Do Well to Do Good / The Giving Pledge Summit

So inspired by Malala’s speech at the Giving Pledge Summit, and excited to hear an update on the girls’ school the Sara Blakely Foundation sponsored to build – 300 girls have already registered to attend when it opens this fall!

“Ever since I was a little girl, I knew I wanted to help women. I never imagined it would have started with their butts, but as it turns out, that was a great place to start!”

– Sara Blakely

I just returned from the Giving Pledge Summit – and am blown away at what kind of world-changing things are happening. From Jeff Skoll, who is using his platform to create Academy Award winning films that shed a light on social issues – in particular one near and dear to my heart: girls education – to Bill and Melinda gates who are about to eradicate polio on the planet.

I joined theGiving Pledge in 2013 in order to learn from these other philanthropists who are further in the journey than I am, and also to raise the bar even higher on empowering women. My life is an evangelist for women…

WOMEN

I want women to be taken more seriously on the planet, and to be more valued. That’s why I wake up every day and continue to push myself to keep going – I’m scared of almost everything I do, but I don’t take lightly that how I live my life as a woman may have a ripple effect for women around the world.

I believe that we would all be in a much better place if half the human race (women) were empowered to prosper, invent, be educated, start their own businesses, run for office—essentially be given the chance to soar!