Carol was a serial tech executive, successfully rising through the ranks of a male-dominated world. She began founding and selling companies on her own, building her career from her humble origins as an Iowa farm girl.
Throughout her career, Carol lacked female mentors. She began looking for ways to advise young women, leaders and founders, filling in the gaps she encountered in her professional life. Carol shares her experience investing and advising with Astia Angels, and her involvement as a fellow in Stanford’s Distinguished Careers Institute.
Listen to hear how Carol shares her entrepreneurial spirit to elevate women following her lead.
(01:14) Iowa and Clark College roots
(03:00) The woman at John Deere
(04:05) Back to school for more technical degree
(05:58) Finding niche building things from nothing
(06:52) Knowing when it’s time to change it up
(09:15) Givezooks and crowdfunding
(10:03) Angel investing and advising at Astia
(11:03) Fighting ageism
(13:46) Stanford Distinguished Career Institute Program
(17:12) Understanding personal purpose in a community setting
(19:10) Going for a fellowship: educating through an intergenerational experience
(19:55) Third Act: deepen focus and impact in elevating women in business
(20:12) Stanford Women on Boards
(22:09) Redefining value beyond pay
(23:49) Confidence is key to fighting imposter syndrome
(28:14) The more I engage, the more opportunities present themselves
Get in touch with Carol Schrader on LinkedIn, and learn about how to become a Stanford fellow here. Hear more stories of people who found new meaning and fulfillment in the third act of their life on Liz Tinkham’s Third Act podcast at thirdactpodcast.com.