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SELF-Made Women Who Inspire: Kimber Lockhart

SELF-Made Women Who Inspire: Kimber Lockhart

By Devin Tomb

Computer engineering is a notorious boys’ club. (Men occupy 72 percent of all U.S. science and engineering jobs, according to the National Science Foundation.) But 28-year-old Kimber Lockhart didn’t just join the club—she became the boss. As vice president of engineering at the much-buzzed-about One Medical Group, a Google Ventures–backed, San Francisco–based primary care practice, she and her team create technology that makes seeing doctors as easy as making a dinner reservation—from same-day booking to virtual visits. As for her road to VP? While at Stanford, she stumbled into a computer science class, loved it and created a start-up that, in 2009, was acquired by Box, the online file-sharing service. She led a team of 50 engineers at Box, and by the time she passed the torch in 2014, half of her team were women. Now she’s sharing her get-ahead advice for any industry.

SEIZE YOUR OPENING “In high school, I tried out for the varsity track team but only made JV. Crushed, I asked to fill a varsity opening in the 400-meter hurdles. It was brutal, but I ran it every single meet—and even lettered. Doing a job before you have it can get you pretty far.”

STRONG START “I like to do yoga—I’ve mastered the handstand!—before hopping on the train for work.”

STAYING FRESH “I work for 25 minutes, then break for 5 so I can get up and say hi to people.”

ASK FOR FEEDBACK“Continually ask for ways to improve. Hearing critical things about yourself can be difficult, but just say thank you and then go cry in the bathroom if necessary.”

REHEARSE FOR BIG MOMENTS “Find a buddy, someone who understands the context you’re in. That way you can talk through your ideas and feel confident about them by the time you walk into a big meeting.”

 

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