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Guest Speaker At Girls In Technology Graduation

Updated: Oct 27, 2018

I was honored to be asked to give a speech at the Girls in Technology Mentor Protégé Program graduation ceremony. This opportunity was made possible by Curlis Phillip, who served as the Chair of the Women in Technology Girls in Technology (GIT) Committee and Whitney Vickrey, GIT’s Mentor Protégé Program Chair for Northern Virginia.

Curlis Phillip is a Senior Product Marketing Manager at Verisign and an advocate for diversity in STEM. She served as the Chair of the Women in Technology, GIT Committee and oversaw six STEM programs that reached over 750 middle and high school girls in the D.C. metro area.

Ms. Phillip introduced me to Whitney Vickrey, who invited me to speak about my somewhat unusual belief that Disney princesses serve as great role models for young women. The Girls in Technology mentor protégé program is designed to help young women, with an interest in STEM, explore career opportunities in these fields through hands-on experiences and coaching from mentors.

I gave my speech at the graduation ceremony and was nervous to share my passion for Disney princesses with a group of students my age. I was worried that I would be dismissed or judged for my slightly peculiar perspective. At the same time, it was exciting to share my point of view on the strong characteristics of Disney princesses as something young girls can look up to.

I spoke about each of the famous Disney princesses and about the qualities that each possess such as bravery, curiosity, kindness and passion. I wanted to convince the people in front of me that Disney princesses are feminists, just as they are.

I couldn’t help but smile when I talked about each new princess because I feel a fire ignite within me when I discuss this topic. Disney princesses have always been my own role models, and I am so thankful to have had another opportunity to share my passion and beliefs.

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