Charleston Women Summer 2024

17 | | another look at what I loved about my first job assisting my mom’s web design business. I took note of how my mom had built her business to support the lifestyle she wanted and needed, versus the other way around. I realized I can still support other people’s success by supporting business owners and helping them grow.” Caroline Danauy, a Washington, D.C.-based attorney and former research and analysis director with the National Security Commission on AI, believes that AI expertise is a space where women can and will thrive. “Anyone who understands the fundamental shift that AI will bring to the workplace — tech, legal, etc. — and can speak intelligently about it, can sell themselves in an interview right now.” With many tech companies allowing remote work, women in tech often enjoy higher earnings, greater job security and improved work-life balance, even as newcomers in the space. Julie Cohen, chief executive officer at Across the Pond, a global, independent creative agency that seeks to help technology companies create a better world, was quoted as saying that tech companies need women more than women need tech companies. In an interview, Cohen told women-in-tech-company SheCanCode that the tech space is “in dire need of female voices.” Possessing key leadership skills and an ability to dismantle biases that directly impact them, women entering the tech space bring invaluable points of view, problem-solving, creativity and intuition to an industry that touches people’s lives every day. EDUCATION For those with a passion for shaping young minds, education offers a uniquely fulfilling career path. Earning a teaching degree or relevant certifications opens doors to classrooms, where women can inspire and empower the next generation. The rewards are immense, from witnessing the “aha” moment in a student to fostering a lifelong love of learning. Paula Raphael Massé is an early childhood educator with a background in retail management. “Education is a wonderful career. It is very easy to transition into at any age. I didn’t start teaching until I was in my late thirties, and that was a complete career change for me. You can bring whatever background you have that will add value to your classroom. You just have to have patience, great communication skills and a true love for learning, not just for the children’s learning, but also for your own continued learning.” Last year, the South Carolina Department of Education identified 30 critical need subject areas and certification fields during the 2023-24 school year. The need areas included early childhood education, elementary and mid-level education, special education, language arts, STEAM, gifted and talented education and driver education, among others. In partnership with the South Carolina Department of Education and The Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement, TEACH South Carolina (TeachSC) is a statewide coalition of K-12 schools, Charleston Women in Business