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September 2013


STEMinist Profile: Irish Perez, Co-founder, Lead Online Business Developer


Irish Perez

Co-founder, Lead Online Business Developer




What inspired you to pursue a career in STEM?
Ever since I can remember, I have loved to design and draw anything from the scratch. I even have my own collection of comic books. My passion of designing and writing is always the main factor why I pursue my career online. Whenever people out of nowhere will encourage me or adore me just because of the blog I am writing or some designs that I have been playing, it pushes me further and let me think “Hey! I can do it also and I am good at it!” That magic feeling of satisfaction.

What is the coolest project you have worked on and why?
The coolest project is the startup I co-founded, Nerover. It allows me to use my skills on talking with a large group of people, encouraging, doing sales talk while I can play with the designs of features and interface online. What is more cool is that I don’t only focus on one niche but as a startup I was able to converse with different types of group of people. That teaches me a lot of facts and adaptability techniques.

Role models and heroes:
I found it funny whom I adore: Courage the cowardly dog. Courage is always afraid of everything but in the end he will be the one who will have a solution for any mishaps happening. These always remind me that its okay to be afraid; it’s part of the experience but make sure at the end you have a solution to conquer your fear. 😉

Why do you loving working in STEM?
Why do I love it? Because it is very exciting every day! Every day, it’s a different situation. On a daily basis I get some problems to solve, goals to achieve – it is always different from one another. I mean, compared to an office work where you have to do one work for how many years, working in STEM will not bore you. There’s no dull moment and there’s a lot of things you can learn. It’s like a school every day.

Advice for future STEMinists?
Don’t stop learning and do the things that you love. It may be cliche but it really works. Even when you are working on different things and working the job that you don’t want, there will always be a way to include your craft on it and put your character on it every time.

Favorite website or app:
My favorite website is Udemy, they have a lot of free online courses and inspiring stories that push me as well every day.

Twitter: @irishjoy_s



Interview With 2013 L’Oréal Women in Digital Award Winner, Heather Marie

Events such as Glamour and the CFDA’s Dressed to Code and L’Oreal’s Women in Digital program are great examples of highlighting women in the tech community and giving them a platform that can be inspiring for other women — including young girls who may not know what they want to do yet, or may be wondering what it’s like to be a women in a male-dominated industry.

[ via The Huffington Post ]


Where are the women scientists and engineers?

In the six years since the financial crisis, geekiness has become trendy for young men. But still the female geek is nowhere to be seen. Asked to explain why, government says it’s up to industry; industry blames the universities, universities blame schools, schools blame parents and parents, well, they blame the media.

[ via The Guardian ]


That’s It — I’m Finished Defending Sexism In Tech

I wasn’t seeing the problems clearly because I’d been part of the industry for too long. I also wanted to focus on getting things done rather than on feminist-inspired activism. So I made the bros-only atmosphere work for me. I overcompensated by picking a frat boy to cofound a company with me (he was MIT & YC, by the way). I had the greatest time drinking scotch at Google I/O with some of the best CTOs in the media industry. They treated me like a bro. I didn’t want to lose those moments. And I thought that there was room for other women to have a similarly good experience.

[ via Business Insider ]


UK Encourages More Women to Join Oil, Gas Industry

At Schlumberger, careful consideration is given to working conditions for employees in remote locations; flexibility for parents needing maternity, paternity or adoption leave, or telecommuting work arrangements; and mobility allowances to be used to travel to home countries or to bring extended family members to them, Cox said.

[ via Rigzone ]