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Women in Tech

with Gillian Pelkonen

Anne is joined by special guest Gillian Pelkonen to pull back the curtain on what it's like to be women in male-dominated industries. They candidly share their experiences, from the challenges and microaggressions they faced, to the emotional weight of feeling valued for their gender over their skills. But it's not all about the struggle. They also highlight the power of a strong support network and share inspiring stories of women who have stood tall in the face of adversity. Drawing from Gillian’s unique insights in the music industry and Anne’s working in tech, this episode is a deep dive into resilience, recognition, and the pursuit of equality. Tune in and join the conversation.

Anne & Gillian share their experiences of working in male-dominated industries. Listen in as they discuss their pursuit for equality...

"I love when I get the opportunity to work with other women because it doesn’t happen often." - Gillian

About Gillian

Gillian Pelkonen is an artist constantly searching for pristine + creative sounds. She holds an M.A. in Audio Arts and a B.A. in Creative Writing & Television, Radio + Film from Syracuse University. She has the pleasure of working at reputable commercial recording studios in the New York area & has assisted for engineers such as Elliot Scheiner, D. James Goodwin, Paul Antonell, and Ariel Shafir. Gillian makes waves as a female-identifying sound engineer (and then strives to leave gendered ideas on the control room floor). She uses her voice to teach no B.S. audio + empower everyone who has stayed away from recorded sound due to fear and intimidation.

Top 10 Takeaways

Quick-share concepts from today’s episode:

  1. Don't let being in a male-dominated field intimidate you. Remember, you're there because you're skilled and capable.

  2. Expect to work hard, maybe even harder than your male counterparts.

  3. Don't let anyone define your worth based on your gender.

  4. You’re more than how you’re perceived. You're a professional with unique skills and experiences.

  5. Surround yourself with a strong support system. Having people who understand and support your struggles can make all the difference.

  6. Draw inspiration from other women who've succeeded in male-dominated industries. Their stories of resilience can be a great source of motivation.

  7. Be aware of your rights and stand up against unequal treatment. Remember, you deserve respect and recognition just like anyone else.

  8. Don't shy away from sharing your experiences and struggles. Open conversations can help break barriers and promote inclusivity.

  9. Don't let gender biases make you doubt your abilities.

  10. Never stop learning and improving. The more knowledge and skills you acquire, the more confident you'll become in your field.

"Once I make it in the room, I feel like I have to then start proving that I’m worthy." - Anne

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