Ellen K Pao is making a difference. Best-selling author & CEO of Project Include, Ellen wants to give everyone in tech a fair chance to succeed. This is 5Mins 5Qs with the exceptional Ellen K. Pao

Ellen K. Pao is a tech investor, a diversity and inclusion activist at the Kapor Center for Social Impact, the former CEO of reddit, and a cofounder of the award-winning diversity and inclusion nonprofit Project Include. Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, Time, Lenny, and Recode. She has earned an electrical engineering degree from Princeton and law and business degrees from Harvard.

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Ellen K Pao is a tech investor and advocate, the former CEO of Reddit, and a cofounder of the diversity and inclusion not-for-profit. She has also worked as a venture capitalist, chief diversity and inclusion officer, business development executive, and corporate attorney. She holds a BS in electrical engineering and public policy certificate from Princeton, and a JD and MBA from Harvard.

1.What are you reading at the moment? 
Toni Morrison’s Source of Self Regard

2.What’s keeping you awake at night? I worry about the hate on the rise, including hate from white supremacists, incels, and xenophobes.

3.What’s the one thing you can’t live without? Support from friends and family

4.What is the hardest thing you overcame? A desire to please others and to seek approval. It prevented me from seeing the truth in many situations.

5.How did you get out of your own way ? I focused on what I could control and my values. I let go of what I could not control and others’ values. I can only control my long-term goals and my convictions. and not the others, who might doubt me or try to block my path.

Ellen I also the author of RESET: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change. If you have been talked over, ignored, passed over, disrespected, paid less, or harassed. If you’ve been called too aggressive, too quiet, too ambitious, too bossy, or too unlikeable. If you’ve ever wondered if it’s possible to fix tech and what it will take…This book is for you

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