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Women leaders give advice to their younger selves.

Marielle Smith

Marielle Smith

Director of Recruiting

Share Marielle’s insights:

What was the most significant moment in your career?
When I was just starting out as a recruiter in a staffing agency, I had a client I loved. Through networking, I met a woman who I knew would be an asset to their business, but there weren’t any open positions for someone with her background. I mustered the courage to make the introduction, they hired her in short order, and that job represented a great career move for her and, more importantly, a very impactful hire for their business. When I’m feeling nervous about taking a risk at work, I remember moments like that one to get the courage to follow my intuition.

Why is it important for women to pursue careers in technology? And why did you?
It’s important for all people to find the best place to apply their natural gifts and pursue their interests. Unfortunately, in some contexts, women still feel that STEM careers or academic pursuits aren’t gender fitting. I empathize with women struggling with these decisions, because I remember how difficult it was as an engineering student back in college. There was only one other woman in my class, and I felt so out of place that I dropped out and switched majors. Luckily, I found my way back to tech, but I do ask myself “what if” sometimes!

How do you promote professional development with your team members?
I like to see the recruiting team members try new things and figure out what works for them. I share with them what works for me, but encourage them to experiment and to focus on the team goals and desired outcomes rather than rigid tactics. If someone has a passion for something, it’s great to be able to encourage them to pursue that passion. Generally, that will translate into a win for the whole team.

What are you passionate about outside of work?
I love to do yoga and meditate. I’m a passionate skier and special adventures include scuba diving, snorkeling, and the occasional hike.

Marielle with her team.

Marielle with her team.

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