Tell us your story.
Growing up in this generation, I don't think there was ever a time where I wasn't involved in the digital space. Throughout college, digital media and technology were engrained in the way I communicated, learned, and entertained myself. After school it was only normal for me to have a career in a field that completely dominated my lifestyle.
What has fascinated me since the day I got my first AIM screen name (not entirely sure what it was but probably something too embarrassing to mention here) was how much technology has shaped the way we communicate and the relationships we keep. Being able to travel halfway around the world and still be able to reach the people I want to at the click of a button is something that is truly powerful. It wan't until I started to travel as an adult and meet new friends around the world that I really noticed this. I wanted to get involved in the field that allowed me to stay so close to the people I care about, while at the same time exploring a new place and learning new things.
What do you most want other women and young girls to know about being a woman in our digital culture?
I think one of the most important things that one of my former mentors taught me was to always speak up. Specifically she told me, "you're in this room for a reason, let people know that." At my first job, I knew I was hired for my knowledge of digital and social media, but didn't always realize that I could impart this knowledge on my colleagues without being asked or prompted to do so. Women should always know that they are hired to be in this industry for a reason. So always speak up! What you have to say is important.