Zaharenia Atzitzikaki

Coaching, Learning & Development

Main focus: Management & Leadership

Twitter handle: @sugarenia

Websites/blogs: , ,

Languages: English, Greek

City: Heraklion, Crete

Country: Greece

Topics: communication, design, leadership, management, hiring, coaching, culture change, performance management, feedback, design leadership

Services: Talk, Workshop management, Consulting, Coaching, Interview

  Willing to travel for an event.

  Willing to talk for nonprofit.

Personal note:

I'm passionate about supporting people navigating the transition from individual contribution to people management in tech. There is not enough structured support out there and most of leadership experience comes organically. Since I was a struggling manager once, I want to help others avoid those struggles.

My experience stems from a long journey from solo designer, to Lead Designer, to Design Director, to VP of Design. I specialise in start-ups and scale-ups.


I'm a design leader with over 15 years of experience in delivering high-quality products and leading teams.

Currently in the process of creating a support framework for new managers, especially those that transition from an individual contribution background.

Examples of previous talks / appearances:

Hacking Hybrid Work

Remote work had its moment in the sun, but in a post-COVID era, hybrid work is the star of the show. Employees want the flexibility of moving in and out of office at will, alternating between deep work days at home and social days at the office. In this talk, you’ll find tools, mindset shifts and ideas for improving communication and collaboration in a hybrid team without losing your sleep.

This talk is in: English
How To Influence Your Manager and Win Promotions

Individual contributors often underestimate how important it is to manage up and have a productive relationship with their manager. In this talk, we'll discuss the most common mistakes everyone makes while managing up. We'll also examines some ways you can flex your leadership skills and go after that promotion.

This talk is in: English
From Individual Contributor to People Manager

Zaharenia made her switch from individual contributor to people manager a few years back and the transition has been, well, rocky.

Which are the pitfalls of making the switch?
How is remote working affecting the way we manage?

Learn from the mistakes of a reluctant manager.

This talk is in: English