Senior Solutions Consultant, SAP Concur
WHY YOU ARE INVOLVED WITH IGNITE?
IGNITE provides a transparent view to girls on how important their participation in STEM is. When I was growing up, a career in technology was far outside the scope of what I believed was possible. After working in technology, I understand the variety of paths available to work in the industry. Having women in STEM adds a diverse perspective that helps customers, businesses, products, and services thrive. I’m involved with IGNITE because the organization empowers girls and women to connect authentically about careers in STEM.
HOW HAS IGNITE INSPIRED YOU?
I remember a girl asking at a panel event at Thomas Jefferson High School, “do people listen to the boys more because they’re louder?” This single question shifted me. I immediately felt a responsibility to stand in my own power as a woman and be an example by using my unique voice to add valuable perspective. When I’m in a meeting and am hesitant to speak up, I think of that girl and the many women who want to be heard but aren’t sure how. IGNITE inspires me to speak up in meetings, add my opinion – even when it’s not the popular one, and mentor other women to do the same.
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE OUR WIDER COMMUNITY TO KNOW ABOUT IGNITE?
To change the status quo, we must act. Participating in an IGNITE event could change the trajectory for one girl, or for several girls. By simply being you and sharing your story, you create positive change. Commit to the girls and the future women and men of the world by showing up and using your voice.
MORE ABOUT CHELSEA BEHRENS:
Chelsea Behrens has enjoyed a dynamic career that has included working in film (Marvel Comics), finance, technology, and as an entrepreneur. As a Senior Solutions Consultant at SAP Concur, she consults prospective customers on how to use software to increase efficiencies, grow their business, and enhance their careers.
Chelsea is passionate about connecting community through personal development, which she does through her business – Rise to the Occasion. Rise to the Occasion has hosted several in-person events, including two women in leadership panel events, and an online interview series called Leading with Authenticity.