#iumienwomenmoversandshakers: Fay Saechao
What do you think is the most significant barrier to female leadership?
I believe the most significant barrier to female leadership is lack of support. Women are fully capable of doing anything that men can do. However, we fail to provide women the support they need to achieve new heights. Support in terms of resources and confidence. We tend to criticize women based on their image, their voice, their relationship status, their family, their jobs, etc. rather than on the content of their work or the content of their words. I truly believe that we must do better to support, to encourage, and to celebrate young girls and women who have a passion to make a positive impact in this world.
What is one event that helped shape your life?
One event that helped shape my life is beating cancer. Cancer challenged me in ways that I never could have imagined. It challenged me mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I learned to let go of my fears of the unknown and to appreciate the simple things in life. Life can happen in an instant, and you have to be flexible.
What’s one of the toughest decisions you’ve had to make and how did it impact your life?
One of the toughest decisions that I have had to make is to move out to live on my own. In doing so, I learned to take care of myself and to be financially responsible.
What is an accomplishment you are proud of?
I am proud to have put myself through college and law school.
If there was a young girl out there who wanted to do what you did, what would you tell her?
Go for it! Do informational interviews with attorneys and law students. Put yourself out there and find the answers. Reach out to me if I can help in anyway. Do NOT let anyone stop you from pursuing your dreams. Often times, people who have given up on their dreams will try to convince you to not follow yours. Put in the time, put in the work, and stay focused. You are enough and you can achieve anything that the world has to offer you.
How can people get a hold of you? i.e., social media, phone number