What is your dream job? People like scientists, technologists, engineers, and mathematicians can come from anywhere and be anyone. Our world needs more female role models, so I found and interviewed an incredible female technology leader from Facebook. She contributes so much to Facebook and she motivates girls everywhere who aspire to work in STEM. Facebook is a company with amazing coders and scientists who make everything the company does possible. Please meet Fidji Simo and read about her interview!

What do you do at Facebook?:

“I lead the Facebook App.”

What started your love for STEM?:

“Being creative is an important part of who I am.  It carries through to my joy of creating clay sculptures, my appreciation of dance and my work in technology. I see working in STEM as a way to bring new products to life, and therefore in line with my passion for creating. And now at Facebook that creativity is essential in helping create products that bring our world closer together.”

Why do you think being a woman in science is so important?:

“Our world faces serious issues – from climate change to health care to economic challenges. We need women scientists, engineers and technologists to help build a better future that takes into account everyone’s diverse wants and needs.”

How can we inspire more girls to try STEM?:

“I think many girls believe they must already be great at math and science in order to pursue careers in STEM.  We need to change that perception as STEM is really more about creativity, problem solving and collaboration. I also think we need to expose girls to the many ways technology can be used to help them explore their existing interests. Finally, we need more successful women in leadership positions in tech so that girls can have role models and see a path for themselves in this field.”

Who supported you along the way to your success?:

“I’m fortunate to have many people who really believed in me along the way.  My family is a huge support system for me, especially my grandfather who taught me the importance of hard work, which is critical because most issues can be solved with hard work. I’ve also had a few great managers who have invested in me and my career. Will Cathcart, the head of WhatsApp, is one of those people. He believed in me before I truly believed in myself and encouraged me to move from Marketing to Product, which is really when I found my calling.”  

Is there anything else you would like to share with girls who are interested in STEM?:

“Pursue your interests and passions as it will make you happy and lead to success. And focus on the opportunities, not the limitations or challenges – where there’s a will, there’s a way.”

Author

Olivia Cohn is an eleven year old from Westport Connecticut. She is the 2018 winner of the National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Exposition, she also won the I SEE HER INVENT award from CA Technologies.

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