Cindy Gross

Cindy Gross

Founder


Befriending Dragons

Milestones

My road in life has taken me all over.
Tried out multiple unrelated majors in college.
Found a great fit with the hyper-logical computer world. But then realized without emotion, feelings, and relationships it was actively harmful to me and society.
Found out nothing is really completely logical when it comes to human thinking and actions.
Became a community organizer fighting for gay rights and women's rights in a hostile state.
Switched to a new discipline and a new technology. Then left the corporate world to create a collaboration based entrepreneurship.
Keep following my journey

Education

High School
Bachelor
Management Information Systems, General
University of Oklahoma Norman Campus
Certification/License
Adaptive Community Leadership
Saybrook + Leadership Eastside

Career

Founder

Nurture new paths for women who experience bullys or harassers at work.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Entrepreneurship
Technology
Upholding a Cause and Belief

Day to Day

Listen to women who have experienced bullying at work, connect them with resources beyond lawyers so they/we can thrive and belong. Work with career coaches, therapists, HR, hiring managers to make more processes trauma-informed so they can hire and retain women who have faced unfairness, especially bullying or harassment, at work.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Adaptive community leadership. Systemic change. Nudges. Influence without authority. Build relationships with diverse people and teams. Integrate multiple team goals and metrics without sacrificing my personal and team goals. Speak up. Center the person who has been harmed over the person who did the harm.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Be curious. Try lots of things. Learn how to do things that are outside your comfort zone. Embrace failure and use it to learn about yourself and what you love to do. Find your passion - the things that are common across your favorite activities such as "learning emerging tech and teaching it to others", "feeling I contributed to making the world better in some small way", or "meeting with people 1:1 and developing relationships with them."

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Management Information Systems, General
certification
Certification/License
Adaptive Community Leadership

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Peers:

"You're not likable enough, I don't know why people like you, you ask too many questions, you're too abrasive, you're too aggressive, you're not aggressive enough, you don't take initiative, I don't like the way you take initiative, you speak against bias"

Challenges I Overcame

Gender Discrimination