The Elevated Woman: Jennifer Wadella
What’s your day job?
Software Engineer and Founder of Kansas City Women in Technology
Why’d you choose to get involved in the Elevate Women’s Event?
When I’m not writing code I spend my time helping other women achieve what they thought they couldn’t, and I love to share my experience, and more importantly – my mistakes, for others to learn from! Through years of being a woman in tech, building a community for women, speaking at conferences, and receiving the crushing amount of criticism that comes with each of those roles I’ve learned to stay true to myself while finding ways to elevate and improve, and can’t wait to share that with others.
What was you biggest ah-ha moment as a woman?
I don’t owe anything to anyone past being a good human being. Growing up in the male-dominated environments of gaming and tech I spent a lot of time feeling guilty for not behaving a certain way or returning certain advances. It took other women sharing their experiences for me to realize I didn’t owe anyone anything and that I had every right to exist as myself – not within the constraint of what I “offered” to a man.
What do you wish you could tell your younger self?
Stop worrying about everyone else and comparing yourself to them, you will never fit that mould. The most powerful thing you can do is work on being the best version of yourself.