It's time to catch up with Nicole Domanski, who will lead this year's Parent Daughter Hack Days.
HER Ideas: Hi Nicole. Tell us what did you want to be when you were growing up?
N: I went through a lot of different phases. When I was young I wanted to be an actress, a fictional horror writer, an astronomer, a marine biologist and a psychologist. I think I would learn something new and then I would just get hooked on it and absorb as much as I could on the topic.
HER Ideas: What drew you to your current position at Envalo?
N: I thought it was a great opportunity to be a part of a startup. Even though it can be scary at times, I think what I do every day truly matters and my success has a direct impact on our business success.
HER Ideas: What do you consider your greatest achievement in life?
N: That’s tough. I really am someone who takes pride in celebrating all accomplishments, small or large, so for me its hard to pick just one. I am a college graduate and financed myself through college (almost paid off with those loans!). I also became a partner and co-founder of a startup at age 27. Those to me are my biggest career-based accomplishments. I also have challenged myself physically with weight lifting and growing my yoga practice. The first night I did a shoulder stand on my own in class felt so awesome!
HER Ideas: Android, Apple or both?
N: Personally I am an Android girl. I like to control and customize so that’s why I tend to lean in that direction. However I do understand the allure of Apple and the beauty in the simplicity of such a product.
HER Ideas: How did you learn about HER Ideas in Motion and why did you become involved?
N: I had the idea of mentoring in the back of my head for a while. I was aware of other mentoring organizations from out of town and out of state. One day the mentor training day popped up on my MyMeetup account and I decided to just go for it.
HER Ideas: What do you hope the girls will take away from the training?
N: I hope they get hooked on the critical thinking aspect of it. Whether or not they decide to pursue technology, I think being able to problem solve individually and in groups is a great skill.
HER Ideas: What advice would you give to girls who are interested in this field?
N: Don’t doubt yourself. Too often I have been caught not speaking up or not making a decision because I was unsure. You would be surprised how many other people in the field take chances and learn from errors rather than waiting for the perfect planned decision. Don’t be afraid to make the mistakes and challenge yourself.
Plan to meet Nicole yourself by registering for Parent Daughter Hack Days this May and June.