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WHM: Sabrina M. Tucker-Barrett, Through Girls For Technology

By lindsay

March is Women’s History Month.  BCB salutes the MANY women throughout history who have gotten us to this point today.  But, throughout March 2021 we are celebrating and sharing MOMS who are making history RIGHT NOW.  As we know, moms are basically super human, super heroes.  We tackle so much at once, are the queens of multitasking and at the end of the day—we are almost always putting others’ best interests ahead of our own.  So as we look to the future, we want you to meet some incredible women, all of who are making sure brighter days lie ahead for all.

Name: Sabrina M. Tucker-Barrett

Age: 40

Kid(s) and Ages: Twins (one boy and one girl), ages 8 years old

Where do you live? Bloomfield, Connecticut

TELL US A BIT ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE DOING TO MAKE HISTORY RIGHT NOW.

I am the Founder, President & CEO of Girls For Technology, a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Through Girls For Technology, we work with women and girls of color to realize their future by using STEM and Entrepreneurship as a vehicle for economic growth.

After working in corporate for nearly 8 years, I realized there were inequities for women and even deeper inequities for black women. I felt it was my mission in life to help fix some of those barriers. Although black women founders are the fastest-growing demographic of entrepreneurs accessing capital is one of the most challenging barriers.

We have been lucky to work with girls and women. Whether it’s 1 to 1 corporate mentorship for our college students, to hosting an entrepreneurship pitch competition.

WHO IS THE MOST INFLUENTIAL WOMEN YOU KNOW?

I’d have to say my mother is the most influential woman I know. I owe much of who I am to her, her dedication, love and work-ethics have been invaluable in my development through life. From her, I learned how to be an independent woman, the power of hard work and perseverance, and believing in myself even when others may not. However, the greatest of all her teachings was and still is the importance of family and unconditional love. I am eternally grateful and blessed and thank God for her.

THE THEME OF WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH 2021 IS:  REFUSING TO BE SILENCED.  WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO YOU AND HOW DOES IT PLAY OUT IN YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE?

Refusing to be silent is not an option for me. I work each and everyday to be the voice for those who feel they are voiceless. There are people who count on me, including my twins. I want the twins to grow up knowing their mom was intentional and spoke up and against inequities,  and that she created a pipeline for those who came after her. I live each and everyday with purpose and want other women to know that they also have a voice and their words matter.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES WOMEN FACE TODAY?  HOW WILL YOU HELP IMPACT AND CHANGE THIS FOR WOMEN IN THE FUTURE THROUGH YOUR WORK AND/OR PERSONAL LIFE?

Although 2020 brought on a historic year for women, with more women than ever serving in Congress and having a political voice, we as a nation still have much more work to do. There is still a lack of women in powerful positions, and when we look at black women in Fortune 500 positions the numbers are even more staggering.  We live in a patriarchal society and regardless of a woman’s education, experience, or abilities, the U.S. fosters this notion that women are less qualified or less competent than men. The stats don’t lie Black women entrepreneurs receive less than .5% of venture capital funding.

IF YOU COULD HAVE LUNCH WITH ONE WOMAN THROUGHOUT HISTORY, WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY?

If I could have lunch with one woman in history it would be hands down Harriett Tubman, also known as “Moses of Her People”.  I admire her for her bravery, her persistence, conquering fear, and achievement of leading hundreds of slaves to freedom. Our lunch conversation would consist of me asking endless endless questions. She’s someone I will always admire, truly a force to be reckoned with.

WHAT WOULD PEOPLE BE SURPRISED TO KNOW OR LEARN ABOUT YOU?

Most are very surprised when they meet me that I am a stroke survivor! In my early 30’s shortly after birthing twins, I experienced one of the most challenging times of my life. I had to learn how to walk and talk again. The doctors call me a “walking miracle”!

HOW ARE YOU ABLE TO BALANCE BEING A MOM, WORKING AND HELPING TO CHANGE THE WORLD ☺  IS THERE SUCH THING AS BALANCE?

Being a mom, and then a mom of young twins is a full-time job in itself. Pre-COVID managing the complexities of being a mom first, wife and full-time entrepreneurship was oftentimes exhausting and rewarding and the same time.

I often sit back and reflect on how I pulled through like a “rockstar” all the moving pieces.

Now fast-forward as we transition through the pandemic I’ve been fortunate to have my twins with me in the office while they attend virtual school. Although it’s been a challenge, it’s also allowed me the ability to have more time with them.

I personally think adding the word balance to motherhood and entrepreneurship is nearly impossible.

WHAT IS ONE SILVER LINING THAT HAS COME OUT OF THE PANDEMIC?

One of the most important things that I still relish is the opportunity I’ve been afforded to spend much more time with my twins, husband, and family.

HOW DO YOU THINK THAT THE PANDEMIC WILL CHANGE THE FUTURE FOR WOMEN?

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted millions of women across the globe, all too often we’ve had the luxury of taking things for granted. During this time there has been a glaring light on the injustices and biases that have harmed certain groups such as women and even greater on black women. Ranging from an increase in unemployment, access to childcare, domestic violence, sexual exploitation, mental health wellbeing just to name a few.

However, even with those glaring adversities, women must know there is no better time in America to be a woman in my opinion. Women are multi-taskers by nature, find your tribe and if you ever thought about going out on a limb and starting your own business or take your side-hustle to the next level,  use this time in history to take your first step.

WHAT IS ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU WOULD LIKE TO OFFER OTHER MOMS ABOUT MOTHERHOOD?

I’ve never looked at motherhood as something I could ever possibly prepare for, nor has anyone written the perfect book to follow. We’ve got little people that rely on us each and every day.  The one tip that I truly practice as a mom of twins is teaching them what it means to have good character. As I try everyday to be my very best self it’s important to me that they learn early about being kind to others we are all uniquely made, and being different is ok. Lastly, I let them know life will not always be easy, the path to success is to work hard and never ever give up.

WHAT’S NEXT….

I’ve got a few projects that I’m working on in the pike including starting a Girls For Technology live podcast, and a tech platform for diverse founders and job seekers, and co-founding a co-working and accelerator space.

RAPID FIRE……

Last show you binged: I’m not much of a TV watcher, it’s been too long to even remember

Last book you read: What would the Rockefellers do?

Go-To Family Dinner: Spaghetti when I’m in a pinch!

Favorite Beverage: pina colada

Favorite Take out: Fish & Chips

Favorite Dessert: Vanilla bean creme brulee

Summer or Winter? Winter, although Spring is my absolute favorite!

Dream Vacation: Egypt

#1 Beauty Product you can’t live without: Fenty Beauty Pro by Rihanna

App you can’t live without on your phone: Trello has truly been a tool to help me keep my life in order!

Stay tuned as we feature Moms Making History RIGHT NOW every day in the month of March.   Follow us on Instagram and Facebook  for more.   Do you know someone we should be talking to?  Email us to let us know at info@bumpclubandbeyond.com.  You can also meet more Moms We Love, right here. 

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