Episode 110: Janet Phan, Founder & Executive Director, Thriving Elements

December 14, 2021

Janet Phan is busy, but she's also working on changing the landscape for girls and women in STEM. In this episode, she tells us all about moving across an ocean to another country for a job, finding internal peace with past challenges, and how technology drives everything we do. Plus, she gives the inside scoop into her new book, "Boldly You!"

(Please excuse any audio hiccups in this remotely recorded interview.)

Guest: Janet Phan (Instagram)

Janet T. Phan is the Founder and Executive Director of Thriving Elements, a nonprofit dedicated to creating access and opportunities for underserved, underrepresented girls with long-term, 1:1 mentorship in STEM fields. Janet’s vision is to develop and empower young women in STEM to make a sustainable impact and inspire the next generation of women leaders. Janet is the author of the forthcoming book Boldly You and is the Principal Program Manager at Microsoft. Janet’s technology career began with an ITinternship at Weyerhaeuser, then Boeing company. She has a Master of Science in Information Systems from the University of Washington.

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