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Women at Tesonet: Tech Is for Everyone

Even though the tech landscape is rapidly changing, the lack of female representation in IT is still a very hot topic. While more and more women get the spotlight in the industry, some stats still reveal upsetting numbers. 

The story of women in tech has always been as complex as the industry itself. According to the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), from 1980 to 2010, even 88% of all IT patents were invented by male-only teams, while 2% were invented by female-only invention teams. However, history shows that there ain’t no obstacles that great talent and persistence couldn’t beat. Women were among the pioneers of computer programming and the brains behind some major operations.

Since there are so different approaches to this topic, we decided to explore what the tech landscape looks like directly by interviewing women at Tesonet. These ladies are rockin’ 24/7 and shaping the future of the tech industry by storm.

KAROLINA AMBRAZEVIČIENĖ
macOS Developer

What do you find most fascinating about the tech field you work in?

You create something useful which is used by thousands of users around the globe. You get to solve different real-life problems every day. 

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your career? How did you overcome it?

My biggest challenge was to overcome my own fears. I have imposter syndrome and it makes it harder for me than for others to reach that peak of the mountain, as I always feel insecure about my own abilities.

Are there enough opportunities for women in tech? What changes could be made on an educational or macro level to encourage women to feel empowered in the tech industry?

I don’t think that there are a lot of women in the IT field yet. It feels like the field is rather new and therefore very manly. Women associate IT with programming jobs only. Even though there are a lot of other career options in IT. Like graphic designers, marketing. I believe there isn’t enough information in general about various jobs in the field.

Do you have any role models (heroes or heroines) that inspire you?

Marie Curie. Due to her ambitious work regarding x-ray.

Please provide your “call to action” to others.

Don’t be afraid of computers. They don’t bite. Show some interest and you can find yourself a job that you enjoy in a very mystified field.



GODA RAIBYTĖ
Content Projects Manager


Photograph by A. Ufartas for DELFI

What do you find most fascinating about the tech field you work in?

People, of course. I enjoy working alongside and learning from so many talented and proactive people. Also, tech has no borders – you can be in Lithuania and create something significant globally.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your career? How did you overcome it?

I’m a natural workaholic, so learning to stop and rest. It’s soooo easy to get caught in action, and because it’s so fulfilling, you, naturally, don’t want to stop. But you should. Stop, rest, reset, go. Otherwise, you’ll be forced to stop by your physical or mental condition, which is not what I’d recommend.

Are there enough opportunities for women in tech? What changes could be made on an educational or macro level to encourage women to feel empowered in the tech industry? 

Most of the women in tech work in marketing, HR, etc. I think there should be women in technical leadership positions. For this, we need to get rid of the stigma that men are more logical or analytical. It’s just a common myth, based on no scientific evidence. Hence, encourage boys and girls to be whatever-the-heck they want to be from an early age.

Lithuanian educational system, as of now, is too archaic to be able to encourage and handle this change, so it has to come from families.

Moreover, I’ve noticed that sometimes even marketing leadership positions are occupied by men, although there are women in the teams. So I encourage managers to always assess this critically. Because the more diverse the team, the stronger it is.

Do you have any role models (heroes or heroines) that inspire you?

I meet inspiring people every day. I have at least 10 gurus in every field I’m interested in. But if I need to select one, I’d say reading or listening to what Carl Sagan had to say is the right motivation and humbles you down if life gets too overwhelming.

Please provide your “call to action” to others.

Embrace your curiosity and critical mind.

DALIA TAUTAVIČIŪTĖ
Head of Offline and Production

What do you find most fascinating about the tech field you work in?

I’m especially fascinated by a very dynamic environment. As products evolve along with the fast-paced world, I appreciate being a part of what can change the future or contribute to it.

Another particularly interesting angle is that the tech industry is all about making people’s lives easier, simplifying them and not overloading them. Seems like complicated tasks now turn into a few button clicks! To be a part of this and to carry this message to the world is truly exciting.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your career? How did you overcome it?

The greatest challenge, and also the motivation, is working with people: recognizing the strengths of each team member, building relationships and trust, and at the same time inspiring them into various projects. Leadership is never-ending learning.

Through my working experience, I’ve realized that you can never force or artificially build a relationship. It’s about setting an example by going first and cooperating constantly that inspires your colleagues the most to achieve the best possible result.

At the project level, quite frequently I’ve ended up being involved in tasks that I wasn’t skilled at by the time. And so more than once I’ve convinced myself that only by doing, asking questions, and going deep you can overcome everything. 

Are there enough opportunities for women in tech? What changes could be made on an educational or macro level to encourage women to feel empowered in the tech industry? 

Probably it’s more about women’s confidence in business than about the tech world. The gap is still there. We need more sharing of good examples of women’s leadership and recognition in the workplace, so even more women would believe that they can achieve high standards as well. Education starts with the family, as well as school, university, and working environment. Nothing inspires more than the examples we have around us.

When a woman has confidence in herself and knows her strengths, she’ll be able to build a great career in any industry. So women should be empowered by the idea of being capable of achieving those goals.

Do you have any role models (heroes or heroines) that inspire you?

I’m constantly interested in something. I love reading, as well as following interesting personalities. Here are just a few surnames that inspire me: Sheryl Sandberg, Brene Brown, John Maxwell, Bob Hoffman, Marina Abromovic.

Please provide your “call to action” to others.

Always ask questions and especially “why”. Nothing opens the doors like curiosity and constant interest in your environment, people, context, events. There are no stupid questions.

Invest your time in personal growth: books, self-knowledge, podcasts, various physical activities, etc. In anything that inspires and teaches something new.

And of course, be a good listener. Seriously, such simple things can bring more opportunities, connections, and ideas than we usually expect them to.

PAULINA VILDAITĖ
Social Media Strategist

What do you find most fascinating about the tech field you work in?

I couldn’t imagine a field that is so ahead of the others. From my experience, the tech field gathers the best people, the most curious people, and that’s quite challenging. In the best possible way.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your career? How did you overcome it?

Well, I graduated from Law (Criminology). Changing my field wasn’t that easy, but I managed. I had to learn quickly and make up for the time that I had spent studying a completely different subject. But in all fairness, I think that my legal background helps in my current job: whether it’s public speaking or copywriting. 

Are there enough opportunities for women in tech? What changes could be made on an educational or macro level to encourage women to feel empowered in the tech industry?

I think there’s plenty. Let’s start with the fact that currently, the tech industry needs more people than ever – men or women, it doesn’t really matter. As long as you’re good at what you do or eager to learn, I don’t see why being a woman could get in the way. Also, I’m not a huge fan of forced diversity. If women want to be in tech, sure, go for it by all means. If they don’t, we don’t have to force it. Not every field has to have an equal division of men and women. 

Do you have any role models (heroes or heroines) that inspire you? 

My mom. She was the one who always supported me in every way. I was raised to believe I can do anything I want with my life, and you know what, I actually can. Besides, she’s an uber-cool person in general.  

Please provide your “call to action” to others. 

Just stay curious.

LAURYNA GIRĖNIENĖ
Head of Talent Acquisition

What do you find most fascinating about the tech field you work in?

The most fascinating thing is that I’m always in the center of the world‘s fastest developing field and it‘s amazing to be a part of it and even more have a knowledge of it.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your career? How did you overcome it?

My biggest challenge was to challenge myself to go to the field I know nothing about – the tech world. Tech terms, tech people. It was a challenge when I started working in the tech industry with minimum knowledge about it. It was a hard time and it took a lot of effort to learn things fast. And you know what? I survived! And I enjoy it now. It was the best decision in my life to be brave enough to go there.

Are there enough opportunities for women in tech? What changes could be made on an educational or macro level to encourage women to feel empowered in the tech industry? 

I do believe that we all have equal opportunities in life, in the tech world as well. It all depends on how truly and deeply you want to get there. 

Do you have any role models (heroes or heroines) that inspire you?

I have plenty of them in Tesonet. I know many women who started their tech journey knowing nothing about it. And now they are developers, analysts, project managers, scrum masters, recruiters.

Please provide your “call to action” to others.

Read books first, use Google, YouTube, find friends like you, go networking, go to workshops, listen and learn, never be afraid of asking stupid questions, and when you’ll face the difficulties, you‘ll get tired and disappointed at some point, get up and GO ANOTHER EXTRA MILE for yourself. You‘ll see it pays off.

AURELIJA BARONIENĖ
Chief Accountant

What do you find most fascinating about the tech field you work in?

The fact that this area is rapidly changing and is in constant evolution. So you must be ready to face new challenges every day.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your career? How did you overcome it?

The biggest challenge comes when trying to readjust to all the innovations. We’re working in such a rapidly evolving field, and at Tesonet we’re always in the center of that tech storm. Certainly, one must be open to innovative ideas, both in the work environment, in processes and in technology.

Are there enough opportunities for women in tech? What changes could be made on an educational or macro level to encourage women to feel empowered in the tech industry? 

I think nowadays there are a lot of opportunities for women in tech, at least I see many examples in my own environment. If not now, both women and men should feel equal very soon in this field. There are great examples of women who have already achieved a lot and now they share their knowledge and experience by inspiring others (on social media or training sessions, etc.).

Do you have any role models (heroes or heroines) that inspire you?

No prominent heroines. Probably it’s my mom who inspires me the most. As she started working in the telecom industry and grew up with technology, she proved that neither gender nor age has anything to do with becoming a true professional in her field. But curiosity and willingness to learn allow us to reach whatever goals we have. The key isn’t to get stuck in one place. Simply jump on that tech “surfboard” and catch the wave to great discoveries.

Please provide your “call to action” to others.
Move forward and try to feel the satisfaction of every innovation that comes on your way.

DOVILĖ RUMŠAITĖ
Head Of Studio

What do you find most fascinating about the tech field you work in?

It’s all about the amazing capabilities I can imagine and make every day with just a laptop and some software. Well, I’m even more impressed by robots (and trying to make one myself), but the software and imagination work too.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your career? How did you overcome it?

I’ve been changing my roles a lot when I was younger. First, I tried to be a project manager and PO, tested apps, designed this and that. Sometimes it seems like I lost some time that could have been invested in being better in the design field. Fun fact, the wheel has turned and I’m a manager again. I’m managing the team of designers, illustrators, and video makers. 

Are there enough opportunities for women in tech? What changes could be made on an educational or macro level to encourage women to feel empowered in the tech industry?

There are a lot more women in tech than 10 years ago when I just started in IT. Of course, it could always be better, but women should take more action – just don’t wait till opportunity hits you, make the one yourself!

Do you have any role models (heroes or heroines) that inspire you?

Mostly the people I work or have worked with inspire me a lot.

Please provide your “call to action” to others.

Use your imagination.