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People around the world are not only discussing the future of digital and predicting new trends, but there is also a huge movement to empower women in the tech industry. We want to highlight a new member of our team, our Event Manager Iohanna, to get to know more about her enthusiasm for lining up big shows, cozy cocktails and geeky meet-ups for a software company, as well as her daily must-haves and her thoughts on women in tech.

Iohanna Vater, Event Manager at commercetools

Hi I’m Iohanna, Event Manager at commercetools, and I’m responsible for the organization, implementation, and follow-up of national and European events. This means I organize our participation in conferences, trade shows, matchmaking events, meet-ups, internal events, hackathons and much more! I manage the events budget and the marketing activities around it (design, etc.). I speak directly with partners, speakers, retailers, event locations, and hotels…

You’ve completed your first 90 days at commercetools – How are you ramping up in your new role?
Iohanna: To be honest, the first 3 weeks were quite hard. After 20 months of being only a Mom, I started to work again in a new industry. I had to get to know new tools and a new vocabulary, like API, Headless, Monolith… a whole new world just opened up to me.

Why are you interested in working in Tech, especially the eCommerce industry? And especially as a woman and a Mum!
Iohanna: Finding a part-time job is not that easy and commercetools offers a lot of flexibility. Home office, part-time in a great ambiance with nice colleagues!

As a mum of twins, you started at commercetools part-time (20 hours). How is it different working in the Events department full-time compared to part-time?
Iohanna: I am working only five hours a day, and it’s so short. You have to be really efficient! Your colleagues also need to keep that in mind. I can’t participate in meetings or calls after 3.30pm. It’s hard to leave the office since my colleagues are still working but I know that my kids are waiting for me. So…

And what are the biggest challenges that you face?
Iohanna: Keeping track of the 15 events we are planning to attend, organizing our booth (80sqm) for the K5 with six of our partners – not easy to keep all of them in the loop and bring them together… We also have two events planned for customers and partners with 150 guests in Amsterdam. A lot of challenges but I love it.

What can a company do to encourage women in the tech sector?
Iohanna: Being family-friendly is key! And I can say that commercetools is the best example 🙂 My boss has three kids so he knows how my life looks like right now!

What tips would you give your younger self if you were to graduate today?
Iohanna: You don’t need 2 Masters! Just go to work!

How did a French girl end up in Berlin?
Iohanna: I am French, I used to say, 99% French and 1% German. My Grandfather was German, thus I’ve always been attracted to Germany since I was a kid. I learned German in school, went to Hamburg and Berlin as a teenager and came back to Berlin to do an internship. In 2008 I met a German guy and two years later we decided to move to Berlin! Love…

Quick Facts 

ECC Forum 2019

Describe yourself in three Hashtags
#bepositive
#mumoftwins
#WantToSleepAgain

commercetools in three Hashtags
#youngspirit
#nicepeople
#international

What is eCommerce for you?
#stillconfusing
#MACH1
#shopping

Code talks commerce 2019 / Michael Reitz

What are your daily must-haves?
#smile
#eatchocolate
#cookformeandmyfamily

Rather not?
#drinkcoffee
#wearpants

What are you listening/watching/reading at the moment?
Some French podcast about life and relationships: Change ma vie
Netflix: The Blacklist

Stay tuned and visit our Events page!

Pictures: Code talks commerce 2019 / Michael Reitz; ECC Forum 2019 (© BRUX)