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“You are the CEO of your career”

On this week’s Women Talk Tech podcast, we talk to Kari Mirabal who is an international networking speaker coach, and innovator who teaches people how to network smarter. Kari has decades of professional networking experience and previously a recruiter in the IT industry. Kari has loads of observations about recruiting in IT and she’s witnessed first-hand the struggles women have gone through in a male-dominated industry.

Throughout this episode, Kari offers listeners advice on how to deal with some of the issues women face in the industry such as speaking their truth, having a voice and being aggressive. A simple but powerful piece of advice we took away from speaking to Kari was about language…

Language is a gift

Women need to begin to move away from the word “think” and statements such as “I think this is true” to “believe” and “I believe this is true”. It’s difficult for women to be assertive at times but Kari outlines the importance of holding your ground and being direct. Men tend to network very differently and are more direct. Kari explains why it’s important that every woman works to use more direct language to orchestrate the career they want.

Learn more about Kari and her new book Naked Networking (coming out May 2019).

Available on iTunes, Spotify and Google Play Music.


Ruth is a skilled and metrics-driven marketing strategist who believes in evidence-based revenue growth through the coordination and alignment of marketing and sales processes. Ruth has worked for two decades serving clients in the technology, financial services and non profit industries. Ruth believes successful brand building is ultimately about storytelling – understanding your prospect’s pain, and communicating how can resolve it. Everything else follows from a compelling story. You can connect with Ruth on LinkedIn and Twitter.