Today’s sociopolitical climate has inspired many to create positive change in their communities. In our third Salon Series conversation, we turned our attention towards the women creating change through their work at prominent San Francisco non-profit organizations. Our panelists for the evening were Carolina Martín, Executive Director of Students Rising Above; Lara Banks, President of the Board for The Princess Project; and Stefanie Lau, Head of Community for Minds Matter SF. The inspiring conversation touched on a variety of topics, ranging from how the panelists found their cause, to what to expect when joining a board, to how to get involved, and beyond.
LB: There aren’t a lot of women in finance. That was part of what inspired me to work with The Princess Project and to mentor women at my own firm — I wanted to give women self confidence and to tell them that their ideas matter.
CM: I came to this country at two from Mexico, and like many immigrants we sought community in our new home. Later on, when a recruiting firm called me about Students Rising Above, I felt that the mission really spoke to who I am and it resonated with my story.
SL: I am a San Francisco local, so when I found out that Minds Matter was working with high school kids in my area, I was exploding with ideas and enthusiasm. I started working with Minds Matter, and I eventually realized that the work I was doing on the side with them was so much more fulfilling than my day job.