It's 2017 and technology is more prevalent than it ever has been. I decided to interview women during the SXSW Interactive portion of the festival to raise awareness for women in tech and the data associated with such topics. In this episode, you'll hear why I'm passionate about encouraging women to get into science & engineering fields as well as some of my concerns with recent data that has been published about the actual number of women obtaining degrees in these fields. It stems (no pun intended) from my childhood, but I'm grateful for it because it's allowed me to be empathic towards these issues now as an adult. Part II of "Women at SXSW" also features soundbites from women answering the question: "What has been your greatest life lesson thus far?" I wanted to bridge two things I"m extremely passionate about: women in STEM & sharing insightful wisdom that can be applied to our personal and/or professional lives.
During SXSW Interactive, WOWW Campaign interviewed women from all over the country at various events in Austin, TX. They all had to answer the same question: "What has been your greatest life lesson thus far?" Women from all over the world shared lessons and insight they've gathered from life and were not afraid to share this knowledge in order to support our mission of inspiring other people. You'll learn what "STEM" stands for and why we chose the Interactive portion of the festival to highlight women in tech and other industries. In this episode, you'll also learn why data and statistics related to women in tech jobs are important for our economy and the future of our children. Stay tuned for Part II where another 15 women will answer the same question and show you that regardless of age, culture or socioeconomic status, we all have something unique to share with others!
Samantha Fishbein is the COO & Co-Founder of @Betches. In this interview, Samantha talks about the importance of knowing yourself and doing the emotional work in order to have the ability to push through, whether it's in your personal or professional life. Samantha started Betches with her two college girlfriends and envisioned to turn their business into the online platform and brand that it is today. However, Samantha describes in detail how significant self-development has been for her mental health as well as helping her with day-to-day demands as an entrepreneur.
As a daughter of immigrant parents and the first generation to be born in the US, I think it's important to discuss some of the topics that are a part of many conversations today such as: women's rights, immigration reform and LGBT rights. All opinions are my own and are intended to encourage people to have similar conversations wherever they are in order to better understand why and how other individuals think the way they do. From entrepreneurship being part of the latin culture, to family members that are gay/lesbian, the stories in this interview are told from my personal perspective. Enjoy and please give your feedback - I am always interested in hearing from people with various backgrounds and polar opposite opinions.
Melody Afkami talks about her journey as an entrepreneur and what made her leave her corporate job in order to follow her passion and start Melody DanceFit - dance fitness classes in Austin, TX. Melody goes in-depth about how she maintains her personal level of authenticity which also gives her brand a unique voice that people can relate to. In this interview, you'll also hear about some of the challenges she's had to overcome in her personal life while balancing the demands of her business.