Last week, I attended a Glam.com x Verizon Wireless dinner in SF at The Battery. Not knowing what to expect, I showed up to cocktails, little nibbles and some genuinely amazing women. Never before have I considered myself a woman in tech or an influencer, but here I was, invited to an intimate dinner with other women in STEM, being told how valuable I am (and women like me are) to this industry and to women.
After the dinner, I went home to check out the seriously incredible goodie bag (more on that later this week!) and got to thinking about my role in fashion, tech and where I fit in. To give you some background, I've had a fashion blog for three years, obviously. I've spent countless hours putting together outfit posts, shooting photos, editing photos, emailing back and forth with brands, setting up collaborations and giveaways, reading Vogue, spent countless hours checking out my favorite blogs and attending events. I never really thought of myself as a fashion influencer, but here I am, three years into founding a fashion blog, kicking ass.
I also never really thought about my role in the tech industry, but I do work for a tech company, Glassdoor. I moved back to SF after graduation not only because my dad lives here, but mainly because I felt I had to be a part of this environment, this world. I have literally thought before that I would be doing myself a disservice if I didn't get involved in the tech industry.
It makes me sad when girls settle, and this was a huge topic of conversation at the Glam.com dinner. How girls don't push, don't take those harder classes, and get scared off too easy. Well, even if I can inspire one person with this story, that's enough. I'm here to say you can do both tech and fashion -- you can do whatever you want. You can work in tech and be a #supernerd at work all day and then go home and take outfit pictures, blog, read Vogue and dress like a #girlboss. If I can do it, all of you certainly can too. So here's my wish for all of you this week: push a little harder. Go the extra mile. Do something that scares you. Get involved. Be a part of something great. Work your toosh off. Become the woman you want to be.
I want to extend a huge thank you to Glam.com, Verizon Wireless, all of the amazing companies with brands in our goodie bags and all of the incredible, inspiring women I met at the Glam.com dinner. You're all the reason I continue to do what I do every day!