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Hey everyone. Stay tuned to the end of the interview where I’ll give you some actionable insights that I learned from my guest. These insights are also in the show notes. As always, thanks for listening.
Now on to my guest for today, Stephanie Slocum, founder of Engineers Rising and author of She Engineers: Outsmart Bias, Unlock Your Potential, and Create the Engineering Career of Your Dreams.
Stephanie has a degree in architectural engineering and worked as a corporate engineer for 15 years, achieving executive-level status. At that point she realized that she had a passion for helping and mentoring others, particularly women engineers. While still employed, she wrote She Engineers and then quit her job to start her own company to coach and support female engineers. One of her motives is to show her three daughters what is possible.
Stephanie says that there are different rules for women in both the engineering industry and in entrepreneurship, and she helps women navigate those differences. She believes it’s important for executives to become aware of and check their biases, because promotions often get handed to people who remind them of themselves. Stephanie also explains why the “work harder” mentality is not necessarily going to help when it comes to being a successful executive or entrepreneur.
Now, let’s get better together.
- While working hard is obviously important, there’s a time when you also need to start cultivating a different mindset than simply “work harder.” Slocum learned that she needed to ask for help, rather than trying to figure it all out herself.
- Cultivate skills in listening and self awareness. Part of asking for help is also learning how to listen and becoming more self-aware of your biases as well as your strengths and weaknesses.
- The security of a corporate job is an illusion.The only way to truly be empowered is to find a way to use your own unique talents, whether it’s through a side hustle, your own business, or your own foundation.