your boundless potential to achieve greatness.

I just discovered that Sejal is an Ashoka ambassador, and she spoke at TEDxTeen earlier this year:

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