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Magdalena Samek

Magdalena is a highly sought-after consultant She is constantly motivated by the desire to deliver the impossible. She loves the management and/or execution of large-size off/on-site projects. She is also passionate about sports and culture. So, if you don’t find her at her desk, she is probably on a golf course, in a pool, in the mountains, playing some music or reading a book.

Get to know Magdalena

Your career at a glance

To start things off, I spent more than ten years in hospitality during my studies. My second job was in hotel management and customer-facing. Moving on from my university days, I spent more than five years in web design and created a few business websites. I was also the Head of Delivery at Summit, a commercial web development company mainly serving big UK commercial clients.

Furthermore, I have fifteen years of experience in Telco, having worked for major European mobile phone companies across Europe such as Orange UK, Tele2 Germany and Latvia, T-Mobile CZ, Vodafone CZ and Sunrise CH. Over the years, I have worked on high-profile product projects as well as top-secret ones. I also spent seven years in pharma, consulting for Novartis CH as a global portfolio and community manager for corporate websites: an experience that was a breath of fresh air for me.

Describe yourself in 3 words

  • Enthusiastic
  • Openminded
  • Curious

On a scale of 1 to 5, where are you today in life?

On a scale of 1 to 5, where are you today in your career?

On a scale of 1 to 5, how happy are you today with your life?

Your favourite book?

There are so many of them! However, one of the best is ‘Immortality’ by Milan Kundera. It discusses the questions of immortality and talks about the thoughts that people encounter in their daily lives as well as their entire being.

Your favourite quote?

‘Everything happens for a reason’ is a classic that never fades away in my mind.

What childhood passion have you lost in adulthood?

I used to love dancing when I was a child. Not anymore.

Which passion or pastime will you never let go of?

I will never let go of my passion for music, books, sports, travel and gardening.

Your dream of a completely different second career?

I was always interested in life coaching. There is nothing more joyful than helping people find their way back to themselves and crack the key to happiness and freedom.

Cut loose from all strings, what would you like to do with your life?

I would travel more and spend more time with my family.

"Never give up, and pursue your ambitions without fear. If you know what you’re doing and have the right knowledge, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Demonstrate your knowledge and worth with confidence."

Magdalena’s career

Your work motivations?

I always feel motivated to share my experience as much as I can and help my team, company and clients, to the best of my knowledge. I also like to work with a good, challenging team. The results of working on products, processes or ideas in practice keep me inspired. I realise that relying solely on a reputation for motivation can make me feel vulnerable and fragile. I try to steer away from that mentality.

Your family’s contribution to your career?

My family supports me and is patient when I need to spend long times away from home.

The biggest obstacles to career growth in our industry?

Men's World Origin.

Your biggest obstacles facing the technology industry?

The prejudice and stereotypical thinking that is still prevalent today, when it comes to gender role expectations in society, is probably the biggest obstacle facing the technological industry. It is still a man’s world and a lot of people still think that women can’t do tech jobs.

What have you gotten noticed for throughout your career?

I am known for the flexibility I offer in terms of time and knowledge, my capacity for building relationships, my high drive and expertise.

The major accelerators for success in our field?

In my opinion, three major factors drive success. Firstly, going the extra mile for your projects and clients is crucial. Next, good networking skills and being part of numerous tech communities are also important. Lastly, having an attitude of curiosity and a desire for knowledge always helps.

What question do you get asked most often in your line of work?

“What is your bandwidth now?” is probably the most common question that I get asked.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

The thing that I enjoy most about my job is the fact that there is always something to learn. I also like seeing my network spread globally and enjoy my relationships with community members.

Your golden piece of advice to young women starting out in technology

I would advise them to never give up, and pursue their ambitions without fear. If you know what you’re doing and have the right knowledge, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Demonstrate your knowledge and worth with confidence.

What is your leadership style?

My leadership style is primarily transformation. It is friendly but focused on results.

Which supporting skills have helped you most as a leader?

Using one-to-one sessions for listening and culture consulting has helped me a lot. Besides, I have always made it a point to listen to my team members and stay receptive to their ideas, wishes, challenges and issues.

How do you make decisions?

I use facts and figures.

How has being a woman affected your career?

I don’t think gender has had much influence on my career either way.

Would you recommend a career in technology to young girls?


What are you learning now that will be useful in the future?

From my field - Web content strategy and Social media connection to corporate websites in countries. I keep updating my languages and ways of better communication!!! Lastly transactional analysis and life coaching.

“There is always better technology around the corner. It is constantly improving to help us with our everyday tasks.”

Let’s get technical

Explain the technology that drives your current business.

Our corporate websites use Drupal 9 and 10 as their tech platforms. It is an open-source CMS that helps deliver ambitious, elegant and performant digital experiences at scale.

What is technology for you?

Technology is a bunch of tools and platforms that help my life and business while easing my personal growth, learning and entertainment.

What are your views on future technology trends?

There is always better technology around the corner. It is constantly improving to help us with our everyday tasks. Hopefully, it is always for the betterment and safety of humanity and does not work against us, or become prone to misuse for fraud and attacks.

In your opinion, what is the greatest technological invention and why?

Video calls are the greatest technological invention. Today, I can see and talk to my friends and loved ones even when I am away.

Rate these technologies from highest to least impact on business.

  1. Social Media
  2. AI
  3. 6G
  4. Edge Cloud
  5. Blockchain
  6. Chat GPT
  7. Smartphones
  8. Human-like robots
  9. IoT
  10. 3D printing
  11. 5G
  12. Smart concepts (cities, buildings, ...)

Can technology do good for society, or would it be better off without it? Explain.

For sure, it can and it should. After all, technology is not just for business. I believe technology should help more charity organisations, minorities, health and education in poor regions and elderly and handicapped people.

How do you keep your technology skills up to date?

I always keep learning. I am constantly involved in seminars, webinars, conferences and communities.

Which online tools facilitate your day-to-day job?

Google drives - sharable with everyone, permission-based access
Airtable - modern way of sharing, displaying and managing tasks, portfolio information or other high volume data content
Drupal - web content management platform, flexible, can be customised

Your favourite websites?

I love Wikipedia. It is an incredible source of knowledge and slowly replacing the huge lexicon.

Your favourite and least favourite technology products?

WhatsApp is definitely my top favourite for communication. I also like the backup solutions from mobile phones to cloud.

The woman behind the technology

What makes each human unique?

Personal knowledge and curiosity make each human being unique.

What is the relationship between the mind and the body?

Mind and body should always be in balance and should work together for a coordinated performance of the entire human system.

This or that?

Read the instruction manual

Just figure it out

Early adopter

Proven enthusiast





Fail at something

Never attempt it

Listen to the mind

Listen to the body




Physical book

Flying cars

Personal robots




Phone call

Brainstorming session

Solo research

Packed lunch


Work late

Start early

High Heels