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NASSCOM launches women leadership program in technology

National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM), in association with TalentSprint, has launched a new Leadership program for Women in Technology, Project LEAD (Leadership Exploration and Development).

National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM), in association with TalentSprint, has launched a new Leadership program for Women in Technology, Project LEAD (Leadership Exploration and Development). The program  is being conducted in Hyderabad as part of NASSCOM’s Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Initiative for high potential managers of  IT companies like Infotech Enterprises, Deloitte, Dell, Infosys, WIPRO, GENPACT, Mahindra Satyam, HSBC, Bank of America, Anthelio, Broadridge, JPMC, Seneca, Intergraph, Virtusa and many others.

The precipitous growth of the IT industry in the mid 1990s inspired a larger percentage of women to join the IT workforce. Today, while the percentage of women working in the IT  Companies is over 30% across all levels, it is less than 2% in the top leadership positions. This is primarily due to some of the complex issues like marriage, family, children, relocation  etc. that women have to make vis-a-vis their career decisions like better job profiles, higher compensation etc.

NASSCOM’s D&I initiative is aimed at bringing more women into the workforce and create more women leaders in the IT-BPO industry. The initiative has brought about a clear awareness and understanding of the business case for gender inclusivity in the industry, in order for enterprises to survive and grow in increasingly diverse markets.

Launching the program, Dr. BVR Mohan Reddy, Member, Executive Council, NASSCOM, Chairman and MD, Infotech Enterprises, said, “NASSCOM is very pleased to launch this program as part of its D&I initiative. Not all leaders are born; they can be created in classrooms, through right kind of coaching and mentoring, using the basic principles of high integrity, intense customer focus and entrepreneurial ownership. The Indian IT-BPO industry was amongst the first to recognize the strategic importance of creating a diverse and inclusive environment. Project LEAD is a part of NASSCOM’s persistent efforts to build on the strengths of the women workforce.”

TalentSprint, an NSDC partner company funded by Nexus Ventures, has introduced many programs targeted at entry level and working professionals at different stages in their career that are run out of their centers in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. This is the first leadership program that is targeted specifically at women.

Dr. Santanu Paul, MD and CEO, TalentSprint, said, “We are very pleased to partner with NASSCOM’s D&I Initiative in pioneering this program.  Project LEAD, an evolutionary journey from exploring one’s individual leadership style to impacting teams and customers, combines  broader  aspects of leadership with specific topics that are especially relevant for  women in technology.”

By ICR staff

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