An Open Letter to a STEM Girl

Encouragement from someone who’s been there

My daughter decided early on to commit to being successful in a STEM related career.  I told her it would not be easy,  and that did not deter her resolve one bit!

She’s kind of like her mom that way.

I decided to write her a brief e-mail just to let her know that I was still in her corner and always would be.

I thought I might share that with you here.


In a few months you will graduate with a degree in physics. I cannot tell you how proud I am of you. As a female in a male dominated field there are a few things I want to tell you to help you navigate your career.

It’s the goal of every company to identify talented individuals at an early stage, give them support, and deploy them in the right areas. Unfortunately, in many cases companies still have not tapped into the full potential of females in the workplace.

Do not get discouraged!

Do not believe that you will be discovered. It doesn’t matter how well you do your job – that alone is not enough to advance a career. You have to actively shape your career – clearly formulate your wishes and the next step in your career, and lay claim to them.

As a rule, every step up the career ladder increases your responsibilities and your workload.

Keep in mind that the paycheck of everyone reporting to you is dependent on your abilities.

Lead with a servant’s heart.

Lean on the ladder and keep climbing!

You will get to the top!

Written by Heather


Heather graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a BSEE. Later, she received her MBA. As a mother of four wonderful children, she has found a way to balance her career with her role as Mom. After becoming director of engineering for a global engineering firm, she decided to start her own company. She is CEO of Select Power Systems, LLC.

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