“Rarely are opportunities presented to you in a perfect way. In a nice little box with a yellow bow on top. ‘Here, open it, it’s perfect. You’ll love it.’ Opportunities — the good ones — are messy, confusing and hard to recognize. They’re risky. They challenge you.”

Susan Wojcicki is the CEO of Youtube, and a longtime pioneer within the tech engineer. She worked for Google in 1999 as the company’s very first marketing manager, and led the development of consumer products like Google Books and Google Images.

Nationality: American, Polish

Industry: Technology

Q: Tell us about your family and interests growing up. Did any of this have an impact on your career in technology?

A: I saw academics asking big questions and working to solve important problems. Long before I knew exactly what I wanted to do, I knew I wanted to do something that made the world a better place. I still have that focus today, especially when I think about YouTube’s work around responsibility and ensuring that it’s a place millions of creators around the world are able to connect with their audiences and build thriving businesses in the process.