Influence without authority
The Gender Equity Initiative, a student-led effort to increase the number of women in the program, grew out of an off-the-cuff conversation with a classmate. Our initial goal was to have 40 percent women by 2020.
Being involved with the Gender Equity Initiative taught me how to expand one’s influence, in part by having Confidence Without Attitude. You can create enormous change by voicing your position in the right way with the right people.
Not being in an official leadership position in your job doesn’t mean you are without influence. Berkeley Haas helped me understand and practice asking the right questions, listening to the answers and building one’s credibility.
Valuable career connections
When I was on the fence, deciding between pursuing a technology path or exploring the social impact sector, career coaches helped me sort out the opportunities to do both.
When I contacted alumni, I was always impressed with their willingness to take a call or have coffee. And, as co-chair of Week Zero, I found their generosity and willingness to return to campus to speak and take part awesome.
When I interviewed to be a Mayfield Fellow, one of the things Professor Andrew Isaacs and I talked about was his case study about Nest Labs. He picked right up on my interest in Nest and connected me with the company. Long story short, that’s where I did my summer internship.