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Boldly You: A Story about Discovering What You're Capable of When You Show Up for Yourself

Boldly You: A Story about Discovering What You're Capable of When You Show Up for Yourself

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Boldly You: A Story about Discovering What You're Capable of When You Show Up for Yourself is a close-up look at the hardships, life lessons, and stories of resilience of author Janet T. Phan. In this honest, insightful, heartfelt account of Janet's experience as a young woman struggling to overcome the obstacles in her life, readers will find wisdom and advice to help them rise above their own circumstances, recognize their limitless potential, and achieve their goals. This book is about what's possible in a person's life when they recognize that they have the power to define their future.

​As a young woman, Janet faced countless realities that made her path to success difficult. Her family relied on government subsidies, such as housing and free meals at school. Her first-generation Vietnamese parents, in a culture so different from their own, didn't always understand how to support her curiosity, ambitions, and goals. But she believed in herself and had the courage to act on those beliefs, so she found a way to build a community around her and develop the skills she needed to make top grades throughout her education while working multiple jobs and pursuing her dreams. In her book, Janet shares the key takeaways from her experiences that led to her success today as a driving force impacting the STEM field and as the Founder and Executive Director of Thriving Elements, a nonprofit dedicated to providing access and opportunities for underserved, underrepresented girls through STEM mentorship. Boldly You is a self-help book that reads like a charged and poignant memoir.

Written for high school and college students, young professionals, and all those who are dreaming of their future or figuring out their paths in life, this book will inspire and guide. Every chapter concludes with Thriving Elements, critical learnings from the author's journey that will help readers show up for themselves, be open-minded, build their confidence, be situationally aware, and be biased for action. Janet's story is proof that you can be your own person and create the life you want.

Author: Janet T. Phan
Publisher: Fast Company Press
Published: 05/17/2022
Pages: 296
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.32lbs
Size: 9.10h x 6.30w x 1.20d
ISBN: 9781735424590

About the Author

Janet T. Phan is the Founder and Executive Director of Thriving Elements, a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to helping underrepresented girls with long-term mentorship in the STEM (Science, Technology, Mathematics, & Engineering) field. Mentorship has been a big factor in Janet's success. She has been lucky enough to have worked under the tutelage of several key technology mentors who have helped shape her into the person she is today.

Janet is also the EMEA (Europe-Middle East-Africa) Technology Program Leader for PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) responsible for rolling out one of PwC's key global digital transformation programs. At PwC, Janet works with teams around the world to drive executive level technology initiatives and systems improvements for Fortune 500 companies. Her passion is using her technology skills to make an impact in society. In 2011, she received the Rising Star Award from the Women of Color in Technology with The Boeing Company. In 2012, she accepted the ComputerWorld Laureate Award on behalf of the Boeing Company presented by the CIO of the President of the United States for her work with American Cancer Society (more details later). In 2017, she was recognised in Washington State as Women on the Rise - Discovering You.

Today, Thriving Elements serves 49 girls. The average household income of the mentees is $30,000-$40,000 for a family of four in the US. Before Thriving Elements, some mentees considered working after graduating from high school to support their family and because college was not affordable. However, with the encouragement of our mentors, 90% of the mentees are at a 4-year university, 10% at a community college pursuing a STEM degree with financial support from government funding and private/public scholarships.
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