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Design Thinking & Leadership Workshop for Girls (Hosted by the DMBA at CCA...

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California College of the Arts

1111 8th Street

San Francisco, CA 94107

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10am-12pm: Find Your Drive workshop

12-12:30pm: Lunch Break

12:30-2:30pm: Make Your Mark workshop

We believe every girl has the potential to become a leader and create her own change. She just needs the right tools and inspiration.

That's why we founded Girls Driving for a Difference: an organization empowering girls to become leaders of social change through design thinking. We first started teaching our design & leadership workshops for girls in 2014, as a team of students at Stanford University. During the summer of 2015, we road-tripped across the US in an RV for 14 weeks, coaching workshops for more than 1200 girls across 32 states. Today, our teaching materials can be found in the hands of schools, organizations, and passionate people around the world.

What kind of change do you want to create in the world, and how can you begin to achieve this dream today?

This is the question we ask every girl at the start of our workshop, "Find Your Drive." During this session, we help girls:

  • identify their unique strengths

  • discover their leadership style and abilities

  • reframe problems in the world as opportunities

Girls are able to bond, laugh, and be silly, while also learning more about what really matters to them. Each girl graduates from the workshop with their own personal mission statement for improving the world around them.

In the second workshop, "Make Your Mark," we help girls turn their mission statements into reality, as they:

  • form teams

  • brainstorm ideas for creating change

  • use fun arts & crafts supplies (like modeling clay and pipe cleaners) to create physical prototypes of their favorite solutions

Each girl graduates from the workshop with a prototype and action plan they can use with their team to carry their ideas into the real world.

Meet the Team

Katie Kirsch (Co-Founder of G.D.D.) is a designer, entrepreneur, and marketer. She works at IDEO, a global design company, and her passion is designing products, programs, and experiences that help people build creative confidence, unlock their leadership potential, and craft purpose-driven lives and careers. Katie earned her BS in Product Design Engineering at Stanford University.

Joyce Pedersen (Event Co-Host) is a strategist who’s led project teams within digital innovation to build new products and experiences (messaging, SMS, chat) for consumer engagement in healthcare. She is passionate about the intersection of design, technology, and business. Joyce brings over 15 years of strategy and program management experience within start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. Currently, she is pursuing a Design MBA at California College of the Arts. Outside of re-imagining new experiences, she may be found looking through a camera lens, biking down the Pacific Coast, or leading a sunrise run to the magical place in Marin referred to as yoga plateau.

Jaclyn Dab (Event Co-Host) is a business and design strategist who is passionate about customer-centered design and identifying the intersection between customer and business needs to inform value creating strategy and innovation. She is currently completing her MBA with a focus in Design Strategy at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, where she chairs several committees and co-founded the Women in Leadership group. She practiced architecture for ten years prior to her studies, and has most recently worked at a large tech company where she developed and managed product marketing strategies that leverage game-based marketing tactics and personalization to strengthen trial user engagement and increase conversion rates.


Are there any age requirements for the event?

Our workshops are geared towards middle-school girls, but we welcome freshmen and sophomores in high school as well.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

There is 4-hour street parking closeby to CCA San Francisco. Learn more on the CCA website.

Do girls need to stay for the full event? What if girls need to leave early, or can only come for the second half of the event?

We highly recommend that girls stay for the full event, since the workshops are very different from each other and are most interesting for girls when they're taught back-to-back. If girls can only come for the first half of the event, please let us know in advance. If girls can only come for the second half, please have them arrive at least 15 minutes early (around 12:15pm) so that we can catch them up on the material they missed in the first half.

Will lunch be included?

Snacks will be provided for girls, but for lunch, we recommend that girls bring bag lunches or sandwiches from home.

Do girls need to bring anything to the event?


Can I sit in on the event or volunteer?

Sure! Please let us know in advance if you'd like to join as a volunteer or sit on the sidelines.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Email Katie Kirsch at hello@girlsdrivingforadifference.com if you have any questions. Thank you!

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