Mikaela Gilbert is the creator of Chatter Eggs. She is currently a student at the Kelley School for business at Indiana University, a current fellow with Social Impact 360, and an intern at E & J Gallo Winery.
Mikaela first was instructed to design a wooden egg into a sellable product in her high school design class. She originally designed a wobbling egg with a wooden farm animal. After bringing the egg to her innovations class, which focused on the pursuit of passion-based projects, Mikaela transformed the wooden egg into a language learning tool for children.
By the end of her high school career, she had developed an idea for this egg to speak 10-15 foreign language-based phrases. It is now up to 20-30 phrases. She connected this to an animal depicted on the egg that was associated with the country the language of origin. One of the biggest obstacles Mikaela faced in this process was her age. A lack of business expertise made it difficult to negotiate with toy companies, so she engaged mentors along the way
Upon joining Social Impact 360, she continued to refine and build Chatter Eggs. This revolutionary toy is now designed to says phrases in other languages for the child to repeat and learn. Her social ideology behind the project was to focus on reducing apprehensiveness in learning new languages for children.
“I am driven by my passion for language and for students,” Mikaela said.
The SI30 CONNECTION
SI360 helped Mikaela combine her values, morals, and beliefs into her entrepreneurial journey. Although she was bitten by the entrepreneur bug long before her introduction to the organization, it was SI360 which helped to guide her to understanding that social solutions can be bridged with businesses to create a sustainable and long-lasting effects on the community. “Fear of failure is crippling. Don’t be afraid to take risks.”