Krisztina “Z” Holly is an MIT-trained engineer, tech entrepreneur, ed and pioneer. She was curator and host of the first ever TEDx (TEDxUSC) and founder of two university innovation centers at MIT and USC. Z hosts The Art of Manufacturing podcast and is Chief Instigator of MAKE IT IN LA, LA Mayor Garcetti’s non-profit initiative to celebrate and support the nation’s largest community of makers and manufacturers.

In part 2 of the conversation, we discuss what is often overlooked about the manufacturing industry, how to truly make an impact on the world, and why curiosity, courage, and commitment are three words that embody mastery.

You can find part 1 here.

“All things being equal take the path of greatest adventure.”

In This Episode:

  • Why podcasting is a unique platform to share people’s stories
  • Why she’s focused on manufacturing
  • The issue she has with the current state of the tech industry
  • Her first encounter with sexism
  • ­Experiencing and coping with imposter syndrome
  • Her problem with the way we look at failure­
  • Why it all comes down to curiosity, courage, and commitment­­­­­
  • The reason small actions can make just as big an impact on the world
  • The impact fear & fatigue can have on pursuing what you want most

 

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Krisztina Holly Skydiving

 

Quotables:

“People think of mastery as being the best person on the playing field. For me I get incredible joy from creating my own playing field.”

“I think the most important thing about failure is having the courage to try again.”

“If I knew how hard it was before beginning my first startup, I would have never done it, so I’m glad I didn’t know.

“The worst part about sexism is that it’s subtle and impacts your confidence and then it becomes a vicious cycle.”

On manufacturing:

  • “80% of global trade has to do with things rather than services.”
  • “LA is the largest manufacturing center in the country.”

 

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Krisztina "Z" Holly is a MIT-trained engineer, tech entrepreneur, and pioneer. She was curator and host of the first ever TEDx (TEDxUSC) and founder of two university innovation centers at MIT and USC. She is host of The Art of Manufacturing podcast and Chief Instigator of MAKE IT IN LA, LA Mayor Garcetti's non-profit initiative to celebrate and support the nation's largest community of makers and manufacturers.