Melinda Gates, Melinda Gates Foundation, Melinda discussed on GeekWire - Geared Up
We are seeing a lot of the symptoms. How do you get to the root of the problem? I think you listen, you listen to women and you hear what they're telling you. And you hear the cacophony of voices when they say to this isn't working you collect the data, and you decide to create change set goals and make things happen. Hey, everybody. Welcome to geekwire. It's Todd Bishop Nonaka Nicklesberg our guest on today's show is Melinda gates. That's right. We had the opportunity to sit down with Melinda. Last week for a really interesting discussion about her new book the moment of lift the book is about empowering women and changing the world. And it was a fascinating conversation that not only touched on Melinda gates his work in global health. But also had a lot of relevant insights and guidance for people in business and technology here in the United States. Yeah, she talks about some really important themes. But she does it in a really accessible way where it's told you the stories of these women she's met all over the world through her work with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and her own personal story. So you get some really revealing insights into what her life has been like as this powerhouse and married to Bill Gates. She is a force in her own, right. She went to Duke University earned bachelor's degrees in computer, science and economics and a master's degree in business and then worked at Microsoft for nearly. Decade. It's a fascinating book. We hope you enjoy the conversation. And we'll be back at the end to share some of our own thoughts on the book and sheriff a fun highlight from the final stop on. Melinda. Gates, his book tour in Seattle with that. Let's jump into our conversation with Melinda gates. Fuck them to geekwire. Melinda. Gates. Thank you so much for being here. Bigs for happy me. So we are here to talk about your new book the moment of lift and this book is really about how if you in power women throughout the world. Then you lift up everyone, you tell that story through all of these incredible women and their experiences, including your own. So if you could draw a line connecting each of them, what would it be? It would be that. We so often don't look at the issues that women face in societies societies all over the world these barriers, and if we would recognize the barriers which I write chapter after chapter in the book, if we'd recognize the bears in lift them this those barriers and then we invest in women than women invest. And everybody else, and it changes our societies all over the world. And some of those barriers happen in the workplace particularly intact where you got your start. I I really identified with the portion of the book when you talked about the the early culture at Microsoft, and how you struggled with the brashness and how aggressive and competitive it was and this is still a persistent problem in tech. So I'm curious what advice you would give to other women on how they can be courageous enough to be themselves and be vulnerable. When oftentimes they're the only woman in the room. Yeah. I think we have to start a little bit with how to tech get the way it is. Because when in the late nineteen eighty s when I was in computer science, we were on our way up computer science degrees. Held by women. We were graduating at a rate of about thirty seven percent..