Empowering young women to consider their careers in Information and Communication Technology, Cisco had organized a panel discussion to celebrate girls in ICT day at Shaheed Rajguru College of Applied Sciences for Women. Considering ICT as a better option for their career, the initiative taken by Cisco’s Network academy Program aimed at building a global environment to empower and encourage young women to consider careers in ICT field.
Gone are the days when teaching was considered to be the best career for a woman. Breaking this cliché today, around 1000 girls and women interacted with the panelists of ICT professional from companies, government agencies, and academic institutions to understand the opportunities the ICT sector holds for their future.
While promoting the ICT as the good career option for these young women with strong possibilities of employment and professional growth, the panelists discussed on smart strategies for women to thrive in technology, to overcome the barriers to a lasting career, diversity in workplace and how women are instrumental in the success of the organization.
Anuradha Sharma, Program Manager-Social Innovation Group at Cisco Systems says, “We at Cisco believe that colleges are great platforms to enable exchange of knowledge and foster women leadership across industries. Mainstreaming of diversity discussions and coaching of self- empowerment for women are some of the steps we can take in ending gender disparity. Our motive behind celebrating ‘Girls in ICT’ day was to provide women the opportunity to be a part of the IT revolution and to make them realize how they are important in the talent pool. Through our Network Academy program, we invite these young girls to build skills and behaviors needed to excel in their careers and contribute to the community at large.”
The session was well received by the young women who were motivated to be a part of the technology that is revolutionizing the world. The panel consisted of eminent speakers such as Rashmi Singh (Executive Director NMEW), Dr. Nioufer Shroff (Head of Division, Photonics Development Division), M. Diksha Mishra (Enterprise Technical / Solution Consultant at Adobe System), Suruchi Wadhwan (System Engineer at Cisco Systems), and Anuradha Sharma (Program Manager-Social Innovation Group at Cisco Systems) among others.
The sessions were interspersed with interactive games and a networking session for the participants.