WOMEN OF BEEKEEPER: MEET RUTH

Energetic British information sponge. Shameless nerd with a passion for running, rowing, board games, houseplants and languages. At Beekeeper I'm part of a 2 person super-team doing product marketing. That's the early stage strategic positioning, training and messaging around our product and its features. 

Ruth, Junior Product Marketer

Do you have a guiding principle, motto, 

or quote you live by?

You get out of life what you put in.

Who is your role model, 

who inspires you?

My niece and nephew! They are 5 and 7, and they throw themselves into every aspect of life with boundless energy and passion. 

They also both see gender in a very neutral way, which is refreshing - in their eyes, anyone can be or do anything they want. If I ever need a mental reset, I try to put myself in their shoes.

How do you measure your success?

I measure success by how I feel in the mornings.

If I'm excited and motivated when I wake up, I know I'm achieving things and growing! Personal growth and challenges make me super happy. It's not about the goal, it's about the journey. 

What is your proudest moment in your professional career?

When I realised what I actually want out of a job! 

I left a great career in consulting for an exciting new role at Beekeeper. It felt like a big risk, but it was a step in the right direction for me. 

I moved towards an environment where I can use my strengths to their full potential, which was really liberating.

What is your advice to young women 

in tech?

Be who you are. Your gender does not define you, nor does it define anyone else. Expect respect - but also give it. Be proud of your skills and strengths! And if you ever face discrimination, meet it head on and defeat it. You are not alone.

To be honest, I've faced more gender-related problems in other industries. Tech is definitely male-dominated, but it still has the potential to be inclusive and supportive to all genders. I sit with the software engineers in the Zurich office at Beekeeper. I'm one of 5 women in a team of about 30, but I am respected and supported more than in any other job I've had. 

My gender does not impact my opportunities at work - I gel with the team, that's exactly how it should be. But I'm still looking forward to hiring some more women!

What is the biggest challenge 

you’ve ever faced as a woman in tech?

I'm from a working-class background and neither of my parents went to university, but I've been lucky enough to have some great opportunities. 

I studied hard to get a place at a top university in the UK and have worked in diplomacy for the Middle East, consulting, and tech and lived in 3 countries before the age of 26. 

That's an achievement, and I've learned so much in the process.  

What personal achievements are you proud of?

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