Dec 2, 2020
I know I’ve said this before, but it’s worth
repeating: I am so excited about the next generation of young
people who are coming up in the world and how they are so motivated
and determined to make the world a better place. They seem to be
starting at a younger and younger age. Just this year, I’ve had
quite a few teenagers on the show who are just doing absolutely
incredible things in the world. Today’s guest is not different, and
she’s going to knock your socks off. My guest this week is Isha
Uppalapati, the founder of
A Girl’s Frontier, a 501c3 nonprofit
organization focused on helping young girls find and harness their
leadership potential while providing them with the opportunities to
do so. She is also the author of
Her Toolbox: Learning to Be A Female Leader
with Advice from Women in Power, a
compilation of advice from women leaders. Isha is a high school
senior (can you believe that?!) in Marietta, GA. She is doing more
by the age of 18, than I think I’ve done in 35 years of life! Isha
is incredibly motivating and encouraging, and you are going to love
5:19 - The Isha 101
- Isha is the founder of A Girl’s Frontier, a
nonprofit that helps young girls fulfil their aspirations and helps
them with their dreams of becoming entrepreneurs. She’s also the
Her Toolbox: Learning to Be A Female Leader
with Advice from Women in Power. This was all
before she became a senior in high school!
- The idea for A Girl’s Frontier started with some of
Isha’s hobbies. She’s always loved making things or putting things
together. She’s always had the support of her parents, and would
put together doll houses with her dad, or write her own little
books and even make her own binding for them.
- Her family and friends who gave her so much love
and support gave her the confidence from a very young age that she
could be whatever she wants to be and do whatever she wants to do.
Even when she told her support system that she wanted to be a race
car driver, they believed she would do it if she said she wanted
- Isha created A Girl’s Frontier to provide the same
opportunities she had to girls everywhere. The organization helps
fund education for girls around the world, including Honduras and
India, connecting them to mentors who can help guide them to be who
they want to be.
- They’ve been holding broken iPad drives. It
provides books to young girls in the local community as well as
iPads, which has been especially crucial during the pandemic with
so many schools having to convert to virtual classrooms.
- When visiting India, Isha met a young girl who
shared her dreams of becoming a doctor with Isha. The girl’s family
was extremely poor, and Isha was moved by the girl’s lofty goals
and determination. Her parents were not able to afford secondary
education, and the realization that this young girl did not have
the same opportunity to go to any college she chose, like Isha did,
was both a jarring and life-altering moment.
- Isha knew there were so many brilliant, passionate
people in the world who just have doors shut in their faces because
of money and lack of opportunity. That moment fueled Isha to do
what she’s doing now: ensuring more young girls have equal
opportunities to pursue their talents and gifts.
11:39 – A Book and Nonprofit Before the Age of
- Isha also credits her strong support system with
helping her start A Girl’s Frontier. She started researching how to
start a 501c3 and started working on her business filing and making
the nonprofit official.
- In Honduras, A Girl’s Frontier works with a group
of girls who’ve been rescued from human trafficking and other
traumatic situations. Isha simply just started asking people for
financial support and material donations, and both started flooding
- So many women are enthusiastic to share with A
Girl’s Frontier, understanding their own privileges and
opportunities, and desiring to pull other young women up alongside
- Isha has also learned a lot from these incredible
women leaders while writing, researching, and interviewing for her
Her Toolbox: Learning to Be A Female Leader
with Advice from Women in Power. Every single women
she met emphasized the importance of mentors. Isha knew they were
important but really began to understand their impact while writing
- Mentors not only help you with your struggles, but
share their own to help you learn from their failures. She also
learned that it’s important to learn how to fail. It’s especially
difficult for high schoolers like Isha, trying to pass tests and
get good grades to get into college!
17:21 – Women in the Driver’s Seat
- Isha wants young girls to know that they have the
power to be in control of their dreams, lives, and futures. That
can look like asking for help, advocating and/or standing up for
yourself, and digging in and working hard and continuing to try
even when things are difficult, instead of making excuses.
- Sign up for online seminars, talk to college
admissions counselors, ask people who’ve been to college for their
advice. All it is is taking control of the situation you are in and
making the best of it.
- Isha is applying to college and may decide this
Fall or Spring where she’ll go! She is even applying to
international schools. She’s working hard to keep her options
22:27 – A Girl’s (Future) Frontier
- Isha knows her generation if capable of just about
anything they put their mind to. Her hope for her generation is
that they follow their own dreams and what they want more than
generations before them. They have so much access to the world and
opportunity through connection and technology, and she wants them
to make the most of it.
- With more opportunity, there’s also more room for
them to do more good in the world.
- Isha is looking toward the future but also staying
grounded and taking things one day at a time. She wants to continue
with A Girl’s Frontier throughout college and settle in a new area
to expand her outreach. She’s also debating another book!
25:12 – Supporting A Girl’s Frontier
- Head to A Girl’s
Frontier to learn more about supporting the organization
and all of their programs. You can also find Her Toolbox
on Amazon, which is linked at the top of this post in the
- You can find A Girl’s Frontier on Instagram
(@agirlsfrontier) and Facebook to stay connected!
25:54 – Getting to Know Our Guest
- Find out some fun facts about Isha like what song
she has to sing along with the second she hears it, what person in
her life has influenced her the most, her favorite TV show to watch
growing up, what she would eat for dinner if she could only have
the same thing every night, her most unusual talent, and of course
stay tuned for her answer to what it means to her to run a business
7:13 – “They supported me so much through anything I
wanted to do, and then I came to this realization that a lot of
people don’t have this amazing support system that I have. This
vast support system of people telling me I can be whatever I want
to be, and showing me that I can and encouraging me that I
15:15 – “You have to learn to fail. You will never do
well on every single thing in your life. If you did, it just means
that you’re not challenging yourself enough.”
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