She’s an avid social entrepreneur. She has helped train and mentor thousands of girls worldwide. She has started an organization that is the only global organization that is run by girls, for girls. She has advised political leaders and corporate executives, co-authored a book and has been featured in many more. She has received national awards for her achievements from the Coca-Cola Company, Nestles Corporation, Taco Bell Foundation, Glamour Magazine, the U.S. Secretary of Education, and the President of United States.
And she’s only 19 years old.
Sejal Hathi is a change maker, and she believes that “as girls work together, they can solve some of the world’s intractable problems”. She calls it “the potential of the sisterhood of change makers”. Need some juice to get your social venture off the ground? Listen to this podcast and hear how Sejal, and her two friends at the ages of 15-16 years old, started an organization with no special resources, connections or capital and turned it into the only global organization that is run by girls, for girls. May 2011 be the year for you to make the impact you were born to make.
About my guest: Sejal Hathi is a 19-year-old sophomore at Yale University studying biology and international relations. An avid social entrepreneur, Sejal founded the international nonprofit Girls Helping Girls at age 15 and, as CEO, has since helped train and mentor thousands of girls worldwide to incubate entrepreneurial projects addressing global issues, in more than 20 countries.
Among several other projects, she has additionally worked as USA Ambassador for Ashoka’s Youth Venture, as a National Board of Directors member for Youth Service America and Girls for A Change, as a Youth Advisory Board member for State Farm Insurance, and as a founding and Steering Committee member of the World Bank’s Youth, Development, & Peace Network of North America. Also a published writer, Sejal co-authored her first book at age 16 and has contributed since to other books, several articles to journals and magazines. She has been invited to speak for and advise political leaders, corporate executives, and philanthropists from around the world; and has been recognized in a few books and by several major media outlets for her work, including Glamour Magazine, CNN, USA Today, Seventeen Magazine, ElleGirl magazine, ABC7, and the Boston Globe.
Sejal has additionally received national awards from Glamour Magazine, Pearson, the Coca-Cola Company, Nestle Corporation, National Merit Corporation, Taco Bell Foundation, Kohl’s Corporation, Discover Financial Services, the National Society of High School Scholars, the U.S. Secretary of Education, and the President of the United States for her academic as well as extracurricular achievements.
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