International Women’s Day Spotlight: Marita Werner
On March 8th women around the world will be honored for International Women’s Day…but instead of a day, we’ve decided to highlight our women in tech all week long. Tune in each day to learn more about the SUSE women behind the magic!
Name: Marita Werner
Occupation: Technical Project Manager for Quality Assurance
Q: Who is your biggest influence?
A: My biggest influence was my grandmother. She was born in 1907 in a village in Southern Bavaria, Germany, and had to raise 5 kids as a single mother and in addition run a handicraft business to earn her living. Though she had a tough and hard working life I remember her as an amiable, always friendly and helpful woman.
Q: Who are your ideal female icons?
A: Does that exist? I think not.
Q: How you define women empowerment?
A: Equal chances in all areas.
Q: Do you think it’s important to have an International Women’s Day?
A: Yes. It is good to pause for a moment and think about all the good things women achieved and about all the suffer they had to go through to come so far.
Q: What did you want to be growing up?
A: I always wanted to become a mother and have a big family. I thought work and career can come later. And so I finished university and decided to go for a bunch of kids first and start work in parallel with a start-up in the software development industry.
Q: What advice would you give your younger self?
A: Think carefully about what you really want in life and then stick to it and work hard for it. BUT every now and then sit down, check the wins and losses and never forget to look at your dreams and your life with a common sense and a grain of salt.
Q: Why do you feel it‘s important for young girls to consider roles in STEM?
A: I think every kid, boy or girl, should have the opportunity and the support to follow her dreams and use her talents. And that includes roles in STEM as well as any other.
Q: What would you say are the main challenges facing women in IT presently and how do we overcome them?
A: I think that as a women in IT you are part of a really small group, a minority, might it be as employee or as attendee or speaker at conferences. How do we overcome that? That is really a good question. I have seen and read about a lot of initiatives, projects, etc. like girls who code, outreachy, women in technology, also Lean In with a more generic approach, and so on. I hope that they all succeed and we will see more women in our industry soon.
Q: How do you relax after a stressful day?
A: I love going to the movies and see a good film here in Nuremberg at the Cinecitta. And then going to the Finca Barcelona and have delicious tapas.
Q: What do you enjoy most about your role and working at SUSE?
A: I love the work environment at SUSE. We manage to still have the start-up feeling and work approach though we have already over 1000 employees. In my role as Technical project manager I love most to work together with many different people spread over all continents.
Q: What advice would you give someone looking to start working in your sector?
A: If you are interested to work in SUSE R&D, just apply for one of our many open positions and let‘s start the journey! From Apprentice to Senior Manager, we need you!