As a woman in tech, what does resilience mean to you?

January 10, 2022 | Women In Technology


The theme of Women of Silicon Valley is resilience. Find out what some of our speakers think about resilience and what it means to them below!

Cynthia Long, Continuous Improvement Lead & Business Transformation Strategist, Intuit:

To me, resilience means being able to adapt to change, to be flexible without disappearing, to continue to pursue the right goals. I have always felt that I would rather go down fighting for the right thing, than contort my morals, myself, or my beliefs to fit another person’s version of reality

Priya Sodha, Career Strategist & Founder, Innergem:

To me, resilience is setting boundaries for ourselves. Paying attention to our needs, understanding how it aligns with our work & advocating for ourselves in the workplace. When we prioritize our needs, we are happier showing up at work, having difficult conversations & feeling more confident in stressful environments. 

Ling Gee, Chief Commercial Officer & Chief of Staff, EdCast:

Perseverance for the good of all. My realizing what value I can bring to my customers, helps me drive past any difficulties.

Aji Oliyide, Program Manager, Google:

To me, resilience means having the belief that no matter how negative or discouraging a situation may seem, I have the skills and mindset to overcome it. I believe resilience is a muscle that becomes stronger with time and experience. Here is one quote that I go back to time and time again that helps me in times where I feel less than resilient: “A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking, because her trust is not on the branch, but on it’s own wings. Always believe in yourself” – Unknown.

Ellen Twomey, CEO, You are TechY:

I have a very vivid picture of resilience. I hope it resonates. Resilience is crying your eyes out so hard you are choking on your breaths while curled up in a corner of the bathroom. Then you stop. You get up. You keep going. That’s what resilience means to me.