As you start to make your way in any industry, finding groups and organizations that resonate with you is a great way to find support, friendships, and professional relationships in your field. As a young woman in tech, I’m part of a number of Women in Tech and Women in STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering and Math) groups like Tech Girls Canada, CanWIT, and my school’s Women in Tech Society. These organizations have been a great way to network and meet like-minded women, and to find those relatable role models who have successfully built their careers. Every organization showcases its members differently – some have awards, some have meetups, and others simply do social media shoutouts. Tech Girls Canada chooses to showcase inspiring women in STEM with “Portraits of Strength,” and I am excited and honoured to share with you their latest portrait: Trendy Techie!
According to Tech Girls Canada, “Portraits of Strength features women in STEM who have helped break barriers and achieved great things within their industry. These are the movers and shakers making a better world for future female leaders in STEM. Here are the stories of how they’re changing the ratio, serving as role models for girls and young women across Canada, and inspiring us all.” I feel so lucky to be part of such an amazing community of women, and to be featured alongside Soha El-Sabaawi, Ziya Tong, and so many other inspiring women. Here’s an excerpt from the interview:
The biggest obstacle I have faced was distance, since I attend university 2000 km from home. Technology has made it easier to stay in touch, but sometimes streams of bits just can’t beat a real hug and face-to-face heart-to-heart. If I ever have the opportunity to work on teleportation devices, you can bet I will!
My advice to women is “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t – you’re right.” (Henry Ford) It’s beyond true, and as a woman in a male-dominated field you have to learn to be fearless. Say yes to opportunities that are beyond your skillset, and prove to yourself – and to others – that you are limitless.