Just as I promised, here’s more info on MAGIC. I was very impressed by the women on this panel. But the facts of the MAGIC project are just as interesting (and potentially motivational). As a quick note, I just finished watching part of Randy Pausch’s presentation on Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams, and it seemed to me that a lot of the women at the Hopper Conference had had their lives changed by mentors. Professor Pausch, having achieved most of his childhood dreams, went on to try and help other people achieve their dreams. Being a mentor might give an adult the chance to help a child achieve her dreams.
MAGIC aims to be a nation-wide mentoring program for middle and high school girls. Here is the MAGIC website. PS, if you’re looking to just see a really pretty website, go and check it out. Talk about nice GUI (Graphical User Interface).
At the Hopper Conference MAGIC wanted:
- To officially kick MAGIC off.
- To recruit ten mentors.
- To obtain ten mentee leads.
- To recruit management help for MAGIC.
- To recruit legal help for MAGIC.
Their goals for 2008 (as of the conference) are:
- To recruit at least 30 mentors.
- To recruit at least 30 mentees.
- To reach out to at least 10 middle/high schools.
The MAGIC team is:
- Ira Pramanick
- Robin Wilensky
- Meenakshi Kaul-Basu
- Sue Young
- Foz Saeed
All are Sun Microsystems employees but more than that, all are motivated to make this work.
This project is just starting and I would encourage anyone who is interested to check it out. Also check out Ira’s blog on MAGIC about MAGIC as well. I look forward to seeing where this group goes!
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Aristotle
Jessica Dickinson Goodman
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