"Life is not about finding yourself, life is about creating yourself. What do you do about it TODAY?"
Galina Bankova – founder of Do Work You Love & coach
Galina (36, born in Bulgaria) is an expat based in Munich, working in the field of Innovation, Advanced Education und Startup Scene for the last 6 years. She holds a „Diplom“ Degree in Business Administration with major in Hospitality & Event Management. Beside working in the field of Hospitality she gained business experience at large companies (e. g. Allianz, Infineon & Siemens).
After having taught and coached hundreds of young professionals as well as entrepreneurs & freelancers, Galina decided time had come to quit her job with a management consultancy and start her own business. In Summer 2015 Do Work You Love was born – network-events, workshops, business matching & coaching for people who want to find & do work they love.
Beside Do Work You Love Galina is Head of Matchmaking at Bits & Pretzels – a 3-day founders festival that connects 5.000 startup enthusiasts with Speakers and Table Captains like the founders of Virgin, Airbnb, Evernote or Zendesk.
Galina's specialty is to help people explore and scale their talents, strengths and skills by enabling them to see where they stand, dream big and still set and achieve smart goals. Galina's approach is to see both the big picture and small details. People describe her working & communication style as emphatic, authentic, tailored, straight forward, professional, creative, engaging, people- and business oriented, caring & tough.
Edina (35) is a real international and versatile person. Born in Budapest, raised in a multicultural family with Russian and Hungarian backgrounds, she studied international communication and economics. She has been living in Munich for five years, and working with a US based Tech StartUp as well.
In her past, Edina worked as a restaurant manager, as a marketing manager in a wine shop, as a bartender in a club, as a property manager in real estate, as a nutrition consultant, and as an office manager in a legal office in Budapest. Edina also worked in administration for construction companies, and as an accountant for a tax consulting company in downtown Munich.
For many years she worked at multiple jobs where others thought it would be a good fit for her but she did not enjoy it. She was not able to open up and it made her unsure about what is actually the best work for her to do. But it become very clear: She likes to work with people; she loves to communicate and help everyone to solve their problems, and she is passionate about organizing and networking.
Edina is a very positive, creative, funny person who loves to live her life and share her knowledge and happiness with others. She is crazy about new technologies and modern working style. That is why she is working with the US Tech StartUp – ScreamingBox LLC as business development manager, and also part of the DWYL team. "Finally, I Do the Work I Love!"
Hey there my name is Lukas.
I was born and raised in Munich. I loved playing the drums in my Band until finishing my A levels in 2012. It has always been my dream to develop and realize my own ideas. In early 2013, this dream became reality when I founded the event-management company “AkusTick”. With passion and entrepreneurial spirit I managed to build up a steady revenue and income until this day. In the end of 2013, I started studying business administration part-time with majors in music and cultural management. During my studies I became acquainted with theoretical business tools which I simultaneously apply in reality while managing my company. 2015 I founded the software start-up, “PioneerPresentation”.
Focus and determination is key to being a good drummer. Those two attributes have influenced my personal live but also my profession. When an opportunity presents itself, or an idea comes to mind that seems promising I give everything I have got. Due to having this attitude I was able to successfully start my business. It also makes me believe that I can do it again no matter what kind of company, as long as the concept is good. “Do work you love” provides all that I need to give it all. A great idea in combination with incredible market potential and a promising team, I'm glad to be a part of.