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Interviews with successful career women from a variety of industries. We hope to empower women in their career aspirations, whether that's climbing a corporate ladder or becoming an entrepreneur.

The Empowering Women Podcast Empowering Women in Industry

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Interviews with successful career women from a variety of industries. We hope to empower women in their career aspirations, whether that's climbing a corporate ladder or becoming an entrepreneur.

    Empowering Women Podcast S3: Michelle Gymiah, Progress Toward Pay Equity

    Empowering Women Podcast S3: Michelle Gymiah, Progress Toward Pay Equity

    Michelle Gymiah, is the Director of Equality Pays, a gender and ethnicity equality consultancy
    dedicated to closing workplace pay gaps.  With gender pay gap reporting regulation, possible ethnicity pay gap reporting and a workplace talent shortage looming, redressing gender and racial inequalities in the workplace is more important than ever.
    Michelle is a passionate advocate for enabling women (and men) to progress in their careers in a way that suits their outside of work responsibilities and lifestyle choices. She does this by empowering workplaces to radically rethink how they can support their employees to thrive at work.
    Michelle has over 8 years’ experience of working at the Equality and Human Rights Commission and holds a Masters in Human Rights from The University of Manchester.
    Michelle is a regular contributor to numerous podcasts, business magazines, and international conferences.
    CONNECT WITH MICHELLE AND EQUALITY PAYS
    LinkedIn
    Equality Pays Website


    EPISODE AND EMPOWERING WOMEN IN INDUSTRY LINKS
    Corporate Pay Gaps Resource Hub
    Burning Glass Technologies STEM Study 
    U.N. Pay Equity Site
    Wikipedia Equal Pay Day
    Empowering Women Website
    Empowering Women Slack Channel
    Empowering Women 2021 Event Info (Including Registration)
    Empowering Women Events (Including Meet Ups)
    QUOTES
    “No is just information.  No means next opportunity.”
    “I was terrified of saying, ‘I’ve just found out that my predecessor was paid more than me; why is that?’ What I started to do was to internalize why that might be the case.”
    “Systematically when you look at the workplace, how it was put together and who it was put together for, it was never put together for the likes of you and me in mind. It was designed in such a way that one person would be the breadwinner and by default that would be a man.  Then you would have someone who would take care of everything else and by default that would be women.”
    “It’s a real systematic challenge in trying to ‘flip the script’ in terms of focusing on productivity and output as opposed to presenteeism and the idea of you can only be productive; you’re only really working if you’re in the office, if you’re being micro-managed, if we can see you at your desk.”
    “We internalize the idea that it’s not safe for us to ask for more. It’s not safe for us to challenge the status quo.”
    “We generally as women, especially women of color, we are socialized to not put ourselves at the center of what we’re asking for. We’re socialized to think about other people – think about your team, think about your family, the workplace, your colleagues, think about the system as it were.”
    On negotiation:  “It’s really important to get connected to that purpose.  To help you feel that you have a steady foundation as the emotions go up and down (through the negotiation process).”
    On negotiation: “You are going to get ‘nos’.  If it was easy and you always got ‘yeses’, then everybody would be doing it and this would not be a conversation”

    • 48 min
    Empowering Women Podcast S3: Anna Nguru, Bridging a STEM Community

    Empowering Women Podcast S3: Anna Nguru, Bridging a STEM Community

    Episode 10 (Season 3) of the Empowering Women Podcast
    GUEST:  Anna Nguru, Product Management Specialist
    BIO:  Anna Nguru, an inspiring multi-faceted leader, is a mechanical engineer, immigrant, activist, social media content creator, and rising entrepreneur. She recently launched her journey in Product Management using her successful experiences of aligning business strategy and engineering principles to improve processes, systems and profitability. Previously, Anna has held roles in different industries in tech as a mechanical engineer and engineering coordinator.
    With her uplifting commitment to the immigrant community, Anna is facilitating a mental health program within the Carolina Refugee Resettlement Agency (CRRA). She is also a strong advocate for women in STEM with her strongest asset being her resilient mindset. 
    CONNECT WITH ANNA
    LinkedIn  Instagram (@ann_linda2)   Email 
    NON PROFITS ANNA SUPPORTS
    CRRA – Welcoming Families, Rebuilding Lives (carolinarefugee.org)
    Homepage | National Domestic Workers Alliance | National Domestic Workers Alliance
    Donate to USA for UNHCR (unrefugees.org)
    HIAS - Welcome the stranger. Protect the refugee.
     
    EMPOWERING WOMEN IN INDUSTRY LINKS
    Empowering Women Website
    Empowering Women Slack Channel
    Empowering Women 2021 Event Info (Including Registration)
    Empowering Women Events (Including Meet Ups)
    QUOTES
    “I remember telling the CRRA director how amazed I was at the number of opportunities available here (United States) and, quite frankly, it was overwhelming.” 
    “Two weeks (before flight to the United States) we got a call that you have been selected to go to Charlotte, NC. We had to sell everything… it was tough, I was homesick for sure.”
    “I came here at 19; I’ve left all my childhood, my friends, my extended family (behind).  It is like starting over with one suitcase and my mom had probably $200 for the entire family.”
    On her Social Media start: “I had so much pressure for someone who is supporting herself, I thought of ways and ideas to be able to make side income.  I definitely went the influencer route. It all started out with my passion which has always been supporting women in STEM, specifically women of color. ” 
    “As women in STEM, it’s difficult out there. We’re not noticed.  We’re not recognized. Specifically engineers.”
    On being the one or the only:  “Every day you will experience microaggressions.  Best way to deal with it to understand how to advocate for yourself” 
    On Imposter Syndrome:  “Coming from no opportunities to opportunities, you are like ‘ok, it’s real; it’s happening.  I am somebody.  I am an engineer.’ Do they trust me to do the job?”
    On her immigrant mental health program:  “With immigrants, the topic of mental health has such a stigma. My goal is to normalize mental health for immigrants.”

    • 39 min
    Empowering Women Podcast S3: Gina Covarrubias, Bold Boost for Your STEM Career

    Empowering Women Podcast S3: Gina Covarrubias, Bold Boost for Your STEM Career

    Episode 9 (Season 3) of the Empowering Women Podcast
    GUEST:  Gina Covarrubias, Founder of Deliberate Doing, LLC
    BIO:  Gina Covarrubias is the founder of Deliberate Doing LLC, an exclusive STEM coaching service dedicated to helping technical professionals defeat career despair.  Her distinctive background blends life coaching expertise with 12+ years engineering/technology experience in government, academia and corporate aerospace. 
     As an Engineering Life Coach, Gina’s mission is to help STEM professionals evaluate their journeys in the context of their lives. She is a Certified Life Coach as well as has her B.S. in Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering from Purdue University and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Utah
     CONNECT WITH GINA AND DELIBERATE DOING
    LinkedIn  Deliberate Doing Website  YouTube Channel   Newsletter SIgn Up   Email
     LINKS
    Empowering Women Website
    Empowering Women Slack Channel
    Empowering Women 2021 Event Info (Including Registration)
    Empowering Women Events (Including Meet Ups)
    QUOTES
    “I was very guilty of the ‘should’.  Telling myself I should be at this level by now.  And I ‘should’ be this by now.”
    “I saw a lot of despondency in a lot of the places and departments where I worked. I saw a lot of people who settled, and they ended up coming in everyday and just going through the motions. As an observer of people, I told myself I do not want to live that way. I am not going to live by default”
    “I stumbled upon life coaching and it instantly resonated with me.”
    “When we have expectations (the world ‘should’ be this way, my boss ‘should’ act this way, and I ‘should’ get promoted), we set ourselves up to be disappointed because we don’t have any control over those externals."
    “It’s okay to have dreams and visions, but when you become emotionally attached to the outcomes that is when you set yourself up for trouble.”
    “Big mistake many of us make is we look toward our career to bring us happiness in life.  That’s not the way it works and I wish someone would have told me that.”
    “Oftentimes people might label themselves or the job as a failure if they try something and it doesn’t work out.  Yet failure is nothing more than information and information is power.”

    • 49 min
    Empowering Women Podcast S3: Abi Olukeye, Raising Next Gen STEM

    Empowering Women Podcast S3: Abi Olukeye, Raising Next Gen STEM

    Episode 8 (Season 3) of the Empowering Women Podcast
    GUEST:  Abi Olukeye, Founder of Smart Girls HQ
    BIO:  Abi Olukeye is the founder/CEO of Smart Girls HQ, A National Science Foundation Award Winning STEM education solutions provider that creates engaging content and facilitates exciting experiences to enable young girls achieve STEM Career Literacy by age 12. Core offerings include parent education for STEM informal learning at RaisingSmartGirls.com and Dear Smart Girl kits, a project based career-focused STEM curriculum for girls. 
     
    Previously, she led Internet of Things (IOT) strategy development and digital transformation projects at a diversified Fortune 500 manufacturing company. She has over fifteen years of professional and leadership experience spanning new product development, technology commercialization, process improvement and strategy. 


    CONNECT WITH ABI OLUKEYE 
    Instagram (@aolukeye)  LinkedIn
    CONNECT WITH SMART GIRLS HQ
    Raising Smart Girls Website  Instagram (@raisingsmartgirls)  Facebook (@raisingsmartgirls)
    Twitter (@smartgirlshq) 


    LINKS
    Empowering Women Website
    Empowering Women Slack Channel
    Empowering Women 2021 Event Info (Including Registration)
    Empowering Women Events (Including Meet Ups)
    QUOTES
    “The magical STEM moment for me…I was working in Microsoft Word, doing homework, and suddenly I just noticed all the little bits of UI that made it work.  I am thinking to myself, ‘somebody put this together – somebody decided we should have a menu, somebody decided we should have this white space.’  I was just completely fascinated with the idea that there was this artist and their canvas was this technology.”
    “In my head there was no ‘boys can do something girls can’t do.”
    “It wasn’t an aptitude problem – with me or with girls. I made my senior year project a curriculum for girls and got to test that out at a middle school.  It is a full circle moment for what I am doing now.”
    Career challenge:  “While I had the language of computer science down, I lacked the language of manufacturing”. 
    Career Challenge:  “At time, just feeling underestimated. I felt like there were moments in my career where people just ‘assumed’. They ended up being the best moments; people were blindsided about their blind spots about me.”
    “I feel like guys get the benefit of potential and women’s evaluation is based on performance.”
    Advice:  “Work is always going to speak the loudest. People are going to put aside the biases as they need the results.”
    Advice:  “Picking the moments to stand up for yourself.”
    Why Smart Girls HQ?:  “My daughters were showing me this problem was still very real.  Why can’t we accomplish the same with social impact problems like we do with corporate processes? I wanted to see if I could do something that would pour as much into me as I was pouring into it.”
    “By age 12 is when girls start to lean away from STEM.  The two large candlesticks, adding up to ~90%, are the child’s personal experience and their parent’s influence.”  The caregiving audience was neglected when it came to STEM and gender equity. “

    • 50 min
    Empowering Women Podcast S3: Christina Chen, Creatively Code Your Future

    Empowering Women Podcast S3: Christina Chen, Creatively Code Your Future

    Episode 7 (Season 3) of the Empowering Women Podcast
    GUEST:  Christina Chen, Founder and Vice President of GirlsCodeIt
    BIO:  Christina is, as a high school junior, Founder and Vice President of GirlsCodeIt, a nonprofit initiative led by passionate young women who strive to combat gender and education inequality in STEM. She is passionate about gender equality and the effects of gender roles on society. In her future academic studies, Christina plans to pursue Biomedical Engineering degree while continuing her groundbreaking work at GirlsCodeIt. 
     
    CONNECT WITH CHRISTINA AND THE GIRLSCODEIT TEAM
    Email  GirlsCodeIt Website  Instagram  YouTube  Discord
    LINKS
    May as Celebrate Inventors Month
    SHRM:  Girls Who Code Filling The Gender Gap in Technology
    Empowering Women Website
    Empowering Women Slack Channel
    Empowering Women 2021 Event Information
    QUOTES
    “Coding – I actually got into that field accidentally.”
    “First thing I noticed is there were a lot more guys in the case than girls.”
    “When I was there struggling a bit (with a coding lab assignment), a guy tried to explain to me how to do it.  It was helpful, but he would not take ‘oh no, I can figure it out myself’ as an answer.”  He did not leave room for me to ask questions or for me to say anything.”
    “Saw an opportunity to start something that could help our community.  We all saw the gender gap in our classrooms and in competitions.”
    “We also wanted to build a collaborative community for girls.  We wanted to save space where girls come together.”
    “Society markets coding as a superpower that anyone can unlock.  But I think it’s deeper than what they portray.  Not only do you need the ability to code, you need the facilities.”
    “Start anyway you can.  Start as slow as you want; just continue to make progress.”
    “It’s not going to be a smooth path.  Probably going to be a little rocky.  You’re going to hit a few roadblocks.  It doesn’t mean you have to stop there.”

    • 41 min
    Empowering Women Podcast S3: Patti Perez, Ditch the Drama in your Workplace

    Empowering Women Podcast S3: Patti Perez, Ditch the Drama in your Workplace

    Episode 6 (Season 3) of the Empowering Women Podcast
    GUEST:  Patti Perez, CEO at PersuasionPoint
    BIO:  Chief Drama Slayer that combines her experience as a licensed California attorney and a professionally-certified HR executive to specialize in the prevention and resolution of workplace drama.  Patti is the author of the best-selling, award winning book, The Drama-Free Workplace:  How You Can Prevent Unconscious Bias, Sexual Harassment, Ethics Lapses, and Inspire a Healthy Culture. As an entrepreneur, she is creating a revolutionary shift  in the way we communicate and connect at work. 


    CONNECT WITH PATTI
    LinkedIn PersuasionPoint Website
    LINKS
    April as Celebrate Diversity Month
    Six C’s of Inclusive Leadership
    The Drama-Free Workplace Book
    Empowering Women Website
    Empowering Women Slack Channel
    Empowering Women 2021 Event Information


    QUOTES
    “I think it’s important for men to understand, if they are fathers, the powerful influence that they have. My dad always believed in me.”
    “Instead of allyship I use the term radical kinship.  You walk with me. You are side-by-side on this journey with me.”
    “Who you think you are may not end up being who you actually are.”
    “If I had to give a single piece of advice to the ‘young Patti’, identify your unique strengths and unique value that you bring as early as possible and learn to communicate that.”
    “If you have to make yourself smaller or change the unique strengths that you have to somehow ‘fit in’ to the current culture you’re in, you’re doing yourself and the organization a disservice.”
    “Become better versed and understand why the legally-charged terms often (a) are imprecise and (b) end up raising the temperature instead of lowering it and what you can do instead. I advocate a 3-step process: (1) Talk about the words and behavior – don’t put that ‘label’ on it.  (2) How did it effect you.  (3) What we can do to fix it.”
    Three F’s of a Healthy Workplace Culture:  (1) Fearlessness (2) Fairness and (3) Freedom
    “Why employees do bring claims is because they do not have a perception of fairness.”
    “What I’ve long dreamed of doing is addressing that ‘middle tier’ that often goes ignored.  What I call a rising diverse leader. From an attrition perspective, it’s the most dangerous years”
    “We seem to give this message to women that you have to turn yourself into a pretzel in order to ‘fit in. “
    Watch this episode on YouTube.

    • 56 min

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