Saumya Bansal, 26 – FUNDED

“I believe hard work inspires, resources empower, and awards add the motivation to repeat the cycle,” says Saumya Bansal, who is originally from India. She loves the quote from author Roy T. Bennett: “Great things happen to those who don’t stop believing, trying, learning, and being grateful.” This New Face of Tech winner’s dream is to be a software engineer at Apple — and this award is bringing her one step closer, as she pursues her master’s degree in Computer Science at the University of Colorado Boulder.

What does being the New Face of Tech mean to you?

It’s a recognition that acknowledges my potential to be big in the software industry. It’s also a responsibility to be a leader and role model for young girls aiming to do great things in the field of tech.

Women are underrepresented in STEAM. How can we change this?

Promoting representation of women in STEAM requires a multifaceted approach, including encouraging girls to pursue STEAM education and careers; promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace; addressing unconscious bias and stereotypes; and providing flexible work arrangements for women.

What are some of the challenges you have faced along the way?

One of the biggest challenges I have faced is experiencing imposter syndrome. Being in the right place at the right time and still feeling inadequate is a challenge I believe all women face at one point of their life or another. Working hard and prioritizing oneself is the only way forward.

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals?

Having a rock-solid support system of family and friends helps me navigate through the toughest of times. Individually, I try to minimize distractions and focus my time and energy doing things that make me happy.

How will funding from the 1,000 Dreams Fund and HARMAN help you reach your goals?

It will support my tuition expenses and take off some financial burden. HARMAN’s career coaching will help me navigate through the tech industry to make a place for myself.