Do you have any passion projects outside of work? If so, can you tell us more?
I am contributing to an open source project called Pursuance! It is an end-to-end encrypted task management tool for social activists. Learn more about Pursuance here.
I also offer 1:1 coding classes to teach web app development. You can contact me here.
Who inspires you today?
I used to spend a lot of time listening to trendy entrepreneurs, like people that have podcasts, and give Ted talks, and write books with titles such as “The 5 Things Extremely Successful People Do That You Don’t”.
Instead of feeling inspired, I felt inadequate. The people who truly inspire me are those who don’t have huge followings, but are motivated to share their passions, skills, and shortcomings with the world anyway.
Thank you for sharing Val!
What is your role/title and industry?
I am a Product Manager in the Bay Area.
Who or what would you attribute to your success so far?
My parents for instilling in me a go-getter attitude. My past failures for teaching me how to be the best version of myself. My girlfriend for always believing in me.
From your experience, what advice would you have for women in the workplace?
I wouldn’t have expected to have much advice to give so early in my career. I always assumed that the non-obvious, systemic issues that women face in the workplace only occurred at the executive level, after years of experience. I think that was because I had only ever heard career advice from older women who were well established in their careers. Sheryl Sandberg comes to mind.
But I have been in my professional career for about 6 months and I can already say from firsthand experience: People will assume the least of you. They will give the challenging work, the important, exciting work, to your male peers. Don’t be intimidated by the boys club. You have to put yourself out there and actively prove your worth.