Interview Series: What Diversity means to us – Part Three

For International Diversity Day, we kicked off the first of our three-part interview series to celebrate diversity. 

Why is diversity so important to us? Well it is in our DNA. One of our core values that defines how we interact with each other is diversity. It shows in the way we hire, look at problems and opportunities. 

This series of interviews was conducted with Erol Turan, Head of Accounting & Treasury at finleap, Carolina Rodriguez, Country Manager Spain & LATAM at financeAds, and Yuna Morgenstern, Tech Lead & Software Engineer at finleap connect. 

This is the final installment of our interview series for International Diversity Day, and of course this doesn’t mean we’ll stop highlighting some of our amazing fins from all over the world. Be sure to follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram and stay up to date on what our ecosystem and our fins are up to. 

Read on to find out more about diversity at finleap at what it means to our team. 

Erol Turan – Head of Accounting & Treasury at finleap

Merhaba Fins,

When I was approached for this interview, I wondered, “why me?” Well, I grew up in Little Istanbul (or as you probably know it, Kreuzberg/Neukölln) and moved between cities in Germany and switched employers like a modern nomad. But does this empower me to talk about diversity? 

My experience with diversity is more about my journey in a very homogenous world called finance, where I have seen everything from tons of money, to old fashioned mindsets, and prejudices, to inefficiency and boredom (and did I mention money?); everything except diversity and people who like change. Maybe diversity for me is about my current stop, where I work as Head of Accounting & Treasury in a great diverse ecosystem where people like changing things and respect all genders, cultures or other characteristics that sometimes let people divide themselves from others.

What does diversity in the workplace mean to you? 

To put it in a nutshell, a result-driven environment where you are as you are and you get to work together with other professions and cultures – and enjoy doing so.

Read Erol’s full interview here.

Carolina Rodriguez – Country Manager Spain & LATAM at financeAds 

My name is Carolina Rodriguez, I have been working at financeAds International for 4 years and my current position is Country Manager Spain & LATAM.

I am Colombian, born and raised, but I moved to Germany (Münster) 10 years ago to study International Business, back then when I was 20 years old. In 2013 I moved to Berlin to do a Masters Degree in Marketing Communication and immediately, I fell in love with the city. Berlin’s unique eclectic vibe and of course its diversity, in all life and work-related aspects, captivated me. For the last 7 years, I have done my very best to keep embracing this diverse and inclusive city.

What does diversity in the workplace mean to you?

Diversity is one of the things that I cherish the most in the workplace. Believe it or not, Colombia is a very traditional and conservative country, especially in the workplace. People usually dress very business-formal if they work in an office and due to the big multinational and corporation influence, the work environment and organizational culture are mostly hierarchical. Therefore people need to fit certain standards and show off a high social status in order to be successful. 

You are probably already thinking about how Berlin strongly differs from all of the above. Berlin taught me that you don’t have to fit the norm to achieve success and that it is absolutely okay to stand out and be different. Diversity in the workplace means to me to learn how to use all these differences to your advantage to a point that your workplace is a better place thanks to it.

Read Carolina’s full interview here.

Yuna Morgenstern – Tech Lead for Micro Products at finleap connect

I am Yuna Morgenstern, Tech Lead and Software Engineer with 12 years of work experience. I joined finleap connect last August. My favorite topic in my daily work is simplicity, which I believe automatically produces more quality. In my free time, I teach kids IOT programming at the Hackerschool in Berlin, which I very much enjoy doing because kids see the world much more simply and can ask the right questions without thinking too complexly.  

What does diversity in the workplace mean to you? 

Diversity for me means everything I don’t always see every day. It can be based on gender, background, or even different ways to work. The hard part for me here is to remember to reflect and always question myself. Like why I react differently to a person or a topic, compared to the others. It can be down to laziness, outdated experience/knowledge, being scared of change, my own image, and much more. Mostly, I just like to give everything a try as I like positive surprises 🙂 

Read Yuna’s full interview here.

Thanks to all of our fins who participated in this interview series! We are so happy to call each and every one of you part of our finleap family. 

If you’re interested in becoming a fin, be sure to check out our open positions here.