We’ve interviewed several successful women from around the world to show that women in STEM have many different stories, career paths and points of view. All of them have answered the same set of questions, like: What do you like about your job? What is your inspiration? Did you have a turning point in your career? Do you have role models? What pieces of advice would you give to someone just starting in your field? Opinions are their own.
Read the stories of successful women in STEM
Marjorie Rojas Rincón
Marjorie is a Colombian electronic engineer, co-founder of PlusInn and a member of Smart Building Alliance, living and working in Switzerland. Engineering has been her dream job since she was little and she followed her passion and talent. In the interview, Marjorie has told us about her background, successes, challenges she has overcome and support she has got from her family and coworkers. Read Marjorie’s story.
Nadège Faralli, Business Analyst, Switzerland
Some women have discovered their passion for STEM later in their lives which resulted in changing their career paths. Others knew since they were little that science and technology have been the areas they wanted to pursue. Nadège Faralli, a Business Analyst with strong technical background, is one of the latter. Nadège has moved from France to Switzerland and now works for CreativMinds. Read the whole story.
Anu Ylänen, Product Specialist, Switzerland
The most significant turning point in my career was when I decided to leave a stable and well-paid job and join a startup which was (back then) operating from the CEO’s living room. It was a leap of faith in a situation where I was a little bit stuck professionally, and not sure what I wanted to do with my career. I have never regretted this decision. – says Anu, a Finnish product specialist from a startup environment, working at Batmaid in Lausanne, Switzerland. Read the whole story.
Jannicke Mikkelsen, Virtual Reality film Director and Cinematographer, Norway
Jannicke is a Norwegian freelance Virtual Reality (VR) film Director and Cinematographer based in London, United Kingdom. She is internationally known for her work with the British Rock band Queen and lead singer Adam Lambert on their Virtual Reality film “VR The Champions” (2017) and her career path is incredible. Read the whole story.
Flora Barriele, Database Administrator, Switzerland
In my Database Administrator job, contrary to popular opinion, I can express my creativity every day: I like looking for answers to a wide range of problems, troubleshooting issues I have never encountered before, proposing solutions to fulfill real business needs. I also enjoy collaborating, learning and teaching. The IT field is evolving all the time and there is always something new to learn about. – said Flora, after being asked what does she like the most about her job. She has also shared very important pieces of advice. Read her whole story.
Katarzyna Dyga-Krajewska, Radio Software Engineer, Switzerland
We’ve also talked to Katarzyna Dyga-Krajewska, Radio Software Engineer from Poland, working for the European research organization CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. We’ve asked Katarzyna what drove her to a career in this field, about her turning points and pieces of advice. What does she think about meetings dedicated to women in tech? Read the whole story.
Gladys Maina, ICT professional and mentor, Kenya
Gladys is a successful woman in STEM. She offers mentorship programs for high school students who would like to join the STEM field as their chosen career. As a seasoned moderator and speaker, she volunteers for speaking engagements, panel moderation and discussions with a bias in diversity, inclusion and equality in technology. She has agreed to talk to us about her career path, inspirations and ideas on how to improve the situation of women in STEM. Read her story.
Adriana L. Romero-Olivares, Postdoctoral Research Associate, USA
Don’t get discouraged with rejection. In academia, rejection is our everyday life. Celebrate every small success. If you belong to an underrepresented group and/or minority group in STEM, don’t get discouraged by the lack of diversity. Things are changing, slowly, but changing. Focus on making your voice heard bring awareness to your department. It’s uncomfortable sometimes, but there are different ways of doing it, so find the way that fits you best. – That’s a piece of advice from Adriana, a postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of New Hampshire. Read more here.
Milana Stojadinov, Software Engineer, Serbia
It appears that the low percentage of women in engineering is affecting our self-confidence. For the time being, encouraging women and girls regardless of their age might help. This is why I became a mentor at Rails Girls, free coding workshops for women. I believe that similar grassroots initiatives are inspiring and creating a safe and encouraging community where women can develop new skills together – says Milana, a Software Engineer from Serbia, working at Rendered Text. We couldn’t agree more! Read the whole story.