“We will have world peace when women are the leaders.” -Daisaku Ikeda
Prancing Ponies Foundation’s mission is ‘Creating Women Leaders One Girl at a Time’.
We are committed to using innovative methods of delivery to effectively teach leadership skills and competencies that increase self-esteem, self-confidence, and critical thinking in girls. We are committed to creating a world inclusive of women in all levels of leadership within the engineering and automotive industries.
Prancing Ponies Foundation will teach leadership skills to 1000 girls worldwide by 2020. Creating a community of future women leaders that receive lifelong support from Prancing Ponies Foundation and who give back to their community by mentoring and supporting their younger Prancing Sisters.
In 2005, there were a total of 21,275 females awarded bachelor degrees in engineering but only 937 were African American, 2,225 were Hispanic, and 3,106 were Asian. The Prancing Ponies Leadership-Abroad and Online Leadership Academy seeks to bring value to high school girls and aspiring engineers by supplementing their education with knowledge and skills to enable them to pursue leadership roles within their future companies and industries. (Yoder, Brian; Engineering by the Numbers, www.asee.org)
WHY IS WOMEN LEADERSHIP SO IMPORTANT NOW?
“We will not accept a world where decisions about our future are made in rooms girls cannot enter.” -Malala
In today’s corporate, educational, and political institutions, it’s clear we need more women leaders now more than ever to provide a more balanced perspective along with compassion and critical thinking to our most influential institutions. Recently, we’ve seen an extreme example of the need for more women leaders when national decisions about US healthcare was made in a room that contained no women. Women are also still dealing with the pay gap in most Western countries and access to basic education in other parts of the world.
Prancing Ponies Foundation is committed to teaching girls how to lead themselves before they lead others with basic leadership skills like time management, managing a budget/investments, doing presentations, selling business ideas, and gaining international work experience while providing them mentoring and various assignments to personalize their learning experience abroad.
Prancing Ponies Foundation provides young girls an opportunity to understand what authentic leadership requires and learn skills necessary to critically think and make good decisions which will result in future leadership roles in college and their careers. Once in Leadership positions, they can begin to sustainably address current social inequities Women experience every day. We strategically select college bound high school girls from low income communities to engage their openness to new experiences. It’s during this time that if girls come to believe they can be Leaders and are provided the necessary skills and information – they will more than likely, become Leaders.
We are prepared to do whatever it takes to accomplish our mission of Creating Women Leaders One Girl at a Time.
“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” -Albert Einstein
The idea for the Foundation stems from an experience in San Francisco where I was at a stop sign next to a bus stop watching 3 teenage girls and reminiscing about my own experience as a teenager. The girls suddenly grew silent and I noticed they were looking at me. One of the girls said ‘Miss, I like your car’ and without knowing where this came from I said ‘I expect you to get one too’. Our eyes locked and I’ll never forget her little face as she slowly nodded in agreement. I knew in that moment there was a real connection made with her and that I could use my Ferrari to inspire young girls. It’s a dream to be able to combine my passion for helping teenage girls become leaders and driving my Ferrari – actually I’ve come to realize it’s my life’s purpose. My first experience living abroad changed my life forever when I moved to Monaco to obtain my MBA in Entrepreneurship in 2007. My resulting success through hard work combined with my international business experience, culminated in my becoming the first employee of a startup biotech. I then purchased my first Ferrari and the concept for the Prancing Ponies Foundation and its fundraisers the Prancing Ponies Rally and Prancing Ponies Car Show was born.
To learn more about our Leadership-Abroad Academy click here or our Prancing Ponies Online Academy click here.
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