Womenize! – Inspiring Stories

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Annina Melissa – Womenize! – Inspiring Stories

Womenize! - Inspiring Stories is our weekly series featuring inspirational women from games and tech. For this edition we talked to Annina Melissa, Music Designer at Frontier Developments. Annina speaks about transitioning from a gaming-centric upbringing to translating games, leading her to discover a passion for creating music for the gaming industry. She emphasizes the collaborative nature of game music, discusses challenges in non-linear composition, and advises aspiring game composers to prioritize collaboration over ego. Read more about Annina in this interview:

Sophie Baker – Womenize! – Inspiring Stories

Womenize! - Inspiring Stories is our weekly series featuring inspirational women from games and tech. For this edition we talked to Sophie Baker, Head of Operations at Lessmore. Sophie discusses how global experiences shaped her management approach, emphasizes empathy and communication for diverse teams, highlights the inclusive environment at Lessmore, and advises aspiring talents to align career choices with personal goals. Read more about Sophie in this interview:

Narin Yousef – Womenize! – Inspiring Stories

Womenize! - Inspiring Stories is our weekly series featuring inspirational women from games and tech. For this edition we talked to Narin Yousef.

Jenny Tesch – Womenize! – Inspiring Stories

Womenize! - Inspiring Stories is our weekly series featuring inspirational women from games and tech. For this edition we talked to Jenny Tesch, CEO and Digital Artist of Totally Not Aliens. She talks about her path from computer science to founding her own company, highlighting the significance of diverse skills in smaller teams, balancing her CEO role with a passion for graphics, and encouraging gender diversity in the gaming industry. Read more about Jenny in this interview:

Kerstin Schütt – Womenize! – Inspiring Stories

Womenize! - Inspiring Stories is our weekly series featuring inspirational women from games and tech. For this edition we talked to Kerstin Schütt, CEO at Twisted Ramble Games. She speaks about her transition from computer science to game design, emphasizes empathy in games, and shares challenges and rewards in co-founding Twisted Ramble Games. Read more about Kerstin in this interview:

Julia Iljuk – Womenize! – Inspiring Stories

Womenize! - Inspiring Stories is our weekly series featuring inspirational women from games and tech. For this edition we talked to Julia Iljuk, Co-Founder of Balancy. Julia tells us about the inspiration behind Balancy, emphasizing the evolving challenges in the industry, particularly for small and midsize studios, and how she aims to empower them in LiveOps and monetization to compete with larger players. Read more about Julia in this interview:

Madeleine Egger – Womenize! – Inspiring Stories

Womenize! – Inspiring Stories is our weekly series featuring inspirational women from games and tech.

Franziska Bülow – Womenize! – Inspiring Stories

Womenize! - Inspiring Stories is our weekly series featuring inspirational women from games and tech. For this edition we talked to Franziska Bülow, Founder and CEO of PURE4U. She speaks about her transition from city administration into gaming, the challenges faced as a woman in esports, her role and her commitment to social responsibility. Read more about Franziska in this interview:

Eva Vonk – Womenize! – Inspiring Stories

Womenize! - Inspiring Stories is our weekly series featuring inspirational women from games and tech. For this edition we talked to Eva Vonk, CEO at Tales of Us. She speaks about the importance of a multidisciplinary approach, reflects on her transition from film to gaming, and highlights a project focused on impactful narratives. Read more about Eva in this interview:

Barbara Kugler – Womenize! – Inspiring Stories

Womenize! – Inspiring Stories is our weekly series featuring inspirational women from games and tech. For this edition we talked to Barbara Kugler. She speaks about how her academic background in educational science contributed to her interest in educational software and serious games, and reflects on her career journey highlighting the challenges and opportunities in her role. Read more about Barbara in this interview:

Luján Oulton – Womenize! – Inspiring Stories

Womenize! – Inspiring Stories is our weekly series featuring inspirational women from games and tech. For this edition we talked to Luján Oulton. She discusses the future of experimental video games, emphasizes their role in diversity, shares the inspiration behind “Game on! El arte en juego” and “GAIA,” and highlights strategies for fostering female participation in the gaming industry. Read more about Luján in this interview:

Serenad Yilmaz – Womenize! – Inspiring Stories

Womenize! – Inspiring Stories is our weekly series featuring inspirational women from games and tech. For this edition we talked to Serenad Yilmaz.

Marie Havemann – Womenize! – Inspiring Stories

Womenize! – Inspiring Stories is our weekly series featuring inspirational women from games and tech. For this edition we talked to Marie Havemann, Audio-Designer at Sandbox Interactive. She speaks about the emotional impact of composing for games and tells us about her recent projects, offering insights into her creative process. Read more about Marie in this interview:

Monika Michalak – Womenize! – Inspiring Stories

Womenize! – Inspiring Stories is our weekly series featuring inspirational women from games and tech. For this edition we talked to Monika Michalak, CEO at 8bit. She speaks about key insights of her role as CEO and reflects on how her educational background in archaeology and psychology enriched her recruitment approach. Read more about Monika in this interview:

Maria Maunula – Womenize! – Inspiring Stories

Womenize! – Inspiring Stories is our weekly series featuring inspirational women from games and tech. For this edition we talked to Maria Maunula. She speaks about the importance of providing fresh perspectives, her background in community management and shares advice for individuals seeking a similar career path. Read more about Maria in this interview:

Julia Hiltscher – Womenize! – Inspiring Stories

Womenize! – Inspiring Stories is our weekly series featuring inspirational women from games and tech. For this edition we talked to Julia Hiltscher, Founding Board Member at Esports Research Network. She speaks about valuable lessons from esports and traditional sports, her vision for inclusivity and sustainability and how she's actively shaping a brighter future. Read more about Julia in this interview:

Jenny Harder – Womenize! – Inspiring Stories

Womenize! – Inspiring Stories is our weekly series featuring inspirational women from games and tech. For this edition we talked to Jenny Harder, Senior Concept Artist at Karakter. She speaks about her evolution in artistic storytelling, reflects on directing her own animated short film and tells us why she became an instructor. Read more about Jenny in this interview:

Nadine König – Womenize! – Inspiring Stories

Womenize! – Inspiring Stories is our weekly series featuring inspirational women from games and tech. For this edition we talked to Nadine König, Artist Management Lead at Instinct3. She speaks about the key principles that guided her journey as well as how intercultural communication comes handy when working with influencers. Read more about Nadine in this interview:

Miroslava Moreno Rodríguez – Womenize! – Inspiring Stories

Womenize! – Inspiring Stories is our weekly series featuring inspirational women from games and tech. For this edition we talked to Miroslava Moreno Rodríguez, Director, Organizational Development at Plaion. She speaks about how her background in Digital Arts and Systems Engineering shaped her unique leadership style as well as her passion for inclusion. Read more about Miroslava in this interview:

Casey Thomas – Womenize! – Inspiring Stories

Womenize! - Inspiring Stories is our weekly series featuring inspirational women from games and tech. For this edition we talked to Casey Thomas, Founder of Dark Shadow Studio & Indie Esport. She speaks about new ideas for competitive games to successfully launch. Read more about Casey in this interview:

Jennifer Estaris – Womenize! – Inspiring Stories

Womenize! - Inspiring Stories is our weekly series featuring inspirational women from games and tech. For this edition we talked to Jennifer Estaris, Game Director at ustwo games. She shares how we can make our industry more sustainable & where we can find mentorship support. Read more about Jennifer in this interview:

Heidi Stapleton – Womenize! – Inspiring Stories

Womenize! - Inspiring Stories is our weekly series featuring inspirational women from games and tech. For this edition we talked to Heidi Stapleton, Senior Producer at Blowfish Studios. She speaks about the games industry in Australia and how a broad educational background can facilitate day-to-day work in production. Read more about Heidi in this interview:

Priya Raphel – Womenize! – Inspiring Stories

Womenize! - Inspiring Stories is our weekly series featuring inspirational women from games and tech. For this edition we talked to Priya Raphel, Director, HR Business Partner at Zynga. She gives us insights into the planning of employee growth and impactful HR initiatives. Read more about Priya in this interview:

Daniela Gamarra – Womenize! – Inspiring Stories

Womenize! - Inspiring Stories is our weekly series featuring inspirational women from games and tech. For this edition we talked to Daniela Gamarra, Founder & Creative Director at Indaga Studios. She provides insights on how the games and entertainment industries can have a meaningful impact on the population and culture of a society. Read more about Daniela in this interview:

Hailey Austin – Womenize! – Inspiring Stories

Womenize! - Inspiring Stories is our weekly series featuring inspirational women from games and tech. For this edition we talked to Hailey Austin, Research and Development Fellow for Transnational Creative Industries at Abertay University in Scotland. She explains how comics and games have similarities and how they are relevant for international collaborations. Read more about Hailey in this interview:

Mathilde Hoffmann – Womenize! – Inspiring Stories

Womenize! - Inspiring Stories is our weekly series featuring inspirational women from games and tech. For this edition we talked to Mathilde Hoffmann, who does Sound Design for games. She talks about her inspirations and how the appreciation of music and sound in games has evolved. Read more about Mathilde in this interview:

Sophie Vo – Womenize! – Inspiring Stories

Womenize! - Inspiring Stories is our weekly series featuring inspirational women from games and tech. For this edition we talked to Sophie Vo, Venture Partner at Concept Ventures, Founder of Rise and Play & ex-Studio Lead at Voodoo. She explains how to build up a new studio and speaks about the importance of solid leadership. Read more about Sophie in this interview:

Vania Castagnino Ugolotti – Womenize! – Inspiring Stories

Womenize! - Inspiring Stories is our weekly series featuring inspirational women from games and tech. For this edition we talked to Vania Castagnino Ugolotti, Event Coordinator at Sweden Game Arena, Co-Founder of FemDevs Perù & Creative Director of An Otter Team. She speaks about the South American games industry and international start-up accelerator programs. Read more about Vania in this interview:

Emma Raz – Womenize! – Inspiring Stories

Womenize! - Inspiring Stories is our weekly series featuring inspirational women from games and tech. For this edition we talked to Emma Raz, Director of Commercial at NumberEight. She gives us insights into customer engagement strategies and startup management. Read more about Emma in this interview:

Cynthia John – Womenize! – Inspiring Stories

Womenize! - Inspiring Stories is our weekly series featuring inspirational women from games and tech. For this edition we talked to Cynthia John, Senior Talent Acquisition Manager at Bytro. She speaks about the importance of networking and how Covid-19 influenced hiring. Read more about Cynthia in this interview:

Joy Dey – Womenize! – Inspiring Stories

Womenize! - Inspiring Stories is our weekly series featuring inspirational women from games and tech. For this edition we talked to Joy Dey, Lead Designer at Creative Assembly. She speaks about diversity initiatives and the broad spectrum of design jobs in the industry. Read more about Joy in this interview:

Radostina Zhekova – Womenize! – Inspiring Stories

Womenize! - Inspiring Stories is our weekly series featuring inspirational women from games and tech. For this edition we talked to Radostina Zhekova, User Acquisition Manager at Jam City. She explains how to get started with UA as a company and to overcome personal challenges. Read more about Radostina in this interview:

Dalal Al Dafai – Womenize! – Inspiring Stories

Womenize! - Inspiring Stories is our weekly series featuring inspirational women from games and tech. For this edition we talked to Dalal Al Dafai, Community Management Intern at Lessmore Games, makers of Eatventure. She shares insights into getting started in the games and tech industry whilst studying. Read more about Dalal in this interview:

Sally Sheppard – Womenize! – Inspiring Stories

Womenize! - Inspiring Stories is our weekly series featuring inspirational women from games and tech. For this edition we talked to Sally Sheppard, Creative Director at Wyrdren Games. She speaks about accessibility and inclusion in games, as well as mental health in the industry. Read more about Sally in this interview:

Cristina Amaya – Womenize! – Inspiring Stories

Womenize! - Inspiring Stories is our weekly series featuring inspirational women from games and tech. For this edition we talked to Cristina Amaya, President at Latinx in Gaming and Director at DreamHack Festivals, America. She gives us insights into unique marketing activation events and her work in supporting a more diverse global gaming culture.
Read more about Cristina in this interview:

Alicia P. Méjica – Womenize! – Inspiring Stories

Womenize! - Inspiring Stories is our weekly series featuring inspirational women from games and tech. For this edition we talked to Alicia P. Méjica, Senior Business Development Manager at Tilting Point. She speaks about user (re-)engagement and how to expand into SEA markets. Read more about Alicia in this interview:

Jasmin a.k.a. GNU – Womenize! – Inspiring Stories

Womenize! - Inspiring Stories is our weekly series featuring inspirational women from games and tech. For this edition we talked to Jasmin a.k.a., a Content Creator, Youtuber and Streamer in the field of gaming at INSTINCT3. She was the first female German Youtuber to reach 1 million subscribers. Here, Jasmin talks about the adventurous journey of making a hobby one’s profession and shares insights into her recently released first book. Read more about Jasmin in this interview:

Athena Z Peters – Womenize! – Inspiring Stories

Womenize! - Inspiring Stories is our weekly series featuring inspirational women from games and tech. For this edition we talked to Athena Z Peters, Chief Creative Officer at Rainbow Unicorn Games. Athena speaks about the need and benefits of founding and supporting employee first, equitable, diverse workplaces. Read more about Athena in this interview:

Sophie Walker – Womenize! – Inspiring Stories

Watch this video special of our interview series "Womenize! - Inspiring Stories" with Sophie Walker, Founder, Project Manager, Educational Game Designer at Mira LUX Creations. She talks about the "Projekt CH+ - Games for Democracy", about founding a company and how to build games for education.

Tarja Porkka-Kontturi – Womenize! – Inspiring Stories

Watch this video special of our interview series "Womenize! - Inspiring Stories" with Tarja Porkka-Kontturi, Director of Communications at The Global Game Jam, Business Development Manager at The International Games Summit on Mental Health, and also Consultant and Advisor on diversity, inclusion, equity and accessibility matters.

Sarah Makdad – Womenize! – Inspiring Stories

Womenize! – Inspiring Stories is our weekly series featuring inspirational women from games and tech. For this edition we talked to Sarah Makdad, Senior Community Developer at Focus Entertainment and volunteer at Friendship Garden, a non-profit organisation which aims to cultivate a more inclusive games industry. Read more about Sarah in this interview:

Betsy Abendroth – Womenize! – Inspiring Stories

Womenize! - Inspiring Stories is our weekly series featuring inspirational women from games and tech. For this edition we talked to Betsy Abendroth, Director of PR at Devsisters USA, INC. Betsy tells us how the Cookie Run game series has been created to reach a diverse audience and how PR evolved throughout the years. Read more about Betsy in this interview:

Cristina Neamtu – Womenize! – Inspiring Stories

Womenize! - Inspiring Stories is our weekly series featuring inspirational women from games and tech. For this edition we talked to Cristina Neamtu, Head of Studio at AMC RO. A studio that provides digital art creation, content solutions and technical tools for the games industry. She speaks about the importance of culture, strategy and servant leadership.
Read more about Cristina in this interview:

Erinda Jaupaj – Womenize! – Inspiring Stories

On the occasion of the German Diversity Day 2022, we present a video special of our interview series "Womenize! - Inspiring Stories"! Our guest is Erinda Jaupaj, Backend Engineer at Wooga. Erinda talks about her daily job, her experiences in often being the only woman in her division, and she shares her advice to women who'd like to enter the tech and coding industry.

Franzisca Tonelli – Womenize! – Inspiring Stories

Womenize! - Inspiring Stories is our weekly series featuring inspirational women from games and tech. For this edition we talked to Franzisca Tonelli, Assistant Producer & Unity VR Developer at BigRock Institute of Magic Technologies. BigRock is teaching new artists techniques for creating 3D animations, digital illustrations, visual effects, as well as music for film, TV, and video games. Franzisca speaks about the power of spreadsheets and teamwork. Read more about her in this interview:

Marina Hahn – Womenize! – Inspiring Stories

Womenize! - Inspiring Stories is our weekly series featuring inspirational women from games and tech. For this edition we talked to Marina Hahn, Founder & Managing Director at Black Cave Entertainment. She shares insights on switching industries and starting up an independent games studio. Read more about Marina in this interview:

Gemma Johnson-Brown – Womenize! – Inspiring Stories

Womenize! - Inspiring Stories is our weekly series featuring inspirational women from games and tech. For this edition we talked to Gemma Johnson-Brown, Ambassador Director at Women in Games & COO at Dovetail Games. She speaks about the importance of diversity and inclusion in the games industry. Read more about Gemma in this interview:

Heidy Motta – Womenize! – Inspiring Stories

Womenize! – Inspiring Stories is our weekly series featuring inspirational women from games and tech. For this edition we talked to Heidy Motta, Operations Manager at Extremely OK Games and Miniboss. Read more about Heidy in this interview:

Cynthia Sipes – Womenize! – Inspiring Stories

Womenize! - Inspiring Stories is our weekly series featuring inspirational women from games and tech. For this edition we talked to Cynthia Sipes, User Researcher at Invuse. She shares how exploring different studies and industries led to finding true professional passion. Read more about Cynthia in this interview:

Natalie Concannon – Womenize! – Inspiring Stories

Womenize! - Inspiring Stories is our weekly series featuring inspirational women from games and tech. For this edition we talked to Natalie Concannon, Director, Head of Design & Production at Datascope, UK's leading boutique recruitment agency for the Games, Online and Mobile technology sectors. Natalie speaks about the impact the covid-19 pandemic had and still has on the UK games industry recruiting market. Read more about Natalie in this interview:

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