Growing up, I was two different people. In my personal life, I was confident and outspoken. In my academic and professional life, I was unsure and quiet. In school, I was a straight-A student but I was largely ignored by my teachers because I sat quietly in the back of the classroom. I never raised my hand or offered any input into the academic discussion. I was one of many females who felt like my opinion didn't matter or that I wasn't good enough or smart enough to participate.