WALL OF INSPIRATION

Let’s Close the Gender Gap in STEM, one Inspirational Brick at a time…

“Women will have achieved true equality when men share with them the responsibility of bringing up the next generation.” Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
“The only phrase I’ve ever disliked is, ‘Why, we’ve always done it that way.’ I always tell young people, go ahead and do it. You can always apologize later.” Grace Brewster Murray Hopper
Former U.S. Navy Rear Admiral and Computer Scientist
“You’re never too old, and if you want to, as my mother said, you can do anything you want to, but you have to work at it.” Annie J. Easley
Former Computer Scientist, Mathematician, and Rocket Scientist, NASA
“Women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world.” Hillary Rodham Clinton
Former First Lady of the United States
U.S. Secretary of State
U.S. Senator, New York
“If we’re going to out-innovate and out-educate the rest of the world, then we have to open doors to everyone. We can’t afford to leave anyone out. We need all hands on deck. And that means clearing hurdles for women and girls as they navigate careers in science, technology, engineering and math. And so encouraging girls early not to lose heart in those fields, and encouraging them through high school is important. But it also means making sure that these young women can keep pursuing their dreams in college and beyond. ” Michelle Obama
Former First Lady of the United States
“What I want young women and girls to know is: You are powerful and your voice matters. You’re going to walk into many rooms in your life and career where you may be the only one who looks like you or who has had the experiences you’ve had. But you remember that when you are in those rooms, you are not alone. We are all in that room with you applauding you on. Cheering your voice. And just so proud of you. So you use that voice and be strong.” Kamala Harris
Vice President of the United States
“The more often you choose bravery over perfection, the better.” Reshma Saujani
Founder & CEO, Girls Who Code
“If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat. Just get on.” Sheryl Sandberg
Chief Operating Officer, Facebook
“Learn to ask for things. Be concise, relevant, and brave.” Angie Chang
CEO & Founder, Girl Geek X
“When you are sharing your thoughts, you are being creative in your own way.” Laísa Barros
CEO, This Is Laísa, LLC
“Ask a child to draw a scientist, and they’re most likely going to draw a man. Be the one to change this: Ask questions. Share your ideas. Stay involved.” Angela Hu
Co-Founder, STEM for FEM
“Don’t forget to celebrate small wins. Your baby steps deserve to be celebrated and recognized.” Vicky Vo
Co-Founder, Students of UXD
“Diversity and inclusivity benefits innovation and everyone at the table; it brings in new perspectives and allows us to use STEM to create solutions that are equitable.” Sophie Feng
Co-President, STEM for FEM
“Embrace your untapped potential with wide arms. Know that you are worthy, capable, brilliant, and your ideas will change the world.” Davina Premraj
CEO & Founder, MedSTEMPowered
“Don’t dwell on the outside noise. Be creative, be confident, be a boss.” Jennifer Lew
Founder & President, GirlsCodeIt
“I learned from my PhD journey to keep trying to solve problems even when there is seemingly no progress. Be persistent, appreciate the small steps, learn from others, and ask for advice.” Dr. Natasa Dragovic
President, USAAAO
“If you walk into a room where no one else looks like you, it’s important to remember that you deserve to be there just as much as everyone else – and maybe even more so.” Alexa Kayman
CEO & Founder, The Generation
“You’re worth every penny you ask for and you’re likely not asking for enough.” Dr. Brittany Barreto
Executive Director & Co-Founder, FemTech Focus
“Things are hard, especially the first few times, and maybe even the first few hundred times. But it’s important to remember that you have the skills and dedication to push through. And how boring would it be if you got everything right the first time? Just keep trying – you can do it!” Helen Huang
Co-Founder, Co.Lab
“It’s never too late to start.” Jasmine Nguyen
Co-CEO & Co-Founder, Diversify Our Narrative
“Don’t ever let uncertainty over your ideas hold you back— all great things have to start somewhere, and you never know until you try. And along the way, remember that it’s totally okay to make mistakes, fail, or face tremendous setbacks. It’s all part of the process, and if you ever feel discouraged, ground yourself by remembering that everything is a learning process! No matter the outcome, it’s almost guaranteed that you learned something really valuable in all your experiences no matter what they might be, and that’s truly what matters in the end. The lessons you pick up along the way are far more important than your final destination!” Katelin Zhou
Co-Founder, Co-Executive Director of Operations, Diversify Our Narrative
“Do not shy away from pursuing your passion and listening to your inner voice!” Dr. Roopan Gill
Executive Director, Vitala Global Foundation
“Don’t be afraid to pursue what’s good and true.” Abigayle Peterson
Founder & CEO, Magnify Wellness
“Do not look for approval from others, but from yourself, because true empowerment comes from within you! Not everyone will accept what you do, but do not allow that to stop you.” Rachel Gunawan
Operations Lead, Tech Girls United
“Nothing in this world is ever too good for you. Do not let the expectations of other people affect the accomplishments that are already coming your way.” Umeesha N. D’Alwis
CEO & Founder, LawyerUp
“Push yourself outside your comfort zone – find solace in being the only, the token, in the room. It will be temporary. You are paving the way for other women and minorities to follow, with the hope that our journey makes things easier for them.” Maria Isabel Bances
Founder & Owner, Belongst & Token Techie Latina
“If you’re second-guessing doing something scary, ask yourself, “why not?” …if you can’t give yourself a good answer, besides that it makes you uncomfortable, you owe it to yourself to try.” Julia Landauer
Champion Racecar Driver & Motivational Speaker, Julia Landauer Racing, LLC
“Don’t wait for someone else to create opportunities for you. Make your own reality.” Kayla Nicholas
President & Founder, The Lawyer Connection Club
“Time comes once. Make the most out of every moment!” Rachel Wang
Founder & Executive Director, Girls For Business
“Stop waiting for that opportunity. Start creating that opportunity for yourself, and you’ll get to where you need to be faster.” Skyler Basco
Founder & CEO, BEAM.
“Own you mind, focus your faith, set your pace, and run your race! You can do anything you set your mind to!” Cheyanne Harris
Civil Engineer, Brown and Caldwell
“Your identity can be a tumultuous complexity that looks more simple than it is, embrace all of it, because together it will allow you to go farther then expected. Your creative desire to do something may seem challenging or unrealistic, remember the art of it all is bringing together what may not have been known or remembered before creatively.” Naomi Nunis
Future Founder & CEO, UoP Graduate Student & SWE President
“Perfection is overrated – just show up.” Su Wern Khor
Programs Manager, FemTech Focus
“Don’t ever let anyone tell you what your worth is. You set your own self-worth, and if people are not going to treat you right, you walk away and it’s their loss. You can be anything you want to be. Envision it. Believe in it. Go after it. And get back up every time you fall, because disappointments are just learning opportunities so that you can become a stronger better person.” Julia Ling
Actress & Film Producer, Veteran Powered Films
“Instead of waiting for others to open the doors to opportunities for you, open the doors yourself. Also, make sure you hold them open for others to pass through the doors as well.” Elizabeth Qiu
DC Chapter Lead, Codecademy
President, Churchill Musicians Club
Founder & Owner, Upbeat Music Studio
“The only thing to fear is fear itself, and the only time you fail is when you don’t try! Start now; there are fun lessons to be learned on your journey.” Chynna Morgan
Founder & CEO, GIF Out Loud
“Never forget the power of your imagination when it comes to technology.” Amber Schroader
Founder & CEO, Paraben Corporation
“Many people tell me that individuals can’t do much in the climate crisis and the main problems come from the corporations, but I take myself very seriously. I believe if you don’t even think that your actions matter, then no one will. To aspiring entrepreneurs looking to make an impact, never underestimate the power of individuals and always have strong conviction in yourself. One day you will look back and be amazed by how far you have gone!” Iris Guo
Product Manager, Google X / Microsoft
Founder & Owner, Neutrify
“Remember that you are special and unique, and you have your strengths and achievements. Focus on improving yourself instead of comparing yourself to others. You are your own boss. No one can define who you are.” Vivian Tan
Public Speaker
Founder, Student SEAS
Founder, Vivian XYZ Tan
“The biggest determinant of your future success is not your past. It’s your work ethic, passion, and willingness to grow.” Stephanie Su
Lead Director, Superposition
“Find your tribe. Surround yourself with people who support you and who will challenge you. Reach out if you need help. If you don’t ask, you won’t get. But you may. Go out and experiment, learn, and keep moving forward.” Tina Amper
Community, FemTech Focus
“Reach for the Stars and Don’t Stop until you capture them All!” Tameka McNair
Azure Go-To-Market Lead, Microsoft
“Now is the time to make mistakes. You live, and you learn! Don’t hold yourself back, everyone has to start from somewhere. Also, don’t compare yourself to others; you are you. Focus on your own journey and carve your own path, don’t let others discourage or bring you down.” Whitney Hii
AIA Team Member, Asians In Animation
“If you want to grow, seek discomfort. Learn to do things scared. Make choices out of love, not fear.” Dachelle Alo
Co-Founder, Subtle Filipino Tech