Ivana SkerlikovaIn this ongoing series, we speak to our winners about life after winning a TechWomen100 Award.

Now in their fifth year, the TechWomen100 Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of women in tech – the emerging tech talent and role models for the future.

We spoke with Ivana Skerlikova, who won a TechWomen100 Award in 2020.

Ivana Skerlikova is a recent winner of the Tech Women Award and the Rising Star Award in IT Category. Her passion for technology started when she was 8 years old and got her first computer – it was love at first sight! Since then Ivana has pursued a career in IT with a strong background in green tech, delivery, sales enablement, and talent management.

Her favourite motto is ”in life be a warrior, not a worrier” so she decided to join the fight against climate change. She launched the Atos Green Network in 2018 to connect like minded people and use technology to drive positive sustainable change while also collaborating with environmental charities to share best practices to protect our oceans, lands, and natural habitats.

In addition, Ivana runs an annual tech-talk competition Atos X (over 12,000 global attendees) that aims to accelerate Digital Learning and Innovation and also develop junior talents working in the ICT sector. In her spare time, she is a Mental Health First Aider for fellow colleagues, supports STEM and D&I initiatives, and also mentors an inmate in one of London’s prisons through the ANTZ Junction.

How did you feel when it was announced that you’d won a TechWomen100 award?

Surprisingly, my first thought was a negative one – I felt that this is not deserved that there are so many much more incredible women and men out there. Yes, you may recognise this thinking as ‘the imposter syndrome’’. My second thought was more in a form of a happy dance I performed in the middle of the living room 😊. And after that I felt on the top of the world (and immediately texted this great news to my family and supportive colleagues)!

Please tell us what has happened in your career since winning the TechWomen100 award?

I have been invited to give a presentation during the Tech Women Conference where I talked about how green technology can accelerate our journey to suitability and Net Zero. I have been super scared to do this but getting outside of your comfort zone is exactly what Tech Women 100 is all about!

I have landed my dream job and moved from healthcare into the sustainability field.

I have also been promoted and moved to a director level role, working as the Global Decarbonization Director (and I absolutely LOVE my new role!)

I am now doing mentoring for other women in our UK&I organisation and also for some students from my high school back in Slovakia, encouraging more women into the tech industry.

What advice would you give to someone else going through the award’s process?

Believe in yourself and don’t be afraid to share your successes; you should own them and be proud of all your hard work.

What tips would you give to our other members to enhance their careers? 

TechWomen100 is a great way to connect with other amazing like-minded professionals. Make sure you add them on your LinkedIn (yes, it takes a bit of time to add 100 people 😃 ) and reach out to them for a virtual coffee. You will get out of the process as much as you put in, so do not waste this great opportunity for personal growth, development and networking.

Discover what happened next for some of our other TechWomen100 winners:

Anahita Mahmoudi“It was a huge honour to receive an award in recognition of my work. Looking back, I feel this award was not for me, it was for all women; the activists, the doctors and nurses, the mothers and daughters, the teachers and students, who are not only excelling in their roles, but who are  recognising their power and giving something back to our industry and the wider community.

The more we learn about who we are and what we have to bring to our societies and communities, the more we achieve and change. In our present time, there is no job that women have not done and more women are becoming change makers. This for me is the beauty, the magic of our time!”

Anahita Mahmoudi, TechWomen100 Winner 2019

Carly Britton“Winning this award has provided me with some really great exposure. After winning this I went on and won Women in IT Awards Advocate of the Year 2020. I have been featured as one of 5 Inspirational Women in IT in Interface Magazine. I have been asked to speak at events and be a part of panel discussions. It has been an amazing year so far with lots of exciting things in the pipeline.”

Carly Britton, TechWomen100 Winner 2019

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TechWomen100Nominations are now open

The TechWomen100 awards are the first of their kind to focus solely on the female tech talent pipeline and recognise the impact of champions, companies and networks that are leading the way. Nominations are now open until 10 September 2021.