commercetools does not only build a smart eCommerce platform. We are a group of visionary minds from diverse cultures and backgrounds, working across the globe, but connected by a shared passion to enable brands and retailers to create inspiring shopping experiences every single day.
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.
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…
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.
Iohanna: Finding a part-time job is not that easy and commercetools offers a lot of flexibility. Home office, part-time in a great ambience with nice colleagues!
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…
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.
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!
Iohanna: You don’t need 2 Masters! Just go to work!
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…
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What is eCommerce for you?
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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!