WOMEN OF BEEKEEPER: MEET VALENTINA

I am a Strategic Customer Success Manager at Beekeeper. When I joined, I brought along my experience gained at international software companies, where I covered roles spanning from Business Development Manager to Project Manager. Since 2015 I am also an active member of the international startup community, where I learned about Agile management, Design Thinking and the Lean Startup framework.

At Beekeeper, I get the chance every day to use my skills, creativity, and broad vision to inspire and guide our customers to maximise the impact of the Beekeeper app in their organisation. 

Valentina, 

Strategic Customer Success Manager

Do you have a guiding principle, motto, 

or quote you live by?

Never say never - because everything can change. Also, as we keep on learning and growing, the way we look at the world changes and new opportunities open up.

Who is your role model, who inspires you?

My role model is definitely my mom. She raised my two younger brothers and me by herself whilst working in housekeeping full-time. What I’ve learned from her is to be resourceful, to stand up for myself, to take initiatives, and to empower others.

What is your proudest moment in your professional career?

One of my proudest moments recently was when some colleagues of mine told me that I inspire them and that they are learning a lot from me. One of my main goals is to be a positive role model and pass on all the knowledge I have gained so far. I do my best to empower people and be proactive in creating a harmonious working environment. We have many engaged and smart people at Beekeeper, so the potential is huge! Act as if what you do makes a difference because it does.

What is your advice to young 

women in tech?

My advice would be to find mentors to guide you and a coach to support your personal growth. Reach out to people who inspire you. Ask them to share their stories with you and share yours with them. There are so many skilled people willing to help you out there and great results always come from team effort.

My proudest personal achievement is when I completely changed my lifestyle at the age of 31. As a teenager and all through my 20s I didn’t practice any sport! Something clicked when I started running in nature, like the forests and lakes near Zurich. Since then I have taken part in 6 half-marathons in 4 years and I practice yoga and go swimming every week. I also started spending a lot of time outdoors: hiking, camping, sailing. I am now more focused, balanced and confident. 

My friends call me an adventurer!

What personal achievements are you proud of?

In my career in tech, it has never been about the “biggest” or the “one” challenge, but about facing a cumulative number of situations and built-in biases, like being the only woman in a meeting (so many times!) or like missing female role models, who I could really identify with because there was no woman in a C-level management role. However I feel optimistic about the future and even though there is some way to go, just by openly speaking about this topic, attitudes and habits are already changing.

What is the biggest challenge 

you’ve ever faced as a woman in tech?

How do you measure your success?

To measure my success I ask myself two questions: Did I do all I could to serve this cause, with the best intentions and an open heart? What did I learn?  When the answers to these questions are both positive then I know it’s a success!

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