Womenize! – Inspiring Stories

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Lena Falkenhagen – Womenize! – Inspiring Stories

Womenize! - Inspiring Stories is our weekly series featuring inspirational individuals from games and tech. For this edition we talked to Lena Falkenhagen.

Svenja Anhut – Womenize! – Inspiring Stories

Womenize! - Inspiring Stories is our weekly series featuring inspirational individuals from games and tech. For this edition we talked to Svenja Anhut, Freelance Designer and Media Educator. She speaks about her journey from aspiring fashion designer to her current career in game design, where she combines her interests in games, culture, and education to create engaging public gaming experiences, workshops, and events, highlighting her work on the EZRA project that promotes political participation among youth.  Read more about Svenja in this interview:

Charly Harbord – Womenize! – Inspiring Stories

Womenize! - Inspiring Stories is our weekly series featuring inspirational individuals from games and tech. For this edition we talked to Charly Harbord, CEO/Founder of Outwith Reality. She speaks about the importance of diverse creators in gaming, grassroots educational initiatives, and the role of games in implicit learning and preserving Indigenous cultures. Read more about Charly in this interview:

Marie Mejerwall – Womenize! – Inspiring Stories

Womenize! - Inspiring Stories is our weekly series featuring inspirational women from games and tech. For this edition we talked to Marie Mejerwall, Games Consultant. She shares her evolution from programmer to system designer, advises aspiring developers on teamwork and success, discusses her efforts to promote women in gaming, and reflects on her eye-opening experience at the Tokyo Game Show. Read more about Marie in this interview:

Ulrike Küchler – Womenize! – Inspiring Stories

Womenize! - Inspiring Stories is our weekly series featuring inspirational women from games and tech. For this edition we talked to Ulrike Küchler, CEO & Founder of Gamebook Studio. She speaks about how her diverse roles in the entertainment industry shaped her approach to interactive entertainment, emphasizing the importance of aligning various components for success. Read more about Ulrike here:

Simona-Groosa (Simpson) – Womenize! – Inspiring Stories

Womenize! - Inspiring Stories is our weekly series featuring inspirational women from games and tech. For this edition we talked to For this edition we talked to Simona Groosa,
Creative Director at KING CLOUD. Simona talks about balancing creative integrity and adaptability in digital art, highlighting ethical concerns and the importance of fostering respectful environments in the gaming industry.

Dr. Tabea Widmann – Womenize! – Inspiring Stories

Womenize! - Inspiring Stories is our weekly series featuring inspirational individuals from games and tech. For this edition we talked to Dr. Tabea Widmann, Project Lead "Let's Remember" at Stiftung Digitale Spielekultur. She speaks about the intersection of digital games and memory culture, driven by curiosity about how traumatic pasts are remembered in today's digital landscape, influencing her career path in shaping memory cultures and fostering diversity. Read more about Tabea in this interview:

Franziska Elsaesser – Womenize! – Inspiring Stories

Womenize! - Inspiring Stories is our weekly series featuring inspirational individuals from games and tech. For this edition we talked to Franziska Elsaesser, Strategic Partnerships Development Manager & Sustainability/DEI Gaming Lead at Google. She speaks about how she followed her interests and instincts, seizing opportunities that felt right, leading her to her current role and advocating for diversity and inclusion in gaming. Read more about Franziska in this interview:

Melanie Eilert – Womenize! – Inspiring Stories

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

Deborah Woznicki – Womenize! – Inspiring Stories

Womenize! - Inspiring Stories is our weekly series featuring inspirational women from games and tech. For this edition we talked to For this edition we talked to Deborah Woznicki, CEO of REACH OUT AGENCY. She speaks about her experiences and insights regarding various aspects of her career, including gaming influencer management, marketing and leadership, her entrepreneurship, along with personal reflections on finding balance and fulfillment. Read more about Deborah in this interview:

Laura Kaltenmaier – Womenize! – Inspiring Stories

Womenize! - Inspiring Stories is our weekly series featuring inspirational women from games and tech. For this edition we talked to Laura Kaltenmaier, CEO and Co-Founder of GameBoot. Laura speaks about how her background in architecture influences her approach to game design, promoting diversity, and navigating the transition from creative roles to leadership positions. Read more about Laura in this interview:

Sandra Friedrichs – Womenize! – Inspiring Stories

Womenize! - Inspiring Stories is our weekly series featuring inspirational women from games and tech. For this edition we talked to Sandra Friedrichs, Content Creator. Sandra speaks about how her personal struggles led her to understand the therapeutic, but also potentially harmful aspects of gaming, inspiring her to advocate for mental health awareness within the gaming community through her content creation. Read more about Sandra in this interview:

Mafalda Duarte – Womenize! – Inspiring Stories

Womenize! - Inspiring Stories is our weekly series featuring inspirational women from games and tech. For this edition we talked to Mafalda Duarte, Studio Director and Producer of Telescope
Games. She speaks challenges and opportunities in the Portuguese game scene through community work, and underscores the importance of communication, respect, empathy, and vision for effective leadership in game development. Read more about Mafalda in this interview:

Karla Reyes – Womenize! – Inspiring Stories

Womenize! - Inspiring Stories is our weekly series featuring inspirational women from games and tech. For this edition we talked to Karla Reyes, Founder & Studio Director at Anima Interactive. She speaks about her journey from the financial technology industry to game development and emphasizes the importance of mentorship while sharing insights and advice for aspiring professionals in the gaming industry. Read more about Karla in this interview:

Stefanie Curth – Womenize! – Inspiring Stories

Womenize! - Inspiring Stories is our weekly series featuring inspirational women from games and tech. For this edition we talked to Stefanie Curth, UI Artist at InnoGames. She speaks about the importance of adapting and learning new skills, overcoming mental health struggles, and encouraging others not to give up on their passions. Read more about Stefanie in this interview:

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:

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