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Zipporah Stephen - WISE Young Women's Board 2015/16

Zipporah Stephen

Business Analyst in IT at Intel Corporation

Growing up I wasn’t always good at Math but I made the conscious decision to get better at it. I later went on to do Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics for my A/L, holding a Private Pilot License at 18 and graduating with a BSc first class honours in Mathematics with Computer Science with Professional Practise. I currently work at Intel Corporation as a Business Analyst in IT.

Being very passionate about Mathematics and Science, I motivate and encourage others with my infections energy and never let ‘You can’t do that! You are a girl!!’ hold me back. In fact I go against the grain when told I can’t do something, whether it be picking the harder musical instrument, to the path less travelled. My journey in STEM has been an interesting and rewarding one and I want girls and women to realise their hidden potential. But more importantly to discover their inner strength, especially among adversity and to believe in themselves.

The UK has a decreasing number of women in technology due to the lack of aptitude in STEM subjects. Going into local schools and working with girls I know the potential they hold and the barriers that hold them back. Technology companies need women not just for the detail oriented dedication they bring but to also improve diversity and thereby increase productivity. As much as we need to make girls aware of STEM and the opportunities available with it as a career path and lifestyle, we also need to retain the women we have in STEM by creating a fulfilling environment where they can grow, thrive and develop.

I believe one step at a time we can make a difference and I want to be part of that revolution.

When you believe, the sky is not a limit.

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