1. Tell us a bit about yourself
My name is Prasha Sarwate Dutra, I moved to the US from India in 2012 to pursue her Masters in Mechanical Engineering. I have a Bachelors's in Chemical Engineering. I have been working in the manufacturing industry for the last 5 years and have been a manager for the last 2 years.
In 2017, after working on an all-women engineer team, I wondered why no one was sharing the amazing stories of the women in STEM that surrounded her at work and in her personal life. So I started Her STEM Story, a weekly podcast where she interviews women in STEM from around the world. In the last two years, I have interviewed 125 women in STEM and have created a community of 10,000 women from around the world. I love podcasting, public speaking, coaching women in STEM & creating valuable content to empower women!
2. What was your first job and how did you get it?
My first full-time job was an Engineering Training Program candidate, a rotational program that my company had for recent graduates. I was hired by the on-campus career fair. I have worked with the same employer for the last 6 years and climbed the corporate ladder.
3. How did you decide and get to your career today?
Today, I have a multifaceted career, which comprises of all the following roles:
My 9-5 job where I am a Quality Manager at a wire and cable manufacturing factory. I am the host and founder of Her STEM Story, a podcast about real women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics fields. I have over 100 episodes and the show has been in US Top 50 iTunes charts. I have recently launched my own business called Her STEM Consulting LLC, through which I am currently offering career coaching programs. I am also a public speaker and give talks in STEM circles in New England and online. I also sit on non-profit boards to support efforts to make STEM inclusive and diverse. In 2017, I decided to diversify my career with my podcast and finding my true voice. It's been 14 years in the making, but my career is well rounded and something I am very excited to grow in every aspect.
4. What advice would you have given your younger self? Or what is the best career advice you have ever received?
I would say what many of my mentors have told me, " Pace yourself, it's not a sprint, it's a marathon." another one that I absolutely believe in and have worked into everything I do, "Be brave, be authentic and believe in your brilliance!" The more you own your own story, the more opportunities will line up.
5. In 5 years, where do you hope to be professionally and personally?
In 5 years, I see being the GO-TO coach for women in STEM from around the world! I want to be the Jenna Kutcher of women of STEM and help women shine at work and in Life! Personally, I see myself being the best version of myself and positively impacting women and organizations around the world.
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