Tech Crush Thursday: Jocelyn Goldfein
This week, we are majorly crushing on Facebook’s Jocelyn Goldfein. She is showing women how to be successful in the male-dominated tech world.
At just 37, the Stanford University grad is the director of engineering at Facebook, and one of the tech industry’s leading engineers. Her teams are responsible for key Facebook features such as news feed, search, and photos. Before joining Facebook, she was a major player at VMware where she worked for seven years and at one point managed 400 of the 10,000 employees.
As amazing as her career has been, we are particularly fond of Jacelyn because of her mission to inspire other women. Often the only woman in the room, Jocelyn believes that women shy away from the field of engineering due to some pressure that makes girls think they aren’t smart enough. Making it her mission to encourage women to explore careers in computer science, Goldfein has spoken at women’s conferences and is involved with mentoring as well as overseeing Facebook’s Grace Hopper scholarship award, which offers winners support and mentorship.
As women in the tech world, we can all appreciate the work Jocelyn is doing. We even get a kick out of her advice for aspiring women.
“The advice I give a lot of women is ‘fake it till you make it.’ I give it to men and women and I think it’s universally applicable. Sometimes you will be over your head, but the act of trying and the act of putting yourself outside of your comfort zone, and trying something you’re not sure you’re capable of, is what it takes to become capable of it.”
Thank you Jocelyn for leading the way for women in Tech!