In light of this year’s International Women’s Day, we are highlighting the women that play a key role in building a sustainable, inclusive and fully mapped future. As we witness an increased number of females being attracted to the fast-growing industry of technology, more and more women are taking an active role in leading tech teams towards growth and solving real-life problems that bring more impact to the world.
Aligned with UN’s vision to celebrate female leadership, we share insights from our female colleagues and leaders on how their role at UNL is breaking the bias regarding female advancements in tech.
A passion for impact
UNL’s dynamic, vibrant female team members come from all walks of life, but all have one thing in common. A passion for tech, impact and innovation. Khatere Farjam, a UX/UI Designer at UNL, uses her creativity and innovative mind to make the technology-human interaction easier. According to Khatere, “technology gives the opportunity to really make a difference and the idea that my work in connecting technology, product and people could impact lives in a positive way inspires me to remain and grow in this sector.”
“Men and women view things differently and these differences can bring fresh perspectives and unique ideas to the table,” says Monika Glory, Marketing Manager at UNL. “Having diversity in a team enables better problem solving and feeds creativity and innovation,” adds Monika, highlighting how imperative it is for tech companies to capitalize on the benefits of a diverse workforce in bringing innovation and impact to the world.
Ever since her design studies, Paulina Meraza, a UX/UI Designer at UNL, has been attracted to technology. She emphasizes the unique feeling of shaping products that can change the way we experience the world. “Developing such products requires analytical, critical and problem-solving skills. For this reason, I believe STEM subjects set the basis of a critical approach and a systematic way of thinking that is useful not only in STEM careers but in other areas of life,” says Paulina.
Towards fair access to growth
At UNL we have been nurturing a culture of gender equality and fair access to growth opportunities since day 1. We believe talents have no gender, age, or ethnicity and, for this reason, there is not a single formula when it comes to empowering talent. Whether you are leading a team full of men, women or a mixed one, talent needs a tailored approach to advance in tech, one that recognizes individual uniqueness and potential.
“To me, empowerment has many dimensions,” says Mihaela Georgieva, Chief Communications Officer and Co-Founder at UNL. “It starts with recognizing the individual – their passions, drivers, unique skillset and capabilities – and nurturing this potential by giving the space to explore solutions and take ownership,” she adds.
As one of the co-founders at UNL, Mihaela has experienced building teams from scratch. As it happens in the early phases of a company, often people would end up wearing more than one hats. “In this, one thing I do is to be mindful of people’s diverse talent (beyond their designation or education background, or gender for that matter) and create a safe and trustful environment to help them evolve and grow into their potential,” says Mihaela.
Simply calling out stereotypes won’t lead to sustainable change. At UNL we celebrate the uniqueness every talent brings in tech. By focusing on supporting individuals with opportunities targeted to their needs and qualities rather than their gender we can contribute to a shift in perception making technology a fruitful environment for women to learn and advance in their positions while subsequently promoting a behavioural and cultural transformation in the field.