A presentation to the students of SAKALA, Haiti

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Annika, a Palo Alto High School student, invited me to talk to the students of SAKALA, Haiti about the jobs of the future.  Sakala serves as Cite Soleil’s only youth community center, to develop children and young adults through athletics, agronomy, and education.  Founded as a Pax Christi peacebuilding project, Sakala builds people of courage and character, to strengthen the families and communities of Cite Soleil. I could not deliver this presentation live due to internet issues but had fun putting this together for their use.

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Webinar: Market Research and Networking

 

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Why startups fail?
Well, the number one issue, as per research firm CB Insights is – no market need.

In her talk to the startup founders who are part of CEG ALUMNI INCUBATOR (CEGAIN)Shantha Mohan Ph.D. elaborated on two reasons why they fail and how early-stage startups can help reduce these risks.

She said that it is important to do good market research to understand the industry trend, consumer needs, and competition. Spending time and resource on this early in the journey will help find the right problem to solve that is at the intersection of a product for which there is a need from a sizeable market that has the ability to pay the price that will make the business viable. She gave techniques on how to do market research through surveys and shared the success story of icliniq.com by CEG alumnus Dhruv Suyamprakasam

She also spoke on the other failure reason – failure to network- and how founders must tap alumni, social media, and other networks.

It was super sweet of her – author of Roots and Wings, an entrepreneur, active member of CEG Alumni Association North America, social media influencer, and deeply involved in the innovation ecosystem in the US – take time from her very busy schedule to encourage and share knowledge with founders. Pandiyen R

Webinar Video

SF Bay Area Tamil Manram -பெண்கள் சுய அதிகாரம்

 

ThumbnailThis is a webinar on women’s empowerment I gave to the members of SF Bay Area Tamil Manram. I shortened the length of delivery and created a video from the presentation with voice over.

Women and Self-Empowerment

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Introduction

Recently I was invited to give a talk on Women’s Empowerment at the San Francisco Tamil Manram.  This article is based on the webinar I delivered in Tamil. One of my mentees who is currently doing her engineering undergraduate was surprised by some of the challenges I mention.  That comes from belonging to the privileged class of women.  Keep in mind that when I talk about women, I am talking about all women in the world and my frame of reference is the Indian culture.  Challenges unique to women in technical professions are also discussed.

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Dr. Seetha Lakshmi: Pioneering Database Technologist

 

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Seetha Lakshmi graduated in 1972 from the College of Engineering, Guindy (CEG), with a degree in electronics and communication engineering.  She went on to get a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Texas, Austin (the first woman Ph.D. from CEG!).

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பெண்கள் சுய அதிகாரம் – Women’s Self-empowerment 

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I had the honor of presenting a webinar on Women’s empowerment to 80+ Tamilians – members of San Francisco Tamil Manram & Sacramento Tamil Manram and some Tamil friends.

You can watch the recording of the webinar or browse the slides.

 

Let It Be

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I confess. I am an impulse buyer.  The other day, I went into Trader Joes to buy cashew nuts. Passing the bread and cookies aisle, I couldn’t resist buying a bag of iced cookies.  Never mind that I shouldn’t be eating anything with that much sugar.  If you tell me you are not an impulse buyer, I won’t believe you. We all buy something on impulse, only the degree of impulse buying varies. I say, let it be.

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Book Review – Radical Spirits: India’s First Woman Doctor and Her American Champions

 

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Starting with the tombstone inscription in Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery, “first Brahmin woman who came to America to become a doctor”, this tale of two countries and two females – Anandi-bai Joshee of India and her “adopted aunt” Theodocia Carpenter of America captures your attention and holds it until the very end.

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“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller

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How do you make an impact as an alum when you are physically very far away from the campus?  Here is a story that will convince you that no matter where you are, it is possible.

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Roots and Wings Wisdom

 

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I published Roots and Wings, the book that chronicles the lives of 29 pioneering engineering women of India, 16 months ago.  Here are some words of wisdom from several of these women who graduated between 1953-1971.

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