WOMEN OF BEEKEEPER: MEET JENNY

I'm a Swedish control enthusiast, who paradoxically loves change. 

I've moved countries 4 times and worked in 5 very different industries - I feel most at home working in an inclusive and flexible environment, with diverse teams of people from different backgrounds and cultures. I also have 2 young boys, who challenge and inspire me in equal measures to become a better person so I can be a great role model for them.

Jenny, VP Customers Operations

Do you have a guiding principle, motto, 

or quote you live by?

If what you did yesterday still looks big to you, you haven't done much today.

Who is your role model, who inspires you?

I get inspired all the time by people who stand up for what they believe in and dare to say or do things even though they're scared. Whilst I also really enjoy listening to famous inspiring people like Michelle Obama, I find the truly inspirational people are ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

How do you measure your success?

The moments when I have felt most successful in my life and career are when I have been able to help somebody else be successful. To see people I have managed in the early parts of their career progress and reach new levels. To hear my son's teacher say he's not only performing great in school but is also a genuinely nice, caring and considerate person. That's success to me, to have played a role in that.

What is your proudest moment in your professional career?

Thinking back to my motto, I believe this moment is still to come, and when it comes I'll already be working on the next big challenge!

I've climbed mountains, run marathons and won awards for various things. However, nothing compares to being able to go through a really tough period in your life and come out stronger at the other end. I unfortunately had to deal with losing my mother to cancer and suffering four consecutive miscarriages within the space of a single year, all whilst holding down a full-time job plus trying to be the best mother I could be to our then 2-year old son. At the time, it didn't feel like I had any choice but to get through it, but in hindsight I recognise that it took a lot of strength and resilience and I'm really proud I did it.

What personal achievements are you proud of?

I think I've been lucky, or just very good at positioning myself first and foremost as a person (who happens to be a woman) and as somebody who expects to be treated the same as any other person, because to date I don't feel I have been discriminated against or that I have faced challenges that men don't also face. I am keenly aware though that this is not the experience of every woman in tech and I'd love to do more to support those who are unfairly treated.

What is the biggest challenge 

you’ve ever faced as a woman in tech?

What is your advice to young 

women in tech?

Be who you are and stay true to yourself. Know what's important to you and find opportunities to work with things and people that really matter to you. Remember that a career is not a short-term venture but a life-long adventure. Take choices you need to make now seriously but know that you'll have plenty of opportunity to make different choices down the line as new possibilities open up.

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