Tessy, Shailaja to speak at Women in Technology summit

21st June 2021
Tessy, Shailaja to speak at Women in Technology summit
Tessy Thomas (left) and KK Shailaja

Bangalore, India, June 21, 2021: WITI (Women in Technology International), the leading advocate for innovation, inclusivity and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Maths is to host  a special APAC programme on ‘Stories of Resilience’ during its virtual Annual Global Summit from June 22 to 24.
The keynote speakers include K K Shailaja, Former Health Minister of Kerala, India and Tessy Thomas, Distinguished Scientist and Director General (Aeronautical Systems), DRDO, India, popularly known as the Missile Woman of India. The APAC sessions will focus on topics including, the future of APAC women in tech, thriving in post pandemic workplace, harnessing technology to create an inclusive future, well-being and empathetic leadership, women leaders rewriting traditional views of entrepreneurship and many more.
Some of the other speakers include Arundhati Bhattacharya, Chairperson and CEO – Salesforce India, Gargi Dasgupta, Director - IBM Research/India & CTO, IBM India & South Asia, Rucha Nanavati, CIO - Mahindra Group, Rohini Srivathsa, National Technology Officer (CTO) - Microsoft India, Aditi Banerjee, MD – Accenture India, Annie Mathew, Director, Developer Relations - Microsoft APAC, Supriya Dhanda, Country Manager - Western Digital and others.
Says David Leighton, President of WITI:  “WITI’s 2021 Global Summit is the first to feature a dedicated APAC track. The designated APAC track at our Summit celebrates the growth and acceleration of WITI’s regional expansion efforts across the Asia-Pacific. We hope that by highlighting Stories of Resilience, we can shine a light on how individuals and organizations have been withstanding the challenges thrown their way, especially during these unprecedented times.”
Adds Arya Murali, Vice President, WITI India: “Our APAC Track at the WITI Global Summit is a huge opportunity to address the gender and seniority gap for women in tech roles. We’re excited to showcase our multifaceted approach of skill development, networking and leadership with this event and discuss what corporations and women in APAC can do to achieve gender equity. Also, we are happy to extend the Carolyn Leighton Scholarship to students in APAC, both male & female, to honour the vision of Carolyn Leighton, founder of WITI and her work in building out this global sisterhood over the last 30 years.”
The Carolyn Leighton Scholarship is extended to students in tech of all genders in the APAC region to attend the WITI APAC summit, at a 100% scholarship. The scholarship includes an opportunity to attend 3 days of the global summit, a certificate of participation in WITI’s 27th Annual Global Summit and 1-year WITI membership. Undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students who are currently enrolled in any technical university within India and the rest of APAC are eligible to apply for the scholarship.
WITI’s global reach surpasses 3 million professionals across North America, South America, EMEA, Asia Pacific, Southeast Asia, and Australia, through more than 300 partners, 50 domestic and 13 global networks. WITI delivers to its members leading edge, best practice tools, programs and platforms designed to increase innovation, competitiveness, and revenue. witi.com