Katie Stanton has worked in three ecosystems that have mixed track records when it comes to women: Politics, banking, and tech. And good news, for the Valley: She says it was the most supportive of women of the three.
Part of that may be because Stanton worked at Google, which is emerging as a bit of a theme on this podcast. It’s not only the place that groomed several many of the most high profile women in tech right now, including Marissa Mayer, Sheryl Sandberg, Megan Smith, and Susan Wojcicki. But it’s the place that so many of tech’s up and coming CEOs and No. 2 executives came from whether TaskRabbit’s Stacy Brown-Philpot or Square COO Claire Hughes Johnson. And several of our past guests– like Kim Scott— have said Google was as close as a dream job can get if you are a pregnant woman.
Stanton interviewed for Google on the phone, pumping and hiding from her three kids. When she went in to meet with them, she said she had three young kids and would have to leave at 5 pm everyday. Her manager was a woman and she didn’t bat an eyelash: “I think you should,” she said.
But Stanton has hardly put her career on coast for her family. She’s moved her kids back and forth as she’s gone back and forth between Silicon Valley and DC– and even moved the family to Paris for Twitter.
In the last year, she’s embarked on yet another major shift: Leaving Twitter for Color Genomics, a company that makes test to screen for certain cancers.
We caught up with Stanton to talk about all of this: Her time in the Obama White House and the Hillary Clinton state department…. And how she feels in retrospect about encouraging so many politicians and heads of state to embrace Twitter.
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