Silicon Valley CEO ditched blonde hair & heels to be 'taken seriously'

Silicon Valley CEO ditched blonde hair & heels to be 'taken seriously'

A Silicon Valley CEO has revealed that she dyed her hair brown in order to be taken seriously in the business world. Eileen Carey, CEO at start-up Glassbreakers, revealed to the BBC that colouring her hair dark and forgoing her high heels may have played a part in her success.

"The first time I dyed my hair was actually due to advice I was given by a woman in venture capital," she told the publication. “I was told for this raise [of funds], that it would be to my benefit to dye my hair brown because there was a stronger pattern recognition of brunette women CEOs."

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