Who is inspirational to Powers Education today? Marissa Mayer, the CEO of Yahoo!
Despite Yahoo’s checkered success in recent years, Mayer remains a strong role model and success story in the tech industry. She got started at Google as the company’s first female engineer after graduating from Stanford and continued to work there for over 10 years.
It's the year 2016, and unfortunately, we still meet big inequalities between women and men, but I would say we're on a good path to “balance“. Of course, there will never be perfect equality, that is just impossible; it's like yin and yang, you need black in white and white in black. But concerning the Stem field, women in STEM need to consider studying, excelling and building up their career. Look at successful STEM companies, many of them are lead by women: Xerox, Google, General Motors, etc. But no one pays attention to that; doesn´t mean it can't be true. This cliché of women, stationed in the kitchen and taking care of children, should be erased from the minds of ladies and gentlemen. I know you might say that this seems natural since this is how was for centuries, and it was, it shouldn't be anymore. The time is different, everything is going forward, everything is changing. Before men were seen as the predator, but now there are many possible leaders. That is what we call evolution.
Burns is the chairman and chief executive officer of Xerox Corporation, making her the first African-American woman CEO to run a Fortune 500 Company. She obtained her bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from New York University and master degree in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University.
Danah Boyd, who studied Computer Science at Brown University and earned a Mater’s degree in Social Media at MIT, is the founder of today's promoting start-up: Data & Society. Danah’s beginnings were not as famous as it could seem. She had a difficult time in middle school and had some troubles with herself because of her parent's divorce. She found a rescue from her unhappy life on the Internet because it helped her to understand the world better and get some new contacts. That’s when her “relation“ with the Internet and social media began.
Zhou Qunfei is today’s world's richest female tech founder, originally from a poor family from a rural mainland China. Qunfei runs today's most successful company for glass phone and tablet covers that supply both Samsung and Apple. But how did her story begin? Back to China’s countryside in 1993, Qunfei left her hometown at the age of 23 to work in a glass factory in Shenzen. It didn’t take long until she got tired of the long hard work routine, so she left to start her own glass manufactory next-door. She promised to their clients an even higher quality of watch lenses. Qunfei self-developed a complex screen-printing process that allowed her to improve prints for current glasses.
“On the way to work, I say to myself everyday, ‘today is a good day for a good day,” she explained. “You have to start every day feeling like that is the day you’re going to continue to make progress. Some days I don’t. But I wake up the next day deeply believing on my drive in that I will make a difference that day. It is super empowering, frankly, to have that world view. It doesn’t come overnight, but nothing really good does.”