Gergana Pancheva is a Tech Architect at Accenture, Bulgaria, who loves movement, books and often diversifies her daily life by riding a bike in the park. According to her the most important qualities that one Tech Architect should possess are communication skills, time management skills and courage.

Gergana Pancheva, а Tech Architect at Accenture, Bulgaria, is a professional who has been working in the IT sector for over 15 years, dedicating the last 6 years to her current position. Gergana loves movement, books and often diversifies her daily life by riding a bike in the park. She relieves stress with a headstand. Gergana says that so far she has not encountered any professional challenges in relation to being a woman. She doesn’t notice the problem of gender inequality at her workplace, however, she does not deny that it is still relevant. According to Gergana, both female and male appearance and charm can help us everywhere. Gergana shares with us that at Accenture everyone strives to create a favorable environment with pleasant working conditions. She adds that the company provides various opportunities which facilitate, encourage and stimulate women’s work. Gergana tries to follow some rules for a good work-life balance, however, she admits that it is quite difficult because both personal and professional life are equally important. She adds that with compromises and prioritization, things are going smoothly. Gergana chooses the IT industry as her professional path because this field develops itself at an enormous speed and provides numerous opportunities to all professionals. For her, this is an area where we constantly have to use our mind and creativity. Gergana thinks that the most important qualities that one Tech Architect must possess are communication skills, time management skills and courage. According to Gergana, women in the IT industry are a minority, however, there is a tendency of change in the upcoming years.

“In my work environment I haven’t noticed any gender inequality, however, I think the problem is still relevant.”

Gergana Pancheva, Tech Architect at Accenture

Favourite clothes?

Comfortable ones.

High heels or flat shoes?

It depends on the mood.

Which is THE thing you never go out without?

Lip balm.

Favourite lipstick colour?

Red.

Which is the feminine quality that you don’t possess?

The anger.

Which cause are you currently supporting?

Causes related to defense of human rights, the environment and nature.

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Share something about yourself that we can’t find on LinkedIn.

I relieve the stress with a headstand.

Have you ever faced challenges in your career regarding the fact that you are a woman?

I don’t think so.

Do you know how many women work in your position?

I haven’t checked.

Do you think that the problem with gender inequality still exists in Bulgaria and globally?

In my work environment, I haven’t noticed any gender inequality, however, I think the problem is still relevant.

Do women’s appearance and charm help you be successful in a professional way?

Feminine appearance and charm help everywhere, as well as male’s.

Which policies does your company encourage regarding gender diversity?

Accenture aims to create a favorable environment with pleasant working conditions. Specifically, if we look at the diversity of “men vs women”, our company provides various opportunities that facilitate, encourage, and stimulate the work of women.

How do you get along with men in your company? Do they treat you differently?

I haven’t noticed any discrimination.

How do you balance your work with your personal life? Are there any rules that you follow?

I try to follow some rules to create a balance, but it’s quite difficult because both personal and professional life are important to me. I make compromises and prioritize my tasks.

Are women “Minorities” in the IT industry?

Yes, but there is a tendency to change in the coming years.

You have more than 14 years of experience in the software industry, can you point out the biggest changes in the IT field that you have witnessed?

Agile & DevOps, Cloud technologies, Blockchain, etc.

What are the most important characteristics that one Tech Architect should possess?

Communication skills, time management skills, and courage.

Why did you choose the IT field for your professional path?

I like the dynamic atmosphere, the fast way in which the IT industry develops, and the opportunities it offers. It is an area where you have to constantly use your mind and creativity.

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