Introducing Galicia, a student and founder of her own enterprise, Leading Learners. We love her attitude of differentiating yourself from the crowd and her incredible personal experience that led to starting her own company.
Tell us a bit about you, your career and what gets you up in the morning.
I’m the Founder of Leading Learners, a global platform with a mission of supporting students through free and accessible student resources. I enjoy reading and receiving feedback from our awesome community. The bright and vibrant community of inspiring individuals at Leading Learners has been the most rewarding of it all.
How did you begin Leading Learners?
There were two factors: the financial barrier in education and the equity barrier throughout high school and post-secondary resources.
Coming from a diverse background, I needed to learn languages from a young age. The tutoring services, lessons, and educational resources were a financially hardening experience. Through student surveys in our community, a few friends and I recognized the same equity gap from high school students and their accessibility to resources to support them during their academic years.
What has been the biggest influencing factor on why you do the work that you do?
I remember my parents had expended quite a lot of money in order to gain access to tutoring services, essential resources, and the financial weight that came with them. Seeing a fundamental need, like education and free resources, be an immense struggle for not only myself, but practically every other high school student was (and still is) the largest driver for why I continue.
Life is busy. How do you manage it?
I discovered digital means of organization only a few years ago, and I wish I knew of them sooner. Time blocking in my calendar has been key in my time management; it allows me to have proper and reflective downtime. Rather than using a list for my tasks, I write them in my digital calendar by time needed for completion. It gets real when you know one open slot for reading can be used for a meeting if I do not plan enough.
What is important to you when it comes to the work you do and the work of those around you?
I find accessibility to be the most important. Whether that be our team communication is running smoothly, or the accessibility in which resources, tools, and materials we provide for our student community. Accessibility is important for the work we do because convenience is key to understanding.
Where to from here? What are your plans for next steps?
I think, of course, supporting our student community and global expansion will always be the two largest goals. Those who would like to support our work can join in on our various leadership programs for students — and all details can be found via our website. Seeing the amassed impact in only one year of operations certainly makes me think we're only getting started!
Top 3 tips for women looking to get their start.
Find a target audience and hone in on what they need
Focus on impact rather than potential outcomes
Differentiate yourself from the crowd