Audrey Pe, founder of WiTech (Women in Technology), shares how applying grit has been the key to her success. Follow WiTech on their website.
What field or industry are you currently in?
I'm currently a high school junior who is running a tech + community organization.
What company do you work for? Are you the founder or CEO?
I'm the Founder and Executive Director of WiTech (Women in Technology), a tech + community organization that aims to help close the gender gap in tech through social media posts (including interviews) about women in tech. We're also organizing the first women in tech conference for students and by students in the Philippines!
What advice do you have for women who want to pursue leadership positions?
Grit is your greatest asset; use it! Stop comparing yourself to others and think about the impact that you can make in your community through leadership. By not letting my age hinder me from making a difference and applying grit in everything that I do, I was able to start WiTech when I was 15 and recruit a team of members from across Metro Manila.
Have you had to make any sacrifices in your personal life to achieve your professional success?
Balancing school, extracurriculars, and WiTech has definitely not been easy; I've had to sacrifice a lot of hangouts with friends in order to stay on top of all of my work. What's great, though, is finding a group of people who support what you do and understand why you value work so much. My family and close friends have been so great in being there for me as WiTech has expanded. Someone once told me to "skip the BS and hangout with people who make you feel good." That's the best advice I've gotten about high school and personal life as a whole.
What are ways you stay current? Do you have any favorite websites or podcasts?
The Atlantic and Huffington Post have great articles about the tech scene! I also recommend reading Women Who Don't Wait in Line: Break the Mold, Lead the Way by Girls Who Code CEO Reshma Saujani and Grit by psychologist Angela Duckworth.