~ The forum saw over 2000 women come together as technology leaders discussed D&I best practices, mentoring programs and cross-industry collaboration ~
Bengaluru, February 3, 2021 – VMware India hosted the second edition of VMware Nirmaan- a unique forum committed to building a gender-balanced leadership talent pipeline and creating a supportive ecosystem for women in technology. The virtual event saw industry leaders come together to inspire the next generation of women leaders by fostering dialogue on how organizations can help drive inclusion to build a resilient workforce.
The two-day event featured leaders such as Dr. Neeta Verma - Director General at NIC, Govt. of India, Ms. Harmeen Mehta, renowned leader in Telecom & IT industry, Dr. Rohini Srivathsa - National Technology Officer (CTO), Microsoft India, Ms. Mythily Ramesh - Co-Founder & CEO, NextWealth, Ms. Kirti Patil - Joint President, IT & CTO, Kotak Life, Ms. Purnima Padmanabhan - General Manager Cloud Automation, VMware.
The forum brought together over 2000 women professionals keen on building a more equitable industry where women are represented without bias across levels. Key industry leaders on the panel shared their views on how technology can be a force for good in the post-pandemic era. They also discussed the future of innovation to inspire technology-driven positive change across hierarchies.
Mr. Pradeep Nair, VP & MD, VMware India said, “An inclusive work culture should be a part of every organization’s priorities and act as an accelerator for cultural transformation. Progressive leaders make both an ethical and a business case for diversity, equity and inclusion. They drive a system-wide approach with the same rigor and commitment as any other aspect of business that contributes to the bottom line. The second edition of VMware Nirmaan saw renowned industry experts further this narrative around organizations providing equal opportunities in a merit-based workplace. VMware will continue to advocate for an inclusive workforce and be an ally for D&I in the industry.”
Ms. Misha Joshi, Senior Director - Professional Services, VMware India said, “With an elaborate lineup of speakers and panelists, VMware Nirmaan captured a multitude of perspectives and mindsets critical in today’s global and inclusive workplace, with a focus on women leaders in technology. Our vision through VMware Nirmaan is to highlight the business impact of inclusive policies and the need to drive more aspiration and inspiration for women. This year, we also launched the VMware Nirmaan web portal so we can continue the conversations beyond the annual two day event and inspire true change. VMware Nirmaan is a step towards facilitating and empowering women to move up the corporate ladder in an environment that is supportive and equitable”.
Mr. Ramkumar Narayanan, VP Technology and Managing Director, VMware India said, “VMware Nirmaan 2021, emphasized how the workplaces of future must systematically cultivate an environment that addresses and counters unconscious bias in the industry. It is also an industry platform for continuing the dialogue around D&I. While the technology industry has unlocked new opportunities due to the pandemic, the onus is on companies to rethink the workforce and diversity in the talent pool. We truly hope that our audience will emerge confident and empowered and focus on developing leadership qualities, gaining industry insights, and leveraging opportunities at the workplace to build their brand and develop a distinct leadership style”.
Through its progressive agenda, VMware Nirmaan touched upon many aspects of emerging tech and leveraging innovation for good. It highlighted how technology can play a role in elevating the Indian economy. Women have to contend with several unique challenges on their career journey. VMware Nirmaan 2021 aimed at helping women understand and address the pressure they place on themselves as well as provide an overview of the possibilities that can be unlocked with technology. It placed equal emphasis on diversity and inclusion programs, mentorship and individual action on tech-fueled innovation and lateral thinking.
The event also saw VMware leaders such as Mr. Prem Velayudan - Senior Director, HRBP, VMware converse on the importance of mental health. Ms. Purnima Padmanabhan - General Manager Cloud Automation, VMware also delivered a keynote and shared insights on her journey as a leader in the software product development industry. The event also saw an interesting session by master storyteller Ameen Haque of Storywallahs on the art of business and brand storytelling and building ones personal brand.
VMware Nirmaan 2021 saw the attendees engage in progressive interactions, exchanging experiences and perspectives, and understanding how they could take charge of their career growth. The unique forum is a step forward towards fostering global discussion on building a more diverse community in the tech industry.