In 1995, after years of working for other people and developing some very marketable skills, Linda Calhoun suddenly had a revelation: Maybe she could use her wide array of talents to start her own business. Setting to work for herself as an independent consultant later that year, Linda discovered she could give her clients the results they needed while also achieving her professional goals and pursuing her creative passions. “I remember thinking, ‘Wow, I wish I had known this a lot sooner,’” Linda said. “It would be great if I could show young girls how to turn their interests and skills into successful livelihoods.”
Shortly after, Linda began working on the concept for a project that would later become Career Girls. The vision was simple: to give young girls concrete methods for attaining their professional dreams and goals. Linda decided the best way to achieve this was to talk with women who had achieved their career ambitions, discuss the paths they took to become successful in their fields, and provide girls with the educational materials they would need to emulate those particular career aspirations.
In 1999, armed with a video camera and dozens of questions, Linda began traveling around the country filming interviews with a range of accomplished female professionals. By 2002 she had a collected a variety of interviews, lesson plans and educational materials that she believed would guide young girls in their future careers. Hoping to reach girls of all ethnicities, ages, and income levels, Linda and her husband, Ed, worked together to assemble an interactive CD for distribution to various school districts.
With the advancement of digital technology, Career Girls found an even easier way to reach their audience with the development of their Web site, CareerGirls.org. “I want girls to be able to come to the table with their interests and ideas so that we can nourish, support, and help them to fulfill their dreams” Linda says of the project. “While you may not have all the resources available to you, you can make what you do have work for you in the best possible way.”
In 2010, the Career Girls team began an extensive series of interviews around the United States which took them to cities such as Houston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington DC, St. Louis, Boston, New York, Detroit, and their home base of San Francisco.
Today, Career Girls® is a registered trademark with over 200 role models and over 4,000 video clips. Career Girls has shared videos and collaborated with a wide variety of organizations from Girl Scouts to Young Women in Bio to the Charles H. Wright Museum of Aftrican American History in Detroit. Career Girls videos are now seen around the world on multiple platforms.