Lifting Up and Leveling Up with Others with Sista Circle's Lexi B
Lexi B didn’t grow up dreaming about working in the world of tech. In fact, she assumed anyone in the tech industry was skilled in coding, so a career in the tech world was just simply out of reach. So, imagine her surprise to now find herself in a Chief of Staff role for key leaders at Twitter. However, it is really no surprise that Lexi B forged her way into a leadership role. From an early age, Lexi has been a connector. Even as a freshman in her Stanford dorm, she realized that while her peers may not have important connections as 18-year-olds, their parents and relatives did. It was that moment that Lexi B discovered the power of community and her first networks were formed sparking her non-traditional path into Tech.
Lexi’s a vibrant leader who believes in promoting other’s good work and providing them the tools to do their jobs well. Join us as we hear all about Lexi’s path and what earned her a leadership position at Twitter.
[02:24] Lexi B’s background and how she got into the tech industry
[05:32] Lexi B’s definition of success starting out
[07:50] Creating a personal brand
[14:05) Overcoming limiting beliefs and fears
[20:14] Getting help from mentors who don’t look like you
[25:33] How to ask people for help and to not feel like a burden
[30:07] Staying authentic even in success and leadership guidance from mentors
[38:19] Habits and rituals that help in uncertainty
[44:05] Lightning round questions
“Just because someone doesn’t look like you, or identify with you, whatever identity layer that is, does not mean they can’t pour into you in some capacity.”– Lexi B
“Your career is not just your career, it is personal.” – Lexi B
“If a bodyguard and a Power Ranger and a program manager and a strategy leader had a baby, that’s how I look at my job.” – Lexi B
Lightning Round Questions:
What book has greatly influenced you?
- “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou, “Shoe Dog” by Phil Knight, and anything by Toni Morrison.
What is your favorite inspiring quote or saying?
- From my mom: “Do you boo.” From my dad: “All you have to do in this world is stay black and die.”
What is one word or moniker you would use to describe yourself?
- Candid, to a fault.
What is one change you've implanted that made your life better?
- I got clarity on what I wanted to be when I grow up.
What power song would you want playing as you walk out onto a stage?
- “Rhythm Nation” by Janet Jackson and anything by Janelle Monáe.
About Lexi B:
2020 WomenTech Network “Speaker of The Year” winner and one of Silicon Valley’s most candid and prominent voices, Alexandria “Lexi B.” Butler is an expert storyteller and workplace freedom fighter.
Her expertise in career growth and branding, executive leadership, and workplace equity have graced the world’s most enormous stages, including Stanford University, Anita B. Org’s Grace Hopper Celebration, Perspektywy Women In Tech Summit, Facebook, Instagram and many more. A program manager at one of the largest tech companies globally, she is frequently tapped to share her thought-provoking advice and opinions on how to create a more equitable work environment.
In April 2017, Lexi B founded Sista Circle: Black Women in Tech. Today, it is one of the largest virtual communities of its kind to exist, boasting a 10,000+ membership of professional women from over 72 countries in tech and tech-adjacent careers. This international society has been nationally and locally recognized by Instagram, Youtube, Linkedin, Slack, Black Enterprise, Rolling Out, Phenomenally, The Ladders, Built-In, and more.
The Stanford graduate and St. Louis, MO native believes, “people deserve to live the life that caters to their strengths and passions. By truly understanding what they need and offer, everyone can implement tools to realize their path and thrive.” She shares her reflections and views on social media at @lexibspeaks.
Lexi’s a vibrant leader who believes in promoting others’s good work and providing them the tools to do their jobs well. Join us as we hear all about Lexi’s path and what earned her a leadership position at Twitter.
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