When Jamila graduated from college with a degree in civil engineering, she suddenly noticed something. Out of more than a hundred students in her graduating class, only 10 were women. Knowing that this low representation of female engineers extended beyond her graduating class, Jamila wanted to do something about it. So she did something a little unorthodox for a civil engineer; she began a media publishing company. Listen as Jamila shares how her business J.H. Lindo helps encourage girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Business Tips from Jamila:
1. There’s more than one solution to a problem.
“I believe problems have numerous solutions and approaches. One book won’t necessarily solve everything, but it might make a small difference. And if there are additional products that can do the same, maybe it adds up to make a larger difference.”
2. Give yourself a timeline and hold yourself accountable.
“I’m a very, ‘Oh, I’ll do it tomorrow,’ kind of person. I think we can all agree with that. So I really had to give myself a timeline—really ensuring that I have different team members in place, whether it be an editor and an illustrator, that can really help me make this dream a reality.”
3. Find your power players.
“For my illustrator, I just went on Amazon and found illustrations that really popped out at me. And I just Goggled the illustrator’s name. . . . and you could just contact them right then and there. Goggle search became my best friend.”