(Photo courtesy of www.Drue.net)
This is a first! Eight inspirational 30-second clips on leadership by women, recorded in virtual reality. Technology artist Drue Kataoka created a parallel universe in VR where women from across the country came together to say Yes! Now Is The Time to celebrate female firsts and build a foundation for an exciting future. The event was live streamed on Facebook (a first!). Here are the cream of the crop clips: from asking “Why not you?” to why "There’s no such thing as failure." Kataoka is a guest on Mentoring Moments podcast. Tune in to hear what drives her to empower women to be the first.
Yes! Now Is The Time is a virtual reality artwork of a monumental hourglass of history, 25 feet tall, encircled by the stripes of the American flag.
Inscribed in its surface are the interdisciplinary "firsts" of US women dating back to the 1800s such as the first woman to get a US patent in 1809. At the top of the hourglass are the "firsts" that haven't happened yet for example, the first US woman to be: President, Secretary of Defense, head of NASA, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court or Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
First Of Its Kind Convergence
Artist Drue Kataoka introduces this "first of its kind" convergence of virtual reality art and social VR for social change.
She and her co-organizer Martina Welkhoff, CEO of ConveneVR, brought women from cities across the US together into the same virtual location for the unveiling of Yes! Now Is The Time.
Hope Coupled With Obstacles Creates Change
Author and motivational speaker, Brooke Ellison became a quadriplegic after being struck by a car as a 7th-grader. She was the first quadriplegic to graduate from Harvard (magna cum laude with a PhD in cognitive neuroscience); is now a professor at Stonybrook University. Hear Brooke's insights on resilience and hope.
Discover Your Inner Artist
Martina Welkhoff, Founder Convene VR, shares her key takeaway: Discover your inner artist & inner entrepreneur. Open up how you are thinking about yourself and the world. Martina is a serial entrepreneur and Board President of Seattle Women in Tech as well as a Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum.
The Empty Spaces Will Inspire
"What's more important than the names are the spaces in between. They symbolically represent the nameless, faceless, voiceless contributions of women who we will never know. Today similarly we are building the foundation for something later. In VR we are building that foundation for the future." -Drue Kataoka
Why Not You?
Frederique Dame helped scale Uber from 80 to over 7,000 people and from 14 cities in 4 countries to over 400 in 68 countries. Frederique shares a question we should all ask ourselves. "Sheryl Sandberg asked us - 'Do you see yourself as the CEO of the company you are working at right now?' Few raised their hands."
Be Bold. Be The First.
Tammarrian Rogers was the first in her family to attend an Ivy League school and graduate with an engineering degree. She has been an engineer at Microsoft for over 20 years, and during her career she has been a vocal advocate for underrepresented voices in technology. Hear her thoughts on inclusivity and VR.
Virtual Fist Bumps and High Fives For History
"What I love about Yes! Now Is The Time is how it pays homage to the history that has gotten us here. I'm the first woman in my family to be an entrepreneur, but that's only possible because of the hard work of the women who came before me, like my grandmother, an immigrant right after WWII." -Martina Welkhoff
No Such Thing As Failure
"There is no such thing as failure or success. It's all about building momentum. So you can have a failure and keep going but you can have a success but if you stop its a failure in itself. Whether it's a success or failure you need to move forward. The momentum is what is critical." -Frederique Dame
Watch the entire Yes! Now Is The Time session here.