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What does it take to start a career in tech? Listen to the TechFace podcast and get to know inspiring women in tech and their careers. Find out what they have experienced, get to know their stories and hear all about their advice to build your best career in tech. This podcast goes to all women in tech and their successful careers!

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Tech Inspired with Rosemary Lockhorst
Jul 26 2022
Tech Inspired with Rosemary Lockhorst
​Meet Rosemary Lockhorst, Founder and CEO of  StoryByte Studio, which specialized in digital storytelling, using the latest technologies in gamification and entertainment. Rosemary, or Rosy as she introduces herself, was already interested in tech at a very early age. However, even though she had a computer at the age of 9, she decided later to pursue a career in the hospitality industry. Working in an Irish hotel, her younger brother visited her. He pointed out, how much more she could make going into the tech industry. And that was the start of her career in tech. So Rosy changed into software engineering! As easy as it might sound at first, it took her a while to build up her career. However, Rosy never shied away from saying yes to opportunities that were offered to her. Soon she took over a Project Manager role and with the help of friends and family, she was able to thrive in this role. Her career took her to different companies and areas in tech. Until one day she realized that she was hitting sort of a glass ceiling. It was time to take a break and step out of tech completely. Rosy went to the US to attend classes on screenwriting. While being in the US she run into a former colleague, who got interested in what she was doing now; storytelling. Her colleague was looking for an opportunity to digitalize a book she wrote. And just like that, Rosy got another opportunity to start her own entrepreneurial journey! If you want to know, how she built her company and why Al Gore gave her the best career advice, listen to this podcast now! Connect with Rosy on LinkedIn. Rosy will be attending the #wetechtogether conference 2022 as a Knowledge Session speaker - find more info here!
Tech Inspired with Rosemary Lockhorst
Jul 26 2022
Tech Inspired with Rosemary Lockhorst
​Meet Rosemary Lockhorst, Founder and CEO of  StoryByte Studio, which specialized in digital storytelling, using the latest technologies in gamification and entertainment. Rosemary, or Rosy as she introduces herself, was already interested in tech at a very early age. However, even though she had a computer at the age of 9, she decided later to pursue a career in the hospitality industry. Working in an Irish hotel, her younger brother visited her. He pointed out, how much more she could make going into the tech industry. And that was the start of her career in tech. So Rosy changed into software engineering! As easy as it might sound at first, it took her a while to build up her career. However, Rosy never shied away from saying yes to opportunities that were offered to her. Soon she took over a Project Manager role and with the help of friends and family, she was able to thrive in this role. Her career took her to different companies and areas in tech. Until one day she realized that she was hitting sort of a glass ceiling. It was time to take a break and step out of tech completely. Rosy went to the US to attend classes on screenwriting. While being in the US she run into a former colleague, who got interested in what she was doing now; storytelling. Her colleague was looking for an opportunity to digitalize a book she wrote. And just like that, Rosy got another opportunity to start her own entrepreneurial journey! If you want to know, how she built her company and why Al Gore gave her the best career advice, listen to this podcast now! Connect with Rosy on LinkedIn. Rosy will be attending the #wetechtogether conference 2022 as a Knowledge Session speaker - find more info here!
Tech Inspired with Anna Maria Blengino
May 24 2022
Tech Inspired with Anna Maria Blengino
​Meet Anna Maria, who is a Senior Director in IT Strategy and Innovation at Sunrise.  As a child she followed her curiosity to take things apart and put them back together. Inspired by her father and by her mathematics and physics teacher, she fell in love with technology. Consequently, she graduated as one of three women with an engineering degree and worked for the first couple years in construction. Anyway, at the end of the 1990s telecommunication was on the rise and captured Anna Maria’s interest. She started from the bottom as an industry (career) changer and continuously used her curiosity to explore the different options. Thus, she worked in different industries and countries; the jobs varied from hands-on to more strategical positions. Now, Anna Maria shares her career learnings from the last three decades with us. She mentions repeatedly that it is important to keep moving to stay on top of innovation. Listen to this episode to get the full insight from Anna Maria’s impressive career and her take on the future of telecommunication companies, digitalization, and new work. Finally, Anna Maria gushes about her favourite female role model. This woman is literally reaching for the stars yet outspoken about injustices and relatable in her life choices. Listen till the end, you might be inspired too. Connect with Anna Maria on LinkedIn. More about the #wetechtogether conference on 30th of September and 1st of October at Technopark in Zurich.
Tech Inspired with Sibel Atasoy Würsch
Apr 19 2022
Tech Inspired with Sibel Atasoy Würsch
Meet Sibel, Head of Data at Frontify and a global citizen. Sibel lived most of her life outside Turkey, where she has been born and raised. Today she is responsible for all the data analytics tasks at Frontify. She joined a small and young team and built up a team of six today including data analysts and engineers. Sibel started her career in economics with the goal to be a professor, teacher or researcher in her professional life. Little did she know that an economic crisis gave her the opportunity to switch to tech. She moved to Boston to search for a job when a tech start-up gave her the chance to switch to tech. With her background in statistics from her studies, she was up for the challenge and got the chance to change her career into tech. She learned to program in R on the job and soon the contract became a permanent role. The startup was acquired by PayPal and she leveraged her knowledge even further to become part of the data world. However, being married to a Swiss citizen, they soon longed to go back to Europe and luckily she landed a new job with eBay in Switzerland. Sibel believes, the traditional way of getting a job by applying for an open position is going to remain. However, to be successful, this requires a mindset shift on both sides, the hiring company and the candidate. Applying for jobs enabled her to work for Ava Women and now Frontify. There are many ways into tech, and Sibel’s story is just another inspiring and empowering story for women in tech. Roles can be created nowadays and passion can open doors in unexpected ways. Are you looking to switch from academia to an industry job? Then listen to Sibel and her advice on how to switch careers. Connect with Sibel on LinkedIn.
Tech Inspired with Karina Stump
Mar 21 2022
Tech Inspired with Karina Stump
Meet Karina Stump, who is the Leader Category Management Supermarket at Digitec Galaxus. Previously, she worked for almost a decade in the luxury and fashion industry. There she had various roles from finance to marketing to management. In many of these jobs she had touch points with the tech world. Be it building a cv platform at university or leading a new pricing system at a well-known jewellery company. Despite limited contact with technology when growing up, her practical interest and curiosity in new tools and systems helped her get hands-on with new technologies. Again and again, Karina was able to create safe environments to try out and make experiences to learn about the structure and logic behind systems. She mentions that she is generally not the expert in discussions with IT people. However, she can challenge them because she understands the basics of a technology or system and advancing the discussion with this knowledge. Did you know that Digitec Galaxus offers over 3.5 million products in their online shop? Karina shares some bits about the need for automation, the use of artificial intelligence and marketing. What fascinates her the most about her job is the scale of the whole environment and the agile company culture at a tech company. Additionally, Karina talks in this episode about the future of e-commerce. There might even be the passing mention of the metaverse. On top, she shares why curiosity is her most important skill. Connect with Karina on LinkedIn Learn more about Digitec Galaxus in their company profile.
Tech Inspired with Stefany Barker
Dec 21 2021
Tech Inspired with Stefany Barker
Meet Stefany Barker, Software Engineer Team Lead and co-founder of many interesting initiatives and organizations. Besides being a co-founder with entrepreneurial skills, she has been an inspiring role model herself for me. Stefany and Priska have meet 5 years ago at a Female Founder event in Zurich and connected on the same experience - being a woman in the male-dominated world of tech! This experience has not only brought them together to strive for more diversity in tech. It was also the start of a supportive friendship. Today, Stefany works at Palantier, a software provider that focuses on analyzing big data. However, Stefany did not choose the path into tech right away. She actually started first studying economics and worked for a bit in the finance industry. It was actually her boss at that time, that recognized her interest in tech! And despite that both her parents were working in tech and did not think of this to be a career path for her! At this point, her path changed and she pivoted into tech. And from then on, she was ready to thrive in tech. Working for a startup, building up her own idea, co-founded Girls in Tech Switzerland, TechFace and WaaS and finally leading a team at Palantir! For Stefany it is very clear, that tech is the future. And so she knows where the most exciting area will be: everything around data! In this podcast, we get to know Stefany up close and personal, she shares with us why she admires the CMO of Netflix, Bozoma Saint Johns and sees her as one of the many female role models she has in life and talks about her most valuable skills (spoiler, these are not tech skills). Want to hear what is the most valuable advice she got and how she is living it? Listen now to this special podcast and learn from one of the biggest advocates for more diversity in tech and inspiring co-founder and role model! Connect with Stefany on LinkedIn Learn more about: Girls in Tech SwitzerlandWaaS Websites
Tech Inspired with Nicole Becker
Nov 23 2021
Tech Inspired with Nicole Becker
Meet Nicole Becker, who is responsible for marketing, sales and partner management at BSI and embraces live as a mom and wife. She started her career in tech during the dot-com phase after finishing her studies in international economy. In her first job she realised that tech is her passion. However, her interest for tech started much earlier. Born and raised in eastern Germany, accessing a computer wasn't easy. Only by chance her father came into possession of a computer. And his forward thinking mindset allowed her to learn programing at an early stage. In this podcast we learn more about Nicole's career and how important sales is in tech. Nicole had the chance very early in her career to learn this, when she was approached to work for them. Nicole ventured further into the role as a Key Account Manager with a larger provider. Despite being a male-dominated area, she saw that there was a mindshift. People started to see the added value of having mixed teams at the negoiation table. Are you curious to learn more about the role of sales in tech? Want to know what Nicoles recommend to start a career in this area? And what are the skills you need to address the cumstomer needs? Spoiler alert, it is not the tech expertise you will need! Listen to this episode to hear from someone who did not see herself an expert thriving in this industry and what she recommends you to approach a career in tech. Get in touch with Nicole and connect with her on LinkedIn.
Tech Inspired with Roxanne Derhodge on Authentic Leadership
Sep 20 2021
Tech Inspired with Roxanne Derhodge on Authentic Leadership
Meet Roxanne Derhodge, a Forbes Executive Council Member and Resiliency Keynote Speaker. We had the pleasure to invite her to our podcast and talk about authentic leadership. Roxanne has experienced authentic leadership when she was just a kid. She was watching her father leading a corporation looking after their employees first. Impressed by what she saw, she wanted to pursue a career doing exactly this. She wanted to help people to be at their best in what they were doing. Roxanne studied psychology and works today as a coach and consultant for companies, that have realised the importance of authenticity in leadership. We took the chance to talk to her about what it means to be an authentic leader, how one can find an authentic leader and how to become one yourself. Roxanne shares with us, how companies realise, that they need to change. But ever so often, they are not ready. In our talk, she showcase how a leader can change to put their employees at the core of the company. She helps you to understand, how you can become an authentic leader. Want to learn more from what she has experienced as daughter, leader, coach and consultant? Roxanne is the author of the book A Therapist Insider’s Guide on Relationships. The book provides in depth information and exercises for anyone who wants to enhance their relationship with someone else. Download it as eBook here. Her second book, Return on Relationships, is due to be published in Nov 2021. Find out more about Roxanne here or connect with her on LinkedIn. This talk was recorded in preparation of the #wetechtogether conference 2021, where we had the pleasure to invite different leaders talking about leadership. Check out the #wetechtogether conference here.
Tech Inspired - Knowing your Worth
Apr 19 2021
Tech Inspired - Knowing your Worth
Meet this group of inspiring women talking about the important topic of "Knowing your worth". Listen to this episode if you enjoy hearing diverse ways to handle (work and life) situations where you doubt your worth. Meet... ... Lisa – Software Developer at Esri with a passion for sustainability and future cities ... Yanira – Head of Customer Experience at Migros Online, UX expert and team lead ... Jessica – Innovation Project Lead at Logitech Gaming, previously training as an aerospace engineer and experience in developing drones ... Priska – Co-Founder and Managing Director at TechFace, with a broad background in finance and tech Have you ever experienced a situation when you thought you are not good enough? Well, most of us probably have. Especially, women tend to not see the value they bring to their employer’s business. Others deal with imposter syndrome and tend to underestimate themselves which might limit them in achieving their goals. How do you react when you make a mistake? The guests exchange how they deal with mistakes and the feeling of being a failure. You will get a great toolbox of ideas how you can deal with situations where you feel not good enough. Do not miss our guests’ recommendations how to handle challenging situations. These inspiring women know their worth and strengths but also their weaknesses and areas of development. Most importantly, they talk about how to use this to your advantage. It is very likely, that the listeners will be able to take at least one new idea from our guests’ inputs.