600: Say Yes With Angie Chang

Angie Chang is CEO and Founder at Girl Geek X (formerly Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners). Prior to Girl Geek X, she was VP of Say Yes With Angie ChangStrategic Partnerships at Hackbright Academy, a women’s engineering school which has graduated over 500+ female software engineers. Hackbright was acquired by Capella Education Company in April 2016. Angie led partnerships with employers from February 2013 to February 2017 at Hackbright, where she built valuable hiring partnerships (Uber, Slack, GoDaddy, Redfin, Indiegogo and more), launched the mentorship program (enlisting 700+ industry engineers as volunteers in 4 years) and connected countless women to new jobs in tech. Prior to that, she co-founded Women 2.0 in 2006, a media company which promotes women in high-tech entrepreneurship, and Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners in 2008 (now Girl Geek X). She was named in Fast Company’s 2010 “Most Influential Women in Technology”​ and more recently Business Insider named her one of “30 Most Important Women Under 30 In Tech”​. Angie has been invited by the U.S. State Department to speak on women’s high-tech, high-growth entrepreneurship in the West Bank, Switzerland and Germany. In her early career, Angie held positions in product management and web/UI production at various Silicon Valley startups. She holds a B.A. in English and Social Welfare from UC Berkeley.

Angie shares how she says yes to what life offers her and how it has helped her become the successful entrepreneur that she it today.  Check out her episode to listen to her story.

Bio

Angie Chang is the founder of Girl Geek X.

Cultural Background

Angie is of Taiwanese descent.

Favorite Self Confidence Quote

Just say yes and you’ll figure it out afterwards.

Just say yes and you’ll figure it out afterwards.

Definition of Self Confidence

Self confidence is saying yes to opportunities that align with you and having a support systems that cheers you on.

Her Life Before the Discovery of Self Confidence

Angie used to sell girl scout cookies and back then she faced alot of rejection.  She had more no’s than yes but she kept on going regardless.

The “AHA” Moment

Angie started hosting random events and the feedback was positive.  The women who attended encouraged her to more events which later evolved into her company.  Entrepreneurship helped her boost her confidence.

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Her Life After the Discovery of Self Confidence

Angie is grateful for the networks she has built over the years and continues to say yes to opportunities that come her way.

The One Self Confidence Tip For the Listener

Everyone has imposter syndrome, say yes to as many opportunities as possible.

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