Giulia Traverso says that finding a female role model in the IT world is invaluable. In this interview Giulia, who is a PhD candidate in cryptography, tells how she found a mentor. That this happened at Ada Lovelace Festival makes the story even better ;-)….
How Giulia Traverso found Sabine Scheunert as a mentor at Ada Lovelace Festival
Giulia, I got curious when I saw your Instagram post on how you found a mentor at Ada Lovelace Festival 2018. How did that happen?
Giulia Traverso: I went to Ada Lovelace Festival 2018 already hoping to find a mentor or a role model. Being female in the IT world means that there are not many women that can show you what are the possible paths you can take and that can share some insight on how they got there. One of the speakers at the Festival was Sabine Scheunert (see her talk and all the other keynotes of #ada18 here), Vice President Digital & IT Sales/Marketing at Mercedes-Benz Cars. She gave an inspiring talk where she encouraged us to take advantage of the bumble-bee effect to accept challenges and confidently get out of our comfort zone. At the end of her talk, she announced a mentorship program. Anyone could apply by sending a mail and answering these three questions: 1) why do you work in IT? 2) what would you like to excerpt from this mentoring program? 3) what is your biggest struggle at work currently?