Empowerment and Resilience

Empowerment and Resilience

Publication: Mining México
Issue: January/February 2024

In geotechnical engineering, a field traditionally dominated by men, Nadia Mendoza has forged her path with determination and skill. A civil engineer from the Autonomous Metropolitan University of Mexico City, Nadia, has spent 12 years forging a career full of challenges and successes, specializing in geotechnical engineering and contributing significantly to the mining sector.

“I have developed my professional career over the last 12 years, focusing my tastes and skills in the geotechnical branch,” says Nadia, reflecting a trajectory where the constant search for knowledge has progressively led her to specialize in her field. In this way, she ventured into the mining field approximately seven years ago, actively participating in both exploratory and engineering projects.

Nadia emphasizes the importance of equal opportunities for developing more equitable societies. “Some aspects that I consider essential to cultivate in every woman are self-confidence, leadership, resilience, and recognition of one’s value,” she says. Her perception of female leadership highlights women’s ability to face challenges with empathy, creativity, and resilience, which enrich and balance work teams.

Regarding selecting women in leadership positions, Nadia strongly believes in evaluating individuals for their talent and skills, regardless of gender. “Choosing a woman based on her capabilities can generate amazing results,” she assures.

When asked about her experience in a male-dominated work environment, Nadia admits she was initially intimidated. However, she has transformed that intimidation into a personal challenge, establishing professional bonds based on mutual respect and quality work. “This path has reinforced my belief that professional excellence knows no gender,” she stresses.

Nadia also stresses the need to strengthen values in society and education to achieve an egalitarian system of participation and leadership. Promoting leadership, awareness, and motivation is critical in this process.

Regarding gender stereotypes and roles in Mexico, she recognizes that, despite significant advances, barriers still exist. “Being spokespersons and motivators for the inclusion of girls and women in all aspects of society” is how she suggests reducing this gap.

The most enriching experiences for Nadia in her career path include traveling, working in national and international environments, and sharing her knowledge. “The possibility of traveling to other countries to learn...these aspects bring me deep satisfaction and happiness,” she shares.

As for the impact of being a woman on her career, she reflects that, although she faced the challenge of breaking stereotypes early on, the confidence and support of her family was critical. “This confidence strengthened my resolve to continue to develop, resist, and discipline myself,” she says.

Nadia advises starting by believing in themselves and their abilities for women looking to build a career or grow professionally. “Perseverance, goal setting, and liking what we do make the journey more bearable,” she emphasizes.

Nadia Mendoza represents an inspiring example of empowerment and resilience in a challenging field. Her story is a testimony of personal success and a call to action to continue promoting gender equality in all professional spheres.


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