29 Sep #WOMENINTECHSTORIES: Lucia Schepps, Senior Account Executive
This is part of a new series focusing on Women in Tech in Boston and their stories in honor of our Women in Tech Story Slam during Boston’s HubWeek. Sign up to join us on October 8th (it’s free!).
I don’t really think of myself as a woman in tech. More of a woman in communications, and in tech by association. Nevertheless, it’s an exciting place to be.
I’ve been interested in science since I was young. Every Saturday morning at my house was “Sci-Fi Saturday.” My brother and I would sit with my dad and watch some movie about space or time travel.
Space was always particularly interesting to me. My dad made sure I could name every planet in the Solar System, in order, at a very young age (Pluto was a real planet back then!). I’m pretty sure I knew the mnemonic “My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas” before I could even name any colors in the rainbow. I actually had a framed picture of Saturn in my room too — most of the other kids just had NSYNC posters.
Not much has changed. The other day I watched the Lunar Eclipse, while on the phone with my space-loving dad of course, and we talked about how the Ancient Greeks calculated the dimensions of the Earth and Moon by observing eclipses. If that’s not fascinating, then I don’t know what is.
I also grew up taking classes and going to summer camps at the Museum of Science in Boston (just around the corner from the LaunchSquad office — everyone should become a member!). I remember one summer in particular I was the only female student in a class about engineering. We had to build a structurally sound bridge out of different materials and run a toy car over it at the end of the summer. I can’t say I was particularly good at engineering, but I think this exposure to science and technology at a young age has helped me to be successful at LaunchSquad.
I’ve learned to distill complex technical topics into language that everyone can understand and use my core strengths (writing and creative thinking) to spread stories about the brilliant technical minds I work with everyday.
I have my share of lady-crushes on some fabulous women in science and technology. I’m inspired by Elizabeth Holmes of Theranos and I recently read about Meredith Perry and Ubeam. I also love to read about the women who fought to become astronauts during the 1960s. They never got the opportunities they deserved. The least I can do is mention them in a blog post.
A little more about the Women in Tech Story Slam Event
Kendall Square, the most innovative square mile on the planet, is made even more extraordinary by of some of the smartest women on the planet! Join HUBWeek and LaunchSquad for an evening of storytelling from the top female executives in Boston, focused on the connections that make our city great. Each speaker will tell a personal story about a life- or career-altering collaboration that could have happened only in Boston, with time for an audience Q&A. Bring your big ideas and pressing questions and let’s tip the balance toward more women in STEM careers! Sign up now!