One parent at The Hockaday School is working to inspire and support girls who want to succeed in business.
Aarthi Cadambe, the parent, was introduced to Girls Inc. of Metropolitan Dallas by another Hockaday parent. The goal of the nonprofit — to inspire girls to be strong, smart and bold — resonated with Cadambe.
“I had some struggles growing up as a girl in India and without a role model to provide guidance and empower me, I used to feel inadequate and lonely during most of my childhood,” Cadambe said in an email. “When I was looking at some of the struggles of the under-resourced girls supported by Girls Inc., it fueled a desire in me to support and inspire them to dream big, looking beyond their present circumstances.”
Cadambe donated copies of “Kid Start-Up: How You Can Become an Entrepreneur,” which was co-authored by Mark Cuban, Ian McCue and Shaan Patel, to the nonprofit’s Girl Boss entrepreneurship program. Girl Boss gives participants the opportunity to perfect their entrepreneurial skills and learn about product design, marketing and presentation.
Neighbor Mark Cuban was happy to autograph the copies, which will be used as prizes for the girls in the program, Cadambe said.
This isn’t the first time Cadambe has supported Girls Inc. She hosted a virtual workshop to provide automation training to the girls in the Eureka STEM program who learned to build robotic process automation bots.
Earlier this year, she donated Hockaday uniforms to children at a shelter in Bangalore, India, called Sparsha. Cadambe and her husband are also working on a project called “Weekend with Sparsha Children,” inviting leaders to speak to the Sparsha children about their work, successes and failures and encourage them to continue their education.
In addition, Cadambe and her husband support a school called Cadambe Vidya Kendra, which was started by her husband’s family in 1939, by providing scholarships to high-performing, low-income students.