Meet Lolita Taub!!!
Little would you know, that behind her black blazer, white pearls, and 5 foot 1 inch petite frame, Lolita Taub is a Latina millennial leader shaking things up in the world of tech and business.
In the last 10 years, Lolita Taub has built her career in the Fortune 100 and Silicon Valley sandbox at companies such as IBM and Cisco. She also launched a social enterprise aimed at addressing global gender inequality in business, and merged it with a women-led venture capital fund. To top that off, she is a Huffington Post tech contributor, Forbes 30 Under 30 Finalist, TEDx and keynote speaker, and MBA Candidate at the world renowned IE Business School.
The thing is that Lolita is just getting started!
What does shaping the world look like for you, post MBA?
I’m an artificial intelligence (AI) business development agent who connects corporations and startups in efforts to provide solutions to global enterprise challenges by leveraging a client-value centric methodology.
Why AI business development?
- Passion: I believe in AI’s power to address current and future challenges in the world – so much so that I wrote a Huffington Post tech series on AI.
- Strengths: I’m great at creating and finding win-win situations and per my LinkedIn endorsement section, business people like to do business with me. This one is great for deal making.
- Skill: I have a solid sales track record selling tech – and sales is foundational to business development.
You were named Forbes 30 Under 30 Finalist, World Economic Forum Global Shaper Curator, and United Nations Women Empower Women Champion. What drives your motivation to lead?
For me it’s less about motivation and more about choice. In my book, we are all leaders faced with a choice to lean in or lean out. I choose to lean in.
But if I have to pinpoint what motivates me to continue on tough days, I would have to say it’s fulfillment and purpose. I feel most fulfilled when I do what I’m passionate about (tech) and I find purpose in doing what I can for the world (fighting gender inequality). So, that’s it: this is what I’m supposed to do in my life.
It’s a humbling quote that keeps me grounded and pushing forward. Always be in beta.
That begs the question: what’s the long term dream?
To earn a seat at the tech Fortune 500 C-Suite table and to promote diversity-inclusion in the corporate tech world. It’s not right that only 25% of the tech space are women, that only 1% of those are Latinas; and that only 4.4% of the Fortune 500 C-Suite are women. Those numbers have to change and I plan to do my part.
And how do you plan on doing that?
By earning a seat at the table along the executive route and through connections and collaboration. It takes a village of incredible people and resources to make big things happen. I believe they’re out there and I intend to find them.
What can we do to help?
It’s kind of you to offer help. Thank you.
To jumpstart my AI business development career, I would like to meet mentors, advisors, and sponsors who can help me prepare to earn a job at an IBM Watson or Microsoft Cortana Intelligence Suite.
To push gender equality forward, I ask that you learn more about the global diversity gaps and point out the added value of diversity-inclusion. Here’s a good article to read on the topic.
Will do. Do you have any advice to aspiring millennial business leaders?
Consider the following steps.
- Identify your passions, strengths, and skills. Make the intersection your life’s craft.
- Solve problems, but not before knowing your customer.
- Always make it your goal to add value.
- …and, please consider that the end goal is to do what you love and live the life you want to live.