Bhubaneswar: Infosys Bhubaneswar Development Centre organized Women in Technology (WinIT) Conclave at its software technology park (STP) campus, for women professionals in the IT industry, academics, allied areas and learnt self-branding techniques.
The Conclave, held on September 21 essentially aimed to create a forum to connect the women working in IT and academia; create awareness around IT trends, work environment, policies of the industry; and discuss and debate on challenges faced by women in this industry. In line with the above, the conclave primarily evolved around three major levers: Building YOU 2.0; Breaking Barriers; and Brand YOU.
The conclave started with the Infosys Bhubaneswar Centre Head and AVP Prabhat Kumar Das inaugurating the event with an audio visual which beautifully brought forth the play of technology in the current era. There was a short context setting by Soumya Mohapatra, the Diversity and Inclusivity anchor for the centre. There was a short session on employee benefit policies that women employees need to be aware of, by Santhosh Nair AVP and Head Employee Relations – this was conducted over video conference.
The highlight of the conclave was a session on branding oneself by Govindrajan Srinivas, Director, Vertical Limit Education and Roopa Mishra, Director-cum-Additional Secretary, Drinking Water and Sanitation, Government of Odisha.
While Govindrajan gave a brilliant talk on the construct of Brands, Mishra swept off the audience with a power-packed deliberation which was full of anecdotes from her personal and professional journey. This was followed by a fun-filled Coffee Quiz with two lady achievers, Rashmi Vishwakarma, AVP and Senior Group Manager, Unit Planning, Strategy and Operations and Krishna Chakravarthy, Associate Professor, KIIT.
The session closed with a personal account of her entrepreneurial journey from Arupa Ray Joshi – Entrepreneur, owner of Coffee Bytes and proprietor of Home Décor store.
Close to 70 participants from organizations like TCS, MindTree, Tech Mahindra, AaBsys, CSM Technologies, ESSPL, StratLytics, Infosys, CapGemini, KIIT, IIIT, In2IT Technologies, ITER, GITA, CV Raman College of Engineering, Silicon Institute of Technology and WIPRO participated. The feedback from the participants has been overwhelming – some of the feedback beneath:
“I want to take a moment to thank you for organizing an event of this scale and especially the “Brand You” sessions” said Sheetal Rout from CapGemini.
“This kind of session really gives us a boost in our self-confidence level and in making us know our abilities. Also to self-review ourselves to know where we lag or are doing well in terms of skills and knowledge,” said Pallavi Panda from MindTree.
“It was a wonderful experience meeting with women associates working across the city. All being of almost the same age group had same thought process and same mindset which made easy for us to connect to each other,’’ said Munmun Patnaik from Tech Mahindra.
“A great initiative for connecting each one of us,” was the opinion of Banani Swain from TCS.
“It was an informative event. It provided a very good platform to network with leading ladies from industry and academia alike and get inspired / learn from their success stories / challenges,’’ said Madhusmita Dash from Infosys.