If you’re not involved in the semiconductor business, chances are very good that you may never have heard of Weili Dai. But make no mistake about it, she’s a force to be reckoned with in Silicon Valley, and in the world of business and technology. She, along with husband Sehat Sutardja, co-founded the Marvell Technology Group, based in Santa Clara. As the only woman founder of a global semiconductor company, Weili Dai was named by Forbes in its list, “World’s 100 Most Powerful Women,” and by Newsweek as one of the “150 Women Who Shake the World.”
But how does Dai do with respect to her personal style, and does it serve her well? Let’s take a look.
Weili Dai is a shining example of what is possible for foreign-born Americans and for women. And, she actively campaigns for immigration reform, to insure that highly skilled international tech graduates have the legal opportunity to stay in the United States. A mother of two, she’s also a strong advocate for more opportunities for women in business.
But about her style…
Let’s start with the ‘elephant in the room:’ her hair. One consistent element of her hair is that it is super-duper curly. I don’t know Weili Dai, and mean no disrespect to her in the least. That said, if her hairstyle is not natural, I would never suggest it for her. If it is natural, I would highly recommend that it be relaxed. It seems to be a distraction away from her face, which appears to look attractive and approachable. Another distracting element of her hairstyle, which is best evidenced by reviewing all of the photos, is that her hair color seems to rotate from one tone to the next. I get the impression that she’s not happy with her hairstylist, or cares about her hair only enough to use a color-in-the-box approach and colors it herself at home.
If that sounds a bit harsh, just ask yourself why someone of her prominence and interests would ever let people question her ability to be a steady and stable leader. Hair affects how others react to the wearer. When you are a business leader like Weili Dai, something as seemingly simple as hair should make you look appealing so that others are inspired to follow your lead and take the action you want them to take.
Weili Dai seems to have an eclectic personal style. She wears everything from smooth and shiny jackets to super colorful and unusual blouses. When you see her with her husband, he looks like a very business-minded company co-founder, and she looks like the creative brain of the business. Even though I do see this as a visual strength, what I do question is the consistency of her look, and whether the colors and patterns are always flattering to her appearance.
Especially of interest is whether the very busy patterns she wears actually makes an onlooker focus more on the busy-ness of her outfits instead of focusing on her face. My issues with her curly hair aside, hair of that quality warrants more pattern and texture in clothing. Each should “talk to each other,” in an agreeable way. What I see
in evaluating Weili Dai and her personal style is that she may look like a ball of energy, but it may be hard for her to stay focused.
Of course, Weili Dai has proven to be quite successful, despite these visual inconsistencies. But as I have learned from working with many wonderfully successful people over the years, even people with this level of success want to find ways to improve. Challenging yourself to be at your best helps you achieve even higher levels of success, gives you a higher degree of personal satisfaction, and a deep sense of confidence.