"My journey to becoming a CEO" an Interview with Ania Smith, the CEO of TaskRabbit
PPWSV presented an exclusive interview event with Ania Smith, the CEO of TaskRabbit. Ania is a seasoned leader with deep expertise across a variety of multi-sided marketplaces. She has more than 20 years of experience in global business operations and strategic planning in the eCommerce, transportation, travel, and retail industries. Ania joined TaskRabbit as CEO in August 2020 and is passionate about helping other women break the glass ceiling.
Ania moved to the US from Poland as a child and witnessed how hard her parents worked to provide for her family. It has become her second nature to excel in everything she was doing to provide a happy life to her own family.
Monika Burzyńska-Evje, a PPWSV member facilitated the interview.
December 8th-9th, 2020 - Online
Women in Tech Summit 2020
Polish Professional Women of Silicon Valley has the pleasure to be a Partner of The Perspektywy Women in Tech Summit for the second year in a row. The Perspektywy Women in Tech Summit is the most popular event for women in the Tech and IT fields in Europe. The 2019 edition brought together over 6300 participants from 52 countries. This year the Summit will take place online with two days filled with new ideas, meetings with great people, job opportunities and deep networking. Read more here: womenintechsummit.pl.
October 15th, 2020 - Online
On 10/15/2020 Polish Professional Women hosted a first meeting in the new series “Startup Mixer”. “Startup Mixer” is a program that provides a safe space for polish professionals to connect and share their knowledge, experience and challenges while developing and forming their startups. This series is for members only.
August 18th, 2020 - Online
Webinar "How to Raise Successful People: Simple Lessons for Radical Results"
PPWSV was honored to sponsor a special webinar discussion with Esther Wojcicki hosted on 8/18/20 by San Francisco - Krakow Sister Cities Association. Esther Wojcicki is an author of "How to Raise Successful People: Simple Lessons for Radical Results," journalist, and founder of renowned Palo Alto High School Media Arts Program in Palo Alto, CA. She is also a mother of three highly successful daughters: Susan Wojcicki (CEO of YouTube), Anne Wojcicki (CEO and co-founder of 23andMe) and Janet Wojcicki (a Fulbright-winning anthropologist, UCSF doctor and researcher). Esther elaborated on her book and shared her secret to raising successful children.
June 27th, 2020 - Online
Online event "Career advancement and remote work, is it possible?"
On 6/27/2020, PPWSV organized online event with Mag Boron, Founder and CEO of Pangian.
We heard about:
Mag's successful remote career
Ways to get a promotion during working remotely
Opportunities of remote career (travel the world, build your own startup)
On 4/25/2020, PPWSV organized the first virtual event: the public speaking online class "Speak for Your Self" with Lisa Betts-Lacroix.
As online public speaking is one of the most important skills nowadays, it was very useful to learn about articulation and pronunciation skills, connection on cameras, vocal modulation, speed, and pacing.
March 7th, 2020 - Cupertino
Celebrating Women’s Day with Charitable Hearts
On 3/7/2020 PPWSV celebrated International Women's Day by hosting an event in Cupertino. This meeting was about giving back through charitable work. During the first part speakers - Debbie Adams and Adriana Veres - shared their personal stories and explained how volunteering developed their professional careers. During the second part of the meeting, we had a networking session and a clothing swap. The profit from the clothing swap was donated to Hospice in Poland.
January 18th, 2020 - San Francisco
PPWSV Annual Meeting
On 1/18/2020 PPWSV was celebrating its 1st year of activity. The Co-Founders, Joanna Lorincz and Magdalena Jaworowicz, presented a summary of all activities in 2019 and kicked off 2020 plan! The special part of the meeting were two talks given by the PPWSV members. Magda Gacyk a journalist, foreign news correspondent, and sociologist presented one of her books: "Ścigając Steve’a Jobsa. Historie Polaków w Dolinie Krzemowej". Natalia Kubik-Maćkowiak, a Co-founder and CEO at Chayn, shared her entrepreneurial experience and present her project.
November 13th-14th, 2019 - Warsaw
Women in Tech Summit 2019
Polish Professional Women, Silicon Valley were invited to participate in Perspektywy, Women in Tech Summit in Warsaw 2019.
This summit gathered over 6300 participants from all over the world inspiring women to pursue their careers in Tech industry. From summit: Summit is about the people we meet, about the conversations we have and about the inspiration that stays in our hearts!
October 22th, 2019 - San Francisco
Navigating Challenging Dialogue®
at Google Developers Launchpad
On 10/22/2019 PPWSV organized the workshop with guest speakers: Beth Wonson & Sasha Mobley from Beth Wonson & Company at Google Developers Launchpad, San Francisco. The guests presented their solution for communication-related drama and conflict: Navigating Challenging Dialogue®. During the workshop our members got a vast portion of knowledge about conflict management methods, illustrated with real life examples. The attendees could share their own cases, talk about challenges they need to overcome, and ask for advice.
September 26th, 2019 - Mountain View
“Find your way” with Sophie Alcorn
On 09/26 PPWSV organized a workshop “Find your way”. The special guest and co-host of this meeting was Sophie Alcorn. Sophie is recognized as a Certified Specialist Attorney in Immigration and National Law, by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. The event was held at Sophie Alcorn’s Law Firm. During the meeting Sophie shared her story, telling the attendees how she overcame challenges on her career path. The meeting was a mix of individual speech, group discussion, exercises in small groups, creative games and a networking session.
August 26th, 2019 - San Jose
CafeKind Career Coaching and Networking event
On 8/26/2019 PPWSV took part in the CafeKind Career Coaching and Networking event.
The event was addressed to anyone who is going to change his or her career path. There was an opportunity to talk with professional recruiters, coaches, and trainers who will helped to translate current skills, knowledge and experiences into a business environment. During the workshop part, attendees worked in small groups and helped each other to craft their unique edge and personal story by identifying their strengths.
June 29th, 2019 - San Francisco
“Team Roles” workshop
On 6/29/2019 PPWSV in conjunction with Projektantki Sukcesu hosted a “Team Roles” workshop in Walnut Creek, CA. The workshop was lead by international guest speaker Marta Osuch. Marta is a business coach, HR specialist, and psychologist amongst many other skills. During the workshop our members were introduced to the Belbin Team Role theory. They took the Belbin Team Inventory behavioral test to identify their strengths and weaknesses and to understand the value they bring to their teams and workplace.
June 17th, 2019 - Menlo Park
Polish Investment and Innovation Summit in Menlo Park 2019
On June 17, 2019 in Menlo Park, California PPWSV took part in a meeting „Polish – US Investment and Innovation Summit”.
The event was held by Polish Investment and Trade Agency PFR Group.
May 30th, 2019 - San Francisco
How to Build Your Network
& Advance Your Career on LinkedIn
On 5/30/2019 PPWSV attended a private career advancement workshop titled “How to Build Your Network & Advance Your Career on LinkedIn”. The workshop took place at the LinkedIn headquarters in San Francisco, CA. It was hosted by one of our members Monika Burzyńska-Evje.
May 23th, 2019 - San Francisco
Workshop with Tatiana Mindewicz-Puacz
On 5/23/2019 PPWSV hosted a personal growth workshop
with a guest speaker Tatiana Mindewicz-Puacz. Tatiana is
a certified coach, psychotherapist and a mentor on the TV show “Projekt Lady” in Poland. The main focus of the workshop was
on how to believe in yourself and unleash your potential. Attendees learned how to analyze key events from their past
in order to understand their unconscious behaviors and develop confidence moving forward.
March 5th, 2019 - San Francisco
Women Impact Tech Conference
On 3/5/2019 PPWSV joined an exclusive networking event Women Impact Tech (WIT) that aligned top 500 women Engineers with
Top Tech Companies who are committed to inclusion and innovation such as Oracle, Lyft, StubHub, Uber, Pinterest and more.
March 3rd, 2019 - San Francisco
MEETING with a Guest Speaker: Bianka Siwinska
On 3/3/2019 PPWSV had the pleasure to host guest speaker Dr Bianka Siwinska.
Our main topic of the meeting concentrated on Mentorship. Dr. Bianka Siwinska is a journalist, scientist, initiator of public campaigns, executive director of Educational Foundation “Perspektywy.” She is editor-in-chief of educational magazine Perspektywy, correspondent of University World News. She is also an initiator of a public campaign „Girls to Technical Schools” and Start-up Academy for female students of technical and exact sciences studies, as well as projects: “Lean in STEM,”, “IT for SHE,” “Girls Learn!”, and „New technologies for girls” scholarships (in cooperation with Intel). She is a coordinator of the program “Study in Poland” conducted by the Conference of Polish Academic Rectors and the Educational Foundation “Perspektywy” and expert of World Bank in Tajikistan.