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From the archives: more stories from Spark Women and the people who support them.


"It doesn’t matter if you’re pink, blue, black, yellow, white. It’s about being a leader."

Idelia Van Der Byl

Learning on the job with Idelia
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Learning on the job with Idelia

My development in this career had a steep learning curve. I mostly learned from on-the-job training. My background is actually in financial management. I stumbled into the IT industry. I initially started studying industrial engineering back in South Africa, but I was taking too much time. My mother said, “Either work or come back home.”... Read more »

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“I am drawn to strong women who are absolutely confident. When we are fully confident, we stop competing and focus on improving our results and resolve.”

Toyin Umesiri

Value what you know and what you do
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Value what you know and what you do

Over the centuries, femininity has been stereotyped as dependent, submissive, and conforming. Women have been seen as lacking in leadership qualities. In reality, women have the same knowledge, skills and abilities as their male counterparts. Having the right skills is a non-negotiable. More than anything else, I tell women to value what they know and... Read more »

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Megan on teaching to learn
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Megan on teaching to learn

As a single mom, my mother raised three daughters to be strong, independent, and resilient. She was fierce in making certain we were loved and had everything we needed. She taught us that women can do anything, from fixing anything around the house to working in any industry. I want women to have confidence in... Read more »

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"You have to believe in your own potential, in what you can do."

Madhusmita Rath

Madhu and the women who inspire her
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Madhu and the women who inspire her

Two women have majorly influenced my life. First, my mom. She’s been an incredible teacher. She stepped out and became a working woman to support the family. Her confidence pushed her to be able to succeed. Second is my sister-in-law. She’s a director in Walmart. She has pushed herself so much. She gives input in... Read more »

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Finding your own timeline with Jaya
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Finding your own timeline with Jaya

I’ve done my career in reverse. When I started working, I already had a child. I never had those few years where you work until 10 o’clock at night, you’re fully engaged. When both of my children went off to college, that’s when I decided, ‘This was my time.’ A year after my youngest one... Read more »

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Anh on connecting the dots
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Anh on connecting the dots

I believe most challenges can be tackled the same, whether you’re a man or woman. For example, if others in a meeting are agreeing with what a counterpart—male or female—that is saying the same thing I was saying, I would probably just think that they said it in a better way. This allows me to... Read more »

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“At the end of the day, it is important that we learn that we are responsible for our own development.”

Quita Moreland

Who you are and where you’re from with Jae
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Who you are and where you’re from with Jae

Ethnically, I’m Korean and I grew up in a traditional Korean household. My father was the breadwinner, my mother was the homemaker and she took care of her three daughters. My father had three girls, there were no boys. I giggle a little bit because they tried five years after my second sister because they... Read more »

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"Women's time in tech has come."

Karenann Terrell

Satin on finding yourself
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Satin on finding yourself

I remember watching the Tennessee Lady Vols during their 1998 Championship run and seeing Pat Summit. I remember jumping on the couch and saying, ‘Mom, I have got to play for this lady.’ It was her. She just carried herself with such grace. She was intense and passionate about her job. I was raised with... Read more »

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