Spotlight on Elizabeth Perigault

Introducing the electric Elizabeth Perigault, who lights up a room with her energy, enthusiasm and intelligence. Join us as she talks passionately about the vital importance of networking to career success, the power of giving back and how crucial promoting yourself is (no matter how uncomfortable it might feel!).

After graduating from Santa Clara University with a BSEE Electrical Engineering she began working as a Packaging Engineer while working on her MSEE. She’s now ascended to a Technical Program Manager at Intel where she’s worked for the past 15 years.

You won’t be disappointed spending a few minutes reading about her career learnings, especially her closing words of advice.

Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations. (5)

What quote inspires you the most?

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams, 6th President of the United States

What has been the most significant barrier in your career to date?

Being my own worst critic and not promoting myself enough in my career.

What is the best way to negotiate salary and scope of work?

Work with your manager to set your goals and deliver to these goals. Also include your mentoring network to promote your work and achievements.

What do you think are the three most important characteristics to be an amazing leader?

Empowering others, being a good listener and being honest.

How have you built confidence and/or resiliency over the course of your career?

Working to reach my goals, leveraging my strengths and managing my weaknesses.

Why do you think companies would benefit from having more women at the top?

Diversity of thought and opinions within leadership enriches innovation and collaboration.

What is the role mentorship and sponsorship have played in your career?

Having mentors and sponsors are critical in every milestone of my career. When searching for new opportunities, having sponsors who spoke on my behalf opened doors for me. Mentors advocated for me when negotiating for new opportunities.

Now as a mentor, I have grown to be a better leader and colleague by helping others navigate challenges in their career as well as seek new opportunities.

As a leader, how do you stay mindful of who’s at the table and who’s missing?

Good leaders look to include others who challenge the status quo and bring different viewpoints to reach a common goal. Creating an environment of trust and acceptance allows everyone to bring their true self to the table.

What advice would you give to the next generation of female leaders?

Be fearless in reaching your goals and bring others up with you. Giving back empowers others and fulfills you even more. Finally, thank those who have helped you along the way.

How can women support other women in their organizations?

Be a mentor, advocate for each other, and encourage each other. Be a part of a personal board of directors to support each other.

Any words of advice you’d like to share?

With so many people working remotely, it is even more important now to be purposeful in connecting with each other. Investing in your network, and building those connections are lifelong skills that not only enhance your career, but more importantly, enrich your quality of life.



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