I wish someone told me these when I was getting started.

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No matter how impeccable your education is, some of the most valuable career lessons come around only through professional experience. And building experience, unfortunately, takes time. If you are like most women in tech, by the time you know a thing or two about how to be successful, you’ve already made more than a few big mistakes.

The good news is that you aren’t paving the way on your own. In this article, I’ll share five of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned over nearly a decade working in the tech field.

You don’t need a five-year career plan.


I am a long-distance runner and I ditched my smartwatch for a month. Here is what happened.

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If you love running like I do, chances are your smartwatch plays a huge part in your training.

Whether you are a Fitbit, Garmin, Apple, or any other fitness tracker junkie, you probably often obsess over your running stats, Personal Records (PRs), and various vital data points (Resting Heart Rate (RHR), Heart Rate Variability (HRV), VO2 Max, etc.). You probably also freak out when you forget to sufficiently charge your device and it dies in the middle of the night or while you are at work, leaving you with a big “data gap.” I know I do.

These powerful little…


Storytelling your way to a successful tech career

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If you want to be successful in today’s highly demanding tech industry, you need to face the fact that simply having sharp technical skills doesn’t cut it.

Skillful storytelling rarely appears as an explicitly required skill in the science and technology field job descriptions, nor is it a focal point in the interview process for most organizations. But being able to effectively transmit your thoughts in a skillful way is a powerful tool that every techie should invest in if they want to remain competitive and thrive in the industry.

But let’s face it — most of us aren’t born…


THE HIDDEN UPSIDE OF INJURIES

Hate being sidelined? It might be a blessing in disguise.

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As a helpless runaholic, with over 25 years of running experience, I’ve had my fair share of injuries over the years.

Injuries are undeniably every runner’s biggest nightmare.

Despite my better judgment, every time I suffer an injury, my running addiction completely takes over. As a result, I find myself swept through the exact same vicious cycle every time.


CLOSING THE GENDER GAP IN TECH

The three cybersecurity career hacks every woman should know.

Photo Collage & Illustration: Eva Benn, Images: Pexels.com

It’s a truly fascinating time to be working in the cybersecurity industry. Unless you’ve lived in a cave for the past few years, you’ve probably already lost count of all the major data breaches in the news. The growing security threats are a reality for companies of all types and sizes, from corporation giants and hospitals to your next-door local grocery store.

With each breach averaging a total cost of $3.92 million dollars and often carrying even larger implicit costs related to reputation damages, the stakes for companies are high. …


THE DARK SIDE OF TECH

How not to fall victim of the most prevalent modern-day paradox

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I love technology. I not only love it, but I also live it and breathe it. I have made a successful career out of it and I have dedicated a big part of my life into helping others building careers in the technology field.

I’ve spent the majority of my adult life convincing people why technology is the best thing that’s ever happened to our society. Technology has allowed us to unleash the power of our infinite minds, enabling us to solve multifarious problems, learn innumerable skills and do things we never thought possible. The possibility horizons have never been…


With the unemployment rate tripling to 14.7% in April, over 20.5 million jobs were lost. We haven’t seen such high unemployment rates since the Great Depression and it’s only expected to get worse in May, as unemployment claims rise to over 40 million.

As we witness the most unrivaled unemployment spike in modern history, tens of millions Americans are suddenly finding themselves unable to provide for their families. Even if qualified for unemployment benefits, after mortgage, rent, utilities and other bills, most still end up needing help with food and basic necessities. As a result, food banks across the country…


THE THINGS NOBODY TALKS ABOUT

…and how to prevent a burnout

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I’ve always been a Type-A overachiever, driven and passionate about what I do, genuinely thinking I can do it all — both personally and professionally. From juggling a demanding career in tech, giving back to the community, mentoring, speaking at events, constantly taking on new learning opportunities, to being a mom, a wife, a house cleaner, a personal chef, the list goes on. I thought I could do it all. And I did…until this pandemic helped me realize no one can do it all.

For the first time in my life I hit a burnout point. …


How two remarkable Bulgarian women, Angela Ivanova and Gergana Stancheva, revolutionized the printing industry through science and determination

Angela Ivanova and Gergana Stancheva ● Co-Founders ● LAM’ON — The biodegradable laminating film for print and packaging — photo by Kalin Ruichev

They are everywhere — posters, menus, calendars, magazine covers, perfume and toiletry packaging, the list goes on and on. They are all shiny and look nice, because of the thin plastic film glued to the paper through a heat process. This process is commonly known as lamination. All of those products are meant to be used within months or weeks, yet when laminated they can last for over 100 years. Plastic never decomposes, it just gets broken down in smaller pieces. Not…


by James Whittaker

Have you ever wished you had a magic wand and that you could just wave your wand and become an exceptional storyteller? And I am not talking about throwing a few bullets on a slide and delivering information. I am talking about the kind of storyteller so compelling that people crave to hear from, a storyteller radiating confidence that is a contagious, a storyteller that touches not only the minds, but the hearts of your listeners. Well, I have some good news for you. …

Eva Benn

I am a women-in-tech advocate, a runner and a mom. I love inspiring people to challenge their beliefs. Learn more about me at www.evabenn.com.

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