March 31, 2020
My guest this week takes suggestions from others, but she doesn't compare herself to anyone else. She has faith in what she believes in and is driven by her gut instinct. Ever since her mother had cancer, she was determined to find solution in cancer research - and despite a lot of struggle, she is now thriving in her career; whilst also juggling two kids and a husband. It hasn't been easy spinning so many plates and she has certainly been through some hard times. But these periods of adversity have shown her that she has strength and determination to get through anything.
Amazingly, despite all her achievements and accomplishments, she still feels she has more to do...how typical of a badass woman in STEM..sometimes she's had to 'act like a man' to get what she's got, but all in all her gratitude for life is uplifting!
March 24, 2020
My guest this week is self-isolating, like the rest of us, but is really using the time to reset. Usually, she resets during her commute to work. But, whatever the situation may be, she does need that time to take stock of what she is doing and get organised. During quarantine, she wants to learn to code! Why not!?!?
She feels that failing and messing up are essential for learning. She has had to teach herself to set realistic expectations for herself. In fact, she feels that you should lean into the the things that scare you.
After an academic career in microfluidics, she has now started her own technology start-up, which has brought about some brand new challenges. My guest seems to take everything in her stride, which is remarkably calming. She's definitely one to listen to, if you're panicking about your future!
March 17, 2020
My guest this week takes all failures and adversity in her stride. She always puts efforts into learning from her mistakes and finding the silver lining in every cloud. She talks about the dangerous tipping point between too much and too little self-doubt. Self doubt is good and useful, up until a point, at which it can then become detrimental.
STM education needs to start early, which includes the toys children play with, which can massively affect their STEM interest. She believes that in going into any career, you must have a genuine passion and interest for the field.
We discuss womanhood and the coaching she received in order to carry herself confidently and assertively in the male-dominated world of Clean Tech.
March 10, 2020
This week on Scilence, my guest expert in physics, talks about how she fell into the subject. She followed her instincts and was guided by a very wise and independent mother, who raised her to believe that she could do anything she put her mind to. In following her passions and interests she ended up putting her mind to physics. And through hard work and determination, she is now a world-leading expert on one of the biggest physics experiments in the world.
One of the secrets of her success is to not care too much about what people think, but instead believe in herself and her own capabilities. Nothing has held this woman back, even being a foreigner, in a place that she now calls home. Accepting that things will be tough, but taking on the challenge is what has been the key to her accomplishments.
All this and so much more, on Scilence.
March 3, 2020
My guest this week has always been a builder and video games and computers got her into STEM - despite her dad saying that computers would never catch on.
She acknowledges that something strange happens to the confidence of girls in STEM in high school, and she herself has experienced challenges in being female at work. Despite experiencing all this herself and fighting against stereotypes and cultural expectations; self-confidence has always seen her through.
Her main message is that you should always surround yourself with supportive people. People who believe in you until you learn to believe in yourself.
All this and so much more on Scilence..
February 25, 2020
This week my guest talks about her new found freedom having newly qualified with her PhD in evolutionary biology. She knows that reputation is everything and is trying not to define herself by her qualifications. This will be a long journey of self-discovery. She has been passionate about studying animals and loves the messiness of biology, although enjoys trying to make sense of chaos. She talks about how girls aspire to be perfect and how it can lead to our unhappiness. Women have greater expectations of themselves compared to men and much of that is tied to culture. We discuss all this and so much more..
February 18, 2020
This week my guest is in STEM education and has seen positive change over the last couple of decades. Despite incremental improvements in gender parity, it is still so important for role models, women in STEM to make themselves known.
Girls have traditionally been discouraged into STEM. Maths and physics are seen as subjects for boys and it has been assumed that girls would find these subjects too difficult. My guest believes that we should stop being over-consumed with the difficulties of academia and focus more on the bigger opportunities that STEM careers can bring.
Careers in STEM allow people to contribute to solving the biggest scientific and technological challenges of our time. Engineering, is also an industry that effects absolutely everything we do. Very few people realise just how frequently engineers have influenced most aspects of our lives. We discuss how important it is to smash through stereotypes and outdated cultural expectations and educate people on the type of jobs people in STEM enjoy and how they are all making a massive positive impact on the planet!
February 11, 2020
This week's podcast is short and sweet, but we still manage to delve into the nitty gritty of how my guest became so successful so soon, in health tech. She now runs a start-up, after attending one of the most technical colleges in the world. She admits to reaching a rock bottom of mental health which helped her to put into perspective the things that are a priority in life, including maintaining balance in her work and personal life. We discuss the importance of failure and not caring too much about the opinions of others. Interestingly, being a woman in STEM hadn't occurred to her - maybe things are changing?
February 4, 2020
This week, my guest, a woman in tech came from extreme under privilege, where women in her neighbourhood had three choices; sell drugs, strip or prostitute themselves for a living. Thankfully, her struggle to climb out of this poverty came from her insatiable desire to learn and self-educate. She has always been a fighter and that has helped her so much as a successful woman in tech. She no longer takes 'no' for an answer and is proud of being unconventional. Nothing stops my guest, but she couldn't do any of it without the support of her 28-year marriage, two daughters and the acknowledgement woman helping women; more than ever before.
January 28, 2020
My guest this week, a biomedical engineer spent a year getting to know herself by spending time alone. She got comfortable with hanging with herself and it taught her so much about who she is. She chose biomedical engineering after suffering from an injury and now loves being able to help others through creative and medical means. Her class is 40% women and she feels that it is necessary to find mentors and role models who can be in your own corner. As a result, of having people who believe in er, she now has a clear sense of her own purpose. We discuss the importance of being curious, hardworking and putting yourself out there - despite all the self-doubt and over-analysis (classic female traits). She discusses how terrified she is about fitting in motherhood with career, But she hopes she will have to make the sacrifice one day, because to her, motherhood will be the biggest sacrifice and biggest reward.