Despite a push for diversity and representation at the workplace, reports have found that women in STEM continue to face gender-based discrimination and are still often discouraged to have professional aspiration in the STEM sectors. As a platform, MAKERS India has been chronicling success stories of entrepreneurs and leaders to inspire more girls to pursue STEM sectors to fulfil their professional aspirations.
MAKERS India hosted a webinar on 29th May, to provide its followers with a platform where they could interact with the senior leaders in B2B and SaaS platforms in India, and learn from their experiences. Titled “Women in STEM: Nurturing and Encouraging Inclusion,” the webinar hosted Madhurima Agarwal, Director - Engineering Programs & Leader, NetApp Excellerator and Niyati Agarwal, Co-founder, Morph.ai; along with more than 130 participants.
Here are some highlights and key takeaways from the webinar.
New normal & the new opportunities
Madhurima talked about the bunch of new opportunities that the ‘new normal’ will bring with itself. She spoke about adapting, identifying and adopting new styles, techniques and products to ensure a smooth functioning of businesses in the ongoing lockdown situation.
Niyati spoke about how the current lockdown has brought more understanding for the work from home scenario.
Unlearning the flawed conditioning
The discussion also covered the flawed conditioning that we as a society have been passing on from one generation to another; and the need to evolve our mindsets.
Another important aspect in the pursuit of equality is to understand and debunk the gender-defined roles and expectations. Niyati spoke about some personal experiences to connect with the participants on the casual sexism we often indulge in as a society.
Pumping up diversity & encouraging inclusion
Whether in STEM or non-STEM jobs, women often tend to create certain mental obstacles for themselves. Explaining this situation further, Madhurima spoke about aspects that both, the interviewer and interviewee, should keep in mind while engaging with each other for a job opportunity.
Another thing that Madhurima stressed on was the importance of networking. She mentioned how women need to be more aware of the job opportunities in the market and should pursue these opportunities more aggressively.
Awareness is the key to boost participation of women in the STEM sectors and Niyati elaborated on the tweaks that could be implemented in our schools and colleges to improve the gender diversity in STEM sectors.
Believe in yourself, work hard and cut the noise!
Both Madhurima and Niyati summed up the session by giving out some valuable advice and learnings to the aspiring and budding entrepreneurs.
MAKERS India will continue to host webinars on relevant topics that will help in boosting conversations and understanding around gender diversification and inclusivity in India’s workforce.