In this series of blog posts, we will be showcasing some of our TechLadies Core Team volunteers for 2021.
Introduction of Yourself:
My name is Alexandra Mercz. Originally from Hungary, I have lived in six countries, and I can speak four languages. After spending my youth practicing classical ballet, I studied and started a career in international business. Since the start of my career, I have been passionate about technology. Today, I am especially interested in the transformational power of cloud technologies, and the importance of securing the platforms that impact every aspect of our lives. I am immensely proud that I have found my vocation as a leader in technology and cyber security. In my free time, I foster and mentor young female talent in technology and cyber security.
What is your role at Techladies and Why Did you Decide to Volunteer?
I am a Mentorship Programme Lead at Techladies. I joined to make a real difference in the lives of young women in tech. I am committed to building the future technology and cyber security talent pipeline, with adequate female representation. Mentorship plays a key role in this.
Day of Work in Life
I hold a global role in Information and Cyber Security at an international financial institution. I work at the intersection of Technology and Business, helping both to reach a shared understanding and make the right choices. I am a real people person and I enjoy working with a large group of diverse stakeholders.
I will continue to be a role model for women in technology and security. I want to build a cohort of strong female leaders that support and challenge each other. I think that women in technology are still woefully underrepresented, and we need to stick together in order to break through the glass ceiling.
One Tip for New Techladies / Interested in coming into Tech
The amazing thing about the technology industry is, how fast it changes. As old technologies fade out and new technologies appear, it is never too late to get started in tech. You can always enter the industry, and if you are passionate and work hard on developing your skills, you will succeed. Always keep yourself up-to-date and never stop learning—you snooze, you lose!
“Everyone can learn something from anyone” is my motto. Always go through life with an open mind, and you will be surprised how much you can gleam from even the most mundane interactions.
Person you Admire Most
My personal hero is Ada Lovelace. In a time when there were little opportunities for women beyond being mothers and wives, she recognised the immense potential of the computer and developed the first algorithm. If we all were more daring, and less afraid, just like Ada, I think the world would be a better place.