At Google, Twitter, and Facebook, women currently fill just ten to twenty percent of technical jobs. While career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math have increased dramatically in the past twenty years, the achievement gap between men and women has only grown wider. Engineer and entrepreneur Cristal Glangchai, Ph.D., author of the new book Venture Girls, joined us to share how we can raise girls to become confident young woman who are skilled at being leaders and changemakers.
In Venture Girls, Dr. Glangchai offers a unique solution based on her own experience as an engineer and entrepreneur as well as the founder of the VentureLab, an academy of entrepreneurship and technology for girls. Practical, accessible, and filled with success stories, Venture Girls argues that a key part of raising strong, confident young women is giving them the tools of entrepreneurship to engage in STEM.
Entrepreneurship isn’t just about starting companies, Dr. Glangchai says, it is a skillset and a way of thinking that is particularly useful in the fields of science, mathematics, engineering, and technology. Entrepreneurship involves identifying needs, brainstorming creative solutions, innovating, and taking calculated risks. In short, it’s about having a vision and making it a reality. The true value in learning and practicing entrepreneurship, Dr. Glangchai argues, lies in nurturing and growing an overall mindsetthe ability to learn from failure and to work well with others to bring your ideas to life.
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