A female engineer Aixa Lopez explains how she thrives in a male-dominated industry
Charlotte Narvaez stashed this in Women!
"Embrace what you are capable of, show it to the world and let them see what you can do," she encourages. "That is what you are here for. Never feel guilty of your value as a professional and as a human being. Your career is in your hands. Do not let a statistic define you, or a number decide your career path."
That is a good quote!
Note that I could not find a picture of the author (Aixa Lopez) so I added a picture of Marissa instead.
Here's Aixa's post on LinkedIn:
Here are the three pieces of excellent advice that Lopez offers:
1. Speak up
"Men are really good at this," writes Lopez. "We tend to stay silent in meetings (I am guilty of this and still struggle with it). We think that we should talk only when there's something extremely important to say."
One of her tricks to stay engaged and be an active participant is to ask questions. "This will make you part of the conversation and will give you the chance to learn and to share your own experiences."
2. Know your strengths and weaknesses
It's no secret that we all have weaknesses. It is not only important to recognize where your weaknesses lie, but it is critical to actively work towards improving your weaknesses, by asking for help or advice.
Lopez elaborates, "Reaching out to male colleagues is a positive thing. When you ask them for help is a way of telling them 'I am not here to fight with you but to learn from you and work with you.' It's very liberating for both parts."
3. Embrace who you are and what contributions you can make
Being a part of the 14%, and not the 86% majority, does not undermine your value. Lopez discovered her passion and ran with it.
"Embrace what you are capable of, show it to the world and let them see what you can do," she encourages. "That is what you are here for. Never feel guilty of your value as a professional and as a human being."
I also stashed today that Silicon Valley venture capital has a diversity problem: