What is the Girls Innovate! Teen Committee?

The Girls Innovate! Teen Committee is a committee made up of girls (age 12 and up) interested in developing their visionary leadership by making an impact through the Girls Innovate! organization for the community at large.

Teen Committee members:

  • Are girls with high potential for leadership in the organization through their 1) interest in Girls Innovate! mission and programs; 2) participation as volunteers and high-level contributors; and 3) capacity for entrepreneurship and innovation.
  • Will help organize and lead workshops and events that bring the community together, as well as incubate innovative social impact projects that serve the community at-large.
  • Join via an application and participatory process. We will review your application as well as your perspective on visionary leaders, workshops and events, and your willingness to contribute as a volunteer.
  • Meet once a month at Teen Committee meetings.
  • Are expected to attend at least one workshop/event per month, in addition to the Teen Committee meetings.

Members of the Teen Committee:

  • Provide wisdom and input to Girls Innovate! community.
  • Organize and lead workshops, projects and events.
  • Benefit from insight of committee with the help of mentors for girls.
  • Inspire other young women to become independent innovators with training from mentors and the committee.
  • Meet others your age who are also passionate about making an impact.
  • Gain networks and connections through speakers and committee members.
  • Help make ideas a reality by taking action and initiative through a whole-team effort.
  • Lead innovative social and entrepreneurial impact projects.
  • Learn valuable skills for visionary leadership.
Joining the Teen Committee

We will be accepting applications for the term beginning September 1, 2014 through August 31, 2015 starting in mid-July. The process starts with you visiting one of the our Teen Committee meetings. Following that, we ask that you submit an application. The current year’s application looks like this.

For the summer, we are meeting via Google Hangout. The dates for the meetings are as follows: July 13, July 27, August 10. The calls are on Sundays from 8:30-9:30pm. To join us for one of our calls, please contact us

Meet the Teen Committee Members!
By row (back to front): Langley Topper, Lydia Sun, Emma O’Hara, Jordana Siegel, Sonia Salunke, Erica Wang, Serena Wang, Ishika Narain, Cathy Zhang, Grace Chen, Sapna Desai, Celina Chow, Bridget Li, Mica Wang, Elinor Kry. (Not pictured: Arushi Agarwal, Anika Bagga, Sanjana Shah)

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ARUSHI AGARWAL (9th grade)

"Girls Innovate will help me to voice my ideas and to implement them to make a difference in society."

Arushi plays the flute, enjoys reading, and doing community service.
ANIKA BAGGA (8th grade)

“Visionary leaders are inspiring, action-oriented people filled with grit. Through Girls Innovate!, I hope learn, lead, and provide knowledge and education to the ones who need it most.”

Anika is passionate about dance and art. Along with that, she volunteers at her dentists office and is embedded in the Red Cross, Silicon Valley volunteer connection program.
CELINA CHOW (10th grade)

"One of the leaders I especially admire is Gandhi because he was a quiet person, like me, who still managed to create a drastic impact and become a leader despite his shy personality."

Celina does volunteer work at her high school, plays piano and ukelele, is an active girl scout and enjoys playing badminton.
SAPNA DESAI (8th grade)

"Many people can be a visionary and dream up great visions of the future. A visionary leader has the will and commitment to bring it to the world."

Sapna plays basketball, golf, taekwondo, and piano, and she is interested in robotics.
BRIDGET LI (7th grade)

On being visionary: "It means that you do what's best for the people that support you. If your ideas aren't popular, you still keep going."

Bridget is involved in her school math club and yearbook. She plays the flute, takes Chinese lessons, and plays basketball.
ISHIKA NARAIN (9th grade)

"Someone who is innovative thinks outside the box and has unique ideas. They should also be able to make their ideas real... they should not be afraid to express their ideas."

Ishika is on her school's robotic team and is an active girl scout, having recently earned her Girl Scouts Silver Award. She is especially interested in getting girls interested in technology.
EMMA O'HARA (10th grade)

"Collaboration is one of the most powerful things in this world, and I really do believe the Teen Committee harnesses that power."

Emma runs cross country and track and is involved in her school's Gay Straight Alliance Club. She also is a girl scout, working on her Gold Award, the highest award in scouting.
SONIA SALUNKE (9th grade)

"I think there is a leader within everyone, while some choose to express it more freely there are leadership characteristics hiding within the others."

Sonia is a major in Applied Math Science and Engineering, and a minor in visual arts at her school. She tutors in 4 subjects at school, is the president of the Green Energy Solutions Club, and an officer at the school's business management club. She also is active in her neighborhood and as a Girl Scout.
JORDANA SIEGEL (10th grade)

"I hope to break out of my comfort zone through Girls Innovate and to be given a safe outlet to try new things where failure is accepted and even encouraged."

Jordana runs cross country and plays lacrosse. She is part of Nordstrom's Teen Fashion Board to represent teen fashion interests and is on the advisory board of a startup that is creating a forum for teen girls to help each other. Jordana is also on the Palo Alto government's Youth Council and is a member of the Jewish Teen Foundation.
SANJANA SHAH (7th grade)

"Leadership is a capacity to translate vision into reality - Warren Bennis. The Teen Committee at Girls Innovate! provides me an excellent platform to enhance my leadership skills, and help the team make an impact in inspiring girls to join STEM fields."

Sanjana is in Student Council of her school. She is a competitive swimmer and likes to participate in speech, debate, math and science tournaments.
LYDIA SUN (11th grade)

“A leader directs a path for others, but also is not afraid to let his or her followers find their own."

Lydia runs cross country and track, and likes to read and make videos in her spare time. Her videography has carried over into school and work, where she creates community service videos and is part of her school district's TV Team.
LANGLEY TOPPER (10th grade)

"I admire Rebecca Van Dyck, the head of consumer marketing at Facebook. Brenda Villa is also a role model for me. A girl from a low socioeconomic area of LA, Brenda is a Stanford graduate, 4-time Olympic water polo player and currently teaching children from low-income areas of Menlo Park to swim.

Langley plays water polo and lacrosse and participates in her school's theatre department and debate team. She also is an active Girl Scout, working on her Gold Award.
ERICA WANG (8th grade)

"I think being a visionary leader means to look into the future... they do not let events in the past slow them down and always learn from their mistakes."

Erica is in the school's math and electric car club. She also plays the piano and studies essay writing.
SERENA WANG (8th grade)

I want to... "learn how to interview people"... An innovator is... "someone who tries and learns something they haven't learned before"... A leader I admire is "JFK".

Serena runs cross country and track and field and she is leader of her school's Minecraft club.
CATHY ZHANG (8th grade)

"As one of three selected representatives of my school, I had a great experience attending American Association of University Women Tech Trek at Stanford this summer. Through this camp, I was further inspired to continue a learning path in STEM."

Cathy does mixed martial arts, piano, flute, computer programming, and participates in math and science competitions.