How does offering mentorship promote diversity? How does mentorship empower both mentees and mentors? Why should both men and women especially mentor young women?
In S2 Ep 7 of “The Digitalization & Diversity” podcast, I had the pleasure to chat with Julia Stadler, a Berlin-based entrepreneur and the founder of FemStory, a mentorship platform for women, to dig deeper into the topic of “Female mentorship, startups and corporate careers”.
In our conversation, Julia explains the concept of FemStory, the operating model of this digital platform, and the need for a diverse team and perspectives to create a digital product today. Julia also shares how she and her team used a lot of digital freeware to get started and launch the platform.
We talked about the creation of mentoring experiences that actually empower women and how the startup is improving diversity. We discussed how men can use the platform to empathise with younger women professionals, understand their challenges and how these challenges might differ from their own.
We close the episode with some reflection on corporate careers versus entrepreneurship and the importance of being agile and quickly getting into the “doing” mode in the digital space.
About Julia Stadler:
Julia Stadler is an entrepreneur based in Berlin. She co-founded a company called Weitergründer, which is a matchmaking platform for company succession. As she is very passionate about female entrepreneurship, she co-founded the non-profit organization FEMSTORY as well. FEMSTORY is a mentoring network in which female mentees are matched with mentors of any sex.
About Adya Kumar:
Adya is a tech enthusiast, engineer, project manager, and an inhouse consultant for a leading logistics company. She has a passion for solving problems through the use of technology and is a strong supporter of digitalization as an enabler to grow and sustain diversity in businesses. In 2021, she founded “The Digitalization & Diversity Podcast” with the mission to create engagement and raise awareness on the power of Digitalization to improve Diversity. Through this platform, Adya shares insights, personal stories and digital journeys of diverse people. The podcast has been downloaded in over 50 countries across Spotify, Apple and Google Podcasts.
Adya has lived and worked in diverse environments in India, France, USA, UK and Germany and traveled to 40+ countries. Today, she calls Bonn (Germany) her home of choice.
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