Committed to Breaking the Bias This International Women’s Day

Recapping a Monthlong Celebration for International Women’s Day

March 30, 2022

This month marked International Women’s Day.

It is the annual celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. At HYCU, we asked a number questions to our executives on what the day meant to them personally and professionally.  

This year’s theme focused on imagining a gender equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination that is diverse, equitable and inclusive. As the United Nations and many encouraged, if we all work together, collectively we can #BreakTheBias. 

We are fortunate to have so many women role models across the organization. The following recaps what advice our leaders would give to the next generation of female leaders to what they are doing on a day-to-day basis to break down barriers.  

Question: What advice would you give to the next generation of female leaders?  

“Surround yourself with cross-functional female rockstars who you trust and support each other throughout your careers – across every company, every position, every life change,” Kelly Hopping, CMO 

“Be curious, ask questions, take chances and always look for learning opportunities. Even if you are the only female in the room, your skills, expertise, and experience will set you apart,” Tanja Peric, Chief People Officer  

“At some point in your life, you will be underestimated and discouraged. For many, this time will come long before you ever enter the workforce. Prepare your daughters for these moments. Teach them not to shrink themselves to conform to someone else’s view of how they should be,” Samantha Richey, Head of Global Revenue Marketing & Operations. 

“Have the right attitude: Believe it and you will achieve it. Nothing is impossible. You must believe that you and your team can succeed. Trust that you are going to excel and then commit and dedicate yourself to making things happen. Believe in yourself, show your belief and support in others, and the rest will follow,” Kelly Houston, Sr Director, HR Business Partner US 

“Enjoy the ride! Be direct, be humble and don’t forget to have fun! Women should support each other by having an open and honest conversation- especially during challenging times. We can learn a lot from others’ experiences and mistakes!” Mila Savicevic, Territory Manager  

“Follow your dreams and aspirations! Even though tech is a predominantly male profession, we are making changes that will pave the way for the next generation of female leaders. Be brave, never stop learning, apply for the positions you aspire to, and celebrate successes,” Jasmina Vinčić, Software Engineer 

“Always be yourself, respect others, be grateful and stay positive. It’s natural to compare yourself to others, but remember you are on your own path and every experience is a learning opportunity,” Vesna Novak, Software Engineer  

Question: Do you have a woman leader as a mentor or someone who inspired you and why?  

“One of my first mentors was a female CMO from Austria. She inspired me with her ability to break down barriers and taught me the importance of self-awareness and empathy when working with and managing a global team,” Simon Taylor, Founder and CEO  

Question: How has HYCU helped in the growth of your career?  

“I embrace HYCU’s core values of authenticity, grit, and empathy in my everyday work, and use them to grow my professional skill set. HYCU has fostered a great work-life balance that makes me feel supported as a woman in tech,” Nikoleta Roganović-Arapović, Lead QA Engineer 

Question: Do you have a woman leader as a mentor or someone who inspired you and why? 

“I've learned a lot of integral life lessons from many inspirational women, but the one constant presence in my life has always been my mom. I admire her strength and her kindness. I'm the woman I am today because of her guidance, love, and unending support,” Tanja Antunović, Lead Technical Writer - Engineering  

Question: How are you breaking the bias in your day-to-day work?  

“You need to be genuine and authentic in your daily activities. Mean what you say. Do what you mean and work hard. Lead by example. Treat others as you would expect to be treated and be the positive role model you know you should be,” Tanja Tomic, Director of Corporate Marketing 

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Chief People Officer

Tanja Peric is the CPO at HYCU where she leads talent management and acquisition. She has more than 20 years' experience leading human resources and talent innovation at global companies. She is a Cotrugli Business School MBA graduate and has senior executive experience with leading companies such as Endava and Comtrade Group.

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