Paula Leyenda – Role Model Campaign

Photographer: Carly Wollaert ©
Make-up artist: Sharmila Vooren


Paula Leyenda
Tech Lead at Lepaya


”I joined Lepaya in its startup phase (we were eight people in total back then, and now we’re about 200) as Fullstack Developer. It was a big step in my career (corporate to startup, different country, different working language), very challenging and rewarding at the same time. In the last four years, I have had the opportunity to grow alongside Lepaya, facing many challenges and working in different domains, always from the technical side. A few months ago, I became the Tech Lead of a fantastic squad of six smart and, more importantly, very nice developers.”

What qualities do you think are essential for success?

”Success is a tricky term because it has different meanings for different people. It might be a bit philosophical, but what worked for me and is still working is always keeping in mind that trying and failing are key. Making mistakes and learning from them is a great tool. And this applies perfectly to Software Development. Besides that, finding balance in your personal/professional life, being empathetic and kind to others and enjoying what you’re doing.”