#STEMSpark: Aisha Addo puts women in the driver’s seat in a female only ride-sharing service, #DriveHER

By Wendy Jacob on November 7, 2016 under STEM Spark Technology

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“Do your best, be your best, and love yourself.” — Aisha Addo

Aisha Addo is the creative of DriveHER, a new ride-sharing service staffed by female drivers for female passengers. “There’s a message of empowerment of women at the wheel,”  Aisha explains. “So symbolically I like that.” She is also the founder of  a non-profit mentoring organization targeted at girls from the African diaspora in the Greater Toronto area.

1. Who you are and what you do? 

I am the founder of Power to Girls Foundation and a startup called DriveHER. Power To Girls is a non-profit organization that provides mentorship and leadership opportunities for marginalized girls whiles DriveHER is a ride sharing platform for women, by women.

2. What’s the most important thing you have learned in your career? 

The importance of knowing who you are and the power you have in creating change within your community. Once you know your worth and your power; your mindset changes and you are able to see obstacles as opportunities to grow.

3. Did you have a mentor? If so, how did you find them and how old were you? 

Yes I have several mentors; and some are virtual and some are women I look up to and women I aspire to become. I normally meet my mentors at events and community gatherings.

4. What did you want to be when you grew up and why? 

I want to be the best version of myself, because that’s the only way to attain true success and happiness.

5. Are there any activities or hobbies you wish you had become involved in as a teen that would have prepared you for the role you have today?

I wished I had been more involved in technology and sciences.

6. Any advice for young girls who dream of running a company in STEM? 

You are a capable of doing anything and everything you set your mind to. Stay focused; find your passion, have a vision and just do it!

7. What’s the most important thing you have learned in your career? 

Patience and Humility. Being open to unlearning and learning new things.

8. Have you developed any insights about getting more women involved in science careers? 

I believe it’s a matter of finding how science and technology can solve issues that affect women on a daily basis. Once you find the thing that connects to you, its’ easier to make a living out of it.

9. What is your advice to the industry as a whole to help close the gap for women in technology?

Create more opportunities for young girls to be involved in STEM at an early age, not as an obligation, but as a hobby and a craft.

Find out more info at DriveHer, or learn more about Power To Girls (follow Aisha or Power To Girls on Twitter).

 

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