I’m a Great CEO and I’m Not a Loud Powerhouse

July 18, 2017 – Fortune – My STEM education gave me a different approach.

As a self-described “technical CEO” of a data and technology company, I understand the importance of a science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. My STEM education shaped me into the leader and businesswoman I am today.

We’re moving into the next age of globalization, where technology is the only truly global language. While cultural nuances exist, technology remains universal. I learned this firsthand when I immigrated to the U.S. from Hong Kong as a teenager. Uncomfortable speaking a language I had only learned in classrooms and studied in books, I gravitated to STEM studies that were like my schooling in Hong Kong. My confidence increased, and I began to excel in the math and science curricula.

This led me to Caltech, followed by UCLA. At both schools, I continued to lean on STEM—the one place where my language skills mattered less and the rational side of my brain could flourish. Armed with degrees in engineering and computer science, I knew I would pursue a career in the technical arena. But what my STEM education led me to was far beyond what I could ever imagine.

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