Reaching for the Stars & Getting There: Entrepreneurial Success as a Women
“As a woman, it was a struggle being taken seriously at first. Naturally, once I began meeting with people and they saw what I had to say, things changed. I’m quite a positive person, so I don’t look back at it with any resentment, but I am committed to making a ...
“As a woman, it was a struggle being taken seriously at first. Naturally, once I began meeting with people and they saw what I had to say, things changed. I’m quite a positive person, so I don’t look back at it with any resentment, but I am committed to making a difference by showing that it is possible for women to have an impact in the sciences. However, they later learned to appreciate a woman’s point of view because our attitude towards solutions is quite different from that of a man.” –Anousheh Ansari
You can see the Ganges from space, plankton blooms – even man-made greenhouses in Spain. However, self-funded astronaut Anousheh Ansari has yet to spot any glass ceilings. After escaping Earth’s atmosphere, try telling Anousheh that there is one more invisible barrier to cross before she completes her mission. Gravity could not hold her back, so how is some old fashioned, imagined boundary supposed to – the answer – it doesn’t.
When Anousheh first blasted into space, she not only had to break free of the Earth, trying to hold her back, she also had to escape the thick atmosphere of her profession’s long-time gender discrimination and bias. In this presentation, Anousheh explores with her audience, the incredible journey that she has taken as an Iranian, female, self-funded astronaut, offering insights on just how she did it, and how to ensure the success of your own journey. Whether you are launching into space, or launching your own start-up, Ansari’s advice and instruction on how to achieve your goals, relates to every profession under the sun.
Anousheh understands the challenges all women face in business, as an entrepreneur, and as an “outsider.” As a teenage immigrant to the U.S., she spoke no English. After a long journey that can only be described as universally inspiring, she not only learned English, but also the language of business, and the dance of gender politics. Today, she is the co-founder and chairwoman of Prodea Systems, co-founder and CEO of Telecom Technologies, and she and her family are also the sponsors of the Ansari X Prize, designed to inspire individuals and individual companies to circumvent the inert, apathetic, government and take on space travel themselves – talk about the entrepreneurial spirit! As a female business owner and founder, she has seen the perceived limitations, and not only transcended them, but left them far, far behind.