Olympia LePoint is an internationally-recognized science leader who helped launch NASA’s Endeavor, Discovery, Columbia, and Atlantis space shuttles, part of a career total of 28 space shuttle launches. And yet, Olympia’s road to success wasn’t a straight one. Despite growing up in challenging circumstances and failing algebra and geometry in high school, Olympia persisted toward her vision of working at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

With some help from teachers and others along the way, Olympia went on to earn a Bachelors of Science Degree in Mathematics, and a Master’s of Science Degree in Applied Mathematics and to graduate in the top five of her class at California State University Northridge.

Olympia has written her first book, “Mathaphobia: How You Can Overcome Your Math Fears and Become a Rocket Scientist”. She also has a TED Talk called "Reprogramming Your Brain to Overcome Fear" which has received over 600,000 views.

In our conversation, we talked about the steps she recommends taking to overcome fear, plus she shared her story of how she went from struggling in math and science in high school to do all the amazing things she’s done since. 

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