(Women on Top in Tech is a series about Women Founders, CEOs, and Leaders in technology. It aims to amplify and bring to the fore diversity in leadership in technology.)
Here is my interview with Hannah Kim, a product developer with a background in psychology and design thinking, and Co-Founder of Mexico-based Mifiel.
What makes you do what you do?
How did you rise in the industry you are in?
Why did you take on this role/start this startup especially since this is perhaps a stretch or challenge for you (or viewed as one since you are not the usual leadership demographics)?
Do you have a mentor that you look up to in your industries or did you look for one or how did that work?
How did you make a match if you did and how did you end up being mentored by him?
Now as a leader how do you spot, develop, keep, grow and support your talent?
Once they become employees, we like to invest in their personal and professional growth by always seeking to find a balance between the company’s needs and the employee’s own goals. I am a big believer that frequent and honest feedback is essential to personal development, and try to be as transparent and open as possible. As a team, we try to make everyone feel empowered to make their own decisions, as we feel that autonomy is a crucial part to self-development.
Do you consciously or unconsciously support diversity and why?
What is your take on what it takes to be a great leader in your industry and as a general rule of thumb?
Advice for others?
I’d also like to emphasize the importance of learning to honestly evaluate your strengths and weaknesses without letting ego or insecurities get in the way. Focus on your strengths and how you can magnify them, and don’t let the lack of any specific skills, qualifications, or backgrounds discourage you. And finally, find people with common goals and complementary skills that you can unite to help you accomplish your vision.
To learn more about Mifiel, please see https://www.mifiel.com/.
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