Innovation Calling – Why Careers Should Be Considered Jungle Gyms and Not Ladders

Angela Ticknor of Salesforce joined us for our Live Series of Women in Technology Leadership and shared some amazing stories of climbing the corporate jungle gym, and overcoming various obstacles, including cancer as she climbed her way to the top.

She also shared how her growth mindset was the catalyst for her amazing corporate career, and how various mentors and books changed her entire perspective on how to build her career.

Here is the official breakdown of the episode:

2:43 – We start out with winters in Buffalo…
3:55 – Angela starts to tell us about where her drive came from
5:30 – Why Angela wanted more than just finding a husband
7:40 – Where Angela started realizing she had a gift of understanding tech and being able to communicate it to others
10:30 – How Angela learned how to make her own rules within the game
12:30 – When Angela learned how to really utilize her negotiations skills
16:20 – Why mentorship was so important to Angela’s career
20:00 – The impact Lean In had on Angela’s career and the balance of her family
22:25 – Why changing lanes was a part of Angela’s career goals
24:00 – How does Angela handle imposture syndrome
26:21 – Angela’s trick for making sure she’s strategic in every meeting with executives
29:01 – How Angela developed her growth mindset
31:51 – Why perseverance trumps talent every single time.
32:30 – What Angela looks for when she hires
33:50 – Angela talks about her attitude in getting through a cancer diagnosis and treatment
39:10 – What’s the difference between mentorship and sponsorship?
42:10 – The one crucial thing that Angela thinks women do wrong in leadership roles
44:25 – The importance of STEM in today’s educational world
47:10 – What Angela teaches her kids about leadership