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Mentoring Women of Color in Leadership Roles with Shannon Nash

Women who step up to mentor other women in their careers have a direct and lasting impact on diversity and representation in their industry. This week’s episode 52 of How Women Inspire Podcast is about the importance of networking and mentoring women of color in leadership roles!

In this episode of How Women Inspire Podcast, Julie Castro Abrams and Shannon Nash share the importance of dreaming big and networking in the tech industry and actionable steps you can take to help other women pursue new career opportunities.

Shannon Nash is the CFO of Wing, a subsidiary of Alphabet. She sits on the boards of several companies, including Netscout, Lazy Dog restaurants, and SoFi bank.

Shannon is also an executive board member of How Women Lead, a board advisor for Black Women on Boards, and mentors others on their board journey.

Some of the talking points Julie and Shannon go over in this episode include:

  • The importance of getting women, especially black women, on boards.

  • Why diversity on the boards of tech companies looks different in different parts of the country.

  • Advice for young women working in tech who want to pursue C suite and board opportunities.

  • How storytelling through film and digital media will help move the diversity needle forward.

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00:00:00 Mentoring Women of Color in Leadership Roles with Shannon Nash, CFO of Wing

00:06:44 What is is that fuels your resilience?

00:09:37 The impact of her father’s death on her family.

00:12:03 What is the state of diverse board representation in tech in Silicon Valley?

00:14:03 What advice would you give to a woman in tech who wants to pursue a career in tech?

00:16:39 Shannon’s advice for women who are starting out.

00:18:39 Working with smaller organizations and working with digital mediums.

00:20:38 Unique family dynamics that others can learn from.

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