Inspiring STEM

Leading senior females in STEM discuss their careers, career defining moments, successes and the advice they would share to others looking to pursue a similar career path.

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Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.
— Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook
Networking is absolutely key to creating a supportive network within any industry.
— Sheila Flavell, COO and Co-founder of FDM Group
When I look in the mirror, I often see my eyebrows raised up. And lots of people have told me that when I talk about science or engineering my eyebrows go up, so all my passion and energy goes straight in there! So I see that, but I also see someone who wants to do something worthwhile, that wants to change something, make some kind of little ripple in the world. For me, that’s all about getting more women to do engineering.
— Roma Agrawal, Structural Engineer at WSP, designed bridges, sculptures and skyscrapers – notably London’s Shard. Roma is an advocate for getting girls interested in STEM subjects and careers.
What would you do if you weren’t afraid?
— Sheryl Sandberg, author of Lean In

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If you have a daughter, she should go be an engineer.
— Meg Whitman, President and CEO, Hewlett-Packard
Become An Engineer.
— Emma Watson, Actress and Ambassador for UN Women, HeForShe campaigner
I say to women you can have it all but it’s tough. If you want to have it all, think big. Most people think too small, both men and women, both think about that next job or next role or whatever.... Think big, dream big, if you have it in your mind it’s more likely to happen. You won’t recognise opportunity if you think small.
— Uschi Schreiber, EY
“I was asked by a man at a dinner what it felt like to be a female chief executive,” she says, sporting a frown. “I told him I didn’t know what it felt like to be a male one.” Coutu isn’t a fan of the debate about men versus women in business. “If you’re good, you’re good, no matter what gender you are.”
— Sherry Coutu, Investor and Entrepreneur, Founder ScaleUp Institute and Founder4Schools

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If we’re going to out-innovate and out-educate the rest of the world, we’ve got to open doors for everyone. We need all hands on deck, and that means clearing hurdles for women and girls as they navigate careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.
— Michelle Obama
What we need in IT is not lots of technical skills but people who are good at influencing, at analysing, at understanding business problems and then can apply the right IT solution.
— Susan Cooklin, Network Rail
It’s about how can we bring advances in technology to effect change in the business. Many people don’t realise how creative you can be with technology.
— Emma McGuigan, UK and Ireland managing director of technology, Accenture
Be always learning. You’ll never know if you can do it or not unless you give it a go.
— Kathryn Parsons, CEO, Decoded