Career advice from some top women in tech – including Ursula Burns, Sheryl Sandberg, and Virginia Rometty, – courtesy of

“You have to have a very strong opinion with some facts and data to stand it up, you have to prove that you are right more times than you are wrong, and then you better walk into the room with something to say because otherwise you don’t really add a whole lot of value to the group.  So if you are going to be in the group, I want you to actually come in … and have an opinion. And I don’t mean just opinion like, ‘I like blue or I don’t like blue.’ This is, ‘We have this problem. Here is my take on the problem, here’s what I’ve learned. My experience is telling me this and this is how I would approach it.’”

“Remember that you can do anything you want to do,” Rometty said in Fortune.  “Don’t let anyone say, ‘You’re not smart enough … it’s too hard … it’s a dumb idea … no one has done that before … girls don’t do that.’

  • Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook, at the 2011 IGNITION conference:

“Men always lean forward in their careers, no matter where they’re going, and women more often lean back. And that’s a huge mistake — because the person leaning in will one day be your boss.

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