A special panel discussion on ‘Gender Equal- The Workplace of the Future’
Chennai, April 25th, 2016: Empowering Women in IT (eWIT), a first-of its kind voluntary, not-for-profit women’s forum in India, today celebrated its 10th anniversary amongst the IT glitterati in Chennai. With the theme ‘Gender Equal – The Workplace of the Future’, the event provided a knowledge sharing platform for over 300 IT Professionals, key influencers and decision makers to come together and address the various challenges in the industry.
A special panel discussion on the theme featured eminent leaders from the industry addressing the key importance of gender equality for a balanced workspace environment and its pivotal role in the current industry scenario.
Spear headed by Ms. Padmapriya Ramanujam, Head of Innovation & Technology, Tyco Fire & Security India Pvt. Ltd as the Chief Guest for the evening, the event saw special addresses by stellar speakers including Mr. Mohan Narayanaswamy, Managing Director & COO, iNautix Technologies India Pvt Ltd, Dr. Kousalya Nathan, Ph.D Scholar (Anti Aging& regenerative medicine), Lifestyle Management / Anti Aging Consultant, Apollo Spectra Hospitals and Dr. Janani, Director – Rexpride Training & development & Founder – Genius India . The key note address by these industry stalwarts emphasized on the importance of Gender balanced workplace and its role in offering Women IT professionals a stepping stone to achieve their highest potential including leadership roles.
Speaking on the theme, Ms. Padmapriya Ramanujan, Head of Innovation & Technology, Tyco Fire & Security India Pvt. Ltd, said, ‘In most industries and especially in Technology & Engineering the majority workforce today is male. As we aspire & gear up to have a significantly higher participation from women, the social fabric at work place will change and the change can be positive only if we include the “majority” in the discussions creating awareness and supporting the change in a healthy manner. Male advocacy teams in support of the larger participation of women at work place could become key ; apart from all the other initiatives that are prevalent today’.
A special panel discussion supporting the cause included Ms. Visalakshi Subramaniam, Head -Retail Business Services (India)- Thoughtworks, Mr. Srinath Sridevan, Partner-HSB Partners, Mr. Sriram Rajagopal, Senior Vice-President- Human Resources, Cognizant Technology Solutions, Ms. Bhanurekha Condur, Associate Vice President - Service Delivery, Sutherland Global Services discussing extensively about achieving gender equality as it is vitally important for any business and the productivity of our nation.
Adding on this, Ms. Sarada Ramani, President –eWIT, said, ‘'In India – the Number of women who opt for STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics is very high. in fact touching 40.2% in IT stream. This higher number reflects in the increasing number of women at Entry level in IT industry @ 51%. But as we climb the corporate ladder – the numbers don't add up. eWIT's endeavor is to create a level playing field to make sure women have access to the same opportunities in the workplace and can achieve their full potential. This will lead to more Leaders and automatic C-Suite opportunities.
The evening ended with announcing this year’s Excellence Award winners and a Souvenir was also released on the occasion.