As a native Spanish speaker, Lucila has learned how to embrace her accent and not let it stop her from presenting & pitching. She'll share how she got started and how you can too.
At some point in your career you will have to speak at an event or to a group of people.
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It's a great opportunity to be heard, showcase yourself, and your work.
You're excited, but there are butterflies in your stomach.
Like many people, you worry about:
- Having something unique to say
- Not being a so-called "expert"
- Being new to your industry or job role
- Audiences tuning out while you speak
- Impressing your peers or your boss
- Having a vibrant presence
- Your nerves getting the best of you
- Sweaty palms, shaky legs, a crackly voice
Poornima has also been an entrepreneur-in- residence at 500 Startups, a lecturer at Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering, and the founding engineer at Mint.com, where she helped build, launch, and scale the product until its acquisition in 2009.
Poornima holds degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science from Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering.
Formerly, Karen was a vice president at Adobe Systems. In 2015, the California State Assembly honored her with the Wonder Women Tech Innovator Award for outstanding achievements in business and technology and for being a role model for women.
Karen holds a degree in Computer Science from Brown University, and is on the Advisory Board for Brown's Computer Science Diversity Committee.