What’s the best piece of career advice you’ve ever received?

If it was, “take more science, technology, engineering, and stem classes” we’d be right there with you.

We asked some of Silicon Valley’s top female tech leaders for their best career advice.

Here’s what they shared…

Sherry Burch, The Tech Interactive Education Resources Manager

“Tell people what you want, so that opportunities are shared back to you. And when the opportunities come, don’t waste time wondering if you are ready, you are ready to learn. Jump in, be bold, we need you.”

Gay Krause, Krause Center for Innovation Executive Director

“Pick a field that you’re passionate and excited about and where you excel-then find a mentor in that field to help you make progress!

Christina O’Guinn, The Tech Interactive Senior Director of Educational Partnerships.

“Take the time you need to find the problem you are passionate about solving and the skills you most want to be using daily toward solving that problem. Don’t be afraid to ask for advice and support. Remember that everyone, EVERYONE struggles and feels like an imposter sometimes. Don’t let that stop you from pursuing your dreams.”

Emily Dilger, Ignited CEO

“Nurture your network by seeking out individuals who inspire you. Request their mentorship and guidance as you navigate your journey, recognizing the immense value of learning from those who have walked the path before you.

Esmeralda Tovar, The Tech Interactive Computer Science Education Manager

“Find allies who believe in you and who will support you in achieving your goals. Personally, imposter syndrome was something that I had to deal with, especially around computer science. Many people will question you, but you need to be confident that you know your field and you belong.”

From making your voice heard to being bold and leading with passion, these women are helping to shape the future for tomorrow’s STEM leaders.

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