Playful Design to Empower Girls

Filmed on December 12, 2019 in San Francisco

Katie Kirsch of Girl Possible at our "Community Talks & Holiday Party" series.

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Katie Kirsch
Designer at IDEO / Co-Founder at Girl Possible

Katie Kirsch is a designer and non-profit founder focused on empowering girls.

As a designer in IDEO’s Play Lab, Katie leverages play to develop engaging programs and experiences, break down taboos, and bring people together.

Outside IDEO, Katie is the co-founder of Girl Possible—a non-profit empowering girls to become leaders of social change through design thinking. Girl Possible first began at the Stanford d.school as a Kickstarter-funded road-trip, where Katie and her team spent 14 weeks driving across the US in an RV, teaching design thinking & leadership workshops for 1500 girls across 32 states. Today, Girl Possible’s teaching toolkits can be found in the hands of 200 educators and organizations across 15 countries. In 2018, the team received a $16k grant to launch Camp Girl Possible, a superhero-themed camp for girls that encourages risk-taking, teamwork, and leadership through design thinking.

Now, Katie is launching 2020 for Girls—a global, year-long initiative for empowering girls through design. Starting in January 2020, Katie will spend 12 months researching the challenges girls face in the reproductive health sector; collaborating with locally-based organizations in Africa, India, and the Philippines to help build upon their work; and exploring ways we might further empower girls and break down taboos through design.

Katie earned her BS in Product Design Engineering from Stanford and loves to host dinner parties, practice yoga, and learn about people’s passions and stories.