“As humans, [we think we’re supposed to have an answer for questions like] ‘what do you want to be when you grow up?’ or “do you want to get married?.” They allude to the idea that wherever you’re going, you’re supposed to get there flawlessly…And when that’s not the case, you start to doubt yourself.” –Rebekah Bastian
Rebekah Bastian saw how common it was for women to think they had to know exactly where they were going in career and life. This harmful myth bothered her, so she decided to change the narrative – and to give women permission to follow their own crooked path to success.
More About Rebekah:
Rebekah Bastian is Vice President of Community & Culture at Zillow Group, leading efforts around Equity & Belonging, Social Impact Products and Cultural Engagement. Rebekah was one of Zillow’s first employees, coming over from Microsoft in 2005, and spent her first 12 years leading product development across many areas of the company.
Rebekah’s first book, Blaze Your Own Trail, will be coming out in February 2020 with Berrett-Koehler Publishers.
Rebekah serves on the Board of Directors of Bellwether Housing and the Advisory Board for the University of Washington School of Mechanical Engineering. She is also an advisor to technology startups, a respected thought leader and community partner. She writes articles in multiple publications including Forbes.com, and is a frequent speaker at conferences and community events. She has been recognized in the Puget Sound Business Journal 40 Under 40, the Inman 33 People Changing the Real Estate Industry and the Female Founders Alliance Champion Awards.
Rebekah earned her Masters of Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley and Bachelors of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington. She is also a mentor, a mother to two boys and an aerial acrobat.
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