HI Shira! Thank you for joining us and letting the world know about one of our fabulous Tel Aviv M.D.’s
Can you tell us where you are originally from and how you feel the women in tech climate differs from that of other countries? I am from Israel and I Co-Manage the Tel-Aviv Chapter. The tech community climate is very different here. Israel is VERY high tech, with lots of start-ups and entrepreneurs. We host a lot of meet ups and events for women entrepreneurs–especially over the last year.
How long have you been involved in Girls in Tech? 2 months
What motivated you to get involved in the organization? As a woman in tech, I noticed years ago that there were not a lot of women in this industry. After learning about the state of females in tech here, and just absorbing more knowledge in general, I now feel that I can contribute more. I still have a lot to learn, but today I’m in a place where I can leverage my knowledge and experience to create events and help others in our community. Lucky for me, I get to do this with my Co-Managing Director, Dalit, who is also a friend of mine. She actually started the chapter and it was a great opportunity for me to get involved.
Make a difference where I can. I want to impact lots of people. I find that I also grow personally which helps me improve in a way that can help others make impact.
So of course I have to ask…how are you now stepping into faith in pursuit of your long-term vision? As I move forward with career goals, I try to broaden my scope within technology, like working on products to reach more users. I try to build personal mentorship relationships with more women at work or in my community who are in higher positions than I am currently in my professional career. Of course, Girls in Tech is another aspect of this element as well.
Outside of Girls in Tech, tell us three things you love to do.
- Meeting friends and going to events. Tech meet ups are great for mingling and meeting like-minded individuals.
- I love products and thinking of products from the point of view of the user. I’m a Senior Program Manager at Microsoft, and right now we are working on mobile related stuff, which I LOVE!
- I also love animals! Dogs, specifically.
Who’s on your playlist rotation right now? Hmnnn…I’m not too good about playlists. Nothing special I have to say.
Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to me, Shira! Excited to see the progress in Tel Aviv.
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