Webinar: How I learned to thrive in a technical world dominated by men

Wednesday, March 24th 2021

16:30-17:30 Online via Zoom



Tinka Jacobs


Tinka Jacobs is a System Engineer with a background in Biomechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Eindhoven and has over 15 years of experience in a multidisciplinary design environment, taking on different roles ranging from design engineer to architect, project leader, process engineer and reliability engineer. In her current role, she connects the desires of customers with technical possibilities and makes those roadmaps happen by steering and connecting hundreds of software and hardware engineers in their daily work.


She has a drive for results but is also focused on diversity and making people grow, with a passion for change management and team leadership. Throughout her various roles within diverse technical functions, she has learned how to grow as an engineer and embrace the power of diversity to her advantage. During Insight Out 2018 (a networking event for women with a technical background) she shared her personal story on her experiences with working in a male-dominated company.


From female engineer to fellow engineer


She has now offered to repeat this story again for us because she would have liked “if somebody would have told me this story at the beginning of my career”. In a technical world, where most of your colleagues are men, how do you go from being labeled as a female engineer to a fellow engineer? What does it mean to be distinguished as a woman in engineering and how did that affect how she saw herself, how she behaved in her team, and how this affected her work.


Should we be putting so much emphasis on the fact that there are differences between men and women in an engineering context? Is it such a big deal to be a woman or should we try to blend in with the guys? Where should we draw the line between sexism and acknowledging that there is a difference between men and women? During this talk, Tinka Jacobs will share powerful lessons on what she has learned throughout her career and how she dealt with diversity.

The session will start with a half an hour presentation by Tinka, followed by half an hour of Q&A.


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