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“Trust Yourself.” With Penny Bauder & Robin Joy Meyers

A strong female leader encourages her team to contribute. Be a good listener and sometimes the best ideas are not your own, so allow your team to feel like they can collaborate and openly bring ideas to you. Give them a voice just like you want to have a voice. As a part of my […]

A strong female leader encourages her team to contribute. Be a good listener and sometimes the best ideas are not your own, so allow your team to feel like they can collaborate and openly bring ideas to you. Give them a voice just like you want to have a voice.


As a part of my series about “Lessons From Inspirational Women in STEM and Tech”, I had the pleasure of interviewing Robin Joy Meyers.

TEDx Speaker, Fear Strategist, Disruptor, Author, Mentor, and Molecular Geneticist Robin Joy Meyers educates and empowers thousands of women all over the world to claim their voices and create their best lives. She specializes in science-based strategies and techniques for self-awareness, mindset, leadership, balance/boundaries and the positive power of fear to empower women with tools to change your mindset and limiting beliefs that can be put into action immediately. As an expert in life transitions, Robin Joy recognizes that living a life without fear isn’t realistic, however, her unique approach to fear management provides a fresh and effective method to self-improvement.


Thank you so much for doing this with us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

Thank you for the opportunity! In all honesty, I always enjoyed genetics, and when I didn’t get into Medical School in the USA, my only option in my own head was to go get a graduate degree. I had thought the plan would be to possibly reapply to Medical Schools after a Master’s program, however, I chose a different path.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you began at your company?

I think that would be my personal growth and journey. I never acknowledged my work in molecular genetics and discovering a gene in fruit flies in the 1980s to be a major important event for me, however, it was and it is. Personally and professionally it has taken me years to reconcile that and realize that I am a pioneer in STEM. STEM wasn’t a thing when I was doing my research.

Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?

Like many entrepreneurs, one of my biggest mistakes was trying to please everyone and not trusting myself to find my ideal client. Now, I turn clients down. I will give clients tools and strategies to start and have a followup call, which allows me to see if they are ready to do the work necessary to meet their objectives. Maybe that is not the most cost-effective business model, however, in the long run, my clients get results.

What do you think makes your company stand out? Can you share a story?

What makes my company unique are several things. First, my companies path has transformed from its original model of trying to educate more individuals to now trying to educating the masses by speaking on larger stages. Secondly, I take the time even as a solopreneur, to have a personal conversation with anyone interested in working with me before we begin. I want to personally learn more about you as an individual and your journey to see if you are ready. I will meet anyone where they are in their journey. I just need to know that you are ready to get started and do the work.

Are you working on any exciting new projects now? How do you think that will help people?

I have some very exciting projects now. Using my science background and knowledge, I am getting on stage to empower people to understand the science of fear and neuroplasticity. Ti us their voice and let go of imprints implanted into our Amygdala part of our brain long before we could even understand that concept.

My goal in bringing this awareness to people is that just like a DNA sequence, life is a sequence of events. We, as individuals, have to take time to sit and learn who we are sequencing events of our life together in order to move forward in every aspect of our life. It’s a necessary journey in growth, awareness, trust, and confidence.

Ok super. Thank you for all that. Let’s now shift to the main focus of our interview. Are you currently satisfied with the status quo regarding women in STEM? What specific changes do you think are needed to change the status quo?

I am pleased that the conversation has shifted and programs have developed bringing awareness to encourage younger girls that it’s cool and fun to pursue a career in STEM. It would be great if our schools would give more options in the daily schedule rather than only the support of outside school activities since not every child can take advantage of all opportunities.

In your opinion, what are the biggest challenges faced by women in STEM or Tech that aren’t typically faced by their male counterparts? What would you suggest to address this?

I think the biggest challenges for women are the same as in any corporate setting. Confidently taking a seat at the boardroom table and being heard. However, that comes with us as women giving ourselves permission to use our voice and show our vulnerability. It is up to us to find that balance and be heard. Not wait for someone else’s permission to speak.

Women typically respond to questions when they have all the answers versus men will respond if they have one half. It is a mindset of empowerment that women need to create for themselves

What are the “myths” that you would like to dispel about being a woman in STEM or Tech. Can you explain what you mean?

When I was at the height of my career as a woman in STEM, two factors arose for me. The first was how much time that I dedicated to my project of the discovery of TUB-36 Gene on the Myosin Muscle Heavy Chain in Drosophila Melanogaster. I was having tremendous success with my experiments and results, however, I made a decision to receive only my Master’s Degree rather than continue for my PH.D. Degree. It was a decision not based on scientific results, but based on years working in the lab.

The other myth that I would like to dispel is that you can have a successful career in STEM and be a wife and mother. I felt that I had to make that choice as well.

What are your “5 Leadership Lessons I Learned From My Experience as a Woman in STEM or Tech” and why? (Please share a story or example for each.)

Lesson 1: Trust Yourself

Lesson 2: Acknowledge your wins just as much as your losses

Lesson 3: Know Your Worth

Lesson 4: Always ask for what you want.

The worst answer is “no.”

Lesson 5: Showing your vulnerability makes you a stronger team leader.

I do not have any exciting individual stories, however, I can summarize for you. I was shy about discovering a gene and being a molecular geneticist for most of my life. However, it has shaped me into what I do today and the methodical style in which I approach things. Ironically, it took a while for me to say I sequenced a gene, however when I acknowledge that, I was then able to say that I have sequenced my life. Genetics and being a woman in STEM is a huge portion of my core. It has made me the educator that I am today.

What advice would you give to other female leaders to help their team to thrive?

A strong female leader encourages her team to contribute. Be a good listener and sometimes the best ideas are not your own, so allow your team to feel like they can collaborate and openly bring ideas to you. Give them a voice just like you want to have a voice.

What advice would you give to other female leaders about the best way to manage a large team?

In order to manage a large team, the same advice applies. Break the large team into smaller groups each having accountability and ownership for their job. Communication is everything and it starts from the top with their leader.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?

You are so right that my success has been a result of lots of hard work and incredible support from my daughter Kyra. At 23 she is my role model and encourages me to stay on my path. When I was doing my first TEDx talk this past June in NYC, she was traveling internationally. Unfortunate for me, however great fortune and experience for her. Kyra still found a way to call and cheer me on from thousands of miles away and a whole different time zone.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?

My goal is that by sharing my authentic truths, successes, and failures, women will allow themselves permission to embark on their journey of self-discovery. If STEM is a passion, then I encourage them to trust in themselves and forge ahead. Follow your dreams because women are change-makers.

You are a person of enormous influence. If you could inspire a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂

My movement will be called “JUST OWN YOU: JOY” which also happens to be my middle name. It has been a journey accepting and loving my middle name as well as embracing that I have found my true joy. JUST OWN YOU is a movement that has no barriers and sees no colors. It is a supportive community built to support and meet people where they are in their life. If they need financial, educational, or mentorship support it is available through classes, mentorships and scholarships. I am a believer in saving the world, however sometimes I think we forget that there is so much suffering in this country that goes unnoticed. For example, I recently spoke in Washington DC, and we were talking about a D.C. school where 65% of the student body was homeless. I know that there is a way to change that, and it needs to be done.

Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?

“3 C’s of Life: Choice, Chance and Change

You have a CHOICE to take a CHANCE to make a CHANGE” ~Robin Joy Meyers

We are very blessed that very prominent leaders read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US with whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might just see this if we tag them 🙂

Melinda Gates would be a great person to sit down with over coffee to discuss my goals. Through her passion, knowledge, training and the Gates Foundation, Melinda has the resources to launch this movement and create awareness for generations to come in the field of STEM.

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