Investing In The Future

Investing more than dollars and cents, Sande Taylor, a Financial Consultant for Charles Schwab, helps girls reach their potential through mentoring, motivation and education.
Text by Estrellita S. Sibila | May 25, 2018 | People

Sande Taylor is a strong supporter and advocate for young women and education, both here in the U.S. and across the globe. She’s invested her time and talent in the The Girl Up campaign, created by the United Nations Foundation, which mobilizes American girls to raise awareness and funds for adolescent girls in developing countries.
Knowing that mentoring provides proven benefits to her protégés, Taylor took her 15 years of financial, leadership and community engagement experience to Washington D.C. to participate in the first-ever Girl Up Ideation Camp. The Camp utilized Intel’s unique youth-focused entrepreneurial training process to help Girl Up design a strategy to engage college students in the campaign’s efforts to support girls in developing countries. Throughout the 4-day conference, Taylor served as a mentor to the 50 Girl Up members in attendance and facilitated programming focused on the importance of the organization on female empowerment, education and expanding the org’s presence on college campuses across the country.
To further help shine light on the cause, Taylor led the way for a screening of Girl Rising — a film that journeys around the globe to witness the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. Viewers get to know 9 unforgettable girls living in the developing world — ordinary girls who confront tremendous challenges and overcome nearly impossible odds to pursue their dreams. Its message has spread across campuses and communities around the world, raising both awareness and funds. Through a partnership with a local Girl Up Club, Taylor was able to host 65 mothers and daughters from Carrollton School Of The Sacred Heart for a screening of the film at the Coral Gables branch of Charles Schwab. Dozens of young women and their families were able to learn about the power of education, the value of opportunity and the importance of rising to the occasion.
In line with another key goal of the Girl Up campaign, Taylor and her colleagues at Charles Schwab joined forces to gather much-needed school supplies for The Girl Up Ethiopia Project that helps provide education and resources to Somali refugee families living in Ethiopia who prioritize essential needs such as food and shelter and sending boys to school, over girls’ education. With the help of Taylor’s team and Girl Up, the UN is working to make sure that Somali refugee girls in Ethiopia are healthy, safe and educated. Girls receive school materials, solar lamps to study at night, and scholarships to attend school. With these tools in hand, these young refugee girls are able to get ahead in the world through education. And that makes all of Taylor’s hard work worth it;;