In celebration of International Women in Science Day, Momentum Labs is highlighting inspiring women in the field of STEM who have had a positive impact on the Alachua-Gainesville region.
For our last interview honoring International Women in Science Day, Momentum Labs had the honor of speaking with Jennifer Harrell about her experience working in STEM. Jennifer serves as the Assistant Director at UF Innovate.
What area of STEM initially sparked your interest?
I have always been creative and love to problem solve. Architecture and landscape design were some of my first interests in math.
Who has been a mentor to you in this industry or Who is a female role model in this industry?
The work the team at UF Accelerate does each and every day feels like a positive impact. The team works tirelessly to help move the needle for startups who have made it their mission to make the world a better place.
How have you been encouraged to overcome challenges in this industry?
I have had mentors challenge me by asking – why not you? I have always carried Maya Angelou’s words with me – “Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.”
What is your best piece of advice for young women pursuing a career in STEM
The only person really holding you back is you. Stay confident, authentic, and hungry.
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