Meet this week's IT Girl of The Week, Mary Nguyen 👩 🚀
This Structural Engineer at NASA loves all things STEM so much, she's coined the term "Steminist!" Read more about Mary and her IT Girl facts below!
Can you share a quote you often refer to?
If you could have lunch with anyone, who would it be and why?
This is tough! Michelle Obama because she’s a leader and inspiration on so many levels. Or Ellen Degeneres, Steve Harvey, or Chrissy Teigen because I admire their impact, background, and unapologetic attitudes!
Have you ever experienced imposter syndrome? If so, what did you do to overcome it.
All the time. For me it’s important to be able to first identify and recognize it. Then, I give myself a lot of pep talks to validate whatever it is that I’m doing. A lot of times, imposter syndrome just comes from a place of fear or self-doubt. So it’s important to be able to affirm yourself!
What role do women play in Corporate America today, given the current environment of #Metoo, #Timesup and other women centric movements?
Women are currently pioneering and paving the way for all of us and future generations! We are using our voice and platform to stand up, lead, and fight for what we believe in. And that is huge!
What can women do better to support each other?
Be happy for and highlight one another, continually share resources, use our success to help the next girl climb the ladder, and destroy the judgement!
What's next? Where do you see yourself two or three years from now?
Hopefully climbing the ladder within corporate to capitalize my leadership skills, becoming an investor to create more streams of income, checking items off of my bucket list, and continuing to make an impact.
How can people find you? Are you on social media?
My IG is @marynguy, my blog is marynguyen.co, and my merchandise shop is marynguyenco on Etsy
What's the most embarrassing moment you've experienced in a professional setting?
Being asked a question that I had absolutely no idea the answer to, forgetting to include a required chart for a presentation, and being roasted by experienced professionals in a room full of people lol
Name one thing you do constantly that has contributed to your success.
I plan! It’s not enough to merely want to do something. When my heart is really set on something, I make sure to put in the research and action to get it done.
Have you ever felt like you couldn't accomplish something, but surprised yourself? If so, please share.
My entire adulthood. I left the nest at 17 with minimal parental support, was a daughter of immigrants, became a first generation college graduate, pursued Engineering with no STEM background, and built a community and small business to help advance those who share my journey. Throughout all of this, I doubted myself and failed many times.