Director of Sales and Product Marketing at Personify
Area of Expertise
Building organizations is in my blood. I come from a very entrepreneurial background, and then started my first company when I was 18. I've experienced some success since, and certainly have fallen on my face a few times as well.
Since starting at Personify desk has been right next to the CEO's, giving me a front row seat in creating, scaling, and learning to lead a world-class technology company.
Personify has taken my organization-building skills to a completely new level. And I am absolutely thrilled to help in my small way to use my expertise in tech to help young girls love STEM.
Why you're passionate about getting more girls interested in STEM
Quite simply, it's because I have a young daughter, Addy, and she is my whole world. MakerGirl is without question favorite activity. My passion for helping young girls in STEM is a reflection of my little girl's passion for technologically oriented creativity. I want nothing more than to continue to ennoble that in Addy, and others like her.
Your advice for little kids (girls) to be successful
I named my son, Soren, after my favorite Philosopher, Soren Kierkegaard. He once wrote, "What if, rather than speaking or dreaming of an absolute beginning, we speak of a leap?” Anything worth doing is going to be harder than you first imagined, and carries the risk of failure. To make a difference in the world, sometimes you just have to take a leap.
Allan Kay, a researcher in the 1970s at the famous Xerox PARC, put it another way: "Don't worry about what anybody else is going to do…The best way to predict the future is to invent it."
Being an Innovator when you grow older - inventing the future - is going to be hard. You will fail. But take heart! Always strive to be on the exponential part of a learning curve. Be bold. Be Innovative. Take the leap!
Teaching this to Addy is why I'm proud that my daughter calls herself a MakerGirl.