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Wonder Woman can fly. Juliet Rothenberg can rapidly assimilate data.

Build an awareness of your signature strength in order to identify a fulfilling career path.


A hint for identifying your superpower, what’s easy to you, but hard to others? | iStock/Mykyta Dolmatov

When DeepMind project manager Juliet Rothenberg (individually designed BS ’09 in Energy Strategy and Engineering) was working at Waymo, a colleague pointed out that she was really good at rapidly absorbing new information.

She took that insight to heart, and has since used it to guide her toward cross-functional roles.

“Product is actually a great role for me because I get to work with teams of engineers on designing our technical infrastructure,” she says. “I get to work with UX designers on what does the user experience actually look like, and how do we base that on user research? How do we base that on design principles? I get to work with legal teams on regulation and on contracts. I get to work with salespeople on deals.”

“If you made me do [any one of those things] 100% of the time, I would disengage,” she says. Instead, because she’s identified her central talent, her work energizes her rather than drains her.

On this episode of the LEAP! podcast, Rothenberg and Hearsay Systems founder Steve Garrity, MS ’05, Computer Science, join Tina Seelig, Professor of the Practice in Stanford Engineering’s Department of Management Science and Engineering, to explore everyday superpowers. Identifying a unique “superpower,” they find, often reveals a fulfilling, productive career path.

You can listen to this episode and dig into other LEAP! episodes via Stitcher, iTunes, Spotify or Stanford eCorner.

In the LEAP! podcast, Tina Seelig — Professor of the Practice in Stanford Engineering’s Department of Management Science and Engineering — takes a deep dive into how to launch a career. LEAP! is produced by the Stanford Technology Ventures Program.