Prancing Ponies Foundation
Founder & Executive Director
August 2015 — Present
Our goal is to ‘Create Women Leaders One Girl at a Time’. We accomplish this goal by sending high school graduating girls abroad for the summer to teach them leadership skills while they volunteer at an international company. We designed our program based on the belief that you have to know how to lead yourself before you can lead others and the best leaders have high self-esteem and self-confidence. I’m sure you’ll agree that international travel changed your life and this is the same opportunity we are offering these young scholars. This year we sent our first cohort of 4 girls to Paris, France for our 7-week Leadership-Abroad Academy. Next year our goal is to send 8 girls to Italy.
More information about our Academy graduates can be located here: https://prancingponies.com/the-foundation/leadership-abroad-class-2017/
The idea for the Prancing Ponies Foundation and its fundraising Rally, and Car Show stems from an experience in San Francisco where I was at a stop sign next to a bus stop watching 3 teenage girls ‘be 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 but 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.
All funds raised support our purpose of 'Creating Women Leaders One Girl at a Time'!