Founder & CEO, Befriending Dragons

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No matter what your passion is, you can dive into it with a STEM career.

Cindy Gross

What do you do?

I nurture equitable tech cultures where everyone thrives and belongs. This starts with a foundation of anti-bullying, anti-harassment, anti-racism, and anti-sexism that goes beyond most current Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion programs to retain a wider variety of tech employees.

Why did you choose this field?

I first got into tech because I loved both the logic of it & the magic of turning my thoughts & will into something useful. After over 2 decades working directly with tech, I realized that my attention had shifted to interpersonal relationships in the tech world. Now I influence who and what we value as humans interacting with tech, and how that impacts the products we create.

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

I'm really good at "ask me anything" meetings with anyone from the CEO to the hands-on implementers. I'm also a great a public speaker. Much younger me was terrified of public speaking and it took me too many years to give it a try.

Why do you love working in STEM?

There's always something new to learn, something interesting, something to care about, some way I can make a difference.

Best advice for next generation?

Everything has a STEM connection. No matter what your passion is, you can dive into it with a STEM career. You can make what you care about accessible, automate the hard or boring parts, nurture positive change, bring new people in, or change perceptions.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” – Maya Angelou

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