Thinx CEO on Facing Doubts She Could Handle Work and Motherhood: ‘I Have to Prove Them Wrong’

While interviewing to take over as CEO of Thinx, the period underwear startup that was emerging from a scandal over working conditions and sexual harassment, Maria Molland nailed the process–but couldn’t prevent the misgivings of one director. “One of the board members told me directly that they were concerned about me having a young child […]

How This Female Fintech Exec Conquered Her Imposter Syndrome to Succeed In Silicon Valley

Jotaka Eaddy arrived in Silicon Valley after years of working for groups like community organizer USAction and the NAACP. But despite her formidable accomplishments, she couldn’t help second-guessing herself in tech, an industry facing a chronic under-representation of women and people of color in positions of power. “There is this idea that you have to […]

How Google’s Mara Chomsky Overcame Her Greatest Challenge: Being an Introvert

Moving up the corporate ladder comes with an extra challenge for introverts: making sure your ideas and contributions are heard. It’s a problem Mara Chomsky, Google’s global lead for local guides, knows well. “The biggest challenge in my career is that I’m an introvert,” Chomsky tells Fortune in an interview series launching on International Women’s […]

How Rana el Kaliouby Found the Courage to Become CEO of the Company She Founded

Rana el Kaliouby co-founded A.I. startup Affectiva in 2009. But it wasn’t until 2016 that she gathered up the courage to say she wanted to be the company’s chief executive, despite the fact that she was already handing many CEO-level responsibilities. Affectiva, which aims to “humanize technology” by teaching machines to interface human emotions, sprung […]