Sharon Morad

MBA at Stanford Graduate School of Business

Courtesy of Samder Singh Khangarot

What got you into tech?

My mom always likes to share this story about my curiosity when I was a baby. As I was learning how to crawl and stand up, what interested me most were the mechanical items — I was always gravitating to things I could take apart.

Describe a time you’ve felt discomfort or discrimination in the workplace or classroom. How did you handle it?

I’ve been extremely fortunate to have been surrounded by family, friends, and colleagues who view me for my talent as a technologist and a leader. I had many opportunities to feel discomfort as a woman in tech, from being one of five women in my mechanical engineering program (out of 75 students in the program) to managing an almost all-male team.

However, instead of stewing in discomfort, these situations have been opportunities for me to engage in conversation and provide positive data points to people about women in tech.

I hope to continue growing into a leader that both women and men can look up to in the future, a leader who brings a positive energy for creating a comfortable, energetic, and fun workplace.

What makes being a woman in tech awesome?

As women we bring a different view and communication style to the tech industry (and any industry in fact!) The diversity and energy we bring results in better teams and organizations, which in turn result in exceptional products and solutions.

The diversity and energy we bring results in better teams and organizations, which in turn result in exceptional products and solutions.

What advice do you have for women pursuing a future in tech?

You are unstoppable! You are incredible, and you can do anything you put your mind and heart to. Find a group of both men and women with diverse experiences and backgrounds who can be your sounding board as you move towards your dreams. You will become the future that can then provide support and continue having a positive impact.

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    Celebrating accomplished women and genderqueer folks in tech. The Women of Silicon Valley team consists of Clarissa Bukhan, Lea Coligado, Tamar Nisbett, Jessica Sullivan and Marianne Abreu.