“Follow your dreams” – SHE in Plovdiv in Mall Markovo Tepe
We know that personal stories are much more interesting and inspiring. Thus, we invited three successful women from the ICT field in Plovdiv who told us about their professional paths and shared valuable lessons and advice to the young women willing to develop in that sector. We had the pleasure to talk to Dilyana Totseva, QA manager at MentorMate, Teodora Valchannova, marketing manager at Mexon and Denitza Tchakarova, UX and design lead at Novarto.
“This male sector has in no way frustrated me.” shared Dilyana Totseva and added: “If a person is purposeful, they can achieve anything they want. Women are extremely motivated and organized. We often give more interesting and creative ideas compared to our male colleagues in the company. We are the people who often bring part of the change that is necessary to go to the next level.”
Denitza Tchakarova shared her opinion on the importance of following your dreams after you have imagined and described them. She paid attention to some of the lessons she has learned during her work as a UX and design leader. Denitza pointed how essential boundaries are for freedom to exist and the creative part of her job as well as the importance of learning and research for the success of a professional case. A focal point in her presentation was the story about how she managed to overcome her insecurity about communicating concerns she had about the success of their product and how her active stance at that moment brought positive results for the company.
The marketing manager Teodora Valchanova told us her way through this profession and shared that the most important thing for a marketing person is to love equally all brands she is working for. “It is very important that a marketing person adapts her communication in the right way to reach the right people and tell them the right thing.” Teodora underlined how important it is for a person to believe in herself to develop successfully in the field she chooses. She described the various aspects a marketing professional considers when organizing a campaign event – targeting, diversity of activities, safety, attractiveness and an ability to engage people.
At the end of the event Margarita Spasova and Elena Lulcheva from our team presented “A Guide to Yourself” – a personal development manual created by Ekaterina Karavelova Foundation that helps young girls and women to find their authentic self, assert themselves in interaction with others, clarify their goals and be confident in following them. Margarita and Elena invited the women from the audience to participate in an interactive activity focused on changing our thinking models that sometimes prevent us from achieving our aspirations. The event ended with sharing experience, new acquaintances and good spirits.
We are extremely grateful to Mall Markovo Tepe represented by Ivelina Nacheva for recognizing the cause in support for women as part of their corporate social responsibility. We are glad that the mall is not only a place for commerce, but also a place for events that support the local community.
You can see a video of the event here.