Editor’s Note: theStitch.com is teaming up with Microsoft and a host of dynamic women leaders in the St. Louis community to present an innovative and interactive workshop series designed to empower high school girls to embrace their own beauty while giving them the opportunity to delve into technology.
Each of the workshops will be held at the Microsoft Store located in the Galleria Mall. As a part of this new project, we’re showcasing interviews with several inspiring co-facilitators of the workshops, starting with Anna Capkovic, General Manager for the Microsoft Store.
Anna has always made her presence known in a male dominated workforce by working hard for what she wants and standing strong in her role. As a part of theStitch, she feels it’s important for young women to understand how to always stand tall, despite adversity, and to never allow others to limit their potential or define who they are.
In high school, Anna learned an important lesson about bullying that has stuck with her: people that hurt others are only doing so because they are suffering inside themselves. Capkovic feels that it is important to love yourself just as much as it is to show compassion for all, that you should always surround yourself with positive energy, and believe that you can accomplish anything you set your mind to.
“Everyone has greatness in them,” Capkovic says. “You just have to stop and look at all the good you did for that day to see what more you can bring to the world tomorrow.”
In the interview below, Capkovic talks about what it’s like to be a female working in technology, the challenges she’s faced, and how teenage girls can nurture their dreams and shoot for the stars.
Q: What made you decide to be a part of this project?
A: I think it is very important for females to feel they can do anything and to work hard to accomplish their goals. I love to network and meet new people and learn from their life experiences. Every day is a new day to learn more about myself.
Q: What was high school like for you?
A: High School was one of the best and worst times in my life. I had very supportive family members and I loved sports, choir and school. I had to work hard to get good grades, but always tried to take difficult classes to learn more. Volleyball was my life when it came to sports! I was All-Conference in Volleyball my Junior year, voted on by all the coaches in the league. There was jealousy by Seniors that didn’t receive it and they made the award feel like something I didn’t deserve. I realized quickly that doing my best and receiving recognition for my hard work should never be something I couldn’t be proud of.
Q: What do you wish you’d known back then?
A: That bullying can never define who I was inside. You realize that there are people out there struggling with not understanding their own inner beauty, and so they sometimes find that putting others down is the only way they feel better about themselves. ‘Love everyone, even your enemies,’ I was told at an early age. They need your love more than anyone.
Q: Any advice for teen girls interested in starting their own business?
A: Dream big and believe that anything is possible. I didn’t believe I would be working for Microsoft when I was 16. My dreams have changed many times since then, but I always believed I could do anything with hard work and determination. It isn’t always easy, but it is always worth the work you put into it. And always believe that anything is possible, even when you don’t think there is a way it will work out, because it will, and BECAUSE ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!
Anna Capkovic, thank you for the interview. It’s going to be great working with you!
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