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Celebrating the Girls of Litmos

Every year as I sit down to write down a brand new model of the Worldwide Girls’s Day weblog it actually makes me suppose. How can I be a greater lady this 12 months? How can I be the most effective model of myself? Why is empowering different girls so necessary in a society that always tells us we’re too fats, we’re too skinny, we’re not fairly sufficient, we put on an excessive amount of make up, we have to look extra presentable, we must be a stay-at-home mother, we must always get a job, we must always simply be glad that we’re included within the dialog, we will need to have children, we should get married, blah, blah, BLAH. Day by day girls are held to impossibly excessive requirements, however every day we excel.

I’m so grateful to be a lady and to be surrounded by sturdy girls that push me to be the most effective model of myself each single day. Immediately I wish to introduce you to a few of these girls and to a number of the girls that preserve the Litmos wheels turning. They’re vivid, inspiring, sturdy, and delightful and I’m blessed to name them colleagues.

To get to know these girls somewhat higher, we requested all of them three questions:

  1. Who’s a lady who conjures up you and why?
  2. What are you most pleased with doing in your life?
  3. What’s crucial piece of recommendation that you just wish to give to a younger lady beginning her profession in tech?

Right here’s what they needed to say in honor of IWD:

Kate Bos
Kate BosCompliance Product Supervisor – Content material

  • Who’s a lady who conjures up you and why?
    Taryn Brumfitt – She’s Australian of the Yr 2023, a author, movie director and photographer. I’ve been following her for 7 years now after watching her first documentary ‘Embrace’. She conjures up me together with her honesty, fearlessness and since she is instructing the world to rejoice variety. I haven’t had many events in my life when a movie, e-book or documentary has had a profound and life-changing influence on my life – however ‘Embrace’ was simply that for me.
  • What are you most pleased with doing in your life?
    I suppose I ought to say I’m most pleased with the unimaginable youngsters I’m elevating, my profession thus far or designing my latest home renovation – all of which convey me pleasure. Proper now, although, I might say surviving 262 days of Melbourne Covid19 lockdowns is up there in my proudest achievements. For me it meant juggling working full time, protecting my household secure and properly, aiding my unwell dad and mom, instructing my two younger youngsters, and sustaining my very own psychological wellbeing. I’ve by no means been by means of such a protracted interval of uncertainty and problem in my life. I keep in mind studying this quote in the course of the worst days of lockdown – ‘When juggling as a lot as you might be, do not forget that some balls are glass, and a few are rubber. You possibly can’t drop the glass balls.’ – Nora Roberts. It was all about prioritisation and figuring out which of these issues have been glass and wanted your consideration essentially the most.
  • What’s crucial piece of recommendation you wish to give a younger lady beginning her profession in tech?
    An important recommendation I can provide somebody beginning their profession is to search out somebody who has your finest pursuits at coronary heart to champion your profession – your individual private cheerleader! It may very well be a supervisor, colleague, or somebody you admire in your office or business. Girls typically can discover workplaces very aggressive, however I don’t imagine we must be in competitors with one another. We must be elevating one another as much as be the most effective we will ALL be. As girls, I really feel social conditioning typically holds us again. It’s the deal with our look above our means, or the concept we’re not sturdy sufficient, or “too emotional”. All of us type views from a really younger age by means of the media, our households, tradition, faith, or society of tips on how to act, what roles we must always play in relationships and at work. It may set the scene for whether or not we achieve our careers. Having somebody to champion your trigger can assist break by means of that cup ceiling society has created.My most memorable managers have been very sturdy girls who’ve boosted my profession and never been jealous of my success. While I don’t personally really feel like I’ve suffered from inequality in wages or alternative in my profession, I actually take a look at my daughter and wish her to be given the identical alternatives to succeed and obtain the popularity she deserves as my son will. I really feel like I can and may pave the way in which for future girls to reach their careers – it’s what I can do to make a distinction.

Jennifer Gray
jennifer greyAccount Government

  • Who’s a lady that conjures up you and why?
    This can be somewhat cliché however I must go together with Susan Wells-Yerger, my highschool cheerleading coach. She is among the strongest and smartest girls I’ve encountered in my life. Regardless of a protracted battle with polio after which breast most cancers in her later years, Susan didn’t enable these challenges to gradual her down. She impacted 1000’s of high-school college students, however the cheerleaders have been in a position to absorb the actually helpful classes by spending numerous hours in her presence. She inspired us to be respectable, clever, and pushed younger girls. “S” – our nickname for Susan- impressed us to face up for what is correct, be sort and compassionate, and go after our goals. I nonetheless have lunch with “S” every now and then and nothing has changed- she motivates me to do higher… to be higher… in all points of my life.
  • What are you most pleased with doing in your life?
    I’m most pleased with myself for operating the St Jude Marathon in 2016. I’ve all the time beloved to train however this was not the extraordinary go to to the gymnasium or an off-the-cuff jog. The quantity of each bodily and psychological power required to make it by means of the coaching season after which the precise race proved to be a tough journey. Though I don’t plan to ever run a full once more, I’m extremely grateful for the self-discipline and way of life which have caught with me, to not point out crossing the end line is a second I’ll always remember.
  • What’s crucial piece of recommendation that you just wish to give to a younger lady beginning her profession in tech?
    The perfect recommendation I can supply is that you just should not have to be the neatest particular person within the room. You simply should pay attention with intent. Take heed to be taught. Communicate with goal and ask questions once you want readability. Be your self. We’re all wired otherwise and in the event you begin making an attempt to be somebody

Sydnie Montoya
sydnie montoyaHelp Group Supervisor for North America

  • Who’s a lady who conjures up you and why?
    Everybody most likely says this, however it’s so true! My Mother conjures up me essentially the most! She’s all the time wanting to assist others; it’s completely the place I get it from. She’s loving and caring and can do absolutely anything for household and buddies. I’ve seen her time and time once more try for fulfillment and meet her objectives all through her life. She’s taught me a lot, most significantly to be respectful. I’ll all the time be glad about every part she’s performed for me and what she’s impressed me to do.
  • What are you most pleased with doing in your life?
    Over the past couple years, I’ve been capable of buy my own residence and be self-sufficient. I discovered a brand new ardour for all issues health, well being and wellbeing and have become a licensed well being coach. I’ve hit a turning level in life and now constructing who I’m and what I wish to turn out to be.
  • What’s crucial piece of recommendation that you just wish to give to a younger lady beginning her profession in tech?
    Know your strengths, abilities, and limits. Be trustworthy with your self. Take the danger, make errors, and be taught from them. You’ll uncover who you might be and what you wish to do. Be certain to set boundaries as a result of burnout is REAL! Most significantly, take pleasure in what you do.

Kavya Beerval
Kavya BeervalUI Developer

  • Who’s a lady who conjures up you and why?
    There isn’t just one lady that conjures up me. I all the time beloved studying about feminine CEOs. I take main inspiration from their tales. Being a mom myself, the motivating factor about these unimaginable girls is how exhausting they work to stability their private {and professional} lives whereas caring for their little ones. Sooner or later, I want to be a profitable entrepreneur like them.
  • What are you most pleased with doing in your life?
    I’m most pleased with who I’m as we speak. The “Kavya” I’m at the present time is the character that displays years of constructing with many ups and downs . And this doesn’t cease me from engaged on myself, I thrive to be a greater model of myself on a regular basis. The perspective to all the time enhance retains me motivated. Ready to satisfy future Kavya 🙂
  • What’s crucial piece of recommendation that you just wish to give to a younger lady beginning her profession in tech?
    Don’t be afraid. You’re nothing much less. There will probably be individuals who attempt to put you down however get up for your self. Additionally, continue learning and problem your self. Be it any subject of tech, get your basis sturdy. Plan for the long run, having a transparent imaginative and prescient for the approaching years is important.

Michaela Schmidt
Michaele SchmidtDeal Desk Analyst

  • Who’s a lady who conjures up you and why?
    My Mom was a single mom, who was pulled out of college in 12 months 10 and is Dyslexic like myself. She taught me that my dyslexia is a present, not a incapacity. My mom is a self-taught database programmer and is an professional in her subject. Her saying “faux it until you make it” has helped immensely in my profession because it has hers. She taught me the worth of not listening to those that would inform me I couldn’t do it and asking myself if I can, even when she was the one telling me I couldn’t.
  • What are you most pleased with doing in your life?
    Overcoming the debilitating nervousness that was destroying my life for a few years and coping with the exhausting points I needed to run and conceal from. Since placing the work in to get mentally wholesome I’ve been capable of make strides in my skilled and private life, not feeling like I’m behind the 8 ball.
  • What’s crucial piece of recommendation that you just wish to give to a younger lady beginning her profession in tech?
    Don’t let others let you know, you could’t be in tech simply because you’re a lady. Tech wants girls to take a look at issues in a unique mild. By no means be scared to ask a query, you cannot be taught with out acknowledging you don’t know the reply. Life is studying.

Darshini Chalam
Darshini ChalamSr. Director, Gross sales Operations

  • Who’s a lady who conjures up you and why?
    My older sister. To me, she is a real-life embodiment of Marvel Girl in 5-inch heels. ( we’re brief girls 😉 ) She is my inspiration for continued/ sustained inspiration. Observing her and the alternatives she made by means of out the years, and particularly how she manages to search out work life stability in her management function. The issues I discovered from her that I imagine will all of us get impressed to however keep impressed.i. Be taught to choose your battles personally and professionally
    ii. Know your priorities and stick with them
    iii. Discover your ‘completely happy’ routine and stick with it
  • What are you most pleased with doing in your life?
    On private observe, surviving most cancers. In my tenth 12 months of being most cancers free, I ran 14 operating races. I discovered my ‘completely happy’ routine by means of this expertise.
  • What’s crucial piece of recommendation that you just wish to give to a younger lady beginning her profession in tech?
    Don’t use somebody’s ruler to measure your individual success.

Jen Jackson
Jen JacksonQueen of Every part
AKA Senior Vice President of Buyer Expertise

  • Who’s a lady who conjures up you and why?
    So many ladies, that is exhausting to reply.
    1. Katherine Hepburn is my go-to, in a time the place equality for ladies within the office was actually looking for its place, Katherine stepped ahead. She was not solely unimaginable in her craft, however she was her personal particular person, spoke her thoughts, and labored exhausting to clear the trail for these behind her.2. Michelle Obama could be my more moderen, I respect her method, her thought course of and her vulnerability. She has opened the world to so many younger those who haven’t thought-about. I really like that she isn’t solely a powerful feminine chief, but in addition function mannequin and he or she is actual. We’d like extra of this.
  • What are you most pleased with doing in your life?
    – Making folks. Regardless of their momma working nonstop, they’re amazingly good people, with good hearts, and perpetuate kindness and humility. They’re my biggest achievements.-But additionally serving to, supporting, guiding , mentoring. Working to make sure any who want assist have it, many instances that’s chatting with teams about realities of ladies in tech, girls in management, making a optimistic tradition of communication and collaboration.-I work exhausting as a pacesetter to emulate conduct of the tradition we’d like, being approachable, susceptible, and open. Wherever I’m, it doesn’t matter what stage or season of life, I attempt to not solely assist the place I can, however to brazenly search new methods to assist. I reside my values, individuals are people earlier than all else, I begin with kindness, and guarantee folks really feel snug to be who they’re. I create house for all with intention.
  • What’s crucial piece of recommendation that you just wish to give to a younger lady beginning her profession in tech?
    -Discover the helpers. We’re in all places, get a mentor, get a coach. Establish what scares you essentially the most, what you suppose is your weakest space and work on it.Earlier than ALL else, keep in mind, you’re the proper particular person for the function you might be in.
    They picked you. They didn’t choose flawed. You CAN and can do that.
    You’re proper the place you might be purported to be, and you might be NOT an imposter.They picked you.Deliver the DGBH power to your on a regular basis life. Construct up every part and everybody round you, make it part of who you might be. It’s contagious and the world wants it. It helps you develop, it helps you might have good days, and it trains the thoughts and the attention to see the nice, see the chance and never all the time be making ready for the worst.(Drunk Woman Rest room Hype) After we stroll into the lavatory on the ground and stroll out on prime of the world!

Kyile Stair
Kyile StairChief Individuals Officer

  • Who’s a lady who conjures up you and why?
    My mom. I all the time knew I needed to reflect her work ethic and her means to stability her life with every part else. She was a continuing advocate and supporter for not simply myself, however my siblings as properly. I beloved the concept of at some point, working in an “workplace setting” and doing “one thing in enterprise”, similar to her. Additionally, an enormous shoutout to my two sisters, who’re each nurses. It takes a tremendous particular person to do what nurses do day out and in. They’re two of my favourite folks on the planet; and all the time assist floor me.
  • What are you most pleased with doing in your life?
    -Personally: Elevating one other human being (my son). After turning into a mom, I used to be blown away by how tough it may be to lift a toddler and preserve your individual private identification. I’m additionally always studying from him (can I simply say, “thumbs up for search engines like google and yahoo!” to assist reply my son’s fixed questions). He jogs my memory to snort and be foolish.-On the schooling aspect: I’m pleased with reaching my MBA and turning into a licensed coach. Each of those accomplishments took loads of time and power, and I used to be proud to have dedicated to every. I met superb folks alongside the way in which – and naturally, discovered loads of attention-grabbing issues!
  • What’s crucial piece of recommendation that you just wish to give to a younger lady beginning her profession in tech?
    Encompass your self with individuals who advocate for you, and (if the timing is correct personally) put your identify within the hat and say sure to that subsequent (possibly scary) challenge or function. I used to be lucky in my profession to have some superb feminine managers who have been always pushing me to go for alternatives I by no means would have alone. I wouldn’t have the work experiences I’ve as we speak if it wasn’t for many who “threw my identify within the hat” for brand spanking new roles, initiatives, formal coaching applications, and extra (typically with out me understanding it!). Due to my very own experiences; I’m an enormous advocate of ladies supporting girls within the office. However no matter gender, discover these people who find themselves placing your accomplishments and achievements out to world, simply because they understand how superior you might be and are rooting for you. Additionally, learn the way your small business operates, and preserve an understanding round monetary acumen.

Amber Hodge
Amber HodgeSenior Account Government

  • Who’s a lady who conjures up you and why?
    From a private standpoint, my grandmother is my largest supply of inspiration. She handed away in January 2022 and regardless of being confronted with a lot adversity in her life she achieved nice issues. Most significantly, she labored exhausting and beloved her household. I discovered a lot from her experiences and her knowledge was invaluable. From an expert standpoint, I’m impressed every day by the ladies I work with throughout all departments right here at Litmos. I’ve been so lucky to develop so many nice relationships during the last 6.5 years with Litmos and there may be nothing that makes me happier than seeing these girls flourish each personally and professionally.
  • What are you most pleased with doing in your life?
    Being a working mother is a difficult and rewarding expertise. It takes power, perseverance, and dedication to reach each spheres. Whereas I’m actually not the primary to do it, and will certainly not be the final, I’m so extremely pleased with myself for adapting and studying to stability the calls for of labor and household. It’s one thing I really take satisfaction in and it’s redefining what “having all of it” means to me.
  • What’s crucial piece of recommendation that you just wish to give to a younger lady beginning her profession in tech?
    My primary piece of recommendation could be to lean in and construct a neighborhood by means of relationships with different girls in your organization, subject, and/or community. As girls, it’s so necessary for us to assist one another within the office. Moreover, by no means cease studying and growing your abilities. The tech business is consistently evolving, and it’s necessary to maintain up with the newest traits and developments. Even in the event you don’t really feel like you’re the smartest within the room, all the time try to work the toughest and attempt to develop a various vary of abilities that may show you how to stand out. Don’t hesitate to ask questions and search steerage from these round you (do not forget that neighborhood I discussed earlier). Lastly, all the time imagine in your self and your skills. You’ve earned your home within the business by means of your exhausting work and dedication, so don’t let anybody make you’re feeling in any other case.


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