Meet Zahra, IT Girl of the Week

Meet this week’s IT Girl of the Week, Zahra Ronizi! 🎉🤗👩🏼‍🚀

This astronaut trainee has not only graduated from the Space Academy, but she’s also the current President of her school’s Future Business Leaders of America organization and she’s already training to receive her pilot’s license! .

The future is not only female, it’s females walking on Mars. Starting with our IT Girl Zahra!

Stay tuned for more of our interview with Zahra, and be sure to follow her @astronautzahra 💫💫 @nasa .impossible happen.

Have you ever experienced imposter syndrome? If so, what did you do to overcome it.

Yes. A strategy I use is to raise the bar for me add pressure to my situation. Make it do or die so that I will either fall flat on my face or succeed against all odds. If I fail, it won’t empower my inner-impostor because I was striving for something great. If I succeed, I would be forced to internalize the victory because I did it against the odds. This helps build my confidence.

Have you ever felt like you couldn't accomplish something, but surprised yourself? If so, please share.


A couple years ago, I felt like I would never be able to get my pilot’s license(in order to be an astronaut, you must be a pilot). I thought I had no chance and that I would never be able to meet my dreams. But I never gave up. I kept studying and studying piloting and eventually, I got the opportunity to have my first flight lesson. I was so shocked! Now, I am taking courses online and I am almost finished and will resume my flight lessons soon.

What does success mean to you?

Success is the ability to do what you love to do every day. What you love changes as time passes and having the ability to change what you are doing to match your passion is true success to me.

What motivates you?

Every night, I go outside and stare at Mars for a while. The fact that this is a place that no one has ever explored and that it is a mysterious place motivates me to be the first person to walk on Mars. It makes me want to be the person who makes that “giant leap for mankind.”

What role do women play in Corporate America today, given the current environment of #Metoo, #Timesup and other women centric movements?

Today, women are becoming more and more confident and are setting their bar high. They have been taking more leadership and executive roles in the workplace and have been doing their part and they are major contributors to helping build our society.


What's next? Where do you see yourself two or three years from now?

In two or three years, I see myself as an astronaut trainee, a pilot, a scuba diver, and a role model to other young girls, encouraging them to chase their dreams. In 15 years, I see myself on Mars, accomplishing the dream I had since I was 5 years old.



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