Setting The Standard: Smita Shah

Smita Shah is a woman who wanted to make a difference in the world. She has done that and much more. When she went to school, she realized that she had a talent for all things math and science. This was able to spur her on to do things that at one time or another were not possible for women. She went on to study in colleges like MIT and Oxford. She went on to found her own company called SPAAN Tech. Now she has become the trendsetter for women and girls around the world. In an interview with WGN, she talked about her life and career.

 

Smita Shah says that when she founded the company in 1998 she knew that she was taking a chance. She wanted to see if her business savvy measured and it paid off for her handsomely. She says that the worst that could happen to her was the company would fall apart and she would work for someone else or that business would succeed and she wouldn’t have to work a day in her life. She didn’t realize what a trendsetter she was at the time. 

 

She said that the first goal she wanted to reach was bringing people together to work on challenging projects. She wanted it to be a simple thing and it turned out to be much more than that. She remembered being pulled aside in school and doing math and science problems with the boys in her class. She says it made her different and that was normal for her at that particular time. Setting herself apart in school was nothing new to her and she took full advantage of it. She knew that she was defined as a nerd but, it did not stop her from reaching her goals or her potential. Learn more: https://about.me/smita.shah

 

Smita Shah wants to stress one big thing to women and girls everywhere. If you can dream it, then you can do it. She has helped multiple White House administrations get the word out to girls and women that STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) are viable options for them to pursue. She also wants to make sure that women and girls give back to their respective communities. She is an advocate for the education of women and girls all over the world. 

 

Smita Shah says that people need to get involved in the worlds of math and science. She wants people and groups to take an interest in trying to solve complex puzzles for the next generation. She says that we need to foster the talent of the future. Women and girls can definitely take part in that. They can be successful in these fields if they really want to.

 

Smita Shah has become a success and a person for others to look up to. Women and girls can think to themselves that if Smita Shah can do it, then maybe I can too. This is what a positive role model can do. That makes her very happy

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