She will only turn 40 this year and is already one of the most powerful women in the world: Marissa Mayer, president and CEO of Yahoo!. She is the proof that hard work and discipline pay off, and is worth a closer look at.
Marissa Mayer: With a degree from Stanford University, she started off her career at Google as the company’s first female engineer. Back then Google was just a 20-employee-company. Mayer’s attention to detail earned her a promotion to product manager, the cornerstone of her outstanding career at Google. She rose through the ranks as the company grew and became one of the most powerful women in tech.
In 2012, she took over Yahoo! and transformed the search giant while she was pregnant. No big deal. Marissa has worked her way up to the very top but also has still managed to have a happy private life, showing us that you really can have it all.
1. “I think it’s very comforting for people to put me in a box. “Oh, she’s a fluffy girly girl who likes clothes and cupcakes. Oh, but wait, she is spending her weekends doing hardware electronics.”
2. “I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. When there’s that moment of ‘Wow, I’m not really sure I can do this,’ and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough.”
3. “I don’t think that I would consider myself a feminist. I think that I certainly believe in equal rights, I believe that women are just as capable, if not more so in a lot of different dimensions, but I don’t, I think have, sort of, the militant drive and the sort of, the chip on the shoulder that sometimes comes with that.”
4. ”You can be good at technology and like fashion and art. You can be good at technology and be a jock. You can be good at technology and be a mom. You can do it your way, on your terms.”
5. “Differences in opinions of intelligent people are often explained by differences in their awareness.”
6. “Freaks are people who love something so much that consider all details important.”
7. “Good students are capable of everything.”
8. “I was always good in math and science, and I never understood why it was so surprising for some people.”
9. “Right now is a great time to be a woman in tech, but there´s not enough women in tech.”
10. “I realized in all the cases where I was happy with the decision I made, there were two common threads: Surround myself with the smartest people who challenge you to think about things in new ways, and do something you are not ready to do so you can learn the most.”