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Diversity And Inclusion

Table Matters – Empowering and Nurturing Women through Simple Conversations

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Women Supporting Women. Men Supporting Women. Heard time and again and perhaps practiced by some organizations too. But could a casual luncheon end up becoming a driving force for nurturing the power in women? An engaging session arranged by NASSCOM president Debjani Ghosh during the NTLF 2020, saw women participants, delegates and senior leaders come together and engage in conversations that matter over lunch. Challenges were addressed through a simple structure. The rules? Find a roundtable surrounded by fellow women (and men), grab a chair and participate and engage in meaningful conversation. The advantage? Each table will be powered by (at least) one senior leader sharing her perspectives and addressing challenges (if any) through her own experiences. The uniqueness? No, this wasn’t j...

Run, Grow & Transform – What Women Bring to Two Leading Organizations

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“Who run the world? Girls.” These words from Beyonce’s trending chartbuster almost summarized the essence of the Future 2020 session on ‘HyperScale in an Interconnected Economy’ at the NTLF 2020. Moderated by Sundar Subramanian, the session brought perspectives from an astute Jane Moran, Chief Information Officer at Hindustan Unilever and the composed Praveena Rai, Chief Operating Officer, NPCI. While focusing on digital trends and organizations in a hyperconnected world, the nerve of the session was palpable with perspectives of two dynamic women from different parts of the world. Some key perspectives from the session that came alive: Fostering Customer Intimacy – What could be the missing piece in a digitally connected world? Perhaps, intimacy and caring to listen. Jane Moran pointed ou...

Why do we need more women in tech?

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”If you exclude 50% from the talent pool, it’s no wonder you find yourself in a war for talent”. – Theresa Whitmarsh Yes agreed, women deserve the same opportunities as men to choose from and succeed in their career. There is ample study to support that getting more women into STEM occupations would translate into greater gender equality in incomes and better eco-nomic prospects for women. Also, balanced gender diversity brings many benefits to organizations. They have a range of talents, skills and experiences to draw upon and a critical mass of 35% of women in a team improves its performance and consequently the organization’s performance. Read more in this whitepaper by Kirti Seth, Lead FutureSkills & Swati Saini at http://futureskills.nasscom.in/research.html

Building a Gender-Equal Tech-Force

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The Indian tech-force has indeed become one of the most essential levers of the coun-try’s economic well-being. However, has the IT-BPM sector utilized both male and female talent to the fullest and equally? Or is the tech-world still just a man’s world?  Women form a substantial portion of the IT-BPM sector, with a 35% share, which adds up to about 1.4 million. However, the numbers start diminishing as they go higher up the career-ladder. We just cannot deny the evident ‘leaky pipeline’. Women hold 40% of entry-level tech jobs, 30% of mid-level positions and only 20% of senior-level roles2. In fact, women over the age of 35 are 3.5 times more likely to be in junior roles in comparison to men. Are we doing enough to retain women in Tech? Although, India has the second largest Artific...

#TechNaari: Each For Equal For Innovation – Redefining Diversity & Inclusivity in IT

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Have you heard of Jean E. Sammet or Elizabeth Feinler? In the 1960s Sammet developed FORMAC (Formula Manipulation Compiler)- an early FORTRAN based computer language. And Elizabeth Feinler created the Domain Name System (DNS) which we use today. These ladies rank amongst the founders of computer science as we know it today and yet, for the most part, the world does not acknowledge or remember their contribution to the IT sector, choosing instead to celebrate male achievements. There is no denying that the technology sector has had a gender discrimination problem through the years. But the important thing now is to figure out how to rectify the situation. What are the reasons for inculcating a diverse and inclusive workforce? To begin with, companies with gender diverse workforces and those...

Women in Tech: Applying Design Thinking Approach for encouraging Female in technology

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How far can we extend the Design Thinking Approach? Two Stories Story 1 Social Media platform, Instagram, recently made news because some of its users had to lie about their identity in their profiles. The reason was a “shadow ban” that the photo and video sharing app had enacted on a particular group of users. According to these users, Instagram’s analytics seemed biased against them and lying about their identity was the only option they were left with to maximize their online visibility. These users were all women. They had to put their gender in their profiles as male. Story 2 Bumble, a dating app based out of the US witnessed shocking success in just five months in the Indian Market. The USP that worked in favor of this app is that, in case of a heterosexual ‘match’ of admiration, it’...

Reconceiving customer commitment in a new age of dynamic technology

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By A. Nandini, VP, Delivery, GlobalLogic Imagine a business without customers, one where there is no one to cater to at the end of the ecosystem. Without the basic target audience, every business would lose its purpose and means to an end. Over the last few years, CEOs and leaders of organizations have come to realize how important it is to focus on the customer and carve out plans and strategies around that one target. A recent research showed that 89% of the business is expected to be competed based on customer experience. Customers, on the other hand, are also more allured by the idea of customer-centric organizations as they get personalized services and offerings where they know that their relationship will be appreciated and rewarded.   While it is imperative to make customer-ce...

BT and British Asian Trust launch partnership to help empower adolescent girls in India

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BT (BT Group plc) and the British Asian Trust have launched a landmark three-year programme which will use apps, videos and other interactive digital technologies to empower young people, with a particular focus on adolescent girls, in India. Working with innovators and sector leaders, the programme aims to create a sustainable movement for change that will increase the opportunities available to girls between the ages of 10 and 19. The programme also aims to address critical areas such as education, health, economic empowerment and life skills. India’s population includes 120 million adolescent girls, which is about 10 per cent of the population. Many of these young women have little control over their own futures and face multiple barriers to fulfilling their potential. India has the hig...

W2RT – Much More Than a High Mathematical Probability

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It is time that women claimed their rightful place as technology wizards in equal measure as men do and matched aplomb. With the intent to evangelize this idea, Women Wizards Rule Tech (W2RT) is a unique program designed exclusively for women professionals in core technologies, from IT-ITES/BPM, Product and R&D firms, with the aim of plugging the leaky leadership pipeline and nurturing women leaders.   A joint initiative of NASSCOM, NASSCOM Sector Skills Council and Data Security Council of India, W2RT was launched at the recently concluded NASSCOM D&I Summit 2018 in Chennai.   While championing this cause, we have to ensure that the gender gap is minimized, particularly when the Fourth Industrial Revolution presents so many new opportunities, hitherto inconceivable. Through extens...

NASSCOM Paytm Women in Technology Hackathon, April 2018

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NASSCOM Paytm Women in technology- Build for India Hackathon sponsored by Pay-tm and the CEO of Paytm Bank – Renu Satti graced the closing ceremony of the Hackathon and encouraged all the Participants   The NASSCOM and Paytm collaboration for the Hackathon had many firsts in it. It was first of its kind hackathon where teams were led by Women leaders and the Ideas which came out will be in future mentored by Paytm. Before we go ahead, a brief of the event:   The Theme of the Event was “Build for India” The aim was to build a project to solve a problem in India. All projects built for the Hackathon were open sourced under Apache license and all code were added to a repository provided by the Paytm – Build for India initiative. AWS provided AWS free credits to all the participants. The...

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