March 14, 2021

Staying Relevant with Priya and Sridhar Parthasarathy

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Staying Relevant with Priya and Sridhar Parthasarathy
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Show Notes

In this episode, Priya and Sridhar Parthasarathy share their perspectives with Sivaguru on:

  • Priya’s determination to do MCA, after missing an opportunity to do engineering in Bidar
  • Starting her career with Robert Bosch and moving on to Mascot and Wipro as a project leader and getting into ERP solutions
  • Setting up the EAI practice in Cognizant
  • Wanting to contribute to the Digital India initiative and taking up a role in NASSCOM
  • Sridhar’s journey starting at BITS Pilani and a small firm before doing his masters and then to Tata Unisys, before joining Wipro
  • Now, a cybersecurity consultant, managing his own venture, Purple Team
  • How the excellent support from family has been helping Priya both at home and career, complemented by the guidance from supervisors and managers at work
  • Priya’s experience of setting up and growing the EAI practice
  • Sridhar shares how he saw his mother being a career woman and was keen on marrying a career woman
  • His philosophy of having relationships based on equality and mutual respect
  • The support he gets from Priya in his career movement decisions
  • Being sounding boards from the industry for each other
  • Sridhar also shares instances where he was able to encourage and support women facing some challenges at work, due to demands on their time or commute
  • How, Having a woman entrepreneur in the team helps create the empathy needed at the workplace
  • Possible reasons why we find few women in cybersecurity
  • The impact of working from home on balancing work and personal demands
  • Their views on IT as a career choice and mid career questions that many of us face

Priya is spearheading NASSCOM’s Future Skills initiative with the remit of skilling/reskilling/upskilling of over 4 million people in cybersecurity for India by 2025. She has seen all the opportunities and challenges that women encounter both as an engineer and as a leader.  Prior to her stint in NASSCOM she was heading Cognizant’s Security practice.  Priya is an alumna of SJCE Mysore.


Future Skills:

Sridhar heads the cybersecurity consulting firm Purple Team, specializing in cloud security.  In the 30+ years he has been in the Indian software industry he has been trying figure out what makes it tick. Every time he thinks he has, they change the rules!  

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