Snezana Zivcevska-Stalpers

In one sentence: What motivates you?

Motivated and engaging people, people with purpose and vision for a better and more meaningful future.

In two sentences: In your opinion, why do diversity and digitalization belong together?

Although women represent 50% of the world’s population, the tech and digital industries are mostly a man’s world. Having said that, but also taking into consideration that technology and digitalization are shaping the future of the world, it is more than clear that for sustainable development of the world we need to have more women in tech and digital. Additionally, research has proven that diverse teams bring better innovation and out-of-box thinking. That is exactly what is needed to have successful digitalization of the world.

In three sentences: Do you have a role model? If yes, who and why?

When I was a small kid my role model was my mother, a hard-working and brave woman not afraid to face any challenge in her life. Later on when I became a teenager and I played basketball, my role models were the players from the former-Yugoslavian basketball team: Kukoc, Radja, Divac, Petrovic. And now that I am an adult, more and more I am a role model for myself because I realise that no one else has had a similar life journey as me. And that makes me so proud of myself.

Your tip for newcomers and young talent:

The world of digital is dynamic and quickly developing. Be open for new knowledge and experiences. Develop your passion for exploring new things. Have the right mindset. Be the leader of your life, and enjoy your journey in the world of tech and digitalization.

Your favorite social media channel:

Facebook and LinkedIn

Your favorite App:

IBM work-related apps which allow me to work remotely (anytime and everywhere).

A book that changed your life:

7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

What is your goal for 2019?

I would like to be more engaged as a public-speaker and would definitely like to take the stage at tech events and conferences in Europe.