Mentorship program

Riga TechGirls mentorship program “TechMentor” gathers professionals in the field of IT and tech with the goal of providing support to women developing their talents, taking their first steps in the IT field or advancing their career further in this field. ✨

The program takes place online and in a mixed fashion - in Latvian and in English.

Our third season will start on January 6, 2022. 

Application for mentees will be opened from 01/11-12/11/2021 

Mentorship program is provided in collaboration with Women Go Tech and with support from Google.org, TET, Rimi, Infogram / Prezi, and Luminor.

 

 

Want to become a mentee?

Are you looking for an experienced IT professional who will help you plot your career path, help with the development of your skills and assist whenever you need valuable advice from a person who is truly interested in your success? Having a mentor can give you an edge that differentiates you from others.

The mentorship program provides opportunity:  

- To get support from a local or an international mentor

- To network and form working groups with other participants of the program

- To grow, advance and broaden your skills and knowledge

Selection criteria for mentees:  

- The program is available to any woman

- Motivation and goals

- The assessment will be carried out by a special working group together with mentors

Timeline:  
- Sign-up until 12/11/2021
- Selection and introductions to mentors until 15/12/2021
- Start of the mentorship program - 06/01/2022
- End of the mentorship program - 30/06/2021

We'll contact you regarding the results until 15/12/2021. 👩🏻‍💻


Find the mentor you trust and apply
for the Riga TechGirls mentorship program till the 12th of November, 2021!

Tech Track description

Participants who are beginners will be attending lessons in the chosen area 1x / month. You should choose one track.

Front-end development

Goal of this track is to create a small frontend webpage available online, ready to be put on your portfolio to show future employer!
Parts of this webpage we will do this together during 6 connected lectures, each of them will cover an important frontend topic - HTML, CSS, JavaScript, frameworks, accessibility and Git.
Each lecture will have a theoretical part + live programming of our final project, to help you understand how to apply knowledge practically.

Tech track lead - Alina Karpelceva

Back-end development

In the back-end track we will look at the basic elements of back-end development. We will learn: - what does back-end development mean? - look at programming languages that are use at back-end development - talk about databases - learn why and how to use GIT - understand the importance of clean code - speak about what does it even mean to be a back-end programmer and how to get a job at it After every lession we will have a small homework to better understand the practial implemintation of the theme. If needed, programming evening will be organised. In this track you won't learn back-end programming from zero, but you can use the help of the track lead and the speaker to better learn on your own.

Tech track lead - Aiva Staņeviča

UX/ UI 

During this course you will explore all the stages of the UI/UX design process: from research, experience mapping, prototyping, UI design, Mobile UI design principles to working hand's on your design challenge in Figma tool and look into design thinking/facilitation. It will be a healthy balance with theory and hands-on excercises to get the feel of UX designer's day.
We will meet UX/UI professionals from various organisations and environments - with a chance to explore also different UX/UI carrier paths and learn about different industry contexts. 

Tech track lead - Līga Lētiņa

QA/ testing

This course will give you a broad overview on Testing and Quality Assurance field. 
By the end of this course you will know multiple Testing Types and techniques, try to do some testing yourself, no longer be afraid of Test Automation and demonstrate your newly gained knowledge and can explain your friends or maybe even to recruiter what is the difference between Functional and Non-Functional testing.

Tech track lead - Irina Semova

Engineering

The vertical will aim to delve into the details of different engineering fields and how computing can be applied within them.Often the speakers will have cross disciplinary expertise and will share the story of their background and experience within these fields. Each lecture will be supported by practical examples of how different engineering field are used and applied within not only research but the real world and hopefully will shed light on the future of science and technology and the trends to come. 

Tech track lead - Līna Sarma

IT support / DevOps

This course is meant to cover everything around IT operations and support. The aim is to describe what operations and support is, how it helps the organisation and its customers. Processes, incident management, assets, end user support etc.

Tech track lead - Andris Lišmanis

Project management

The books tell us that IT project management is about planning, organizing, leading and controlling IT projects. Actually it is a bit more than that: it is also leading your team, communicating with stakeholders, solving problems, always thinking forward about possible risks and keeping track of millions of things. Sometimes IT Project Manager is technically skilled and sometimes just works with business tasks, but anyway he/she is THE multitasker in a team, on a daily basis fulfilling various roles and wearing different hats. IT PM is the main factor in making or breaking the project, and this is what our track will be dedicated to.

Tech track lead - Tatjana Riblova

Product management

What is in common with products from Google, Spotify, Wolt or Waze? They all have product managers (PM)! Glassdoor, leading job-seeking website, puts a PM position as the 4th best job in the United States for 2020. In the U.S., interest in product management has doubled in the last five years. In this course we will look into topics like career of PM, structure of a tech company, the product team, and the role of the PM. Will learn definition of a tech product, what it means to develop a product, product life cycle. Will review tools PMs are using and look into the day-to-day work activities.

Tech track lead - Alise Dīrika

Cyber security

A cyber security analyst is primarily responsible for protecting a company’s network and systems from cyber-attacks. This involves researching upcoming IT trends, creating contingency plans, reviewing suspicious activities, reporting security breaches, and educating the rest of the company on security measures.

Tech track lead - Elīna Smilga

Data analytics

Data analytics is the future of everything, because it is everywhere. Companies and individuals use data to increase productivity, optimize processes, make decisions, predict trends, recommend products and much more.
Data Analytics track will give you the starter-pack of skills and prepare you for a career in data. Throughout each session we will make sense of roles in data, go through different stages of data analytics project, discover visualisation tools and learn programming basics.

Tech track lead - Agrita Garnizone

Business analytics

It’s a set of tasks, knowledge, and techniques required to identify business needs and provide solutions to issues in enterprises. In the technology industry, solutions often include a systems development component but also can consist of process improvement or organizational change.

Tech track lead - TBD

Startups / Entrepreneurship

Startups are young companies, rooted in tech and innovation, founded to develop and bring to market a unique product or service and validate a scalable business model.
In this track, we will cover all the foundations of creating and running a startup, to help you to bring your bright idea to life, such as - Concept and Ideation; Testing and Validation; Business Development; Value Proposition and Pitching; Funding; Go to Market and Growth. 

Tech track lead - Alise Gurenko

 

Step up your game description

Who?

Ladies with experience that want to “step up their game” in the IT field: boost their skillset, while knowing the basics already: likely finished our previous tracks, have done some work in the IT field or professionals that want to move to the IT field from a non-IT related position.

What?

Advanced mentorship track with the focus on more in-depth topics concerning everyday practices - things that can enhance existing skills and tune up daily work processes presented in an “hands on” manner. Participant engagement is expected.

Topics covered may be relevant to non-IT field participants, but are especially valuable for those working closely with tech / software products.

Track lead - Lota Plezere


 

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Mentors

The IT area is broad; our mentors are experts from different tech areas and cover a wide range of roles - product development, project management, development, testing, UX, IT admin and others

DEVELOPEMENT
Alīna Karpeļceva
Front-end development
Kristaps Grinbergs
Development
Andris Gaņģis
Development
Inese Upelniece
Development
Daryna Peremot
Development, System analyst, Business analyst
Lidija Luņeva
Development
Ilva Krave
Development, UX / UI, Project management
Lota Plezere
Development, UX/UI
Līna Sarma
Development
Māra Pudāne
Research & development
Alīna Andersone
Development, iOS development
Mārtiņš Lagzdiņš
Back-end development, Big data, IoT, Emdedded SW, Robotics
Kristīne Zelenivska
Front-end development

 

Armands Leimanis
Front-end development

 

Raivis Gelsbergs
Development, startups

 

Līga Jermolova
Front-end development, app development

 

Magnuss Kārkliņš
 Development, DevOps/IT admin, IoT

 

Mārtiņš Leitass
 Back - end development, project management, system analyst

 

Raphaël Goncalves
 Back - end development, engineering

 

Dmitry Lebedev
 Back - end development

 

UX / UI
Irina Gaņeviča
UX/UI
Liga Letina
UX / UI
Irina Ivanova
UX / UI
Ilze Tenase
UX / UI, project management
Jeļena Solovjova
UX / UI
Linda Laskovska
UX / UI
PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Agnese Bukava
IT Project management, Product ownership, System analytics, Business process analytic
Aivita Oša
Project management
Anastasija Krjukova
Project management
Aiga Kārkliņa
Project management
Maija Kāle
Project management, international outreach
Yevgen Drebus
Project management
Zane Dziluma
Project management, Customer discovery, Strategic planning
Evita Zarkeviča
Project management, Business analyst, IT audit, Data analysis, Product development
Jeļena Uļjankina
Project management, Product Ownership
Jūlija Meļņika
Project management
Elīna Ingelande
Education, management
Elīna Lidere
Project management, innovations
Ieva Ilvesa
Management, leadership
Laura Keršule
Management, leadership
Renāte Strazdiņa
Management, leadership
Signe Bāliņa
Management, leadership
Elīna Krūze
Sales, management
Jeļena Jurāne
 Management, sales
Līga Lakuča
 Project management, business development, digital marketing
Katrīna Amerika
 Project management, geospatial information technologies
Gustavs Gotauts
 Project management, e-commerce

Mentors

The IT area is broad; our mentors are experts from different tech areas and cover a wide range of roles - product development, project management, development, testing, UX, IT admin and others

DEVELOPEMENT
Darja Tretjakova
Development, app - development
Nadežda Zeņina
Development, Testing
Kristaps Grinbergs
Development
Aigars Mačiņš
Development
Inese Upelniece
Development
Solvita Bērziša
Development, Project management, System analyst, Business analysis, Data analytics, Data visualisation
Daryna Peremot
Development, System analyst, Business analyst
Lidija Luņeva
Development
Ilva Krave
Development, UX / UI, Project management
Lota Plezere
Development, UX/UI
Līna Sarma
Development
Māra Pudāne
Research & development
Alīna Andersone
Development, iOS development
Agate Ambulte
Development, project management, digital marketing
Mārtiņš Lagzdiņš
Back-end development, Big data, IoT, Emdedded SW, Robotics
Kristīne Zelenivska
Front-end development

 

Armands Leimanis
Front-end development

 

Raivis Gelsbergs
Development, startups

 

Līga Jermolova
Front-end development, app development

 

UX / UI
Irina Gaņeviča
UX/UI
Liga Letina
UX / UI
Irina Ivanova
UX / UI
Edīte Garjāne
UX / UI, project management
Raitis Linde
UX / UI, prototyping, facilitation, research, people management, service design
Gustavs Cīrulis
UX / UI, product ownership, project management, business development, startups
Ilze Tenase
UX / UI, project management
PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Agnese Martina
Project management
Aivars Bērziņš
Project management
Agnese Vilcāne
Project management
Aivita Oša
Project management
Anastasija Krjukova
Project management
Elena Mazhuha
Project management
Aiga Kārkliņa
Project management
Maija Kāle
Project management, international outreach
Vida Jonusyte
Project management
Yevgen Drebus
Project management
Zane Dziluma
Project management, Customer discovery, Strategic planning
Alexander James Haywood
Project management, Development, Senior IT management
Evita Zarkeviča
Project management, Business analyst, IT audit, Data analysis, Product development
Jeļena Uļjankina
Project management, Product Ownership
Jūlija Meļņika
Project management
Elīna Ingelande
Education, management
Elīna Lidere
Project management, innovations
Ieva Ilvesa
Management, leadership
Paula Zeikmane
Digital marketing, project management
Laura Keršule
Management, leadership
Zanda Arnava
Management, leadership
Renāte Strazdiņa
Management, leadership
Signe Bāliņa
Management, leadership
Elīna Krūze
Sales, management
Andra Krasavina
Product management
Alise Pīka
Project management, leadership
Jeļena Jurāne
 Management, sales
Līga Lakuča
 Project management, business development, digital marketing
Katrīna Amerika
 Project management, geospatial information technologies
Zita Barānova
Project management, business analyst, business development, startups
Ilga Bērzkalna
Project management
Laima Ābele
Project management, business analytics
Liene Briede
Project management, startups
Gustavs Gotauts
 Project management, e-commerce
Kristīne Lazdiņa
 Project management
DEVELOPEMENT
Darja Tretjakova
Development
Nadežda Zeņina
Development, Testing
Kristaps Grinbergs
Development
Aigars Mačiņš
Development
Inese Upelniece
Development
Solvita Bērziša
Development, Project management, System analyst, Business analysis, Data analytics, Data visualisation
Daryna Peremot
Development, System analyst, Business analyst
Lidija Luņeva
Development
Ilva Krave
Development, UX / UI, Project management
Lota Plezere
Development, UX/UI
Līna Sarma
Development
Māra Pudāne
Research & development
Alīna Andersone
Development, iOS development
Agate Ambulte
Development, project management, digital marketing
UX / UI
Irina Gaņeviča
UX/UI
Liga Letina
UX / UI
Irina Ivanova
UX / UI
Edīte Garjāne
UX / UI, project management
IT AUDIT
Evita Zarkeviča
Project management, Business analyst, IT audit, Data analysis, Product development
Evelīna Lauritsena
IT audits, RPA
IT ADMIN / DEVOPS
Aleksei Larkov
DevOps, back-end development, full stack development
Didzis Balodis
IT admin /DevOps, Cyber security, Hacking, IT audit, IT compliance, General IT management, IT support
Māris Jansons
IT admin /DevOps, System analytics, IT Solution architecture, DBA
Panagiotis Dimas
IT admin /DevOps, Team leadership
Evelīna Lauritsena
IT audits, RPA
CYBER SECURITY
Aleksei Dremin
Cyber security (Application & cloud)
Aleksandrs Orlovs
Cyber security, business development, leadership, talent management, change management
Ivars Svekris
Cyber security
Evelīna Lauritsena
IT audits, RPA
BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE, DATA ANALYTICS
Dace Kvalberga
Business analytics, Data analytics, Data visualisation
Madara Bogdāne
Business Intelligence, Data analytics, Data visualisation
Solvita Bērziša
Development, Project management, System analyst, Business analysis, Data analytics, Data visualisation
Kate Kuzņecova
Data Science & Analytics
Ivars Krampis - Vanags
Business & data analytics, business development
Kaspars Omuls
Data analytics
Jeļena Ogorodova
Data analytics
Agrita Garnizone
Data analytics
QUALITY ASSURANCE / TESTING
Anna Gintare
Quality assurance, testing
Nadežda Zeņina
Development, testing
Anete Grigorjeva
Testing, project management, UX/UI
Jekaterina Berkovica
Quality assurance / testing
Anna Konovalova
Quality assurance / testing, project management, business analytics
Irina Semova
Quality assurance / testing
Olga Lukša
Quality assurance / testing, project management, people management
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Kristīne Metuzāle
International business development
Liene Grenevica
Product ownership, management
Evija Celma
Product ownership, management
Diāna Butina
Product ownership, management
Anna Heivuda
Project management
Anna Andersone
Start-ups, entrepreneurship, marketing, project management
Maija Kāle
Project management, international outreach
Ilva Krave
Development, UX / UI, Project management
Solvita Bērziša
Development, Project management, System analyst
Olga Trofimova
Development,
Project management
PRODUCT OWNERSHIP / BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Liene Grenevica
Product ownership, management
Diāna Butina
Product ownership, management
Marina Petrakova
Product development
Jeļena Uļjankina
Project management, Product Ownership
Kim Leandersson
Product ownership, Senior IT management
Kristīne Metuzāle
International business development
Igors Marders
Business development, sales, startups, marketing, people management, SEO
Ieva Langenfelde
Product ownership, project management
Mārtiņš Sūna
Business development
Diāna Geske
Product ownership, project management
Šarūnė Smalakytė
 Business development, Innovation Management, Partnerships
Lilita Sparāne
 Business development, project management, partnerships
Justīne Leitarte
 Product ownership, project management
Inga Helmane
 Product ownership, project management, business development, AI, QA
Kaspars Iesalnieks
 Business development, project management, IT advisory, Risk management, Information security
Julija Balanova
 Product ownership, project management, Business & system analytics, business development, startups
Dagnija Lejiņa
 Business development, leadership, public speaking, partnerships
Madara Lielpētere
Product ownership
Olga Trofimova
Business development
Natalja Sidorova
Business development, project management, digital marketing / marketing
Monique Ho
Business development, project management, innovations, startups
Benjamin Fitzgerald
Business development, transformation, team management
DIGITAL MARKETING
Anna Holsta
Digital marketing, Marketing
Paula Zeikmane
Digital marketing, project management
Didzis Vilcāns
Digital marketing, business analytics
Laimdota Bauere
Marketing, project management
STARTUPS
Alise Dīrika
Product ownership, startups
Anna Andersone
Start-ups, entrepreneurship, marketing, project management
Tabatha Soltay
Game design, startups
Andris K. Bērziņš
Startups, business development
Marija Ručevska
Startups, business development
Zane Bojāre
Startups, business development, marketing
Matīss Neimanis
Startups, business development, product ownership, business analyst
Mārīte Aleksandra Silava
Startups, business development, product ownership, UX/UI
Kaspars Dancis
Startups
Baiba Ebulina
Startups, business development
Agnis Stibe
Startups, AI, Transformation
TALENT MANAGEMENT, HR
Dana Kocāne
Tech recruitment, career consultations
Ginta Šepa
Talent management
Liene Karača
Project management,
Talent Management
Irina Točko
Career coach, Talent Management
Dagnija Veide
Team development, communication management
 Līga Luca
Talent management, tech recruitment
 Vineta Bērziņa
Talent management, career coach
 Olga Borisova
Talent management, career consultations, tech recruitment
 Justīne Kravale
Talent management, career coach, tech recruitment
TECH TRACK LEADS
Dana Kocāne
Tech recruitment, career consultations
Ginta Šepa
Talent management
Liene Ozola
Project management,
Talent Management
Irina Točko
Career coach, Talent Management
Dagnija Veide
Team development, communication management
 Līga Luca
Talent management, tech recruitment
 Vineta Bērziņa
Talent management, career coach
 Olga Borisova
Talent management, career consultations, tech recruitment
 Justīne Kravale
Talent management, career coach, tech recruitment
THE TEAM BEHIND THE PROGRAM
Dana Kocāne
Tech recruitment, career consultations
Ginta Šepa
Talent management
Liene Ozola
Project management,
Talent Management
Diāna Butina
Riga TechGirls co-creator & director of the mentorship program
Irina Točko
Career coach, Talent Management
Dagnija Veide
Lead of mentors
Anna Andersone
Riga TechGirls co-creator & CEO
Lota Plezere
"Step up your game" lead 
Diāna Butina
Product ownership, management
 Līga Luca
Talent management, tech recruitment
Diāna Butina
Product ownership, management
 Vineta Bērziņa
Talent management, career coach
 Olga Borisova
Talent management, career consultations, tech recruitment
 Justīne Kravale
Talent management, career coach, tech recruitment

Want to become a mentor?

- We will provide the framework and supportive environment for mentoring

- Opportunity to widen your network by meeting other local and international mentors

- Chance to learn something new and boost your own skills at our events

- Opportunity to practice your mentoring skills

What are we looking for in a mentor?

- Maintaining contact with the mentee or the group at least once a month 

- Get involved and help the mentee to set goals and enabling tasks for 6 months

- Provide open communication and useful feedback

- Empathy and attentiveness to the mentee’s needs and situation

- Provide further recommendations at the end of the program

- At least 3 years of experience as a senior professional or manager

- Mentoring experience is not mandatory

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Find the mentor you trust and apply for the Riga TechGirls mentorship program!

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