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Who are your role models in your professional life? Join Alexandra Ciobotaru as she interviews leaders from communities around the world and finds inspiring individuals whose career paths will inspire the next generation of leaders. Femme Lead is an initiative created to showcase female role models and start a discussion about navigating the professional path and share advice on lessons learned along the way. Each interview's tone is friendly, warm-hearted, and focuses on key points that give listeners a structure to follow and clear takeaways. Each episode focuses on a different field of work and follows three chapters: upbring & education, career path, and advice.

Femme Lead Alexandra Ciobotaru

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Who are your role models in your professional life? Join Alexandra Ciobotaru as she interviews leaders from communities around the world and finds inspiring individuals whose career paths will inspire the next generation of leaders. Femme Lead is an initiative created to showcase female role models and start a discussion about navigating the professional path and share advice on lessons learned along the way. Each interview's tone is friendly, warm-hearted, and focuses on key points that give listeners a structure to follow and clear takeaways. Each episode focuses on a different field of work and follows three chapters: upbring & education, career path, and advice.

    S04 E04 Personal branding starts with "why": Amelia Sordell on branding, leadership and entrepreneurship.

    S04 E04 Personal branding starts with "why": Amelia Sordell on branding, leadership and entrepreneurship.

    Personal Branding | Thought Leader | Entrepreneurship | Career Advice | Failure & Success | Leadership | Hiring Tips | Role Model | 


    Amelia Sordell is a thought leader in personal branding, and as she describes herself: “I brand people, not businesses.” She started the agency Klowt in a small bedroom in the middle of a global pandemic. She believes that the future of branding is personal. People buy from people, and trust is vital in any interaction, whether personal or professional. And that is what a personal brand does, it builds trust. 


    Amelia Sordell, the founder of Klowt agency based in the UK, is joining us for a special interview about branding yourself and building an engaged audience online. 


    Amelia has an impressive following on LinkedIn, where she shares content daily, and you can find her accounts below to hear more snippets of her interviews.


    Follow Amelia on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ameliasordell/ 
    Follow Amelia on Instagram: @ameliasordell 


     Check our Klowt’s website: https://klowt.io/


    Episode Timeline:
     
    02:10 Introduction to Amelia Sordell, Founder at Klowt, the personal branding agency.
    03:56 Why is personal branding important?
    07:55 Entrepreneurship spirit & founding a company in personal branding. 
    13:38 Failure is part of success. 
    15:36 The fear of failure is real. 
    17:10 What changes when you become an entrepreneur?
    20:20 Interviewing your manager and the hiring process at Klowt.  
    24:35 What do you see as key to a good personal branding strategy? 
    29:10 Inspiration for sharing content and the creative process. 
    30:57 Where do you start to share content? What about confidence? 
    34:40 Comparison paralysis when building a personal brand online.
    39:45 What should businesses focus on in branding? 
    42:06 What is the #1 tip for building an online audience?
    44:20 Final 5 Fire Questions. 

    • 48 min
    S04 E03 Career progression with Gurpriya Bhatia, Product Leader. Advice on setting yourself up for a promotion.

    S04 E03 Career progression with Gurpriya Bhatia, Product Leader. Advice on setting yourself up for a promotion.

    Product Management | Leadership | Career Progression | Promotion | Career Planning | Technology | Scale-up | Corporate | HR |  Innovation | Growth |

    Gurpriya Bhatia is a product leader in big tech. She works on product strategy and has over 15 years of experience in growth strategy and business model innovation and has worked across the UK, the US, India, Japan, Switzerland, and Zimbabwe.
    After growing up and studying in New Delhi, India, she moved to the UK in 2007 to pursue a Master's at the London School of Economics.
    Gurpriya started her career in the UK in management consulting with Accenture's graduate program. She then moved to EY, where she started working with tech and fast-growth companies, which started her career in tech. While at EY, Gurpriya also did a 9-month part-time coding boot camp to further understand how technology stacks work. She then joined Google in 2020. She describes her career as a jungle gym. 
    In our interview, we discuss her career breakthrough and how to grow your profile to reach the next professional step. Gurpriya shares the scope of her role, what framework she followed in her career growth, and her mindset when it comes to professional development.


    Follow Gurpriya Bhatia on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gurpriyabhatia/


    Episode Timeline:


    02:30 What does it mean to work on product strategy?
    04:20 What makes a good product leader?
    06:56 What process should we consider when asking for a promotion?
    12:15 Interviewing your future employer.
    13:24 A career at Google and what makes it interesting. 
    14:35 How to ask for a promotion? 
    16:55 Use documentation for your career planning. 
    19:00 Should we consider a framework for career planning? 
    20:30 What is your professional motto?
    24:25 What are three key factors to consider if you want to grow a business?
    26:30 How do you manage difficult conversations? 
    30:00 Did you ever feel pressure to continue to reach higher?
    33:00 Final 5 Fire Questions.

    • 37 min
    S04 E02 Dora Palfi on entrepreneurship, EdTech & girls education with imagiLabs.

    S04 E02 Dora Palfi on entrepreneurship, EdTech & girls education with imagiLabs.

    EdTech | imagiLabs | Girls Education | STEM | Entrepreneurship | Coding for Future | Creators with technology |

    Dora Palfi is the co-founder & CEO of imagiLabs, an ed-tech company making products that empower girls with the skills, confidence, and community to create with technology.

    Dora worked as a developer at Morgan Stanley and as a UX Designer at Cisco, and has substantial experience teaching programming to children and teenagers as well as advocating for women in technology. Originally from Hungary, and true to her fictional namesake Dora the Explorer, she has lived, studied, and worked in 10 countries across four continents. In addition to her work to bring technology closer to girls, she is also a yoga instructor, bringing mindfulness closer to engineers.
    Dora has been recognized on the Forbes 30 Under 30 2021 list as one of Europe’s leading social entrepreneurs and as a Cartier Women’s Initiative Fellow in 2020.
    In our interview, we discuss the role of technology in shaping the future for women and girls. Dora co-founded imagiLabs with the wish to empower young women to pursue a career in STEM. The interests of both boys and girls in technology, math, and science are similar until the age of 12 years old. After that age, it seems that gender stereotypes play an important role in how teenagers see their life options and this shapes their choices in their careers as well. 
    imagiLabs' mission: To build diversity among technology's creators so it can benefit everyone. Incredibly, women still make up less than 25% of the tech workforce in Europe. 
    We give coding superpowers to girls and nonbinary kids so that the next generation is equally equipped to use technology to shape the future. How do we do it? image has worked with hundreds of young people to make learning Python fun and relevant. 
    Our team is building the only mobile-first community targeting 300 million pre-teen girls worldwide with the goal of encouraging them to start coding. The imagi apps introduce Python programming through a visual and gamified learning journey, where colorful designs can be created + shared. We also made a programmable accessory, the imagiCharm, which enhances the learning experience by making code projects more tangible and easy to show off!

    Follow Dora Palfi on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dorapalfi/

    Read more about imagiLabs:  https://imagilabs.com/

    Episode Timeline:

    02:30 Tell us more about imagiLabs and where are you now in your entrepreneurial journey?
    05:05 What product does imagiLabs sell?
    06:28 How many users do imagiLabs have now, and what engagement do you see?
    08:29 When did you decide to become an entrepreneur?
    11:15 How did you find the confidence to start your start-up, and how did you get started?
    13:33 What is the target group of imagiLabs and how do you target parents as part of your business strategy?
    17: 37 What do you think is the key to success when putting together a team? Tell us more about your team setup.
    21:04 How do you tackle scaling your business? What piece of advice do you want to share for those looking for investments?
    23:05 What is your experience pitching your business and any advice worth sharing?
    25:07 How does your day look like as a co-founder and CEO?
    26:55 What is next for imagiLabs?
    29:45 As an entrepreneur, how do you take care of yourself and your mental health?
    32:40 Looking back, is there something you would have done differently?
    33:40 What is one final thought you want to share with the listeners?
    34:56 Final 5 Fire Questions.

    • 37 min
    S04 E01 Mia Wagner, Co-founder & CEO at Nordic Female Founders & Løvens Hule Investor on life, career & business.

    S04 E01 Mia Wagner, Co-founder & CEO at Nordic Female Founders & Løvens Hule Investor on life, career & business.

    Mia Therese Wagner is a lawyer, founder, executive, and one of the four investors of the Danish version of Dragon’ Den, 'Løvens Hule'. 
    When Mia started her career, she became a defense attorney, and later she became a partner in “Wagner attorneys”. In 2017 Mia became CEO of the family-owned company, Freeway until 2020. 
    In November 2020, Mia co-founded Nordic Female Founders together with Anne Stampe Olesen, and she is currently the CEO. Nordic Female Founders is working towards equal rights and terms for male and female entrepreneurs in Denmark.
    Mia is known for her performance in the Danish television show “Dragon’s den” on DR1 and is currently the only female investor on the panel.
    It is important for Mia to use her voice to ensure justice and equality, and she is especially active in the gender equality debate for female entrepreneurs. She is a board member of UNICEF in Denmark with the important mission of helping all the children of the world.
    In her spare time, Mia loves to read a good book, a nice glass of rum, and spend time with her family and friends.
    In our interview, we explore her career, life, and decision to start a new venture after a prolific career as a CEO.


    Follow Mia on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/miawagner/


    Episode Timeline:
    02:52 Did your experience change your idea of success?
    03:50 What lessons did you bring from your experience as a lawyer and CEO of Nordic Female Founders?
    05:33 How did you decide to start a new venture in 2020?
    08:24 How important is it to have a good relationship with your co-founder?
    10:54 What advice do you have for entrepreneurs starting up?
    13:00 Do you feel any pressure to be the only woman on Løvens Hule?
    16:00 How can men be promoters of women in leadership?
    17:00 What do you see as traits to succeed in entrepreneurship?
    18:45 What surprised you most when working with women entrepreneurs?
    19:46 What is a winning strategy for a pitch?
    21:55 What sort of profiles are you looking for at Nordic Female Founders?
    26:20 What do you advise women about sexism in business?
    29:05 What is your view on being feminine and being taken seriously? 
    32:05 What surprised you in your career?
    33:15 Would you do anything differently looking back?
    34:18 How do you manage work-life balance? 
    37:40 What are the new plans of Nordic Female Founders?
    42:35 Final 5 Fire Questions.

    • 45 min
    Special Episode in Romanian: Melania Medeleanu about life decisions, journalism & the mission of her NGO.

    Special Episode in Romanian: Melania Medeleanu about life decisions, journalism & the mission of her NGO.

    Journalism | NGO | Purpose | Career Change | Public Speaking | In the Spotlight | Charity | Inspiration | Career Path | Personal Growth | Media Training |

    A former TV anchor, Melania Medeleanu is a seasoned journalist from Romania that now specializes in speech training & public speaking. She left the spotlight and returned to school to study for a master's in speech therapy.

    Melania wanted to focus on charity and community work, and this is exactly what she started doing instead. She founded MagiCamp, and more recently, the NGO 'Zi de Bine' (A Good Day), inviting people to donate their birthdays for charitable causes.

    In today's episode, we touch on a lot of things, including:⁣

    1. Melania shares her perspective on career transition and actions she did to find out how to shape her passion for good into a full-time role;⁣
    2. Day-to-day management of tasks while running an independent NGO and her public speaking business;⁣
    3. What does it mean to change your career from the spotlight to helping people personally;⁣
    4. Life lessons from her career as a journalist and her new career as an NGO founder.⁣

    Follow Melania's updates: https://www.facebook.com/melania.medeleanu

    Find Melania's classes here: https://melaniamedeleanu.ro/


    Episode Timeline (in Romanian):

    03:55 Cum arata viata ta de zi cu zi?

    05:20 Spune-ne mai mult despre Zi de Bine. Cum putem contribui?

    10:06 Ce tabieturi ai a.i. sa ai grija de tine?

    12:14 Cum ti-ai ales domeniul profesional?

    14:38 Ce sfaturi ai pentru ascultatorii care vor sa urmeze o cariera in jurnalism?

    17:25 Ce piloni ai luat in viata din cariera de jurnalist?

    19:20 Cum ai decis sa iti schimbi cariera?

    24:53 Cum gestionezi frica si nesiguranta? 

    29:15 Ce secrete poti impartasi despre vorbitul in public?

    32:50 Ai schimba ceva din parcursul tau in viata?

    34:22 Planurile organizatiei 'Zi de Bine' pentru 2022. 

    • 38 min
    S03 E09 UEFA Top Women in Football: How education in sports can inspire a society with Diana Pirciu, Romanian Football Federation.

    S03 E09 UEFA Top Women in Football: How education in sports can inspire a society with Diana Pirciu, Romanian Football Federation.

    Education | Sport Management | Women in Sports | Football Education | Volunteer Manager | UEFA EURO 2020 | Leadership | Mindset | Athlete | Tennis Player | 


    A former Romanian international tennis player, Diana Pirciu studied communications and sports marketing in the USA before joining the Romanian Football Federation (FRF) as a corporate social responsibility manager and education specialist. 
    For EURO 2020, she was the volunteer manager in Bucharest, overseeing a team of 850 to ensure the city's four matches go to plan. Diana is now the education manager of the Romanian National Football Academy and leads engagement projects in FRF.
    In 2021 she was recognized by UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) as a top woman in football and her profile was showcased among the ‘Five stars of UEFA EURO 2020.’
    In our interview, Diana shares insights into how to create your role within an organization by knowing your priorities and giving yourself the opportunity to change your mind. 
    Her athlete background shows up in everything she does. Diana is the type of person who starts projects without having the title or official role for it, but rather as a proactive approach to make things happen and push innovation forward.
    As a good source of inspiration for our mental health, Diana shares tips from when she worked with a mental coach. 


    Follow Diana Pirciu on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/diana-pirciu-43113731/ 
    Here you can read the UEFA article ‘Five Stars of UEFA EURO 2020.’ 


    Episode Timeline:
    02:35 What is your role at the Romanian Football Federation?
    05:48 How did you decide to stop your professional sports career and pursue a different career path?
    10:07 How did you decide from such a young age what your professional path will be?
    14:22 What did it mean for you to be recognized by UEFA?
    21:00 What is one realization about your role as an educational specialist?
    24:45 How should we tackle the pay gap between women and men in sports?
    28:15 What are the surprises or lessons of your career in sports management?
    37:00 How did you approach your mental health?
    40:38 Final 5 Fire Questions.

    Video & Audio Editing: Laura de Nuzzo.

    • 43 min

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