The Importance of Mentorship in STEM Fields with Sidney Madison Prescott

Having a tech-centered career as a woman, and especially as a woman of color, completely caught Sidney Madison Prescott by surprise. Originally set on law school, Sidney got an internship in the tech industry her third year of undergrad and fell in love with the complexities of it all. 

After choosing technology, she found another surprise; people would judge her competence not on her actual skills and passion, but based on the fact that she wasn’t the stereotypical cartoon version of what a “tech guy” should be or look like. These issues are faced by women in the tech and STEM fields every day. That’s why episode 24 of This Green Planet is about women in tech and the need for mentorship! 

Sidney Madison Prescott is a senior technology leader, keynote speaker, author, and robotics evangelist specializing in the creation of Robotic Process Automation Centers of Excellence for Fortune 500 companies. Sidney currently heads up the Global Intelligent Automation initiative at music streaming powerhouse Spotify. In addition to her enterprise technology expertise, Sidney is an executive board member for three global non-profit organizations, where she contributes valuable automation insights to enhance overall program objectives. To round out her career accolades, Sidney was also named a global recipient of the 2020 Top 50 Technology Visionaries award.

In this episode of This Green Planet, Sidney Madison Prescott is sharing the importance of mentorship and actionable steps you can take right now to help young girls fall in love with STEM fields and stay interested as they age. 

Sidney and I cover some of the following topics: 

  • How Sidney utilizes her tech skills at Spotify
  • How to get young girls interested in STEM and stay interested in STEM careers
  • The common issues women in STEM careers face
  • The importance of having a mentor in a difficult career field

Having a mentor and/or a community of like minded persons with similar life experiences in the STEM world is so important and underrated. We have a community here at This Green Planet and I am always here to listen and to be that guide. Be sure to tune in to all the episodes to receive tons of practical tips on sustainable, STEM business practices and to hear even more about the points outlined above.

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