We had the good fortune of connecting with Maggie Grout and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Maggie, what do you want your legacy to be?
I hope to inspire younger girls to go after their dreams and to be liked for their accomplishments. I want to see the next generation led by diverse, compassionate voices. I’d like to be remembered for my nonprofit, Thinking Huts, and our mission to increasing global access to education with humanitarian-driven technology solutions. More than anything, I desire to catalyze efforts aimed at placing people before profit. We need to be building solutions for the greatest benefit to humankind. Our work should lift up those around us as well as those we may not come face-to-face with who live drastically different lives.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I founded Thinking Huts in 2015 with the vision of building 3D printed schools in partnership with communities where the need is greatest. It’s been a long and difficult journey getting to where we are today. I spent many years on partnership development and technology research. I am most excited about our pilot project wherein we are planning to build our first 3D printed school in partnership with a community in Fianarantsoa, Madagascar. I’ve learned to believe in myself and be resilient. Life will undoubtedly be filled with unexpected events, but we can overcome them by pivoting and forging ahead. Surrounding yourself with people who uplift and encourage you is an important element to overcoming hardships. I want the world to know that we are on a mission to close the global opportunity gap and we will dare to do business differently.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would take my best friend, Emma, to Aspen and we would hike the wildflower trails. Right now events are quite limited, so much of our itinerary would likely be outside and exploring nature. When we were younger, we had a tradition of getting strawberry banana smoothies at Starbucks.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I dedicate my shoutout to my father, Harry. He was the first person to believe in me and my idea which became Thinking Huts. He is my number one cheerleader and I would not be here today without him.