Career Advice For Women In Tech From Karlie Kloss And Friends

Code-lover Karlie talks to the women at the top of the tech game

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Model, coding entrepreneur and all round ELLE UK fave Karlie Kloss has signed on to guest edit our Tech Trailblazers issue.

As part of the ELLE X KLOSSY collaboration, her mission has been to draw attention to the enormous gender gulf that still exists in the technology sphere.

To go some way to close this gap, Karlie sought out six of the most inspiring, successful and just generally interesting women in the tech industry - tech trailblazers if you will - and solicited their very best advice, in the hope that we might impart it to future generations of young women.

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Pick up your copy of the March issue on Feb 4, but in the mean time, here are the top ten tips from our leading women as collected by Karlie:

1.    Be open to change

"Don't be afraid to learn on the job. No matter how much preparation you've done, the tech industry is changing so fast that we're all learning every day." Marne Levine - Chief Operating Officer of Instagram 

2.    Encourage creativity

"Reward out-of-the-box thinking. I often ask my team, 'If no one showed you how to do your job, how would you be doing it right?" Sara Blakely - Inventor, Founder and Owner of Spanx, the high-tech underwear brand. 

3.    Own your mistakes

"Don't fear apologising to your team. That will give them the confi

dence that you're invested in their career and not just their job." Kamakshi Sivaramakrishnan - Founder and CEO of Drawbridge, the digital branding company.

4.    Understand your team

"When I was at school, one of my teachers had two statements hanging from the board all year: 'Be observant' and 'Be empathetic.' Having the ability to relate to people is such an important part of management and leadership." Marne Levine - Chief Operating Officer of Instagram 

5.    Listen

"Be a good listener to each and every member of your team, even – and especially – the harshest critics." Kamakshi Sivaramakrishnan - Founder and CEO of Drawbridge, the digital branding company. 

6.    Lead by example

"Cultivate a dynamic and enthusiastic attitude about the project at hand within your team – lead by example." Divya Siddarth - Stanford University Student who worked at Callisto, a sexual assault reporting service 

7.    Be decisive

"Companies are not democracies and need leadership. It is imperative to get opinions and feedback but ultimately you're in charge, you need to make decisions." Anne Wojcicki – CEO and Co-Founder of 23andme, the DNA tracking company 

8.    Be honest

"Be honest and tell it like it is. Not every day is rosy." Anne Wojcicki - CEO and Co-Founder of 23andme, the DNA tracking company 

9.    Be passionate

"Do it for yourself and not for the women out there, and embrace the roller-coaster ride." Gloria Chua - Stanford University student and Club Founder of CS + Social Good. 

10. Say thank you

"Say thank you. Say it often and say it with meaning." Marne Levine - Chief Operating Officer of Instagram

 Read the full interviews in the March issue of ELLE UK on sale 4th February 2016, and stay tuned for ELLE's first documentary series with KLOSSY coming soon. And more information visit: Elleuk.com/tags/women-in-tech