Every two weeks we are introducing you to inspiring women on our network and share their stories. Maybe they can become your role models and lower the barrier to connect online and offline, especially when you meet in our meetups.
Your name? Laura “Toro” Toropainen
Where do you work? I work at New Things Co, a tech consultancy which was founded in 2017 in cooperation with Reaktor.
We are right now 15 friendly and curious peeps; software developers, designers, one CEO and one me.
What is your title? Talent Acquisition Manager aka “Weasel”, most of my work revolves around tech recruitment as we are always looking for new Software Developers to join our team, but also building the company forward together our whole team.
What is your story, your background? I started my career in the corporation world. I worked in 3 different Samsung offices in 2 different countries in 3 different roles. I found a passion for the tech world while working at Samsung R&D UK near London with award winning developers from all over the world.
I loved it, but slowly started feeling like I’m not managing to make an impact. I started a charity running event called “Fuck Cancer Run” with Sylva Ry (https://www.sylva.fi/nuoret-aikuiset/fuck-cancer-run/) in Helsinki, and shortly but unrelatedly after that I found my way into Reaktor’s world (also award winning).
From Reaktor’s recruitment team I moved to Talented where my job was matching Developers with their dream jobs and projects, and I ended up finding my own dream job at New Things.
Is technology part of you work? I work daily with Software Developers, but I develop everything else except software.
However, during our legendary Labtimes (workshops where we gather to learn new things together), I have so far learned some mobile development (made an AR app), created music using AI (which was awesome!), been a part of making robots fight until death and a part of a Design Sprint. I love learning about technology as it gives me perspective into my own work and the world in general. I am super inspired by groups and initiatives such as Future Female, Level-Up, Howtomo, and Codebar, I have found those good places to meet like-minded people and learn.
Your biggest challenge at the moment at work or in self-development?
Honestly, managing time and prioritization are always my challenges, as I get excited about new things every day. I use a combo of Trello boards and traditional to do lists to manage myself.
Also, right now my/our big development themes are Marketing and Employer Branding, and I have also been studying up on diversity and inclusion in workplaces, which I am hugely passionate about.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I see myself in a place where I am constantly learning and upskilling and using those skills to make an impact. I would like to see myself as a leader, which is a foggy term in the flat and self-organising world
What Future Female network has given you? Or what would you like it to give you?
Future Female has given me glimpses into other worlds, companies, stories and lives – and probably more importantly a network of inspiring women some of whom have become good friends to me.
What is the best and the most important quality in your professional persona from your point of view?
I am massively empathic.
Quote that inspires you the most?
“Antaa kaikkien kukkien kukkia” (Let all the flowers bloom). To me it means celebrating diversity.
Last but not least – name one woman who you admire and why?
Right now I am so inspired by Katie Bouman, the scientist who led the development of an algorithm for imaging black holes. She is my age, which makes me feel super impressed and really motivated to make a change on my own part.
How to get in touch:
Would you like to share your story? Please get in touch with us firstname.lastname@example.org