There are so many reasons I am excited to become President of Umbel.
I wholeheartedly believe in the power of data and feel confident it will be the most valuable industry of the future. And though we're a startup, we already have an impressive roster of clients, not to mention I have the honor to work with brilliant, creative people who inspire me daily.'
But there's an even bigger reason for me to be excited.
Years ago, I took my then 9 year old daughter to UT Austin's Girl's Day of Engineering. She spent a full day coding and learning about tech with dozens of other girls and had a blast. However, if you have been around technology at all, you are probably well aware that women engineers are in extremely short supply — and the tech world is dominated by male engineers.
The next day, I noticed she was a bit pensive. When prodded, she asked, "Do you think we will ever live in a world where boys are allowed to be engineers?"
How amazing. Just one day of seeing girls in an engineering role opened up a new understanding of the limitless borders for girls, in her mind.
If girls see women engineers, they believe they can be engineers, too. If a girl sees a woman rise in the executive ranks, that possibility becomes an option for them, too.
I'm excited about Umbel and even more excited about the path ahead for all the girls I know.