Professional Member since 2018
What’s the most important leadership lesson you’ve learned and how has it proven invaluable?
The most important leadership lesson I learnt was from my father who was an engineer and executive for a large public petrochemical company who managed a huge sector and had a unique way to inspire, motivate and be resilient. He believed in honesty, truth and hard work for everyone including himself and one of his trainees once told me that as a new team member he always felt motivated to grow beyond his potential in his team; a case of leading by example. This has proven useful in my ability to work in different career and business roles with diverse group of people.
What do you aspire to accomplish in your career and why?
As a child growing up in India I had career aspirations to be a painter. However. there was a huge ecosystem of family and friends who inspired me to follow science and engineering as a child. The most impactful lessons were outside the classroom especially in ability to view how it can change one’s life whether it’s a polymerization process in a petrochemical factory or saving a patient’s life in a hospital– it all needed a background in science or engineering.
My initial career for last 25 years with a degree in physics and electronic engineering was used mostly in IT industry as a developer and enterprise architect to build software systems for mainframe systems to current AI based platform.
My current career aspirations is to make STEM impactful for Millennials and Gen-Z using unique engagement solutions & technology that help all kinds of students – from the non-interested to passionate – to apply and enjoy science.
How has AWIS helped you professionally and/or personally?
AWIS is a diverse community of scientists, technologists and engineers who have provided great mentorship in such a short time. The ability to communicate with a diverse group of women in such diverse fields provides great support to women like me who are venturing to create new startups in disruptive technology spaces in terms of resources, STEM entrepreneur award, accelerator program or counseling.
Personally, I can see its roots in real advocacy for critical issues for Women in STEM like Equality of Pay, Girls in STEM field, Harassment issues for women in male dominated jobs which are also issues which are very close to me and it provides a great platform for advocacy for women.