Feb 05, 2022

NGPF Podcast: Diondraya Taylor on equipping girls with entrepreneurial skills

In this NGPF Podcast, you will hear from Diondraya Taylor, the founder of Mindset and Milestones. Her mission: Develop entrepreneurial skills in girls through an engaging and scaffolded curriculum. Diondraya shares her own entrepreneurial journey and how that has informed her middle and high school curriculum. Learn about her philosophy behind the course development and how teachers can access the engaging and important resources that she has developed. Enjoy! 


  • 0:00~1:05 Introduction
  • 1:05~1:49 Diondraya’s background
  • 1:49~5:17 Deciding to pursue a Ph.D. in Education
  • 5:17~6:56 Ensuring equal representation in class
  • 6:56~8:47 Early money lessons 
  • 8:47~11:13 First entrepreneurial venture
  • 11:13~14:17 Deciding to concentrate on entrepreneurship
  • 14:17~16:40 Starting Mindset and Milestones
  • 16:40~19:12 Favorite entrepreneurs 
  • 19:12~22:52 Best and worst day of being an entrepreneur
  • 22:52~23:30 A word from NGPF
  • 23:30~26:02 Deciding on which entrepreneurship concepts to include
  • 26:02~28:49 Overview of the modules
  • 28:49~35:44 Magical moments from teaching the course
  • 35:44~39:36 Growing student confidence
  • 39:36~40:31 Accessing the curriculum
  • 40:31~43:33 Support from friends and family 
  • 43:33~44:52 Incorporating group work
  • 44:52~47:00 Words of wisdom on entrepreneurship
  • 47:00~48:48 Conclusion



“The focus with this [the curriculum] is trying to get people to see how useful it [entrepreneurship] can be and to try it out in the classroom. You don’t have to be an entrepreneur or have super strong expertise in entrepreneurship. It’s all about being a good coach and asking good questions to students.”


Want to bring podcasts to your classroom? Check out this curated set of podcast segments that we call "Podcasts in the Classroom" which is perfect for your students! 

About the Authors

Tim Ranzetta

Tim's saving habits started at seven when a neighbor with a broken hip gave him a dog walking job. Her recovery, which took almost a year, resulted in Tim getting to know the bank tellers quite well (and accumulating a savings account balance of over $300!). His recent entrepreneurial adventures have included driving a shredding truck, analyzing executive compensation packages for Fortune 500 companies and helping families make better college financing decisions. After volunteering in 2010 to create and teach a personal finance program at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, Tim saw firsthand the impact of an engaging and activity-based curriculum, which inspired him to start a new non-profit, Next Gen Personal Finance.

Ren Makino

Ren started interning at NGPF in 2014, and worked part-time through high school and college. With his knowledge growing alongside NGPF, he joined the team to work full-time after graduating from college in 2020. He is also the producer of the NGPF podcast. During his free time, he likes to try out coffees from different roasters across the world.

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