Kanchana’s father walked out on her family when she was eight months old. Her mother, Valli, brought her up with help from Kanchana’s grandmother. Tragedy struck again—Valli was diagnosed with cancer and underwent chemo and radiation treatments. The grandmother became the single breadwinner for the family, working as a gardener. Kanchana studied hard, won a scholarship to a prestigious government engineering college. The scholarship includes a laptop which she couldn’t have afforded otherwise.Continue reading
Anushka is a highschooler (in 2020). She wrote the book, “To The Top – Anyone Can Do this“, and says, “by simply sharing stories of such successful women with a wide variety of backgrounds and journeys would help girls and women clearly see that journeys to tech and success can come from very different starting points, very different paths and every some choices that may look odd on the surfaces but are all very valid ways of reaching a goal or a dream.”
Anushka is sure to go to the top – can’t wait to see her journey!Continue reading
The Holocaust was a time of horrifying acts. Between the years 1941 and 1945, Nazi Germany and its allies were responsible for the deaths of six million Jews in Europe. It is a time we cannot afford to forget lest we are led into similar situations in the future. The holocaust was also a time of innovations that saved many lives. There was no blueprint for these innovators. They reached into their hearts to make a difference. One such innovator was Sir Nicholas Winton.Continue reading
“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”Walt Disney
“Ideas are no one’s monopoly. Think big, think fast, think ahead.”Dhirubhai Ambani, Reliance Industries
Have you noticed how people react when you say you are an entrepreneur? They get excited and want to know all about your venture, and how successful you are, monetarily. Entrepreneurs are special a special breed. It takes substantial efforts to overcome numerous hurdles before you can join this elite group. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says about 20% of U.S. small businesses fail within the first year. Roughly 50% fail by the end of the fifth year and only a third survive after 10 years (I have not been able to find the statistics for India, but it is bound to be similar). When this is the case, why does everyone aspire to be an entrepreneur? The idea that anyone can work on an idea, build a business, and create wealth, is something that appeals to all of us.Continue reading
My message to you today is this: Dare to question the norm.Continue reading
I was honored to be featured in this podcast where I talk about my journey in data.
Jason Tan is the founder of Data Driven Analytics, Brisbane, Australia. He interviews business leaders from around the world to learn and share how they run a modern high-performing organisation, enabled by data & analytics. The interview is business-focused but through the lens of data and analytics.
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I had the honor of cohosting and emceeing the Women in AI inagural event of Deloitte’s Leading conversations in AI series on March 8, 2021, International Women’s Day. Here is a recap.
I was honored to participate in the Tartan Alumni Oral History project of my alma mater, Carnegie Mellon university.