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44 minutes | Jul 5, 2021
#21 The Agile Mindset: How to find your calling with Signe Hjorth Hansen, Agile Coach at Nuuday & Board Member Women in Tech DK
Agile | Agile Coach | Nuuday | Agile Mindset | IT Transformation | Find your Calling | Career Development | Experiment | The Agile Way Signe Hjorth Hansen is the last guest of Femme Lead Podcast season 2! Signe is an Agile Coach for the tech & telecom company Nuuday in Denmark and a board member in the organization Women in Tech Denmark. Signe's career started with a graduate program in the company Cisco and continued as a business manager before moving into the telecommunication space for the last 4 years at TDC/Nuuday. Nuuday is a family of 9 brands in Denmark that includes YouSee, Telmore, eesy, Hiper, YouTv, Blockbuster, TDC Erhverv, NetDesign, and Related. The core of Nuuday is TV, broadband, network, telephony, and entertainment delivered across all brands.An agile coach is a person who is responsible for creating and improving Agile processes within a team or a company. Signe graduated with a master's in Engineering, Operation, and Innovation Management from the Danish Technical University and her career path at Nuuday included the role of service solution architect and commercial manager before becoming an agile coach.In this episode, we will discuss the day-to-day activities of an agile coach, and the overall understanding of how IT transformation happens with the help of the Agile framework. Signe Hjorth Hansen also shares how she used the Agile mindset to reflect on her career and how she started making decisions using the framework for her professional development. We cover:How does one become an Agile Coach, and what will it mean for the organization?How do you use Agile as a mindset for change and experiment in your development?How to find your purpose and calling?Key takeaways:Being an Agile Coach means you need to be comfortable with being proactive, build mental strength, and constantly experiment with different scenarios.The people who flourish in the Agile setup take control over their development: Do you like to work freely in a structured environment? You have a specific role, but the tasks differ depending on the project and team you collaborate with.Find out what DRIVES you. People will always tell you what you do and who you should become, but they are not you in the end. Understand what drives you. Connect with Signe via LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/signe-hjorth-hansen-38279721/ Read more about the Agile Principles: https://www.agilealliance.org/agile101/ Read more about OKRs (Objectives and Key Results): https://www.whatmatters.com/faqs/okr-meaning-definition-example/Episode Timeline: 02:10 What does it mean to be an Agile Coach? 03:07 What are the keywords of the Agile setup?04:50 How did Denmark's largest digital service provider decide to go Agile? 09:28 How do you define Agile? 13:15 What is the day-to-day role of an Agile Coach? 15:24 Why Agile matter?20:20 How do you use Agile for career development?23:30 What changed when applying the Agile mindset to your career? 28:25 Planning your Career Roadmap 29:20 Finding your Calling / Purpose32:20 How did you realize what was NOT working for you?34:45 What advice do you have for young women looking to find their calling? 38:35 Being Agile means adopting Servant Leadership.41:13 The story of Women in Tech Denmark
44 minutes | Jun 21, 2021
#20 Growth Marketing: How to build a growth machine in tech with Irina Scarlat, Chief Growth Officer @ Bitpanda | Uber & Revolut Alumna
Growth Marketing | BitPanda | Growth Machine | Leadership | Product-Led Growth | Well-being | Career | Uber | Revolut | Marketing Executive | Teamwork | Sabbatical Irina Scarlat is the Chief Growth Officer at Bitpanda and an Uber & Revolut Alumna. She joins Femme Lead Podcast to discuss her amazing trajectory in the marketing space, how she tackled becoming a global manager, and how she helped build the growth machine that Revolut is known for. Additionally, we explore well-being and balancing career and family life in a real conversation that “you cannot have it all” and how to prioritize your time.Irina Scarlat is an entrepreneur at heart, product marketer & team builder, with more than 12 years of business experience, 10 of them in tech. She currently leads the growth department for Bitpanda, an Austrian financial services company that allows its users to trade with cryptocurrencies, stocks, and precious metals. She previously spent 3 years with Revolut, where she joined as Country Manager for Romania in early 2018 and grew the local market from 20k to almost 1.5M users. She then built Revolut’s growth machine, led the growth teams in CEE and, later on, their Global Growth department, shaping Revolut’s growth journey from 1M to 15M users globally. Before joining Bitpanda. she joined forces with Revolut and has been leading the marketing efforts of Uber in Romania, shaping the local strategy, and working on strategic regional projects & initiatives. During her time at Uber, she launched 3 cities, scaled the market to 1M users, and built the marketing team from scratch. She is a global citizen that has been living, studying & working in seven cities across Europe and the United States, she speaks four foreign languages and she’s also the mom of a hyperactive toddler. Follow Irina Scarlat on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/irina-nicoleta-scarlat-30a4b28/Episode Timeline:02:50 What is growth marketing? 03:45 What do you see are the trends in growth marketing?05:20 How will the field of marketing evolve? 07:50 What is the proudest moment from working to grow Uber’s marketing efforts?11:15 What is the main learning from the period at Uber?14:10 Learn to focus on what moves the needle15:10 What is your advice for prioritizing? 17:00 Revolut career path: Initial KPIs.18:10 Reaching hyper-growth through Community-Driven Growth.20:25 What advice can you share for those who look at global roles?24:03 What changed dramatically when you took over a global role?27:00 Challenging situations: Approach & Advice.29:50 How to manage stressful situations?32:50 How do career & well-being work together? 36:33 Did you feel stress about family life & career expectations? 39:48 How to prioritize time between career & family?40:55 What was the biggest surprise of your career?42:10 What do you wish you knew 5 years ago?
45 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
#19 Creative Industries & Advertising: The path to Cannes Lions with Sandra Bold, Digital Creative Director at Publicis Milan
Advertising | Creativity | Cannes Lions | Creative Industry | Digital Creators | Best Ads | Publicis | Ad World | Creatives | In this episode, we discuss advertising and working with the best creatives. Our guest is no other than Sandra Bold, Cannes Lions Jury member and Digital Creative Director at Publicis Milan. Sandra Bold is far from the typical path of working on a traditional career path, having graduated in architecture and deciding to work with ads instead to showcase the talent that lies within her. Sandra Bold joins Femme Lead Podcast to discuss her path, challenges, and what does it mean to work in the creative industries. A typical 9 to 5 is not what you'll find here, and Sandra doesn't shy away from mentioning the industry's hardships, from working long hours to striving to be the best at your craft. Sandra Bold started her ad career in Bucharest, Romania where she quickly grew from junior to senior positions. During her career, she kept on winning awards to make her parents less pissed off about her dropping architecture. Among the awards, you will find Cannes Lions, Eurobest, One show, Golden drum, and titles like Copywriter of the year (2016), Top 6 creatives to watch (2017), Pitch 100 Superwomen (2018).Check out Sandra’s website: http://www.sandrabold.com/ Follow Sandra on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sandra-bold-22080a44/ Campaigns mentioned:‘Bittersweet Pies’ by Paul Romania: https://www.adforum.com/creative-work/ad/player/34526090/bittersweet-pies/paul Ads by Heineken: https://www.adsoftheworld.com/taxonomy/brand/heineken ‘Be a follower’ by Diesel: https://www.highsnobiety.com/p/diesel-campaign-mocks-influencers/Episode timeline: 02:28 How does a day look like working in the creative industries?04:40 How does wellbeing play in the day-to-day life of a creative?10:20 What is Cannes Lions, and how did you join as a Jury member?13:40 How is the field of advertising evolving?17:20 What are some essential points of stakeholder management? 18:35 How to build confidence? 21:12 How do you measure the success of work?22:00 What other business setup should you prepare when presenting?24:30 What made you decide to join the advertising field?28:50 Challenging situation and how to approach it? 31:49 Tackling wellbeing in the creative industries.34:20 What to consider when changing roles & countries? 38:15 What do you wish you knew at the beginning of your career?39:40 Ladies Steps - What is the deal with gender equality?43:30 What is your favorite ad campaign?
46 minutes | May 24, 2021
#18 Entrepreneurship: How two women disrupted the fishing industry with Nima Tisdall, Co-Founder at Blue Lobster
Social Entrepreneurship | Social Change | Impact Business | Blue Lobster | Fishing | Disruptors | Business Acumen | Innovation | Digitalisation |Nima Tisdall is a well-known entrepreneur in Denmark. Together with her co-founder Christine Hebert, they founded Blue Lobster, a platform for sustainable fishermen to sell their catches at a fair price.In 2020, Nima Tisdall became the European Laureate for the Obama Foundation Leaders' Program, and in 2021 Nima was listed as one of Forbes 30 under 30.In this episode, we sit down with Nima to discuss her path to entrepreneurship, how Blue Lobster became a profitable business and what challenges the co-founders encountered along the way. We deep dive into building a support system, building confidence, and keep on going even if the journey is not always easy.At the beginning of 2020, Blue Lobster got a new round of funding and started planning for a B2B model that will serve restaurants with fresh fish. Soon after the pandemic hit, the company started selling to private customers. Within three weeks, the team stopped this plan as it was not playing to the company's strengths, including technological developments.Blue Lobster's pillars are:- Low Impact by working directly with fishermen using low impact techniques.- Fairness by pay the fishermen 2 to 4 times more than what they would usually get.- Fresh by delivering the freshest seafood on the market directly from the harbor. Follow Nima Tisdall on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nimatisdall/Check out Blue Lobster: https://bluelobster.app/Episode Timeline:01:38 Nima Tisdall, Obama Foundation European Leader Laureate03:20 What is Blue Lobster's current setup? 05:21 What were the challenges of digitalizing the fishing industry? 07:05 How did you decide to look at the problem Blue Lobster solves? 08:52 How did you choose to start Blue Lobster?09:55 What was the feedback Blue Lobster received from the competition? 13:30 What was the reaction from Blue Lobster to threads? 16:15 What advice do you have for young women who want to start a business?20:30 The importance of support systems. 27:00 The development of Blue Lobster from idea to business. 32:10 The pivot during 2020.37:05 What advice do you have when building a team with a co-founder? 41:18 What is something you wish you knew five years ago?
52 minutes | May 10, 2021
#17 CFO Story with Simone Menne: The career path to top management. Creating long-lasting impact.
CFO Career Story | Leadership Advice | Top Management | Women in Leadership | Finance Career | Lufthansa | Lead with Impact | In this episode, we converse with Simone Menne, former CFO of Lufthansa AG and Boehringer Ingelheim. Simone Menne is a member of the supervisory board and non-executive director in various companies including BMW AG, Deutsche Post DHL, Johnson Controls International and runs an art gallery in Kiel. We discuss with Simone her impressive career, what are her pieces of advice for people looking into top management positions and what does she believe about the new workforce generation. Career Path: From 1999 to 2004 Simone Menne was responsible for commercial administration and human resources, initially for the Southwestern Europe region until 2001, and later for Europe as a whole. From 2004 to 2010 Menne was in charge of finance and accounting at Lufthansa Technik. In 2010, Menne switched to the former LH subsidiary British Midland as CFO and accompanied their sale to the International Airlines Group. In 2012, Simone Menne was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Deutsche Lufthansa, becoming the first female CFO of a DAX group (most important German stock index ). Key points:📍The importance of quota for women in leadership: The world is diverse in business, customers are diverse. It would help if you had a diverse team to do the right things for a sustainable future for companies and take on different perspectives. 📍Role Models: Having a career-mom and strong female role models inspires women and will increase their self-esteem. You will continue to build your self-esteem as you grow older, and that will also boost confidence and trust in others. Representation is key. 📍Career Advice: We touch upon starting up knowing that being ‘bold’ is a decision and becomes a requirement as you progress in your career. Follow Simone Menne on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/simone-menne/ Check out Simone Menne's website: https://www.simonemenne.de/ Check out Simone's podcast - Die Boss [in German]: https://www.stern.de/wirtschaft/die-boss/Episode Timeline:02:30 Simone's Podcast Die Boss and promoting female role models. What is the mission behind Die Boss?04:55 Why is it important to embrace diversity?10:05 Who were your mentors? Who influenced your career12:50 What do you tell women who do not have the confidence to “go for it”?18:01 Looking back, would you have done anything differently?21:25 Career path: what do you see as the key accomplishments in your life? 26:05 What is your advice to graduates?29:50 Characteristics of younger generations in the workforce.34:30 Prior to becoming CFO, what were the lessons that helped you reach this milestone in your career?38:00 Challenges in navigating your career path: How do you advise listeners to navigate difficult situations?41:05 How do you think the corona-crisis affected the way the traveling industry?44:12 How do you see the world has changed in the airline industry?50:00 What do you wish you knew at the beginning of your career?
46 minutes | Apr 26, 2021
#16 Impact Investing & Healthcare: How to change the world through healthcare with Dr. Nina Rawal
Impact Investing | Venture Fund | Innovation | Healthcare Solutions | Women in Science | Business with Impact | World Impact | In this episode, we discuss impact investing: how to change the world through healthcare by creating impact businesses. My guest is Dr. Nina Rawal, the founder of Emerging Health Ventures, in Stockholm, Sweden. We cover how can we all individually contribute to changing the world for the better, and what are the steps to follow if you are interested in investing in healthcare, as the emerging topic to ensure safety for our society. She headed the life science investment team at Industrifonden, a 500 million EUR venture capital fund. Previous experience also includes the role of Vice President, Strategy and Ventures at Gambro AB, and management consulting at Boston Consulting Group in Stockholm and New York. She serves on the boards of a non-profit hospital and health care organization. She holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Neurobiology, and a Masters in Biomedicine, both from the Karolinska Institute, including research work done at Columbia University in New York.Recognition for her work includes the selection as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and a '40 under 40 - European Young Leader' by Friends of Europe/Europanova.Follow Dr. Nina Rawal via LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nina-rawal-3803a41/Emerging Health Ventures: http://emheve.com/Recommendations:“Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World”, Book by Anand Giridharadas, 2018“The man in the arena”, Speech by Theodore Roosevelt, 1910Episode Timeline:02:45 What is impact investing?09:38 What can we do to stay up-to-date with what is happening around the world?14:37 How do you become an impact investor? 15:45 How do you enter the impact investing space? 19:40 How do you measure impact?21:30 How can we know what to look for in emerging markets?25:00 How do you tackle affordability around the world?29:00 What is your stance on creating impact with ROI?33:00 The path to business from life science professional.37:00 What are some pieces of advice for those who are interested in your career path?40:00 What are some of the challenges of working in the venture space?44:30 What do you wish you knew at the beginning of your career?
45 minutes | Apr 12, 2021
#15 Diversity & Inclusion: Promoting women in leadership positions is everyone's business with Dr. Anino Emuwa
Diversity & Inclusion | Leadership | 100Women @Davos | Women who impact | Representation | Women in Board Positions | Africa Women CEOs Network | Today’s episode is about diversity & inclusion in leadership. My guest is the amazing Dr. Anino Emuwa, a powerhouse, a founder, international public speaker, and advocate for gender-balanced business leadership. She was named one of the top 125 Diversity and Including experts to follow on LinkedIn & she has spoken at prestigious conferences and institutions including Forbes, University of Cambridge, London School of Economics, France’s National Assembly, and TechPark Davos to name a few.An executive strategist, she works with high-achieving women CEOs and founders and she is a coach and mentor for several global organizations. She is the founder of several communities of women including 100 Women@Davos and the Africa Women CEOs Network.As the Managing Director of the strategy and financial advisory firm, Avandis Consulting in France contributes to UN SDG5 Target 5.5 on ensuring the equal participation of women in leadership. In our interview, we discuss the setup for diversity & inclusion in companies and how can we promote diversity in leadership. Representation is key for innovation, and the latest research papers show us that we still have a long way to go to represent diversity. Dr. Anino Emuwa sits down with us to go through the challenges of bringing more women to leadership, how to tackle diversity & inclusion in organizations, and what steps we can all take to get closer to the goal of having more inclusive leadership teams?Follow Dr. Anino Emuwa on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-anino-emuwa/ Follow Dr. Anino Emuwa on Clubhouse @anino Learn more about Avandis Consulting: https://avandisconsulting.com/ Episode Timeline: 02:30 What does diversity and inclusion mean? 04:25 How do you see the field of D&I evolving?08:40 What do you think about pushing for quotas when there could be more competent people? 12:00 Who should be responsible for moving the needle in the direction of change? 15:00 How can we bring together parties who think D&I is a buzzword and it will die out? What is your stance on this?17:12 What is your role at 100 Women@Davos? 19:56 How does your day-to-day look like? 23:23 How do you measure the success of your endeavors? How can we measure D&I impact?25:50 How should you tackle your promotion in management in real life?29:50 How does one enter the D&I space? If you are passionate about the subject, how can you get started in impacting the world by following such a mission?31:50 What are some lessons you learned along the way about career development?34:50 What are the challenges of building your own consulting practice? 36:30 What pieces of advice do you follow in your entrepreneurial journey? 38:30 What are some pieces of advice that want to follow your career path?41:00 How is the story of joining the D&I space? 42:40 What do you wish you knew at the beginning of your career?
47 minutes | Mar 29, 2021
Special Episode [in Romanian]: The mission of empowering girls with Andreea Potra, President of Girl Up Romania.
In this episode, we converse with Andreea Potra, President of Girl Up Romania, an organization that aims to help young women & girls by sharing content in a way that adolescents can understand their human rights. We discuss the mission of empowering young women and girls, what can civil society do to support their mission and how can each individual contribute to a more equal world where women & girls are protected and empowered. Girl Up Romania is a branch of Girl Up International, a youth organization founded by the United Nations: https://girlup.org/ Girl Up Romania published a book called "Oriunde, Oricand, Oricui." (Anywhere, Anytime, Anyone) meant to shed light on sexual harassment issues in Romania & share testimonials of survivals of sexual harassment to discuss this crucially important topic in the Romanian Parliament. You can order the book below (in Romanian) via Curtea Veche Publishing: https://www.curteaveche.ro/p/oriunde-oricand-oricui-girl-up-romaniaYou can support Girl Up Romania on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/girlupromaniaYou can Follow Girl Up Romania on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/girlup.romania/?hl=en
45 minutes | Mar 22, 2021
#14 Neuroscience & Entrepreneurship: The science behind the entrepreneurial mind with Emily Clements PhD.
Neuroscience | Entrepreneurship | Neuroimaging | Exploration | Innovation | Neuroscience of entrepreneurship | Creativity | Ideas Management | Brain Power | In this episode, our guest is Emily Clements who is completing a Ph.D. in Neuroimaging, a collaboration between the Entrepreneurship Institute and Neuroimaging Department at King’s College London, aiming to uncover if there is something different in the brain of those who think entrepreneurial. The questions she will address with her research are (1) How do entrepreneurs' cognition (thinking) differ from non-entrepreneurs? (2) Do these differences in cognition correlate with the individual’s experience and differences in brain structure/function? (3) Can interventions develop this cognition? Aiming to uncover these findings, Emily shares valuable input on what makes an entrepreneur, what happens in the brain when we decide to take risks, and whether we see the path of entrepreneurship as specific to a certain type of person, with similar traits? Findings from Emily’s research point out that entrepreneurship is more about mitigating risks rather than taking risks. Key takeaway:"Develop self-awareness of who you are, how you think. Know your limits on what you can do. You have many strengths, but it is also important to recognize your limits. Often, people do not spend time thinking about who they are, considering their strengths & weaknesses. From a neuroscience perspective, for everyone, you can be a lot more successful in your career if you start to recognize who you are and how you think. It doesn’t mean you cannot develop other skills, but this is a more personalized approach to what is needed: what is success to you? "You can follow Emily Clements on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/emily-clements-852285125/Check out Emily's community on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/frontalthoughts/Episode Timeline:01:24 What is neuroscience? 02:30 The research of neuroscience of entrepreneurship.03:30 What are some clear findings from the research on entrepreneurship & neuroscience?06:50 Entrepreneurial mind & teamwork: opinion.09:40 Decision making & entrepreneurship: opinion.10:50 Is there a difference between men & women when it comes to taking risks?15:00 How should we tackle the focus on gender differences in sharing data? 18:25 What would you advise people who are afraid to start their businesses?21:55 What are the stages of decision-making? 24:58 Does it take 21 days to break a habit?26:20 How important is rest for the wellbeing of our brain?28:50 Entrepreneurship & well-being: findings. 33:40 What is the main finding of the research on the neuroscience of entrepreneurship?37:00 How did you decide to start a career in neuroimaging? 40:18 What is the best piece of advice received in your professional journey?41:30 What is the most rewarding activity of being a neuroscientist?43:00 What is your stance on bringing more women into STEM fields?
58 minutes | Mar 14, 2021
Special Episode: Navigating a career path in tech. Lessons from role models. Alexandra Ciobotaru in conversation with Noa Segre.
In this special episode Alexandra Ciobotaru, the host of Femme Lead joins Noa Segre, Senior Strategist at Talent Garden to converse about navigating the career path in tech and lessons from female role models. This event was live-streamed on the 8th of March 2021, on International Women’s Day.Noa Segre is a Corporate Transformation Senior Strategist at Talent Garden, who shared insights from her experience in technology and innovation from startups and over 10 years of experience in one of Israel’s leading Venture Capital funds.Episode Timeline:07:15 Determine your North Star.16:12 Your worth is not attached to a job. 19:03 Set your own pace. It is never too late or too early. 21:50 Don’t compare your chapter 1 with someone else’s chapter 10. 24:30 Choose your battles.27:02 Take responsibility for your life.32:45 Fire Chat: Noa Segre in conversation with Alexandra CiobotaruSee the full session on Youtube here: https://youtu.be/Mcl8ttw2kMAFind out more about Talent Garden here: https://talentgarden.org/en/
58 minutes | Mar 8, 2021
#13 Product Management: Creating psychological safety to support your high performing teams | Women & Earnings with Soumeya Benghanem
Product Management | Psychological Safety | High Performing Teams | Product Executive | Women and Earnings | In this interview, we discuss with Soumeya Benghanem the role of a product manager, learnings from Soumeya’s career, and how to create psychological safety to support high-performing teams. In the second part of the conversation, we also discuss the topic of women and earnings. Some of the questions we consider are: Are you happy with your earnings, are you unsure whether to ask for more money in your discussion with your manager, what do you feel about money & earnings in your life? This is a part of the discussion that sparked some important learnings, such as seeing money as a tool to live the life you want to live. Soumeya Benghanem is a Product Management executive with 20 years of experience building product teams and software. She is currently a Product Management Practice Leader at Pivotal Labs, a Division of VMware. She has been the Chief Product Officer and Head of Product at startups in Financial Services and Healthcare. Some of the organizations that she has worked with include The United States Space Force, Merrill Lynch, The Bank of NY Mellon, and Paypal.Takeaways:What is the range of pay in my role? “I use a range because I think it is more important than the average. Average implies there are many people above and many people below. If you get an offer in the average, you should counteroffer or negotiate for higher.” “Do not let money concerns or inequity pass because it multiplies. In one role, you are underpaid. You will probably be underpaid in the next role. So make sure to take care proactively in every role you get.”"Some of the most challenging things I had to go through were thinking the situation was a zero-sum game. You are either a winner or a loser. When in reality, there is complexity. The zero-sum game is an unhealthy mindset to have. Yet very typical when you grow up competitive or do not think about the complexity of a situation. Most of the challenges I had in my career were around situations that I treated like either I would win or lose. "Follow Soumeya's updates on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/soumeyab/ Follow Soumeya's updates on Clubhouse: @soumeya Episode Timeline:02:00 What is product management, and how did the field develop in the last years?03:48 How did you decide to move into product management? What are some of the peculiarities of the role? 06:30 How would you define the product space to somebody completely new to it?09:55 Managing high-performing teams: How do you create high-performing teams? 12:40 How do you create psychological safety?17:41 Any advice for teams in the remote-work era? How to implement psychological safety in this new setup? 21:20 DRIP Framework for 1-on-1 meetings. 23:10 What was the biggest surprise of your career?25:46 Learnings from Soumeya’s current executive role at VMware.28:05 Upbringing and learnings from Soumeya’s life. 33:00 Women and Earnings.38:00 Bias towards women if they ask for money. Being greedy versus being confident. 47: 00 Challenging situations and how you navigated the scenario.50:00 What advice do you have for those who want to follow in your path?55:00 Anything you wish you knew at the beginning of your career?
29 minutes | Mar 6, 2021
Live Q&A Session #9: Wellbeing at work with Lisette de Jonge, Global Health & Wellbeing Leader at IKEA.
A live session with Lisette de Jonge, Global health & wellbeing leader at IKEA on the importance of well-being in practice at work, what to pay attention to deciding to implement a well-being strategy, and advice for the listeners who want to add well-being as part of their lives. This live session was live-streamed via the Femme Lead Podcast Facebook page. You can follow Lisette de Jonge on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lisettedejonge/ Episode Timeline: 01:30 Start with a reminder of what is defined as wellbeing?03:00 Insights into the role of wellbeing in an organizational setup.04:10 Building a career in wellbeing: where to start.06:20 Key decision to becoming a well-being leader08:10 How do you measure data in relation to wellbeing?10:10 Do you think wellbeing managers are ready to hire well-being managers for their employees? Or start wellbeing programs for them?10:50 What are the different dimensions of wellbeing at work?12:20 How do you integrate wellbeing into your personal life?17:05 Realizations about the well-being and parenthood. How to tackle wellbeing with children. 18:35 How can employees start raising their voices about wellbeing at work?20:00 What are some findings of developing a wellbeing strategy that you consider we should be aware of?21:50 Advice for those who want to follow Lisette’s path.24:50 Looking back is there anything you would have done differently?27:25 Creating a network of wellbeing leaders.
39 minutes | Feb 22, 2021
#12 Wellbeing: How to set up a well-being strategy for your organization with Lisette de Jonge, Global Health & Wellbeing Leader at IKEA
Health & Wellbeing | Wellbeing Strategy | Organizational Wellbeing | Support & Education | How to develop a wellbeing strategy in an organization | Wellbeing Leader | Strategic Role In this episode, Lisette shares her journey in IKEA, how she helped develop a well-being strategy, and how 2020 was the year that saw increased adoption of this topic in organizations, and what are some key steps to consider when tackling health & wellbeing in this setup.Lisette shares how she developed her own role as a wellbeing specialist, steaming from the desire to shift from focusing on absenteeism to focusing on improved well-being at work, a feeling of social, psychological, financial, and emotional safety.Lisette’s role in IKEA is setting the vision and leading the global health & wellbeing portfolio, focusing on building a strong and sustainable health & wellbeing culture through a strategic combination of innovation and evidence-based approaches to accelerate development and achieve short-term and long-term results, aligned with the company strategy, global stakeholders and the outside world trends. You can follow Lisette de Jonge on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lisettedejonge/ Resources from Lisette:Esther Perel Podcast: https://www.estherperel.com/podcast The Knowledge Project: https://fs.blog/knowledge-project/ Feel Better and Live More Podcast: https://drchatterjee.com/blog/category/podcast/ Calm App: https://www.calm.com/ Down Dog App: https://www.downdogapp.com/ Episode Timeline:01:58 What is the role of global health & wellbeing leader? 04:20 How did the idea of having a wellbeing strategy changed in IKEA in the last year?05:55 What were the first tasks as a well-being professional?07:24 How did you tackle the process of getting the findings to support the wellbeing strategy?08:38 What were some of the tangible points of having a wellbeing strategy? 10:25 What should leaders pay attention to when deciding to have a well-being role in their setup?12:30 What were some challenges when setting up the agenda for the strategy?14:25 What is your opinion on some of the lessons we should have learned from 2020?17:50 Togetherness is important: we don’t mind seeing children in the background of your Zoom call19:24 How can we take care of ourselves & what advice do you have for listeners?21:14 What resources on wellbeing can you share? 24:04 What realizations can you share from working with well-being?27:10 How did you build your professional setup around wellbeing?29:00 Any advice for those who want to follow your career path?33:32 What was the biggest surprise of your career?34:26 Is there anything you wish you knew at the beginning of your career?36:20 What are the trends in wellbeing & changes in this regard for the future?
40 minutes | Feb 21, 2021
Live Q&A Session #8: Parenting authentically with Ashley Avinashi. The role of self love in raising children.
A live session with Ashley Avinashi on the importance of intuition in parenting, what to pay attention to when developing the relationship with our children, and tools to use to help the journey of authentic parenting. This live session was live-streamed via the Femme Lead Podcast Facebook page. Episode Timeline: 02:50 How can we, as adults, train to follow our intuition?07:25 As a set of tools or practices, is there anything that parents can take away from this discussion about how they connect with their children & how to build up their relationship? 13:00 Are there any processes or considerations to help those that want to get started on the path of authentic parenting?19:45 How to get started checking in with yourself28:30 How would you advise today’s parents to do plant “seeds of freedom” for their children? 34:10 Reflection: What would you have wanted to know sooner?
61 minutes | Feb 8, 2021
#11 Authentic Parenting: Shining out who you truly are with Ashley Avinashi, Founder at Raising Humanity.
Authentic Parenting | Your authentic self | The impact of your luggage in raising children | Intuition & education | Finding out who you are for yourself and your children | In this episode, we tackle the topic of authentic parenting, how do we find out who we are and what are our values, so we raise children from a place of authenticity and love, not only for ourselves but also for future generations. The main message of this episode is to take responsibility for yourself and widen your lens to see ‘what else is out there for me’? Ashley is a certified parenting coach, international best-selling author, and founder of Raising Humanity. Ashley discovered through her own life process, deep healing, and by way of her own children, just how important it is to take responsibility for ourselves and reclaim the joy, freedom, and aliveness we were all born with. Raising Humanity, a transformational development platform, helps people recreate their foundation of beliefs based on their own values so that they can walk their most authentic path and support future generations in living theirs. Ashley believes that revolutionizing who we are as parents are the path to creating sustainable humanity. Raising Humanity's online programs are as follows: 1. The Balancing Act, a 4-week experience that is the first step off the treadmill, helping bring awareness and boundaries into your life as a parent https://raisinghumanity.com/the-balancing-act/ 2. The ReConnection Project, our signature 6-month experience that offers parents an opportunity to recreate their foundation of beliefs, and move towards freedom, joy, and purpose https://raisinghumanity.com/thereconnectionproject/Resources from Ashley: The 6C's - An assessment as to just how well supported you are on your path of evolution: https://raisinghumanity.com/the-reconnection-project-6-c/ Website: https://raisinghumanity.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/raisinghumanityvillageInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/raisinghumanity/?hl=en Episode Timeline:02:35 What is authentic parenting?04:02 How do you introduce the topic of authentic parenting to new audiences who never questioned the idea of parenting?10:40 Where do we start understanding ourselves?18:20 How do we deal with our luggage so it doesn't affect the way we raise children in a way we might not? 24:30 What is the process of authentic parenting during the programs led by Raising Humanity?36:58 How can we tackle the practice of intuition in schools? 44:40 Ashley’s journey from a successful corporate career to building Raising Humanity 54:30 Advice for the listeners on authentic parenting and finding their authentic self You can find Ashley on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ashley-avinashi-b6443b14/
45 minutes | Jan 25, 2021
#10 Venture Capital: The future of mobility, careers in the VC world and mindset for success with Sohaila Ouffata.
Mobility | Impact of technology on the mobility space| Gender & VC | The role of diversity in building companies | The success of an idea and what impacts it| In this new season, we deep dive into new fields of work and we focus on career paths we haven't mentioned before, as well as some topics we were encouraged by the listeners to add. In this episode, we discuss the world of venture capital, how to get started, what is to know about the mobility space with Sohaila Ouffata, my next guest, and a great overview of how does one sees their career development through different phases in life. We touch on diversity and the workplace, building successful companies, female-led businesses, and black female-led organizations and their success, and advice from challenging situations. Sohaila Ouffata is the Managing Director of BMW i Ventures in Europe. In addition to this role, she also serves in the global team as the Director of Platform with a focus on developing and implementing strategic growth initiatives for BMW i Ventures’ portfolio companies. Leveraging the unique strengths of the BMW ecosystem the goal of these efforts is to establish transformative partnerships and help the portfolio companies succeed and scale, Before joining BMW i Ventures Sohaila worked as a Senior Innovation and New Business Manager within the Telecommunications and Media industry as well as a Management Consultant. Sohaila is a mission-driven leader and a strong advocate of sustainable and responsible Venture Capital investing.Episode Timeline:02:16 Introduction of Sohaila Ouffata, Director of Platform at BMW I Ventures 04:20 Sohaila Ouffata: background and upbringing08:00 What is your stance on the VC world? How will the future look like?11:30 What does the role of director of platform entail? How do you promote diversity in this role?14:22 Mobility and the future of the space18:10 Women-led businesses & the VC world 22:40 Navigating different cultural settings: the importance of diversity in the VC world24:40 What are the most important factors to consider when entering the VC world?30:30 What lessons can you share from challenging situations?36:06 What was the biggest surprise of your career?38:00 Is there any advice for those who want to follow your path?41:10 What do you wish you knew at the beginning of your career? You can follow Sohaila on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sohailaouffata/
48 minutes | Dec 29, 2020
#8 Management Consulting: The Consulting Mindset. Learnings & Advice with Ceyda Atay Haga, Principal at Kearney.
In this episode, we converse with Kearney Principal, Ceyda Atay Haga about her path into management consulting, pieces of advice for young graduates who want to kickstart their career in consulting or experienced hires who want to transition to management consulting. Moreover, we talk about challenges and advice for those who want to learn from Ceyda’s extensive experience across 4 countries: how to tackle an interview, the importance of confidence, and how you can showcase your skills, as well as insights into the consulting lifestyle. For nearly a decade, she worked across Kearney’s Melbourne, Istanbul and Oslo offices and has been a trusted advisor to multiple CXOs for their mission-critical strategic interventions including large-scale transformations, growth agenda, digital & IT, pricing, innovation, and mergers. She takes active roles in Kearney’s local recruitment and diversity & inclusion efforts. She has also been a frequent spokesperson on Technology and Women in Leadership topics.Follow Ceyda on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ceydaatay/ Read Ceyda’s recent articles: https://finansavisen.no/nyheter/telekom/2020/10/02/7573195/kearney-mener toget-holder-pa-a-ga-fra-telenor-og-telia https://www.kearney.com/covid-19/article/?/a/10-ways-to-use-digital-to strengthen-your-customer-experience-amid-the-covid-19-pandemic https://www.kearney.com/communications-media-technology/article?/a/winning in-sales-through-technologyEpisode Timeline:02:27 What does it mean to be a Principal in a management consulting company?03:30 Can you share more about your upbringing? Who is Ceyda?06:00 The career path in Kearney from Turkey to Australia, to Norway.07:48 Is management consulting an exciting path for graduates to follow? What advice would you share with those who consider consulting as the next step after graduating?10:46 Are there any tips for students to know when applying to a management consulting firm?13:15 What are some lessons you wish you knew when starting your career in consulting?17:15 What do you advise listeners who want to transition to consulting, the experienced hires?19:40 How much does confidence matter when going to an interview? 21:45 Do you think there is a difference between women and men when showcasing confidence?24:10 What were some of the challenges of a career path in consulting?28:05 What is your advice for people who go through challenges in the workplace?34:20 Perspective to consider when you receive feedback or go through challenges. 39:20 What was the biggest surprise of your career?41:55 What is the most rewarding activity of working as a consultant? 45:25 What is your last piece of advice for those who want to follow in your footsteps?
47 minutes | Dec 28, 2020
#7 Marketing Communications: Planning your career. A dialogue with Anja Monrad, Senior Vice President at Dell Technologies.
In this interview we converse with Anja Monrad, the woman that leads Dell Technologies in the Central & Eastern Europe region, covering 31 countries, from Israel to Poland. This episode focuses on marketing communications and Anja's journey from starting as a graduate in IT sales to becoming an executive, all through planning her career. Having joined Dell as Marketing Director for the Nordic countries in 2000, Anja has since pursued an international career within Dell Marketing holding various regional and global roles. She has been in charge of Dell’s CEE business since 2013.Anja oversees Dell Technologies entrepreneurship initiatives for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. She is an ardent promoter of female entrepreneurship and has been recognized among the top inspiring women in the Nordic tech scene.Anja is a member of the Danish IT association board and Chairman of the IT association’s Steering committee for Female IT Executives. In 2018 she has been appointed the chair of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition Governing Board at the European Union. Anja's journey is full a wisdom and in the 45 minutes of the interview, we follow her upbringing, the decisions she made to pursue a career in marketing, and how she built her career by creating one opportunity after another, finding sponsors within the company and taking on more responsibility when there was no one else to do the task. Quotes:‘’Life is too short for companies who are not supportive of a diverse & inclusive culture. If good talent disappears, companies will change. But you don’t have to waste your time while they figure it out. Try and change the environment, but if it doesn't work, pack up and go somewhere else.”“Ask for help: Go ask again and then go and ask somebody else. Ask for sponsorship. There is a difference between asking for mentoring and then asking for sponsorship in the organization. Go and ask for help from people who have influence.“You can follow Anja Monrad on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anjamonrad/ Episode Timeline:02:48 Did you plan your career? Did you know you will become an SVP?05:00 Were there role models or anything in your upbringing that made you want to decide your path?07:00 Is there anything you wish you knew before deciding your path e.g. university? 08:30 What do you tell people who feel they are running out of time to building their careers?13:30 What was a lesson prior to joining Dell that helped you decide on your path? 19:20 What was the best piece of advice you received navigating the first year of your career?21:30 What were some of the obstacles in navigating your career?25:00 What do you tell women who feel their promotion paths are not going the way they want?28:20 Is there something you would have done differently in your career knowing everything you know now? What about if the company you’re in does not support your path? 31:55 What was the biggest surprise of your career?33:26 What is the most rewarding activity of your career?34:30 What do you tell people who feel the pressure of always looking for a new position?38:37 Were there any situations where you had to go “through fire”? How do you navigate difficult situations?43:15 Final thoughts on seeing your job as part of your life, it is a marathon. Your job is NOT your identity.
55 minutes | Dec 27, 2020
Live Session #7: From L&D to life skills with Alina Buteica. Attitudes to help you step in 2021.
In this session, we deep dive into 9 attitudes to take into 2021 (until minute 48), followed by introducing feminine leadership and understanding ‘’sisterhood’ rather than seeing your setup as a competitive environment. “From L&D to life skills for 2021 and the new reality: Attitudes to help you step in 2021 & the new decade” encompasses learnings from our first podcast guest, Alina Buteica, and her trajectory and professional evolution. Alina built from the base up the largest management programs academy for the fastest growing tech company in Africa, the first 1 billion$ company on the continent. She has collaborated with people and organizations of the most diverse backgrounds (from the automobile industry to logistics, NGOs, tech, and e-commerce). She is the founder of Growth Hives, working with executives to build transformational leadership programs for large organizations: https://growthhives.com/founder. Life skills to help you navigate 2021 with new perspectives:04:45 Attitude #1 -> Be open to collaboration. 08:11 Attitude #2 -> Daring greatly. 10:32 Attitude #3 -> Resilience. 15:20 Attitude #4 -> Simplicity. Having a lean-approach. 19:37 Attitude #5 -> Empathy. 22: 43 Attitude #6 -> Autonomy and self-leadership. 25:20 Attitude #7 -> Curiosity & flexibility. 29:02 Attitude #8 -> Building your creative muscle. 31:38 Attitude #9 -> Self-care. 38:25 What is your recommendation for dealing with co-workers who do not see self-care as an important topic?41:50 What to do with the idea that was encouraged but is hitting a wall with the same decision-makers that encouraged it in the first place?45:20 Do you have some tips for prioritizing self-care even if modern life offers us plenty of excuses to drop it down on our list of priorities?48:10 What is feminine leadership, and how can we use this knowledge. The ancient feminine practice explained.
41 minutes | Dec 19, 2020
Live Q&A Session #6: Building a career in Management Consulting with Ceyda Haga, Principal at Kearney.
In this live session, Ceyda Atay Haga, Principal at Kearney Nordic shares pieces of advice on mentorship, moving abroad, and building a career across borders, as well as the state of recruiting and how can more women join this field.Read Ceyda’s recent articles: https://finansavisen.no/nyheter/telekom/2020/10/02/7573195/kearney-mener toget-holder-pa-a-ga-fra-telenor-og-telia https://www.kearney.com/covid-19/article/?/a/10-ways-to-use-digital-to strengthen-your-customer-experience-amid-the-covid-19-pandemic https://www.kearney.com/communications-media-technology/article?/a/winning in-sales-through-technologyEpisode Timeline: 01:30 Mentorship: How do you know it is time to find a mentor?03:20 How can listeners find a mentor if they are not part of a mentorship circle with their employer?05:40 How do you incentivize people to take time on mentorship when the client projects get overbearing? 08:25 In terms of long term career progression, what has been some of the pros/cons of moving every 2-3 years?11:20 What have been some personal consequences of moving around? In terms of building relationships or a private economy?16:26 What mindset and values drove you in moving ranks?20:21 How do you separate your professional life from your personal life? How did you balance your journey in different countries?26:20 Were you able to choose projects that you would work with?30:10 Why do management consulting companies generally receive a lot more applications from men than women? How to change that and make the industry as a whole more appealing to women?35:00 What do you think about this sentence ‘Focus on what makes you different, not what makes you the same’?
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