Nataly has been with DONE! since January 2018 and has worked for many startups and tech companies, such as Fiverr, Atlantic Food Labs, eKomi and HUM. In addition, she led the Talent Acquisition Team at TIER mobility.

Besides being a consultant for our clients, she is involved in our internal squads and proves to be a hands-on lead every day, who is tracking and pushing the agile projects at DONE!. Thus, Nataly gained a lot of valuable experiences when it comes to shaping a winning team.

Today, she gives us her opinion on gender diversity in teams, and tips for female candidates who wish to work in tech companies:

Years ago I was appointed to be the manager of a male football team. This job was a real challenge, since I was the only woman in a complete male environment, and the common belief was that only a male manager can manage male players. It was one of my best job experiences, as I have learned: no job role is impossible for me.

I now work in human resources and am committed to women in tech businesses. I am convinced that we can motivate women to work in tech companies and startups. But they need to understand that they should behave authentic, just be themselves. They don’t have to prove that they are better at work than men. I advise them just do your work, be yourself and speak up for yourself. If you don’t speak up, nobody will speak for you.

Tech companies offer great job opportunities for women

I also encourage women because there are many great job opportunities for women in the tech scene. For example, Berlin tech companies push and support gender diversity in their teams because their employees are mostly men. This is a great opportunity for women. Apply. Don’t be afraid.

CEOs know that women bring more emotions into the teams. They think differently and approach projects differently than men would carry out the same jobs. These differences will lead to questions, discussions and more brainstorming within the teams, and will contribute to their successes. An excellent performing team needs diversity, not only in perspective of gender, but also in the working style, soft skills and nationalities.

I’ve noticed that technology companies with 40 percent female employees perform better. For example, when we added three women to the Deposit Solutions’ / Savedo’s developer team, we could detect an immediate change in the culture of the entire team.

There are many tech companies that want to reach or preserve their employees’ diversity. That has become a key factor for hiring because it is good for business at the end of the day.

Here are my tips for female employees, and employees in general:

  • don’t be a busy Lizzie
  • be active and bold enough to present yourself and your opinion
  • show confidence and create opportunities for you and the team
  • be clear and business driven
  • know your added value (diversity is really important!)
  • don’t be afraid to ask for more salary
  • build up your network within the company and the tech scene and go to conferences about tech diversity
  • most important: If you don’t create the opportunity for yourself, nobody will do it for you

Personal facts about Nataly:

I’m originally a Kibbutz member from the east of Israel, a huge football fan of Hapoel Tel Aviv FC – therefore you will never see me wearing yellow… I was the first woman who ever became a men football team manager and I loved it. Until today, I’m following them on TV every week. My friends claim that I’m a good cook and I have some very special Israeli recipes. I’m a very committed person when I have a mission in front of me; I will be dedicated until I reach it. And I am completely in love with Berlin