Katharina Mueller believes that everyone can empower themselves. But sometimes guidance, tools, and mentorship are needed. She is on a mission to combine women's self-empowerment, entrepreneurship, and tech, helping women to empower themselves and live their dream lives.
Katharina is the author of "Meant To Be", the founder of Power of World Women, a mentor in the Clinton Foundation, and a Board Member for two NGOs in Uganda.
Watch Katharina's WTGC 2022 talk "You are POWWerful!", and other inspiring sessions on our website.
Especially for the WomenTech Network, Katharina agreed to give an interview, and share her story and experience.
Tell us about your experience as a Women in Tech Global Conference 2022 speaker.
Just like in the past, I was very excited and honored to be invited as a Women in Tech Global Conference speaker. This year, I asked my colleague Loren to join me on (the virtual) stage and hold a talk titled “You are POWWerful”.
Our session didn’t kick off too well - we faced a few unforeseen technical issues, but the audience was very patient and the staff was extremely helpful in problem-solving. For our speech, our intention was to inspire the listeners to reflect on their own skills and dreams, become aware of their own power and potential as change-makers, and take initiative to empower themselves. As the founder of POWW (Power of World Women), this topic is very close to my heart.
But the conference didn’t stop there – not only did I listen to amazing fellow speakers, but I also got to connect with the most amazing individuals, continuing the discussion on other platforms and mediums.
What is your favorite thing about working in tech?
My favorite thing about working in tech is that there are no boundaries or limits. Anytime, we can connect with anyone anywhere on any topic that we care about and use technical innovation to shape the future for the better. In my experience, women in tech are particularly strong, collaborative, inspiring, and ready to act and break free from stigma or unsatisfying status quos.
What advice (and tips) would you give to women who want to start a tech career?
If you’re thinking about how to break into tech, you‘ve already taken the most important and most difficult step – acknowledging and accepting that you want to do it. But before acting, become clear of your WHY. What gets you excited about it, what do you want to learn and achieve (for others and yourself), and who inspires you? Connect with fellow women, find mentors and supporters, and just give it a try. Be patient and always say YES to opportunities that align with your core values, gut feeling, and vision.
Who would you recommend to join the WomenTech Network?
There are so many opportunities, conferences, and networks out there, that it can be overwhelming. I’ve been there myself. Simultaneously, only a few deliver such valuable insights, support, and first-hand discussions as the WomenTech Network. I highly encourage those women to join the network who are or will be working in tech, looking for meaningful connections and inspiring exchanges, and who are willing to actively participate. It doesn’t require much time or effort, rather see it as a fun opportunity to make new friends and partners. But the more active you are, the more value you’ll generate for the network as well as for yourself.
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