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Hyderabad.AnitaB.org Meetup on 8 February, 2019

February 8, 2019 · 1:30 pm - 6:00 pm

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We are delighted to announce the first Hyderabad.AnitaB.org meetupt for 2019, on Friday, 8 February.

Ensuring our Hyderabad community stays connected and continues to benefit from local AnitaB.org meetups, we have a power packed half-day session that will cover Product Management – an area that is hugely important in today’s times and relevant for all technologists. We will also engage in an activity-based workshop to learn and practice Business Storytelling Skills.

Join us to learn, connect and share experiences!

Venue Sponsor

Venue: AMD India Private Limited, 8th – 11th Floor, Building No. 11, Raheja Mindspace IT Park, HITEC City, Madhapur, Hyderabad, Telangana 500081

1.30 PM – 2.30 PM: Registrations
Live Virtual Reality (VR) Experience (demo)
2.30 PM – 2.35 PM: Welcome note by Jaya Jagadish, Corporate Vice President, Lead – India Leadership Team, AMD
2.35 PM – 2.45 PM: AnitaB.org India updates by Nivedita Aggarwal, Director, Software Engineering, C A Technologies (a Broadcom Company) and Community Leader, Hyderabad.AnitaB.org
2.45 PM – 3.15 PM: Keynote – Technology for Social Sector – a Transformation Story by Praseeda Kunam, Co-founder and CEO, Samhita
3.15 PM – 4.00 PM: Panel Discussion – Product Management: An Emerging Perspective Panelists: Jaya Jagadish (AMD), Medha Nair (Mircosoft),Namita Mishra (ServiceNow) and Sita Mahalakshmi (GE Digital)
4.00 PM – 4.15 PM: Break
4.15 PM – 5.15 PM: Workshop – Business Storytelling – Engage Your Audience and Win Them Over by Shalini Chaudhari, Independent Consultant
5.15 PM – 6.00 PM: Closing, followed by High Tea

For any queries you can write to Indiaqueries@AnitaB.orga

Session Details

Keynote: Technology for Social Sector – a Transformation Story
This session will cover the journey of Praseeda and Samhita as they grew together over the years, how Samhita has used technology to reach under-served remote areas, challenges that are out there and what more can technology do to overcome them, especially for women.

Panel: Product Management: An Emerging Perspective
This will be a discussion on emerging trends in product management, types of product management, how India product management differs from a global view, challenges, learning on roadmaps, day-in-the-life-of a product manager and tips to being a successful product manager.

Workshop: Business Storytelling – Engage Your Audience and Win Them Over
An activity based, crash course on how to engage your audience and win them over with business storytelling. Participants will learn a storytelling framework, understanding the importance of it in a professional context and practice their newly learned skills to pitch an emerging technology related product or service.

Speaker Details

Jaya Jagadish, Corporate Vice President, Lead – India Leadership Team, AMD

As Corporate Vice President, Silicon Design Engineering, Jaya Jagadish, is responsible for AMD’s R&D work out of India and for enhancing the skill sets of the engineering teams. As Lead, India Leadership Team, she gives the strategic direction for company’s growth in the region and for fostering a culture of innovation, inclusive growth and corporate responsibility. Her first stint with AMD was in Austin 1994. She joined the company immediately after completing her Masters in Electrical Engineering from University of Texas at Dallas. She moved on from AMD to work with Mentor Graphics as a senior consultant from 1997-2000, followed by Analog Devices as a Senior Design Engineer till 2004. After returning to India, she joined AMD in 2005 and was one of the first team members of AMD India’s development center in Bangalore. In early 2000, limited engineering design was done in India. She played an instrumental role in shifting this narrative. She built a strong 150+ team, that today is responsible for designing the very core of AMD CPUs. She hired fresh talent, trained and mentored them. Over the years, she led this team to successfully execute complex programs in AMD’s roadmap. It’s a testimony to her leadership that many of these employees today occupy senior positions in the company.
Jaya became part of India leadership team in 2011 as Director and in 2015 was given the responsibility to lead this team. Ask her about her success as a woman leader, and she will urge you to not look at her growth from the prism of gender. She envisages a future where there is no such term as ‘Woman Leaders’, but just Leaders!

Medha Nair, Prinicipal Program Manager, Mircosoft

Medha Nair is an experienced Product Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. Her professional experience primarily includes technology consulting to solve business problems, Product Strategy & Lifecycle Management and Business Development functions. She has a passion for applying Analytics to address business problems and has worked with several organizations across different industries. Medha currently leads the team responsible for building & deploying Advanced Analytics solutions for Sales & Marketing at Microsoft. She is recognized as a thought leader in defining new Products and Customer Engagement Leadership.

Namita Mishra, Sr. Staff Product Manager, ServiceNow

Namita is an Enterprise Project & Product Management Specialist with 18+ years of substantial experience across all aspects of Product Portfolio Management (PPM). She is a strategic thinker and dynamic problem solver with great listening skills who understands the business and customer needs. Namita is experienced in C-level stakeholder management. She is passionate about mentoring people and helping them grow in product management. Colleagues describe her as a progressive, down-to-earth product management expert who can be relied on to offer superior customer experience. Namita is currently making a positive difference in the PPM product management at ServiceNow as Senior Staff Product Manager.

Praseeda Kunam, Co-founder and CEO, Samhita

After her MBA and Masters in Information Management from Washington University in St. Louis and work in Central Asia on a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) trade and investment project, Praseeda joined SKS Microfinance, an upcoming MFI, as Director of Operations in Hyderabad in 2003. After working with SKS for two and a half years, Kunam moved on to join ABN AMRO Bank to help MFI start-ups to build capacity in financially underserved areas such as north-east, UP and Bihar. She co-founded Samhita Community Development Services in 2008. Samhita is a group of community development institutions empowering women of poor households to lead a life with dignity and work opportunities.

Shalini Chaudhari, Independent Consultant

Shalini has worked in the professional services industry for 20 years and has been a business and technology leader for the last 10. Till Jan 2018, she was a Managing Director (Technology) at Accenture and in the last 10 years, she has worked in different leadership roles that involved leading edge technologies and areas like Artificial Intelligence, Digital Architecture, Security, Cloud and Transformation Management. At present, Shalini is providing technology advisory to Caspian Impact Investments (CII) on strategy and implementation of an enterprise digital platform. Her experiences, coupled with her ability to tell effective and relevant stories, enable her to promote science and technology for under-served children via her association with TLS, a charity working with rural schools in India and for women in technology with organizations like AnitaB.org. Shalini shares, “ looking back, I realize that one of the key reasons of my successful and satisfying career has been my ability to connect with people, jointly work towards a common mission and reach the goals we set. And storytelling has been at the heart of it. Storytelling in business, I strongly believe, is an essential ingredient for a successful career. And I want to bring it to students and professionals as they start or continue their professional careers.”

Sita Mahalakshmi, Technical Product Manager, GE Digital 

Sita Mahalakshmi is a Technical Product Manager at GE Digital. She has 20 years of professional experience in diverse roles across different businesses and organizations. This includes core software development, Lean Six Sigma, User Experience and Product Management. She holds a Masters degree in Computer Applications. Currently working with GE Digital, previously worked with Areva/Alstom T&D, AINS India. In her current role, she is managing products by technically collaborating with cross functional teams. This includes managing product releases, creating product roadmaps by identifying opportunities through research, user interviews to discover needs and insights and owning product backlogs. Being a fierce advocate of users and customers she has envisioned and lead initiatives like performing competitive intelligence, patent analysis to improve the product positioning and performance in the market. She has optimized user experience & product behavior by designing next gen applications & redesigning existing applications to respond to the voice of customer.



February 8, 2019
1:30 pm - 6:00 pm


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