Tell us who you are!
My name is Mona Szyperski, and I am based in Frankfurt, Germany. As Marketing Executive at FDM Group I am responsible for marketing and communication in the DACH region. I have a strong background in social media and PR. I have started my career with IBM and Adecco Group, and have become a strong advocate for women in the digital industry, mainly through my work for Digital Media Women (#DMW), a Germany-wide business network for women in tech-related industries. Since 2012, I have been shaping the association’s local initiatives in Cologne as their Deputy Head; in November 2016 I took over the lead of the #DMW Cologne chapter.
Travelling, exploring and networking with others are my passion. I am a regular speaker and moderator at events and conferences of the digital industry, e.g. Social Media Week, Ada Lovelace Festival, republica, Digital Participation Camp & Summit, DPRG Zukunftsforum and events organized by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and Digital Media Women. I hold a Master’s Degree in American Studies and Communication Studies; I spent two years of my education in Canada and Finland.
What makes you successful in life/current job?
You know the saying: “Love it, change it or leave it”. I truly believe that every person can be successful in life as long as he/she finds his/her passion. It might take some time to find out what you want in life and to realize what your talents are – but once you have found those answers success will come to those who work towards their goals.
What is/has been your biggest achievement professionally and personally?
One of my biggest achievements so far has been my work connected to the #DMW. Being an active part of a community of 8000+ women in the digital industry is not only fun and rewarding, but seeing the impact your work actually has on the visibility of individuals, on the set-up of conference programs, and on the way society discusses the position of female experts in general, makes me proud.
What skills, experiences or incidences helped you to get you to where you are today? What hindered?
I have been very lucky to grow up in a surrounding that was highly supportive, and that encouraged me to explore different options. Living and studying/ working abroad had a great impact on my personal and professional life. Also, the opportunity to get a wide range of work experience in different companies during university helped me to develop my talents. Overall, I believe that a strong network is very beneficial for personal and professional progress.
What are your aspirations as a 1World Mentor for the 1World Social Capital Program?
In my opinion, a mentor-mentee relationship is beneficial to both parties involved. I would like to be a sparring partner for my mentee, and I hope that through sharing my experience, my mentee will have a second opinion on any of his/her career decisions.
What can you offer your 1World Mentee?
I can offer time to listen, time to discuss and guide, curiosity, and openness.
What does your ideal 1World Mentee look like?
My ideal 1world Mentee is curious and eager to learn.