Andra Popa is a leadership coach, specialised in helping Tech Leaders to overcome their challenges so they can live extraordinary lives and impact the world. She is on a mission to help 1000 people transform their lives by 2030.
Tell us about your life before the venture/ leading up to your venture?
I’ve worked in Software Development for about 15 years, as a Software Engineer, Tech Lead and Team Lead. I completed 2 years of training in team, management and leadership and had the opportunity to coach in communication programs. This is how I discovered my passion for making a difference with people through coaching! With the support of my family and friends, I started my own coaching business and left Software Development behind.
Tell us something about your organization. What is it about and how is it helpful for people?
We call ourselves Leaders Being Heard and we help leaders and team members overcome their challenges and enjoy life with freedom and self-expression, at work and outside of work! We do this through workshops, training, podcasts, videos and 1:1 sessions.
What has been the response of the consumers towards your venture?
I was just awarded the Growthspace Top Expert Award – Spring 2023 for a rating of 5/5 for programs focused on Leading in technical roles. I think you’ll get a better idea from what the people I work with are saying: “Andra has supported me in gaining a new career perspective, leaving me empowered and with more clarity in times where things were tough for me.” “What I like best about my sessions with Andra, is that I find solutions for topics that are important to me and that I am not able to solve on my own.” “Andra is your biggest cheerleader. Your success is her success.“
How has your life changed because of your venture?
Certainly my life has changed a lot since I stopped working in the corporate world and started my own business. And my life isn’t all rainbows and unicorns. What I love is the flexibility of being able to create my own schedule and making my health a priority.I find it challenging at the same time because I have no one else to blame 🙂 It’s me, I’m 100% responsible. It’s a journey I’ve grown to love, my journey, in which I grow and others are growing too.
Give a motivational message for the audience/women who are reading this.
Working on yourself is the greatest gift you can give yourself. Get all the support you need. It will help you gain the strength, confidence and freedom to achieve anything you want to achieve and be who you want to be. Anything is possible. Take it one step at a time. Stop and think about what works and what doesn’t, and then move on from there. It’s not comfortable, I get that, so make sure you enjoy the ride!