Empowering Women in IT - eWIT
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August 2006 eWIT event was focused on "Women in IT - Tips For Success". Ms. Kalyani Narayanan**, Vice President, ICM Solutions, delivered the topic. She emphasized on the following points:
  • Inherent strengths of women, how IT/ITES industry best fits women and how women are best suited for IT/ITES
  • Do women want to be treated like Women or treated like Professional?
  • Importance of Hard Work and Continuously Upgrading Skills
  • Networking - on and off work to keep up with what is happening around
  • Effective Communication - Speak out - break the cultural upbringing that always taught us that women should be 'seen but not heard', demure, less aggressive, submissive - to one of speak out, and 'be seen and heard'.
  • For better home-work balance - Empower people at home - nothing wrong in treating the mother-in-law as the 'Queen of Home' - To get what you want - give the family what they want

Kalyani also brought out these quotes from famous people:

"Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult" - Charlotte Whitton

"If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman"- Margaret Thatcher

"There is no occasion for women to consider themselves subordinate or inferior to men."- Mohandas K. Gandhi

The event was held at Scope e-Knowledge Center P Ltd. Located at Temple Towers, Nandanam, Chennai. Enthusiastic women from member companies such as Alcatel, Scope e-Knowledge Center, and Scope International participated in the event and the interactive session held as part of the event was so encouraging where the young women found it challenging to keep themselves up-to-date with technology and realized the importance of it.

** Kalyani Narayanan has been serving the IT industry for over 20 years. She got her degree in Computer Science from University of Houston. She worked in the US for over 5 years for companies such as Sprint before relocating back to Chennai where she continued her career in IT. She has successfully started two IT firms in Chennai. She has also worked for multinationals such as Covansys.

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