our Mission


Between childhood and womanhood, girls encounter a phenomenon known as "losing voice," according to studies published by Harvard University.

74% of 12 year olds surveyed by Girl Scouts of America list "improving the world around me" as one of their favorite activities, but a lack of confidence holds them back from taking leadership in the areas of change they care most about. Only 1/3 of middle-school girls today believe they can be a leader.

Every girl has the potential to create her own change. She just needs the right tools and inspiration.


That's where we come in. Girls Driving for a Difference, founded in October of 2014, is a team of young women from Stanford University designing and teaching workshops that empower girls to become leaders of social change.

What's the key? Design thinking: a creative problem-solving tool that helps girls explore their passions and think outside the box about their abilities to change the world.

THE Workshop


Since 2014, we've been coaching 2-hour-long design thinking and leadership workshops called "Find Your Drive," geared towards empowering middle school girls to become leaders of social change.

We created the workshop as students at Stanford University, inspired by the Stanford d.school's renowned design thinking methods. Our workshops have been featured in Fast Company and endorsed by IDEO, Lean In, the Center for Creative Leadership, and more.

Our workshop makes a difference.


During our workshop, girls come together to identify their unique strengths, discover their leadership style, and reframe problems in the world as opportunities. It gives girls the opportunity to bond, cheer on each other's goals, and learn more about what really matters to them. Girls graduate from the workshop with their own personal mission statement for creating change.

Today, this workshop reaches girls across the US and in Italy, South Africa, Australia, and the UK. Many girls are using what they've learned to start creative, social good projects at their schools.

I usually teach girls how to code, but I’ve realized girls don’t want to learn programming “just because”... they want to use the technology to do something. The GDD workshop helped us ask girls, “What kind of problem do you want to solve?” And now the girls have a reason to keep coding.
— Gigi Read, Director of Chrysalis Girls Camp