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Rosa Gonzalez: From Fear of Public Speaking to Tech Job Success

Hey, there Fearless Leaders,

I've got an inspiring story to share, and it's all about rising up, breaking free from the chains of self-doubt, and unleashing the leader within – featuring the amazing Rosa Gonzalez.

Back in East LA, Rosa's journey started with a simple but powerful revelation from her mom: "You're a natural leader." Little did she know, those words would shape her destiny.

But let's be real, embracing leadership wasn't a walk in the park for shy, nervous-about-speaking-up Rosa.

Rosa Gonzalez then and now

Growing up as a child of Mexican immigrants, Rosa learned to keep her head down and get things done.

Leadership? Not even on her radar.

Even at Yale, where she took a giant leap for her education, she found herself caught in the act of non-stop pretending to fit into the Ivy League culture.

Fast forward to today, and Rosa is a tech executive in the bustling Bay Area, passionately uplifting Latina women in the tech world. Go, Rosa, go! Her mission? Simple but profound: "Help people by telling my story." Her core message? Even more powerful:

"Believe in yourself. Show up as yourself. Love and value yourself. Stop pretending."

Now, here's where it gets even more exciting. After diving into the Yes You Can Speak’s Interview Like a Pro program, Rosa landed her dream gig as Director of Product Management at Intuit. Can we get a heck yeah?

But here's the real magic – Rosa discovered that being her authentic self, warmth, personality, and all, was the key to her success. No more morphing to fit someone else's mold. As she puts it, "I wouldn’t have been able to do this before the Interview Like a Pro program."

So here's to Rosa, breaking through the fear of public speaking, embracing her authenticity, and inspiring us all to do the same.

Keep shining, Lynn Kirkham- Yes You Can Speak- Public Speaking Coach


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