Today on the podcast I’m speaking with Celeste Ortiz, who is a mechanical engineer in California. We discuss the culture shock that she experienced, not only in the workforce, but also at university orientation. Celeste is one of the most self-aware women I know, and she’s teaching us the lessons she learned about speaking up and setting boundaries at work.
Celeste also fills us in on the layers of being an enGIRLneer, which is her brand of apparel that she created to empower women in engineering. We also cover our tendency to let things slide and to stay quiet, because of being taught to protect our jobs at all costs. Celeste has found her voice and knows when to use it when something is not ok in the workplace.
TOPICS EXPLORED IN THIS EPISODE:
How Celeste experienced being different in her college orientation [ 7:31 ]
The daily schedule of working throughout an undergrad engineering degree [ 18:18 ]
The one part of Celeste’s personality that really affected her at work [ 22:06 ]
The price of protecting your job at all costs [ 22:56 ]
How the political climate created a sentiment in the workforce [ 25:02 ]
Assumptions made of “pretty girls”, especially in engineering [ 27:58 ]
What “forced diversity” is in the workplace [ 29:56 ]
The biggest thing Celeste wishes she did sooner in her career [ 35:19 ]
The true experience of jumping into engineering as a woman [ 37:04 ]
The shark versus dolphin mentality of a woman at work [ 41:42 ]
What was missing in Celeste’s professional life [ 48:12 ]
Where the idea for EnGIRLneer came from [ 48:54 ]
How many women leave the engineering industry [ 50:44 ]
No amount of compensation is worth putting up with that environment.
I was an otherwise intelligent woman, except for the fact that I didn’t use all the resources available to me.
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