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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  • Kylie, Aspen asked Debbie Sterling, GoldieBlox, Inc.

    Added Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 11:46 AM

    Ms.Sterling, Throughout your journey to become a female engineer, what struggles did you have? Did male engineers ever doubt you because of your gender? How did this effect you to push forward to fulfill your dream? I really appreciate your mission to empower young female scientists and engineers. Thank you!
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  • Eilean, Ruth and the two Rebecca's, WKGS Engineering Team asked Debbie Sterling, GoldieBlox, Inc.

    Added Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 5:47 AM

    Hi Debbie, We are pupils from West Kirby Grammar School in the UK. For a project in our school we have to create a display about women in engineering. Our main aim is to inspire the girls at our school to consider a career in engineering and in STEM areas. We would be very grateful if you could answer a few questions for us that give us a bit more of an insight into the world of engineering for women. The first question is what is it like to work in a male dominated industry do you have to ...
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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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