Written by Sophia Camp junior counselors Teia and Amelia.
Each day of camp, a different female leader would come to have lunch with the girls and give a talk about their career and their leadership story.
For the first day, the guest leader was Karyn Buxman, a self-titled “neurohumourist” — studying the healing effects of humour on the brain. She spoke to the campers about her journey from being a nurse to her current profession, and how she maneuvered the sometimes tough decisions involved in that process. She explained how she is a leader in many different communities around America. After she had told her story, she taught the campers a laughter exercise, in which campers were encouraged to step out of their comfort zones. She taught the girls that laughing every day, even for ten minutes, can have a positive effect.
On Tuesday, the girls were given the opportunity to hear from Dr. Silvia Mah, who is an angel investor.
But what exactly is an angel investor?
An angel investor is someone who invests in people (in Silvia’s case, specifically women) trying to start or continue growing a business.
Along with that, Silvia is also a full-time mom of three (according to her, its four, including her husband) and a professor at UCSD. She spoke to the campers about being yourself and not worrying about everything. She encouraged the girls that it would all turn out well in the end and that they would end up where they were meant to be.
Another featured leader this week was Dr. Heidi Hanna. She is an integrative neuroscientist who focuses on how nutrition and stress are connected and their effect on the brain.
Hanna told the girls her story and how she went from being a Disneyland character to what she is now. She explained to the campers how stress can impact you physically. She also taught the girls an important lesson, “Be extraordinary at a few things, instead of ordinary at many things.”
The girls learned so much from the many different leaders and their different perspectives. We were inspired by their leadership and awed by how often there were connections to the yoga and Ayurveda we had learned about during Sophia camp.
A huge thank you to every leader who spent their lunchtime at camp this year!