International Women’s Day

8 Mar, 2022Renske Start

Equal opportunities for women

Did you know that only 18% of people working in tech are women, with a widening gender inequality gap and a missed opportunity for tech industry to grow further? Today, on International Women’s Day, Lepaya together with Equals Amsterdam want to showcase the (already existing but yet not enough) strength and the diversity in the tech world. 62 women from 44 different companies, from Deloitte, Adyen and KLM to HelloFresh and IKEA, joined us in our scope and have been featured on 55 billboards (known as ‘pepperbussen’) in and around the city of Amsterdam.

For the 2022 International women’s day Equals campaign we chose to put Sara Shehata, Mobile developer at Lepaya, in the spotlight. Sara was interviewed by Equals Amsterdam about her role and her influence within the tech team.

“I think it’s the case of all the developers I guess having the skills of problem solving and analyze things, it gets reflected in our life.” Sara Shehata

Watch the interview below:


We believe that with the right skills, everyone can be successful in any role

Sometimes, all it takes to follow one’s dreams is just a little nudge. To inspire all professionals to follow their dreams – and not be limited by traditional beliefs or patterns – there’s a need for strong role models who showcase what is possible. At Lepaya, we are proud of our diverse team. However, we are fully aware that continued focus is required to enhance diversity – especially while we continue to grow. As such, we are truly excited to showcase our story. We are proud that women are already well represented in our technology & product teams, and love to tell our stories of our successful tech colleagues, showing what it is like to work in tech as a woman, and inspire female job seekers to apply for a role in tech.

We are super excited to participate in this important campaign about gender equality! That is why Sara won’t be our only Lepayaan in the spotlight, during the entire month of March we will shine a light on other talented colleagues. Don’t miss them and follow us on LinkedIn or Instagram.

Download Equals press release (in Dutch):

Download press release

About Lepaya

Lepaya is a provider of Power Skills training that combines online and offline learning. Founded by René Janssen and Peter Kuperus in 2018 with the perspective that the right training, at the right time, focused on the right skill, makes organizations more productive. Lepaya has trained thousands of employees.

As a challenger in a crowded training market, Lepaya responds to the needs of Europe’s fastest growing tech companies, such as Mollie, Takeaway, and Picnic, amongst others. By combining hard skills with soft skills, offered together as Power Skills, the Amsterdam-based company is growing faster in a market in which the demand for reskilling and upskilling continues to increase all over the world.

In 2020, Lepaya independently acquired Smartenup, a training company that supports professionals to work better, faster, and smarter with data. The scale-up focuses on the Dutch, Belgian, German, and Swedish markets and serves its customers worldwide. Lepaya is backed by Target Global, Mediahuis Ventures, and Tablomonto. The company has raised USD 47 million to date. 

About Equals Amsterdam

Equals works towards equality for women in entrepreneurship and tech. They work together with the municipality of Amsterdam and 24 women’s organizations. They do this by participating in (European) research on women in tech, contributing to funding and making work environments more inclusive. work environments. Soon Equals will launch its academy, in cooperation with large (tech)companies and coding (tech) companies and coding courses.

Interested in our view on equality, leadership and about what we do?

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