Welcome to my Tech Leaders Interview Series, where I interview impactful leaders and ask them to share tips and techniques that have benefited them, both in their personal and professional lives.
Keren Hod is the Founder and CEO of WE – Women Entrepreneurship, a non-profit organization that promotes women for entrepreneurship.
Keren, 28, holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and management from Ben-Gurion University, did her military service as an officer, veteran of the cyber-intelligence 8200 Unit. Previously, Keren worked at Deloitte as a Technology Consultant.
Alongside leading WE, Keren is also an R&D Project manager, writes a regular column for Forbes magazine, and is an international lecturer.
Keren was chosen for Forbes’s “30 Under 30” list for 2021.
What are your main productivity tips?
Plan my schedule every weekend to the week after, from work to personal things. When I have a pre-prepared schedule, even if it changes, I know how most of my week will look like.
What is your favorite drink?
Coffee & Water. I start my day with a coffee and drink 2-3 liters of water the whole day.
How do you deal with stress and anxiety?
My workout routine helps me reduce stress and gives me energy for the rest of the day. When I am stressed, I go to work out at the gym or walk.
Your tips for aspiring entrepreneurs?
Meet with successful entrepreneurs and get their advice. You can also look for a mentor that will be willing to guide you throughout your entrepreneurial journey.
Who in the Tech industry would you like to meet for lunch?
Whitney Wolf Herd, Founder & CEO of Bumble, took her company to an IPO when she was just 31, which makes her the youngest woman to take a company to an IPO.
If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
Wherever is sunny (I believe it affects your mood) and where things are going on all the time. Tel Aviv, Israel, for example, is a great place to live at.
What is your favorite book recommendation?
Richard Branson autobiography.
Richard Branson founded nearly a hundred successful ventures. From an airline business to music and others ranging from financial services to fashion, Branson is one of the greatest entrepreneurs of all time.
Why are you in Tech?
Tech is a whole world of opportunities; you can influence a lot of people with technology.
“WE” is a non-profit organization that promotes women’s entrepreneurship, offering entrepreneurship programs at leading academic institutions in Israel and the US, including Harvard, MIT, Columbia, Cornell, and more. The entrepreneurship program consists of weekly meetings with key industry experts and influential entrepreneurs. We are honored to welcome entrepreneurs, investors, executives, and leaders from various industries to share their knowledge and inspiring stories. By joining WE, the participants gain skills in leadership, networking, pitching ideas, storytelling, creative thinking, fundraising, teamwork, business communication, and more.
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