10 Good Questions with Amy Poehler's Smart Girls [Q&A]

Producer Meredith Walker co-founded the empowering community for young women with her best friend Amy Poehler.

May 21, 2015

Meredith Walker, co-founder of Amy Poehler's Smart Girls, wants to encourage young women to be their amazing, authentic selves.  

Meredith Walker is a producer and the co-founder of the organization Amy Poehler's Smart Girls. Created with her best friend, comedian and actress Amy Poehler, Smart Girls is a place where girls can be their authentic selves. The heartfelt and colorful site lives up to the organization's motto, Change the World by Being Yourself and serves as a safe haven for young women to share, receive, encourage and gain nuggets of wisdom from other members of the Amy Poehler's Smart Girls community. Learn more about this positive and humorous force of good in today’s 10 Good Questions

1. What is your organization’s mission?

What began as an online show for young people has become a place for information, comedy and community. Our intention is to be a safe-place where those who make up our community can be heard and offered a response. Smart Girls is where young women (and men!) are able to express their concerns. Through our “CALL TO ACTION” campaigns we encourage members to volunteer and be more curious about the world in which they live. We emphasize intelligence and imagination over fitting in. We celebrate curiosity over gossip. We are a place where people can be their weird and wonderful selves.

2. What makes you guys different from the rest?

We are in the field working with girls and women directly; in addition, the engagement we have with our community online and offline is interactive on top of being positive.

Amy Poehler, Meredith Walker and a beloved Smart Girl. [Facebook]  

3. Offices or open work space?

Open work space.

4. What three words describe your organization?

Goofball, Soulful, Smart 

5. What inspires you?

Being able to witness people putting the effort in to getting to know themselves and follow an unscripted path.

6. What is the best part about your job?

I love what I do. I get to advocate for young women and hope that I offer them perspectives every day against all the commercialized clutter with which they are bombarded constantly.

Amy Poehler's Smart Girls love to dance! 

7. Does your team eat lunch together?

We just did, and it was delicious!

8. Facebook or Twitter?

9. What do you want Goodnet users to know about your organization?

That we’re wonderful, and they should come be a part of our community!

 10.  How can people get involved?

Go to our website (https://amysmartgirls.com) and look for our toolkits and campaigns! Join us on our service days & like us on all our social media platforms.