“Always remain true to who you are”

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This International Women’s Day, it’s important to recognise the contributions of women across all industries, but especially in the fields of technology and transformation where gender parity remains stunted. While progress is being made, there is still a long way to go. Women continue to face obstacles and challenges in male-dominated industries and so the theme of IWD this year is #EmbraceEquity.

It reminds us that we need to work together to create a world that is free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination. A world where everyone is given the exact resources and opportunities needed to reach an equal outcome. By embracing equity, we can celebrate women’s achievements, raise awareness about discrimination, and take action to drive gender parity.

In celebration of diversity and inclusion, we had the privilege of interviewing some of our inspiring female associates who work in various disciplines in the technology and transformation field. We asked them a series of questions to gain insights into their experiences and challenges, and any advice for other women who aspire to pursue a career in the industry. We hope that these interviews will inspire you to embrace equity in your own life and take action towards a more inclusive workplace.

In this latest interview in our blog series, we speak to Vaishali Abbi, Compliance Officer at Sullivan & Stanley, about always being her authentic self and looking up to other working mums…

1. What inspired you to pursue a career in tech/transformation, and what do you enjoy most about your job?

I always wanted to stay in compliance but wanted to change sectors to enable me to learn new skills, as well as develop the skills I already had.

2. How have you overcome any obstacles or challenges in your career as a woman in a male-dominated industry?

I have always stayed true to myself, and with time and experience I have been able to voice my opinion and stand my ground when needed. I’ve always had the mindset that ‘if one door closes, another door opens’ and I take this mindset into any role.

3. During your career, have you ever felt that you were treated differently because of your gender?

To be honest I would say no, I have been very lucky wherever I have worked that I have never been treated differently based on my gender.

4. What advice would you give to other women wanting to start a career in tech?

Always remain true to who you are. In any role you do, never be afraid of being the real you and you will see you will get more respect.

5. How do you think the technology sector can become more inclusive?

I think we need to show the world that this sector isn’t just for one gender. We need to promote the successful women in technology a lot more to show young girls and women that there is a great career ahead of them in this world.

6. How have you benefited from working with colleagues from diverse backgrounds?

I have learned a lot, not just culturally, but also learning the different ways people work and seeing what drives and motivates different individuals.

7. Finally, who are some women that you admire and look up to, either within the industry or beyond?

Apart from all the women in my life, I would say it was the COO of the department I was working in at one of my previous roles. As well as being a mother of four, she still worked hard and was able to climb the corporate ladder. As a mother of myself, seeing another mother work full-time and be at that position motivates me every day to push myself harder.

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