Debra Sterling

Recipient, Rising Star, 2013 - GoldieBlox


Debbie Sterling is an engineer by training and the founder of GoldieBlox. Her mission in life is to tackle the gender gap in science, technology, engineering and math. In high school, Debbie had a chance conversation with her math teacher about exploring a career in engineering. Before that day, the only engineers she knew of were train conductors. Debbie’s goal is to ensure that girls have the opportunity to develop the skills they need to become the next generation’s great builders and inventors, whether or not they are lucky enough to have a serendipitous conversation with their math teacher. Debbie holds a BS, Engineering from Stanford University and lives with her husband in San Francisco.