The once ‘demure and submissive’ Indian women have been making headlines in recent years with their great accomplishments on the work front, inspite of the many hurdles they face compared to their male counterparts as in India a working women has to shoulder an additional responsibility of being the primary caretaker of a family. Nonetheless, some have even managed to storm into the male dominant technology sector and grabbed prominent positions in the most sought after global tech companies and have done our country proud. We present to you a few of these strongly willed women who finally managed to break the glass ceiling with consistent efforts and came out on top..
A native of Vijaywada in Andhra Pradesh, this IIT Delhi alumna received her Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University and held the role of Chief Technology and Strategy Officer at the American IT giant Cisco Systems for three years before she re-positioned herself as a Strategic Advisor following a corporate reshuffle in the company recently. She is currently among the board of Trustees at Cornell University and is a member of Board of Directors of a clothing brand Gap Inc.
Rekha M. Menon
With over 20 years of experience in the IT industry, Rekha M. Menon has recently been awarded the role of Chairperson by global software firm Accenture for its branch in India. A gold medalist from the prestigious XLRI School of Business, she has remained a part of various start-up projects which speak a lot about her inclination to start things from the very beginning.
After spending 25 years in Intel in the US where she successfully discharged her role to create paperless factory operations, Kumud Srinivasan received the honour of being the first woman President of Intel India in 2013. This Kolkata University graduate holds a Doctoral Degree in Information Science from The University of California and has deep concern for community causes.
A doctorate in neuroscience psychology from Brown University, this talented lady from Lucknow, India switched to studying Computer Science and later worked for Ebay, Blueshield and Mindcanvas. She is a founding member and CEO of Slideshare, an online presentations sharing portal, along with her husband and elder brother. She blogs about social softwares and entrepreneurship at www.rashmisinha.com.
Neelam Dhawan has faced multiple rejections at the dawn of her career in the 80’s. But ever since she joined HCL, she witnessed a steep growth in her career. Being a dedicated worker she returned to work after a week of having her first child. An MBA from Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi, she served as the MD of Microsoft India for 3 years before she was appointed as the Managing Director of Hewlett Packard(HP) – India in 2008.