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Unlocking Your Brilliance:

Smart Strategies for Women to Thrive in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math


Even though Karen Purcell excelled in math and science in high school, nobody ever talked to her about a career in the STEM fields. Finally, in her senior year, when she was frantically trying to decide on a college and course of study, her physics teacher commented that she should consider engineering. Lack of exposure was the first hurdle that Karen would face on her path to success as an engineer and entrepreneur, but it certainly wouldn’t be the last.

Tackling an important social issue from a personal perspective, Karen describes the trajectory of her own career in engineering, including the struggles she endured. Through her story and stories from women in other fields, she explores the hurdles women in the male-dominated STEM world must overcome and offers pragmatic strategies for moving beyond them. From gaining exposure to occupations early in life to earning the respect of male colleagues to balancing a personal life with career pressures, Karen will empower you to realize your full talents.

Part inspiration, part strategic career advice, Unlocking Your Brilliance can help you pursue your passions and leverage your talents to create the professional and personal life you want.

Who is Unlocking Your Brilliance for?

  • Girls and Young Women Interested in STEM
  • Women Working in STEM
  • Students
  • Parents
  • Educators
  • Mentors
  • Employees
  • Entrepreneurs
  • STEM Organizations
  • Business Leaders in STEM

See the Book Trailer for Unlocking Your Brilliance

Click here to see the Unlocking Your Brilliance book trailer on Karen’s YouTube page.

Endorsements for Unlocking Your Brilliance

“For all the girls and young women who love math and science but are unsure of their abilities, this book will be a treasure.”

— Gayle Laakmann McDowell, Author of The Google Resume: How to Prepare for a Career and Land a Job at Apple, Microsoft, Google, or any Top Tech Company

“Karen has a clear passion for inspiring women with an interest in the STEM fields. Unlocking Your Brilliance is her passion put to the page. I highly recommend it!”

— Amanda Wixted, Videogame Programmer and Founder and Owner of Meteor Grove Software

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