Last Tuesday night, we gathered at The North Face on Union Street for a San Francisco Pop-up Mappy Hour. The night was full of meeting new friendly faces, recruiting mentors and learning from local leaders.
Our panel was moderated by Mappy Hour founder Sarah Knapp and featured:
Qayyuma Didomenico, a course director for GirlVentures, which aims to empower adolescent girls to lead through outdoor adventure, inner discovery, and collective action.
Narinda Heng, a course director and instructor at GirlVentures and a board member of Banteay Srei an Oakland-based organization dedicated to supporting young Southeast Asian women and girls.
Vera Arias, a certified bicycle mechanic, instructor and the leader of Good Karma Bikes (based in San Jose) women’s night!
April Webster, a software engineer by day and a SheJumps ambassador by night. SheJumps is a national non profit that motivates women and girls to step out of their comfort zone in the great outdoors.
A few discussion highlights include:
What/who is a leader?
You don’t need to be loud or the center of attention to be a leader. Leadership is stepping up as your authentic self. Introverts can be leaders too. – Vera
Anyone can be a leader, if you see something you want to change… step up. – April
What are best practices for creating leaders?
At GirlVentures we use a community agreement process to facilitate establishing shared goals & values which help us trust one another’s leadership.- Narinda
Being able to step back to give space for leadership (while still acknowledging that you’re there to help and support) – Qayyuma on GirlVentures programs
We also learned that there are quite a few ways we can all help support our panelists and their organizations including:
- Follow each organization on social media:
2) If you can, donate to their amazing programs!
As always, thank you to The North Face for hosting us and Sierra Nevada for providing brews!