In celebration of International Women’s Day, we want to spotlight the accomplishments of women in the workplace.
In honor of this occasion, we had the opportunity to speak with women leaders from across Stefanini’s global network. From juggling the responsibilities of their personal life and their career, to offering advice to women around them, our colleagues shared their experiences and insights on what it takes to succeed in the IT field.
We had a chat with Michela Bartoletti, our Service Manager from Italy and found out inspiring insights. Read everything below:
How does it feel to be working in the IT sector as a woman?
Michela Bartoletti: “Working in the IT sector as a woman is an honor. IT field has got so many powerful women that significantly contributed to shaping our future, such as Ada Lovelace, Grace Hopper, Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson…and many more! This can only be encouraging for all women working in the IT sector, as we are in good company. 😊”
How do you manage to balance your personal life with your career?
Michela Bartoletti: “I am passionate about my work and my role, therefore I don’t feel the urge to think about work and life like two separate units. The investment of time and energy I put into my assignment comes back as quality of life – and when there is a positive equity, the work-life situation is balanced.”
What is the most important advice you would give to all women around you?
Michela Bartoletti: “I would love to ask to all women around me to stop doing things to please others – stop smiling if you don’t feel happy, stop agreeing to things you don’t agree with, stop putting other people’s pleasure before your own.
I still remember the first time I didn’t smile during a meeting, keeping the same facial expression as the one of my male colleagues; everyone asked if I was ok and the reason of my disappointment – the lesson here is that what you feel is valid and you shouldn’t pretend anything else, just to accomplish people’s expectations.”
What are the 3 words that best describe you as a woman?
Michela Bartoletti: “Independent, straight-forward, headstrong.”
What does the International Women day mean to you?
Michela Bartoletti: “It’s an amazing day when it is used to increase awareness and exposure over battles as feminism and equality. It might be a great day for new women to join the revolution.”
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