This month, I launched my collab section with Brittany! Check out my guest piece on her amazing blog, or read it here! I talk about my experience as a lady in tech, how to contribute with intention and how to make a seat at the table through exposure.
Tell us a little about yourself and your career.
I am a San Francisco native obsessed with food and my little cat, Pumpkin! Growing up, I learned French and Russian, as my grandparents immigrated to the states. In college, I further pursued my passion for languages by majoring in Chinese and Japanese. After graduating, I joined a fast-growing SF based startup candy company, where I wore multiple hats and learned how to build a business from the ground up. Over the course of my 3 years there, I surprisingly fell in love with data and analytics.
At the beginning of last year, I moved to Atlanta for a new job in analytics. Though I didn’t know anyone in the ATL, my coworkers welcomed me with open arms, and I ended up meeting my boyfriend shortly thereafter!
Most recently, I launched my personal blog, Sloth Goddess! I’ve always loved painting and writing, and it was finally time to share my own journey to physical and emotional healing, navigating adulthood and having a healthy, realistic relationship with food.
How does your community of women you surround yourself with support you?
What challenges have you faced as a woman working at a large corporation and how have you overcome them?
Over the past year, multiple people have said to me, “you don’t seem like someone who would like data.” Before leaving the Silicon Valley bubble, I wasn’t aware that finding a young, enthusiastic woman in such a vibrant and growing field was rare!
One challenge I face almost daily, is an unconscious bias: there is significantly less doubt from leaders when the same data is presented by my male counterparts. Though I enjoy helping others at work, I noticed that less qualified men were getting promoted faster and making more money.
Though I’m disappointed that we still face discrimination in the workplace as women, I choose to work for a large company where I see many women holding leadership positions. I am also actively working to help crush these gender biases in the male-skewed world of developers, data scientists and analytics. I’m part of a data visualization group on campus where anyone who loves data can connect–because we have to keep conversing about and drawing attention to these challenges!
What do you wish you could go back and tell your younger self re: your career aspirations?
Embrace uncertainty, lead with your intuition and don’t let fear decide for you!
Start keeping track of all the pros and cons of any job you take. When I took a step back, I quickly realized that I love helping others make impactful, data driven decisions.
What is your career related mantra?
Understand your own value and control your career destiny fearlessly! Otherwise, as Oprah says, “when you undervalue what you do, the world will undervalue who you are.”
I am so incredibly honored to join Britt’s awesome online community of working women, who value following your own path and supporting other women along the way!
Until Next Time,
Your Collaborating Sloth