#WomenWhoInspire: Lauren Hasson

November 30, 2017

 

What field or industry are you currently in? 

Software Engineering + Information Security + Career Development

 

What company do you work for? Are you the founder or CEO? 

Handle Financial, Senior Software Engineer + DevelopHer, Founder

 

What advice do you have for women who want to pursue leadership positions? 

85% of your success (financial and professional) is due to your personality and ability to negotiate, communicate, and lead. Surprisingly, only 15% is due to your technical ability. Focus on your soft skills and you will not only fly, you will soar!

 

Have you had to make any sacrifices in your personal life to achieve your professional success? 

YES! I took a major "step back" to get back into tech over six years ago. I had taken a seven-year hiatus from tech and took an entry-level role to get back into the industry. I sacrificed my nights and weekends to network and improve my skills, and the result is that I have leapfrogged my peers and now have a life that I could never have imagined I would six years ago.

 

What are ways you stay current? Do you have any favorite websites or podcasts? 

I cold-call and network with top tech women and then feature them on my podcast, The DevelopHer Show. Not only do I get personal access to leading tech women, but I also share those conversations with the world through my podcast. I also love online learning and am looking for opportunities to learn new skills at my day job - paid learning!
 

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