Interviewing Women in Agile: Karin Triviere
05 March 2020
Posted by: Abi Walker
To Celebrate International Women's Day, which was on Sunday 8 March, throughout the month of March, the Consortium will have been interviewing key women in the Agile Community.
In this interview, we have Karin Triviere. Karin started her career in Financial Services and Private Equity, then she moved to running her own small company where she learnt to appreciate the benefits of professional network and development. Taking this to the next step by working in that field made sense later in her career and I she is passionate about workplace diversity, motivated by knowing that she is improving the professional world for the next generation of female leaders. Karin has lived and worked in various European countries and is currently based in Zurich.
Karin, can you tell us a bit about what you do?
I work for a non-profit with a mission to accelerate gender balanced leadership in business, through professional development and networking. My role is to focus on developing and delivering a high-quality membership experience to a global community of professional women
Do you have a female role model who has inspired you over your career?
My mum was one of Anita Roddick’s (founder of the The Body Shop) first regular customers and I remember meeting her on various shopping trips as a child. Her fierce belief in her concept and her determination and courage really left an impression. Through my networking I have subsequently met many inspirational women but none stood out quite so much in my mind.
What is one piece of advice you would give to someone starting in your industry?
Be open to trying different things and roles and if you can’t do them in your day job then try volunteering.
What is the worst piece of advice you have ever received?
I don’t think I ever received advice that stood out as particularly good or bad and I regret that I did not seek a mentor when I was younger (and this is relevant for the previous question too 😊)
What is one thing that has mattered the most in your career?
Purpose!! I was working on EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction & Development) Venture Capital funds when I realised that my motivation had increased 100% because I was working with young people helping them to rebuild their country and their future.
What is the biggest mistake you have made at work?
Accepting a promotion because I was flattered to be offered it. I should have thought twice about whether it was right for me. It wasn’t.
How do you empower other women?
I help to empower other women every day through my job
Would you like to be interviewed by the Agile Business Consortium? Email our Head of Content, Abi Walker, to find out how you can get your message out to our community - Abi@agilebusiness.org