Soft Skills Meetup

Creative Tech Serbia 08.12.2022.
Time 6 PM
Language Serbian / English
Location Bitef Theater
Price Free

Soft Skills Meetup

On Thursday December 8th, SGA presents another in a series of meetup events dedicated to various aspects of the gaming industry. This time, the focus is on "soft" skills, and the interested audience will be presented with speakers from Serbia and Great Britain who, among other things, will look at the importance of soft skills at work, the creation of an inclusive work environment and different ways of communication in teamwork and cooperation.

“Soft” skills are personal character traits or qualities that each of us possesses. Generally speaking, they include our attitudes, habits and the ways we interact with other people. They are much less tangible than “hard” or technical skills, and unlike them, they are not learned through formal training programs. You have to acquire, nurture and improve soft skills, but above all be ready to put effort into their development. Soft skills are crucial in everyone’s professional development, and they can determine the extent of your professional development.

SGA has been preparing a program dedicated to soft skills for a long time, and is now implementing it through the Creative Tech Serbia program and in partnership with the companies TIM Centar and Rezilient from Novi Sad. In the days before this open meetup, the Soft Skills Academy program will be held, intended for employees and leaders in creative-tech companies that are members of the CTS supercluster.

The SGA Soft Skills Meetup is waiting for you in Bitef Tetar (Mira Trailović Square 1) on Thursday, December 8, from 6 to 8 PM, as an event that is open to all interested audiences, with registration

Zoja Kukić will talk about inclusion and diversity in the workplace, and we will have a unique opportunity to participate in an interactive lecture by theater director Paul Bourne, who comes from Cambridge Judge Business School in Great Britain, and often uses theater techniques in his skills-focused workshops communications, creative thinking and entrepreneurship. In addition to all that, Milica Novkov (representing the Novi Sad-based TIM Centar), will look at the importance of soft skills in a collaborative work environment, such as the one in gaming.

TIM Centar is a consulting company for human resources, which has 15 permanent consultants, specialized in certain HR areas. TIM Center started providing psychological support to employees in 2011. Since then, they have been further developing our program every year, while Rezilient is the result of their many years of experience in supporting companies and employees to be more resistant to stress and more satisfied with their work and life.

This activity is launched by the Creative Tech Serbia supercluster, with the support of USAID Serbia and ICT Hub Belgrade (through the Serbia Innovates project). You can read more about the Creative Tech Serbia supercluster here.

Paul Bourne,
Arstistic Director, Menagerie / Lecturer, Cambridge Judge Business School
About the lecturer

Paul works in creative engagement in three key sectors; as a theatre director and producer, as a teacher in entrepreneurship and as a consultant in arts and business training and project management.

Paul is the Artistic Director of Menagerie, a Cambridge-based theatre company, formerly Artistic Director of The Frankfurt Playhouse and Center Stage New York. Over the past 25 years he has directed and produced over 80 professional productions in 10 different countries. 

In Executive Education his key areas of interest and research are working alongside artists exploring creativity in the workplace, enterprise thinking, collaborative working, communication impact and transformational leadership. His work as a master coach in EPIC Presentation Skills has been utilized by Chief Executives and Board Members of Novartis, Procter & Gamble, Fairtrade and Philip Morris.

Paul also teaches Enterprise and Creativity as an Associate at CEDAR in Cambridge, on the MBA and Executive Education courses at Moscow School of Management and Stockholm School of Economics. 

Zoja Kukić,
Signet World / SEE ICT / She Rocks Global
About the lecturer

When you mention a startup in Serbia, one of the first three names that will come to mind is Zoja Kukić. Zoja is one of the active participants and actors in the creation of the startup ecosystem in Serbia, and probably one of the biggest experts on this topic, not only in Serbia, but also in the region.

She is one of the founders of StartIt, she participated in the founding of the Digital Serbia Initiative and was its program director for the startup ecosystem. Today, he deals with the digital transformation of companies, but he is also the host of a podcast, She Rocks Global. Zoja is very dedicated to the community, proactive and always ready to help.

Milica Novkov,
Owner & CEO, Tim Centar
About the lecturer

Milica Novkov is a graduate psychologist, director and founder of Tim Cenatr and Rezilient, with fifteen years of rich experience in coaching and psychotherapy with employees of all levels and different industries. As a trainer, Milica improves employees’ knowledge and skills in the areas of communication, stress management, presentation skills, teamwork, work efficiency, and motivation.