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women in techTech Crunch recently announced the top women in tech who really made a name for themselves in the past year. Most are women you will have never heard about but they took their vision and created a business or rose to the top of a business. I learn so much by reading the stories of women who are finding their way and will often reach out to them to make a connection.

This year Tech Crunch recognized 42 women who, by their mere example, help to advance the position of other women in STEM fields. For example:

Maria Bennett who is a trained biomedical engineer, CEO, president and founder of SPR Therapeutics, an eight-year-old, Cleveland, Ohio-based company that has developed a neurostimulation technology for chronic and acute pain that, very notably, doesn’t involve narcotics. (The therapy uses a threadlike wire placed through the skin, which connects to a wearable stimulator to activate target nerve fibers.)

Jennifer Hyman is the founder of Rent the Runway. She took an idea and grew it into a business. “Today, the nearly $1 billion company has 8 million customers and has exceeded $100 million in revenue to become profitable last year, according to Recode. Rent the Runway employs more than 1,200 people working mostly in technology.” (CNBC)

Cindy Mi is the founder and CEO of VIPKID, an education technology company that connects K-8 students in China with teachers in North America for online English immersion.

These women are just like us. They had a vision. They saw a need. They had a need. Each one took it upon themselves to find a way to make a difference; to make the changes necessary or to offer solutions for problems that were underserved.

How is that any different from what we have the ability to do? The primary difference is that they took a risk, they stepped outside their comfort zone and took action. When you read their stories, you find women who asked for help or who sought solutions that required they do something risky or scary, but in doing so, it paid off.

I refer to that action as flexing your “risk muscle.” It isn’t easy. But boy, when you are successful, you have the potential for changing lives.

Everyone has a ‘risk muscle.’ You keep it in shape by trying new things. If you don’t, it atrophies. Make a point of using it at least once a day. -Roger von Oech

I invite you to check out the stories of these 42 women leading the way in tech today and then ask yourself; what lessons can I learn from their experience? What might I do differently that would eventually land me on that list of top women in tech?

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