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Women in Tech: “A big obstacle is the ‘imposter syndrome'”

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Today’s Woman in Tech: Jen Sprague, Revenue Workflow Specialist at Scratchpad

Chicago native Jen Sprague is a personable Revenue Workflow Specialist at Scratchpad, a bottom-up SaaS company that makes a unified revenue team workspace that allows salespeople to consolidate and streamline the different aspects of their sales workflows.

Sprague is a 2014 graduate of Indiana University Kelley School of Business and has been in sales and marketing for more than seven years. She also has attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), which affects millions of people in the United States (about 3 million are diagnosed with this neurodivergent syndrome each year).

But Sprague isn’t letting this stop her from succeeding in her chosen field. In fact, she is getting ahead of it all by working on spreading public awareness of ADHD, so that businesspeople can understand the benefits that neurodivergent professionals bring to their jobs. In the following Q&A, she explains the barriers women face in landing and advancing in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) jobs here in 2021, not to mention the hurdles she herself has had to clear due to her neurodiverse condition.

What first got you interested in tech?

Because I’m a millennial, I feel like technology was always in the background. I played video games as a kid. And I do think that led to me being interested in learning and progress. I became a little bit more confident in using tech in general; I was encouraged by my parents to use computers.

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