Did you know that one in five Americans suffers from mental health issues each year? Unfortunately, 70 percent don't get the help they need, whether because of stigma, cost or accessibility. Roni Frank, a former software developer who was studying to become a therapist, decided to do something about it. Enter Talkspace, the online therapy company she co-founded with her husband Oren. Here, she talks to us about breaking barriers—in both the therapy realm as well as female entrepreneurship.
Movers & Shakers: Talkspace's Roni Frank
October 19, 2018
What kinds of challenges have you faced as a woman in a leadership position?As a senior co-founder of a tech start-up, I’m working in a very male-dominated industry, and most of the founders are men. So that means, unfortunately, women need to work harder to establish credibility. On the other hand, there’s also very interesting research that shows that start-ups with women in leadership roles have more chances to grow and succeed. So, as a woman, I took the opportunity to empower and mentor other women. I do find women to be more collaborative and supportive, as well as natural team players—which is so critical for the success of any company.
Personally, I’ve always tried to stay authentic to myself, rather than act in a more masculine way, if you will. I really believe that, as a woman, I have my own advantages and I bring something unique to the table. I’ve always tried to stick to my own qualities because I really believe that the support and the nurturing environment would be very valuable to the company.