Strong Women in IT 2021 – GLOBAL Edition
This year the Strong Women in IT project invites women entrepreneurs who developed successful careers in the tech industry and achieved professional success from all over the world. Today these ladies are role models. Their activities should motivate others. Strong Woman is a woman who’s not afraid of any challenge and keeps pursuing her goal. Does this definition suit you well? Become one of us – join the Strong Women in IT 2021 – Global Edition initiative and share your experience with us. Show other women the path which you had to take, tell us your story, and become an inspiration.
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Co-Founder & CEO at Booksy
Head of Impact and Sustainability at Pitango Venture Capital
Cecile is the Head of Impact & Sustainability at Pitango Venture Capital, Israel’s largest VC, where she is leading the integration of ESG into the framework of mainstream venture capital. Cecile has extensive experience in the combination between the impact and technology worlds for almost 20 years. Previously, Cecile was the Founder and Managing Partner of Impact First Investments, Israel’s first impact investing company.
Cecile founded the mentorship program at the “Keren Shemesh” Foundation for the Encouragement of Young Entrepreneurs as her community volunteering work.
Cecile recently founded and is the chairperson of GITA (the Global Impact Tech Alliance) – a global non-profit organization aiming to serve the impact-tech community worldwide and help it scale through community activities, data aggregation, training and consulting.
Chief Operating Officer at Lingaro
Małgorzata brings 30 years of experience in the IT and education sectors to her role at Lingaro. In addition to leading its marketing, sales, and delivery functions, Małgorzata has played a key role in aligning the company around its core values of Technology Excellence, Customer Focus, Collaboration, Autonomy, and No Barriers. Previously at Microsoft Poland, she led Enterprise Services Delivery Management, Partner Strategy and Programs, as well as Customer and Partner Experience for which she received the organization’s top global award for outstanding results.
A certified Myers Briggs Type Indicator coach, she conducts regular internal workshops on performance psychology and has made leadership development a strategic priority at Lingaro.
Since 2012 Małgorzata has been actively mentoring women business leaders within the Vital Voices Partnership.
Founder, CEO Digital University
Jowita’s mission is to equip Poles with the necessary digital competencies. For this reason, she established the Digital University Foundation, which, in cooperation with leading American universities, such as MIT, Harvard Business School, and Stanford, deals with education in the field of new technologies. Jowita organizes, among others certified educational programs such as Digital Transformation Expert, which allow employees to supplement their competencies of the future, conferences such as Masters and Robots or HRevolution. In addition, she engages in charity, supporting people in difficult life situations.
Jowita is also the Polish ambassador of Singularity University, the most important educational think-tank in Silicon Valley. She has over 20 years of business experience, which she gained while working in key positions in large corporations, including Polkomtel, PGE, and Deloitte.
Business Development Professional
Howard is a seasoned business development consultant specializing in technology (SaaS, Ecommerce and FinTech) and digital media. He focuses on providing dedicated and focused efforts in the following roles: direct and channel sales, account management and on forging strategic alliances and partner management.
Further, Howard has extensive experience working cross-functionally across client and strategic partners’ organizations. Clients have ranged from early startups – US-based and various international countries – to enterprise-level.
Partner at McKinsey & Company
Sonia is Partner in McKinsey’s Dubai office. She is a transformational business and technology leader in transactional and consumer banking, with 25 years of experience across Europe, Asia and USA with passion, high energy and commitment levels, who managed change, innovated and restructured businesses and put them on the path of growth triggered by technology innovation. Prior to joining McKinsey in January 2020, Sonia has served as Head of Technology Transformation at JPMorgan Chase in New York City, COO of digital bank at DBS in Singapore, Head of Consumer Bank in SCB Malaysia. Prior to moving to Asia Sonia spent 18 years working for Citibank at Poland, for the last 6 years holding the position of the bank’s deputy CEO.
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