Podcast Feature: "How to live a life full of empowerment" (2022)
I was featured in the podcast "I am Mantuana", hosted by Patricia Manley. This episode is all about empowerment and our work at POWW. Highlights of this episode include: [1:46] Who's Katharina Mueller? [13:34] What is empowerment? It is the process of becoming stronger, discovering your weaknesses, and working on them while polishing your strengths. Empowerment helps us feel confident to make decisions and take action to achieve them. [17:25] Empowerment depends on you. On social media, we see tons of empowered people who are an inspiration to us, and sometimes we desire to be a little bit like them, but we must always remember that in this life, we all walk different paths. What may work for them may not work for you. [20:20] Share your empowerment. When you start living self-empowerment, you don't want others to miss out. In this segment, Katharina will be sharing tips to empower others. [29:29] Become a change maker. A change maker is someone who takes creative action to solve a social problem. Just like empowerment, all we have to do is take action, and the rest will follow. Quotes: "Live a life where you can empower others." —Katharina. "Empowerment is an ongoing process. It is not an achievement." —Katharina.
Women In Tech Speaker (2022)
I share my experience as a WTGC speaker, my favourite thing about being a woman in tech, and my favourite advise. Tell us about your experience as a Women in Tech Global Conference 2022 speaker. Just like in the past, I was very excited and honored to be invited as a Women in Tech Global Conference speaker. This year, I asked my colleague Loren to join me on (the virtual) stage and hold a talk titled “You are POWWerful”. Our session didn’t kick off too well - we faced a few unforeseen technical issues, but the audience was very patient and the staff was extremely helpful in problem-solving. For our speech, our intention was to inspire the listeners to reflect on their own skills and dreams, become aware of their own power and potential as change-makers, and take initiative to empower themselves. As the founder of POWW (Power of World Women), this topic is very close to my heart. But the conference didn’t stop there – not only did I listen to amazing fellow speakers, but I also got to connect with the most amazing individuals, continuing the discussion on other platforms and mediums. What is your favorite thing about working in tech? My favorite thing about working in tech is that there are no boundaries or limits. Anytime, we can connect with anyone anywhere on any topic that we care about and use technical innovation to shape the future for the better. In my experience, women in tech are particularly strong, collaborative, inspiring, and ready to act and break free from stigma or unsatisfying status quos. What advice (and tips) would you give to women who want to start a tech career? If you’re thinking about how to break into tech, you‘ve already taken the most important and most difficult step – acknowledging and accepting that you want to do it. But before acting, become clear of your WHY. What gets you excited about it, what do you want to learn and achieve (for others and yourself), and who inspires you? Connect with fellow women, find mentors and supporters, and just give it a try. Be patient and always say YES to opportunities that align with your core values, gut feeling, and vision. Who would you recommend to join the WomenTech Network? There are so many opportunities, conferences, and networks out there, that it can be overwhelming. I’ve been there myself. Simultaneously, only a few deliver such valuable insights, support, and first-hand discussions as the WomenTech Network. I highly encourage those women to join the network who are or will be working in tech, looking for meaningful connections and inspiring exchanges, and who are willing to actively participate. It doesn’t require much time or effort, rather see it as a fun opportunity to make new friends and partners. But the more active you are, the more value you’ll generate for the network as well as for yourself.
Humans of Fuzia: "The Woman Helping Other Women" (2022)
I was featured on "Humans of Fuzia", a platform featuring inspiring and powerful women. Here's the interview: Katharina Mueller is on a mission to combine women’s self-empowerment, entrepreneurship, and tech, who is helping women to empower themselves and live their dream lives. She is the author of “Meant To Be”, the founder of Power of World Women, a mentor in the Clinton Foundation, and a Board Member for two NGOs in Uganda. What were your initial years of growing up like? Tell us about your life before starting your corporate journey/venture/initiative. I quit my well-recognized job at Montblanc to volunteer abroad, follow my dreams, and work with/at the UN. I had an inner calling but didn’t know where to begin. Until I attended the UN Youth Assembly in NYC. Tell us something about your initiative or current role. What is it about, and what impact are you trying to make? You are POWWerful. And believe that you have everything it takes – a vision, the passion, the voice. With a little guidance, support, and allowing you to be on stage holding the mic, we’ll support you in your self-emPOWWerment. Our team is located around the world and all members bring big ideas, different backgrounds, and passion for change to the table. POWW (Power of World Women) is a mentoring/consulting service provider, supporting local changemakers in taking their projects to the next stage and maximising their impact. Your journey and your vision are very inspiring, but are there any achievements or accomplishments you would like to mention? I’ve been overwhelmed by the response and positive feedback – the passion shared by change-makers, the ideas for future leadership, and our team members’ commitment. Being invited as a speaker and podcast guest representing POWW and our mission has been a great advantage and opportunity to grow our community and recognition. Would you like to share with our young budding women entrepreneurs the change you would like to see in the world if given an opportunity? I get daily inspiration, I’ve made friends around the world, and have enjoyed working with incredible partners and team members. Personally, I constantly get invited to share my privilege, challenge the status quo, and become a better person (both personally and professionally). POWW has allowed me to step outside my comfort zone and further define my passion and mission. What would you want to say to our young women leaders/audience reading this? You are POWWerful! You don’t need to be given a voice – you already have one. All you need is a little guidance, inspiration, and support to be heard and seen. I believe that everyone can and should empower themselves. Don’t wait for permission, additional resources, or the right timing – you have everything it takes, so why not start today?
Ask Me Anything Spotlight - (2022)
As featured on Mylance: Meet me, toting this phrase "some people dream it, I do it." As you get to know me, you will start to wonder how I do it all and still manage to align my passion with my work. Full interview: Did you have any fear of leaving a full-time role to become a consultant? What did that feel like for you? FOR SURE! I didn't go straight from full-time to consulting. I had a "Passion Year" (not Gap Year - as referred to by many) in between, in which I started working for start-ups, interned at the UN, volunteered abroad, and traveled around Africa and Latin America. I began my consulting once I had moved to Sweden and faced a greater need for a flexible working schedule. And yes, it was pretty scary at the beginning, as I didn't know what to expect and how it'd go in a different country. How did you choose your niche? Was this your original intention as a consultant or has this shifted? My niche has shifted and I think I'm still in the process of narrowing it down even further. Given my previous experiences, my MBA in Strategic Entrepreneurship and founding my own start-up were a great add-on. It was only logical (and easy) for me to begin with early-stage startup consulting. From product-market-fit to go-to-market and general advisory, it was pretty broad and unspecific. However, with extra courses, projects and great passion, I've been more and more shaping it towards the intersection of tech/women empowerment/ entrepreneurship, with a particular focus on storytelling and working on the WHY (for both the founder and the start-up). How do you manage operational tasks like invoicing, payroll, taxes? It's a little different for me, as I am mostly based in Germany with in-between projects and travels abroad. German taxes aren't easy to handle (especially when international clients are added), so I get support from my tax advisor. Where do you find new clients to work with? I began my consulting journey on platforms like Fiverr or Upwork to test the waters and gain more confidence. Today, I find most projects through personal networks. What is your approach to pricing? Hourly? Project-based? I want to allow a certain degree of pricing flexibility. Depending on the project's scope and effort, I adapt the prices and shift from hourly to project-based. Related - how do you handle clients who think you are too expensive? It took me a while to figure out my "value" and reasonable price range. Once a client thinks I'm too expensive, I show them my experience and possible outcomes from a collaboration. We may even test the collaboration for a few hours before signing longer agreements. When the chemistry is right (and I have a passionate, young early-stage founder), I'm willing to negotiate. It's in my best interest to support them, but I stopped giving away my work underpriced. Have you ever let go of a client? If so, why? How did you do it? I've been very fortunate with my clients. I once had an incidence where the client wasn't open at all for any kind of feedback, adaptions or discussions. I set them an ultimatum and re-defined the guidelines and expectations for a successful collaboration. Finally, they became more open-minded and willing to implement proposals and changes. Tell us about creating the Meant To Be journal. I always dreamed of writing of writing a book - but had never taken it too seriously and had never expected to self-publish one by 26. It all started when my friend Anna and I went on a spontaneous trip to Lapland. Nothing was planned but it turned out to be one of my top 3 trips ever (and I've been to 40ish countries). The words of that trip were "wow, this was meant to be" and we knew immediately that we had to take advantage and share this excitement with others. We ended up spending our weekends creating and writing. Only 9 months later, we published the “Meant To Be Journal” which is a mix of journaling prompts, artwork (featuring 25 women artists from around the globe) and short stories. It's for those interested in journaling, mindfulness, art, and trusting in the process. Seems that you keep working on multiple side projects. How do you fit that into your consulting schedule? Do you allocate time for them or are they more spontaneous? Indeed, I have a lot going on. From being a mentor, yoga teacher and NGO Board Member to holding speeches and traveling the world. I never say no to opportunities. I'm a true Gemini and get most excited about meeting new people and exploring what life has to offer. But this only works because of my amazing partners, great commitment, good time management, and fixed time slots in my calendar. Every week and month, I check back in on my well-being and schedule - if needed, I cut a few projects short.
WomenTech Conference Speaker (2022)
You are POWWerful! If you could start all over again, what would you do differently? What are your unfulfilled dreams? Where do you face limitations, internally or externally? How do you contribute to a more equal, diverse and inclusive community? Women and marginalised groups experience inequality and exclusion on a regular basis. Internal limitations and self-doubts add up to it, making it very difficult to turn our dreams into reality, fulfil our potential, and be mindful. Listen, you got this! You are POWWerful, exactly for who and how you are. We see you, we hear you, we want to support you. Break free from limitations, share your story, make change happen, and learn how to combine tech/entrepreneurship with impactful community work while being mindful. Learn more about my personal story and how you can contribute to a more diverse and inclusive community, as an individual, change maker, entrepreneur and/or woman in tech.
Women in Tech Texas Speaker (2022)
As I transitioned into tech and worked on promoting various apps (from founder to CMO and consultant), I've gained a lot of insights on how (not) to grow your app. I presented my learnings at Women in Tech Texas, a conference for 2k+ women.
Collective leadership and team diversity (2021)
Are you team coconut or team avocado? What does this have to do with leadership? Tune in to find out.
WomenTech Network Speech (2021)
WomenTech Network combines 100,000+ women in tech and I was among the selected speakers. It was an honour to speak about "How to combine tech with mindfulness". Here's to more opportunities for women in tech and groundbreaking ideas.
International Women's Day (2021)
8th March is International Women's Day. I was one of 10 selected, powerful women to be featured on LinkedIn and to celebrate our achievements.
Between the term sheets podcast (2021)
Mental health has become a huge focus in recent years especially with 2020 going through multiple challenging events. 5 Senses Journey takes a new approach to mindfulness by incorporating all your senses. The team wants to change people's perception of meditation and educate users on different ways to meditate.
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FGM in Gemini Spice Magazine (2020)
I got to comment on FGM, thanks to the first ever Afrikan Literary Magazine built on Afrikan Feminist and Socialist Ideologies.
Social Activist (2020)
I was part of a qualitative study among activists raising their voices on Social Media.
My monthly reflections (2020)
Every Sunday I reflect about my week: my failures, learnings, and achievements. I wish that we - as a society and community - took even more time to pause, to reflect, and to appreciate our failures and learnings. Hence, I’ve decided that as of TODAY I will post my monthly recap, hoping to inspire you to reflect for yourself.
Hi, I’m Kat and my pronouns are She/Her. Wbu? My latest Instagram post got featured by @shedecade.
Reflecting on the 7.4 earthquake (2020)
At 15, I did an exchange semester in NZ. 10 years later I was featured in the newspapers to reflect on the 7.4 earthquake.
JUV Consulting: Vine Member of the Week (2020)
JUV is a GenZ community working with clients to center the voices of diverse young people.
Demo Day Best Pitch (2019)
I was awarded the Best Pitch at the Science Park Accelerator Demo Day. The jury honoured 5 Senses Journey as "an idea that shows us what truly matters in life".
Most promising German start-up in mobility (2019)
I represented NautilusLog at the VivaTeach event, where I attended my very first pitch competition. And surprsingly I won the award as "Most promising German start-up in mobility".
How we digitise the Shipping Industry (2019)
The Hamburg-based start-up NautilusLog is at the forefront to digitise and innovate the Shipping industry. In this interview I share how we handle concerns and build trust among customers and partners.
Web Summit, pitches & private receptions (2019)
I was among 100 selected start-ups to be onstage for the opening stage, just after Edward Snowden was live on video. This was followed by start-up pitches and meetings with ministers and Ambassadors.
Start-Up presentation to the 2nd Mayor (2019)
Hannover Fair - Home of Industrial Pioneers and AI. 6,500 exhibitors from 75 nations, new insights and very exciting conversations! In the name of NautilusLog I represented Hamburg’s startups and introduced the 2nd mayor, Katharina Fegebank, to the digital logbook and the collaboration between “ship & shore”.
It's better to start little, than standing still (2018)
My article in QX-Quarterly Crossing’s con brio (page 60f.) sums up this exciting yet challenging year pretty well: “It’s better to start little, than standing still and watching” - use the festive season to reflect and to ask yourself “how can I contribute to a better us? What do I need to be happy?” I’m beyond excited for what 2019 holds for you and me. Happy holidays and all the best to you!
Youth Assembly Delegate (2018)
I had the unique opportunity of being one of the Delegates of The Youth Assembly in New York, organised by the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, Inc. in partnership with the United Nations. The Youth Assembly (YA) selects global young leaders and motivated changemakers to tackle groundbreaking solutions and foster real action for sustainable development. I am beyong grateful for being part of this essential platform of emerging change-makers, social innovators, advocates, development practitioners, and leaders in their communities and the world at large.