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      Digital Divas: Women Redefining Technology

      Some of our leading technocrats are women and they have challenged themselves to harness the space of technology for contributing to business and to the country at large. Each of them has a unique story to share but what brings it all together is a tenacious spirit and a vision which sets itself on the horizon! Here's a slice of their life and times at Schneider Electric India.
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        BHAVANI AMIRTHALINGAM Vice President, North America, Information Process Organization of Schneider Electric

        How technology empowers careers of women professionals

        1.What is a typical day at work for you?

        There is no such thing as a typical day at work for me with the very dynamic nature of business today. I spend time with our customers/partners, internal business teams, IT teams, managing key outcomes, bringing in new talent and coaching/mentoring our leaders and setting the overall direction and priorities for IT-based on our business strategy in North America for Schneider. Technology is in everything we do today and driving a technology driven business transformation is my key focus currently.
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        MALINI NAMBIAR General Manager, Industry Business - R & D of Schneider Electric India


        Why tech is the best work domain for women


        1. What do you think is the biggest reason that there are not many women technology leaders in India?


        In India, lack of a strong support system and congenial environment at home are some of the reasons for a set-back in women's career. In addition to that, there are also unconscious biases at work with respect to women's growth. While women today have come a long way and there are many motivating success stories around, we at times still come across old school mindsets and biases which may become a roadblock. While all these are external circumstances, strong determination to go past all these conditions, if at all any; is a must-have attitude that women need to adopt.
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        PRIYA GIRI

        VP – HR Systems Information Process Organization of Schneider Electric
         

        1. How easy or difficult is it for women to rule the technology space?


        There are many women in technology these days, but are the numbers adequate? Perhaps not, but they are growing. And there is enough critical mass of women to ensure an organic emergence of leaders from this pool.
        As with most corporate roles, the fight for the leadership position is on the basis of merit. Women are competent – functionally, technically, emotionally and behaviourally to succeed.
        On one end of the spectrum, you have companies that realise the value of having women lead complex projects and ensure a collaborative approach in an otherwise acrimonious or aggressive environment. At the other end of the spectrum, women still struggle to find their place or be confident about who they are professionally. They are good at what they do, but don’t necessarily have an executive presence. They need support and mentorship.
        The latter situation is more prominent and widespread. It’s up to the leadership of the company to set the right context to nurture women leaders in technology. At Schneider the technology leadership team is very diverse across gender, ethnicities and education and it sets the tone for the subsequent levels in the organisation.

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        REKHA ANIL

        Director - Home and Business Network, IT Business of Schneider Electric

        Leading by example


        1. Please describe your career journey.

        My career journey began as a Control System Engineer at Bosch where I worked for over a dozen year. I then moved to GE Global Research and Technology Center and after a stint of 3 successful years with the organisation, I got associated with Honeywell. At Honeywell, I led the Program Management teams and an Engineering Center of Excellence.
        I am extremely glad and excited to be part of Schneider Electric now.

        2. What are your plans for the company for the next five years?

        I think the plans can be categorised under three segments:
        •    Nurturing talent
        •    Driving innovation
        •    Growing business

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