Friday, October 4 2013, 03:37 PM MDT
Person 2 Person: Amy on Inspiring a Younger Generation
Amy Rees Discusses her iPod foundation and how she is inspiring a younger generation.
Shauna Lake: Being a single mom is a huge motivator for you. Is that where you got your inspiration to do what youre doing now as an angel investor and how you came up with the IPOP foundation?
Amy Rees Anderson: I have a daughter that's in high school and a son who is actually out on a mission for the LDS church and I watch their friends in high school and there is this attitude that people think these kids are all just entitled and lazy. The more Ive been around these kids the more I realize its not entitlement its fear and its insecurity and this sense of not knowing where they belong in the world. Its like if I don't want to be a doctor or a lawyer than what am I going to do with my life? If you say to a young person are you going to go into advertising? They wouldn't even know what those jobs are because there just isn't that check of where they fit. I really feel like with the young people especially if we can just show them that entrepreneurship really covers anything. I mean entrepreneurship can be any field anywhere. Helping them kind of get excited that hey I might fit it's not that stereotypical little box that I grew up thinking that you have to go to school for. But getting them exci
ted at that age really helps build self-confidence and gives them something to strive for. So thats kind of what our motivation is. We wanted to try-- the underlying root of it is kind of to try and drive self-worth and self-esteem but using that to go to entrepreneurship to try and be self-reliant someday. Because you just don't know, whether youre a boy or girl, especially our young women today--I mean you don't know if they're going to end up having to support their families or not.
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