Celebrating Women’s History Month: in conversation with Valeriia Shmyhlo

Celebrating Women’s History Month: in conversation with Valeriia Shmyhlo

International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month are global events celebrating achievements of women and raising awareness of challenges that women across the world still face.

To mark these events and open up conversations within our team, we invited various members of the Vortexa team to share their journeys, the meaning of these celebrations and women they find inspiring. This week we sat down with Valeriia Shmyhlo…

24 March, 2023
Jessica Irvin
Jessica Irvin, Head of Operations & People
Could you start by telling us a bit about yourself, your role at Vortexa and what led you to the role you are in today?

My name is Valeriia and I’ve been working in software engineering for the past 6 years. I’m originally from Ukraine and that’s where I started my career before moving to London two years ago. I’ve always enjoyed solving technical problems, and the unique challenges that Vortexa offers seem particularly worth working on, especially those related to real-time analytics on large volumes of data.

In your opinion, why is it important to celebrate International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month? What do these annual events mean to you?

It is crucial to reflect on and study past events, and Women’s History Month provides an annual opportunity to do so. I came to appreciate the significance of International Women’s Day more as I realised it was not just about flowers and candies, but a recognition of the struggles and achievements of women. Celebrating International Women’s Day helped me understand this deeper meaning.

Which women inspire you? 

Ukrainian women are a source of great inspiration to me. Whether they are those who have bravely left their homes to ensure the safety of their children and themselves, those who have stayed to volunteer and support their loved ones on the front line, or those serving in the Ukrainian Armed Forces as medics, snipers, sergeants, stormtroopers, commanders, liaison officers, military scouts, and so on… I am constantly in awe of their strength and determination.

What was the most important piece of advice you’ve been given that you’d like to share with other women?

It is not our abilities that show what we truly are, it is our choices.

Jessica Irvin
Head of Operations & People
Jessica Irvin
Jessica is Head of People & Operations at Vortexa and is responsible for hiring, learning & development, culture, engagement, performance management and leading expansion plans.