Spotlight Chick

Basak Ocak Istanbul, Turkey

Tell us about yourself so that we can get to know you better.

My name is Başak Ocak and I am 25 years old. I graduated from Istanbul Technical University as an Industrial Engineer. I am a dynamic person, sociable, responsible who loves interacting with people, who tries her best to make people smile and who is eager to know as much as possible about the world. I have a curious character and therefore I am eager to learn new things and interested in the people around me. Now, as far as hobbies are concerned, I am “addicted” to dancing, reading, traveling, trekking and music.
During my education, I clearly understand that if I touch the needs of people and help them with some non-financial projects; it makes me so 'Happy' which is the real feeling we need to have. Addition to my internships, I have experienced many volunteering and personal improvement organizations in different countries. I am a active member of ESTIEM called European Students in Industrial Engineering and Management. Addition to ESTIEM, I have participated in a AIESEC Global Volunteering Program in the Florianopolis, Brazil where I got the chance to meet people from all over the world and to create strong and lasting friendships. The program was called Talk Project in which I have worked as an English volunteer teacher in UFSC University with 10 graduated students. It was one of the biggest challenges of my life because I was responsible for doing presentations about different topics every day.
Concerning my work experience, I am currently working for Bekdata Technology as a Marketing Specialist.
However, my work experience TEB BNP Paribas as a Women Banking Supervisor was the important step for my inspiration about women empowerment. After TEB, I joined a women networking group called Chics Connect which is originated in India in 2016, and I was the Chapter Leader in Turkey. I reached more than 1000 women by organizing several activities to improve women’s personal and professional life. Now, I am working for Chicks Connect Inc. which is originated in the US in 2011, as a Chapter Leader. I believe that I will take my next steps very BIG!

What inspired you to do what you do professionally?

If I see the results and see it met with the needs of customer expectations, it is a great inspiration for me.
Also, if something I did change someone’s life, it is also an inspiration for my life.

Tell us a story of how you made a difference in someone’s life.

It is not for just one woman but when I was working in Chics Connect, I made people more confident and responsible. After our organizations they realized that they should spend more time for their individual requirements and they changed the way they followed.

What have you gained personally from being a member of Chicks Connect?

I saw the culture difference between Turkey and USA. People in Chicks Connect are so sincere and willing to meet with new people all the time. They are behaving however they feel comfortable and does not consider what the others think about them. That is really amazing to act how you are inside. I am also like that. So, I am feeling great to find my soul here. Besides, while I was fulfilling the worksheets, I realized that I am not doing all the things in a right way and there are many things to learn. I understand that sometimes I should wait and just watch the others to learn. As a result, Chicks Connect provided a great network and knowledge to me and I am trying to get the other Turkish women included in this organization. I hope Turkish women will be interested in Chicks Connect and be a part of this family! I will do my best!

What have you gained professionally from being a member of Chicks Connect?

I discussed about my current business with the other Chicks talked about how to help them to enter Turkish Market and develop their business here as well.

Any words of wisdom for other Chicks?

Be yourself, trust yourself, believe whatever you are thinking is important because it is your idea, and open your windows for the others because it is the only way to get opportunities!

How can people reach you if they want to know more about what you are up to in the world?

You can reach me from any channel you want. Here is my contact information:

My phone number: +905380473594

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