Women in Technology (WiT) India Forum, a collaborative and progressive platform that focuses on increasing women participation in STEM careers, announced the first edition of their virtual conference ‘WiT Spark’. The virtual event will be held on July 16, 2020, with the core theme of ‘Accelerating the New Normal’. The experience will be hosted on STCH VirtuaLive, a dynamic & immersive online platform by STCH, a leading integrated marketing and experiential events company.
WiT India Forum is led by an all-women Advisory Council, all of whom are leading names in the field of technology and would be mentoring aspiring women at various stages of their career. Advisory Council members include: Debjani Ghosh, President, NASSCOM; Anna Roy, Senior Advisor, NITI AYOG; Neelam Dhawan, Head, Advisory board, IBM, Board Member Royal Philips, Netherlands, ICICI Bank, India and Yatra Online; Gayatri Yadav, Former President Consumer Strategy & Innovation, STAR India; Kirthiga Reddy, Partner, SoftBank Investment Advisers & Former MD of Facebook; and Anuranjita Kumar, who is the Chairperson for WiT India Forum.
Commenting on the Forum, Anuranjita Kumar, Chairperson, WiT India Forum said, “If India is going to be a significant contributor to the creation of a new normal, it will have to rely on women being equal partners. Gender disparity is still a concern in the industry with women representing only 1% percent in the C-suite level. The WiT Forum aims to takes this discussion to a larger, more inclusive audience, to empower women with resources and opportunities that recognise their abilities.”
WiT was recently in the news for concluding India’s first ever all women hackathon, held completely online. ‘WiT Spark’ is next in line of their efforts to Engage, Enable and Employ women in STEM and continue the dialogue around accelerating the new normal. This dynamic virtual conference will see leaders from the technology & business worlds like Karan Bajwa, MD, Google Cloud; Debjani Ghosh, President, NASSCOM; Neelam Dhawan, Head, Advisory board, IBM, Board Member Royal Philips, Netherlands, ICICI Bank, India and Yatra Online; CP Gurnani, CEO, Tech Mahindra; Ritesh Talapatra, MD, Optum Global Solutions India; Neeraj Agarwal, Chairman, APAC, Boston Consulting Group; Anna Roy, Senior Advisor, NITI Ayog; Aruna Rao, CEO, Kotak Bank; Farrah Qureshi, CEO Global Diversity Practice LinkedIN; Pankaj Bansal, CEO & Co-Founder, Peoplestrong; Anjali Singh, MD Corporate Bank Operations, Deutsche Bank; Manish Bharti, CEO, UI Path; Aditi Mahadevan, APAC Head, Talent, L&D, CITI and many others .
The conference is expect to be engaging in insightful discussions on topics related to self-reliance in the age of technology, upskilling to thrive in the new normal career choices in the world of AI, co-existence of machine & humans, etc. Innovative and inspiring content curated in these special sessions will be experienced through a state of the art virtual platform powered by STCH VirtuaLive.