Dr. Iuliia Konko, Sustainable Packaging Specialist, noted that she was pleased to meet so many successful Ukrainian women with their amazing personal experiences and unique stories:
Today I work in the domain of Sustainability and Innovative Materials in Big Pharma and clearly see the huge demand for digitalization and data management in my domain as a response to the large product portfolio, constantly changing legislation related to the reduction of climate change and the growing e-commerce part of distribution. I am sure that Ukrainian female professionals, whom I met at the launch of WTECH France, will be able to make an steady contribution to the local tech market with their open minds, creativity, inner strengths, and wiliness to take challenges and succeed.
As a Ukrainian who has worked abroad for ten years, I fully understand the difficulty of quickly adapting to a foreign environment, learning new communication styles and, in some cases, new languages, and establishing networks from scratch. I will be happy to share my experience in France and support the community. We have a lot to learn from each other.
The WTECH France community is a fantastic place to connect, inspire, support, and make a difference, – said Iuliia Konko.
Natalya Borysova shared her story at the meetup. She is an IT project manager with more than 10 years of experience. She moved to Paris with her family and a 1.5-year-old child after the full-scale Russian invasion in February 2022. At the moment, Natalia lives in Paris and works remotely for the Ukrainian blockchain development company Tacans.
“I had been following WTECH activities for a long time on Instagram and was happy when I finally saw the announcement of the Paris meetup. It was like a breath of fresh air to see women from Ukraine who came from different corners of France just to meet each other and have a chat. We didn’t talk much about IT, startups, or work. It was more about warm talk of girlfriends who met for the first time but felt like we had known each other for ages! That meetup was a good start to setting up a Ukrainian community of women who work not only in tech, but in different businesses.
At the time of war in Ukraine, it is so important to support the Ukrainian female community abroad, help each other to adapt, give advice or become a mentor to someone – said Natalya Borysova.
It is worth mentioning that the community is actively functioning in 12 cities in Ukraine as well as in the Netherlands, Portugal, Switzerland, Poland, France, Spain, Great Britain, and Germany.
The official launch is ahead: September 29th, Warsaw!