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A woman of influence: Megan Ackerson

This is an interview with one of the outstanding Silicon Valley professionals selected to be in the 2021 class of Women of Influence. the Business Journal will celebrate the honorees at a special virtual event on June 30.

How has the pandemic changed how you lead others?

I always considered myself empathetic, and the pandemic made me see that I could do that even more.

How has the pandemic changed your outlook on life and work?

Like many others, it’s sharpened the focus on how I prioritize and integrate work and life. And it’s given me added appreciation for the small moments in life.

What would you like to accomplish in the next year?

An improvement on female diversity in the company and a ramp up of back-to-work program designed for women trying to reenter the workforce.

What is the biggest challenge facing women who want to take on leadership roles?

The biggest challenge is not to let self doubt or loneliness take over when in a group that is very male dominated.

A female CEO or business icon you admire?

Michelle Obama

Something about you that would surprise others?

I am an introvert who does not like public speaking.

A moment in your career you are most proud of?

When I was pregnant with twins 12 years ago, my boss suggested we downsize my role so that I could juggle motherhood. Rather than reducing my role, I pushed to continue to be challenged with stretch opportunities. Had I not done that, I do not know where my career would be today.

How many hours a week do you average at work?

55-60

How do you unwind after work?

I like to unwind with good food and drink with family and friends.

What was your first job?

My first job was in the 4th grade when I signed up to be a newspaper girl delivering the community paper once a week.

What was your favorite pop-culture discovery during the pandemic?

Binge watching Ted Lasso.

Source: Silicon Valley Business Journal

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