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SWE Diverse Podcast Ep 244: Overcoming Stress and Burnout in Engineering

Hear the stories of two women engineers who have found unique ways to navigate imposter syndrome, stress and burnout in this episode of Diverse: a SWE podcast!

In this episode, explore how two women engineers navigated workplace stress and imposter syndrome and ultimately found fulfillment by helping others.

Yanet Borrego (she/her), self-mastery coach and speaker, shares about the challenges of high-stress STEM environments and her career pivot from chemical engineering to self-mastery coaching.

Cary Kaczowka (she/her), program manager at RTX, reflects on her experiences of teaching sailing and engine maintenance classes to women and discusses the importance of secondary passions for stress relief.

Listen to the episode on SWE’s website, Spotify, Apple Podcasts or on your favorite podcast platform.

You can discover more about their stories in the Winter 2024 issue of SWE Magazine.

Speaker: Yanet Borrego (she/her), Self-Mastery Coach and Speaker, YB Coaching

Yanet Borrego square headshotYanet Borrego is an engineer and consultant turned into a self-mastery coach, speaker and podcast host.

Her voluntary transition from her nine-year corporate career, where she worked for ExxonMobil and Accenture, to full-time entrepreneurship inspired her to continue coaching and mentoring individuals to find their purpose, master their mindset and step into who they are meant to be.

Yanet coaches high-achieving women to find the clarity, confidence and courage to make their wildest dreams their reality. She is the host of the “With Clarity and Purpose” podcast.

Speaker: Cary Kaczowka (she/her), Program Manager, RTX

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Cary Kaczowka is a program manager at Raytheon Missiles and Defense, an RTX company. She has a decade of experience as an engineer, project engineer, and engineering manager in the aerospace and defense industry.

Cary has an M.S. in Materials Engineering from the University of Southern California and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Design, Innovation & Society from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and she recently received her PMP certification.

She is the vice president for the New England Shoreline SWE Section. In 2023, Cary was recognized with SWE’s Distinguished New Engineer award.

She and her 34-foot sailboat relocated from Seattle, Wash. in 2022 and are now based out of Portsmouth, R.I. where they race and cruise the waters of Narragansett Bay. Cary is passionate about outdoor adventuring, sailboat racing and teaching fellow women about operation and maintenance of engines.


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