Debbie Sterling
Debbie Sterling
CEO, GoldieBlox, Inc.
San Francisco, CA

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Debbie Sterling is the Founder and CEO of GoldieBlox, the award-winning children’s multimedia company disrupting the pink aisle in toy stores globally and challenging gender stereotypes with the world’s first girl engineer character.

Debbie is an engineer, entrepreneur, and one of the leaders in the movement toward empowering girls to build their confidence, dreams and ultimately, their futures. She was named TIME’s "Person of the Moment,” honored by the National Retail Foundation as one of 25 “People Shaping Retail’s Future,” and was recently added to Fortune Magazine’s prestigious “40 Under 40” list. In 2015, Debbie was inducted as a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship and honored by the National Women’s History Museum with a “Living Legacy” Award for her work to empower girls around the world. Debbie received her degree in Engineering at Stanford University in 2005. 



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Stanford University, B.S. Engineering 2005
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  • Olivia, London asked Debbie Sterling, GoldieBlox, Inc.

    Added Friday, July 1, 2016 at 4:51 AM

    Hi Debbie! I've just finished my first year as an Undergraduate Civil Engineer at Imperial College London. Watching your TED talk a few years ago made you one of a long list of women who inspired me to go into STEM. It was brought to my attention recently that most maths and science based children's toys are predominantly aimed at boys, if not gender neutral. I want to design a set of products that are aimed deliberately at young girls and helping them to explore science. Naturally this ...
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  • Christopher, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers asked Debbie Sterling, GoldieBlox, Inc.

    Added Monday, September 30, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Hello Debbie, first of all I would like to thank you for the impact you have made in the lives of many girls, and congratulate you for your success! My name is Chris, I am a Mechanical Engineer. Throughout my college career I spent years making children aware about STEM and its opportunities. It was easy when I was in college. But as soon as I stepped in to the professional world it has been hard to motivate people to support the cause. I have been wanting to implement a self sustainable ...
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  • Genevieve, Gurnee asked Debbie Sterling, GoldieBlox, Inc.

    Added Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    Dear Ms. Sterling, I am one of the very few girls on the FIRST Robotics team for my school. Looking at the lack of girls I thought that the girls from the team could go around to the local middle schools and give presentations specifically aimed at girls to hopefully inspire them into at least looking at engineering as an option for a career. I was wondering if you had any suggestions for ways that we could make the presentations as engaging as possible. I find your story truly ...
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    Debbie Sterling, GoldieBlox, Inc.
    Answered Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    Dear Genevieve,

    I would suggest doing hands-on engineering activities with the girls so they can have fun playing with simple engineering principles. Sign up for our mailing list, the link is on the homepage of our website: Every ...

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