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Meet the Pioneering Women Leading the Way in Mobile

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For International Women’s Day 2024 (IWD), we celebrate the accomplishments of leading women in the mobile industry

International Women's Day 2024 theme is Invest in Women: Accelerate Progress. The theme aims to emphasize the importance of achieving gender equality and women’s well-being in all aspects of creating prosperous economies and a healthy planet.

In celebration of the theme, we are proud to spotlight the remarkable achievements of five influential women who have left an indelible mark in the realm of mobile technology.

In a world where innovation knows no bounds, these women have shattered glass ceilings and paved the way for countless others to follow in their footsteps. Their stories are a testament to resilience, creativity, and the unwavering determination to turn dreams into reality.

Speaking to Yardley Pohl, our Chief Product & Technology Officer, and Melania Calinescu, our SVP for AI Strategy, these women dive deep into the lives and careers of these extraordinary individuals, unraveling the challenges they've faced, the triumphs they've celebrated and the invaluable lessons they've learned along the way. 

From groundbreaking entrepreneurs to visionary leaders, each has left an unmistakable imprint on the mobile industry, inspiring generations to come.

We have included some of the highlights from the amazing conversations below.

Christina Leigh Morgan, Product-Led Growth Leader, Adobe 

Speaking to Yardley about the hurdles she’s overcome, Christina expresses gratitude for the opportunities available to women in business today, noting the progress made over the last 50 years – not too long from the time women in the U.S. could first have their own bank accounts - and the increasing presence of women in leadership roles. She acknowledges lingering challenges such as glass ceilings and gender biases, particularly in areas like venture capital funding and promotions. Despite these challenges, Christina focuses on highlighting promising paths for women, including at companies like Adobe, that are committed to diversity and representation. She goes on to reflect on her personal experiences, highlighting collaborations with female founders of companies Elpha - which supports women in tech – Coa, and Grabr. While she recognizes that women still face significant obstacles, Christina remains optimistic about the progress made and underscores the importance of continued advancement. In closing, she encourages women to start now in taking the steps to pursue their goals, no matter how long they may take.

 

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Cynthia Kleinbaum Milner, CMO, Money Lion 

In her chat with Yardley, Cynthia advises focusing on mobile for starting a career, emphasizing its significance in the current and future landscape. She stresses the importance of seeking mentors and sponsors within companies, highlighting mentors for guidance and sponsors for advocacy. She also advocates for a thoughtful, long-term approach to managing one's career, cautioning against rash decisions driven by short-term emotions. Additionally, Cynthia reminds us not to overly fixate on perceived mistakes and recommends focusing on being valuable to one's manager rather than dwelling on errors.

 

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Elena Grigorian, CEO, MY.GAMES   

When asked what her best advice is, she tells Melania that it is never to remain stagnant but to continually move towards your dreams, even if progress is made in small increments. She urges individuals not to wait for perfect clarity or for the final goal to be fully visible but rather to focus on taking action in the present moment. By consistently moving forward, clarity will gradually emerge. She also emphasizes that progress often results from taking small steps and that even minor actions can have a significant impact over time. Furthermore, she stresses the importance of overcoming internal barriers, as these are often the most challenging obstacles on the path to achieving one's dreams, noting that doing so opens up a world of opportunities.

 

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Jessica Zestar Postrk, SVP, Business Operation and Strategy, Scopely

When speaking to Melania, Jessica reflects on valuable advice she received about finding fulfilling career opportunities. She stresses the importance of seeking roles that align not only with one's skills but also with one's passions, emphasizing the significance of finding the "sweet spot" where enjoyment and proficiency intersect. Drawing from her own experience, she advocates for pursuing positions that excite, whether it's the content of the work, the function they perform, or the people they collaborate with. This advice has guided their career decisions, leading her to seek roles that offer personal satisfaction and professional growth.

 

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Zoe Bell, Executive Producer Games, New York Times

One of the points Zoe emphasizes during her conversation with Melania is the importance of representation, particularly regarding women in leadership roles within the gaming industry. She reflects on being the first woman hired at a Zynga studio and the challenges of navigating a male-dominated environment. Despite not facing overt discrimination, she experienced the struggle of charting her own path due to the scarcity of female role models at the exec level. Over time, she found support from other women in the industry, such as Emily Greer of Kongregate, which bolstered her confidence and commitment to a career in gaming.

 

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March 7, 2024

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