#CelebrateingtheRainbow at the workplace – share your stories of Pride!
Co-Founder & Director of Meteonic Innovation, a Bangalore based software consulting company which specializes in providing niche software technology consulting to IT and non IT companies, Vandana Mehrotra, is a Serial Entrepreneur and Business Coach, elected to the Nasscom IT services Council 2015-17.
An engineer & serial entrepreneur with business expertise in IT, Retail, F&B, she has over 19 years of Experience having played key roles in Product & Program Management, Operations, Customer Service, Sales & Marketing! She has acquired multiple skills in multiple domains while having cross industry exposure.
Consulting in DevOps , UX/UI, Usability, Agile Transformation services is her latest interest.
Her vision is to make significant impact in the lives of the people by giving them livelihood (does not believe in one time charity). Her mission is to create more & more entrepreneurs (especially Women Entrepreneurs) by extending whatever support & help she can.
She loves creating – in her journey as an entrepreneur since 2007, she has ventured into 6 different businesses!
She is also passionate about Continuous Process Improvements and innovating in whatever she does. She loves sharing learnings from her experiences and has conducted Knowledge sharing sessions & Training on various Technical &Management concepts. She is also a prominent speaker at various conferences & coauthoring a book on Entrepreneurship “YCDI.”
Vandana Mehrotra will be leading a session about Gearing yourself up for scale at the Breaking Barriers To Growth: The Money Edition. Get your pass now!
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Can you believe this bloke compelled me to wear only saris - full time at home- till the eighth month of my pregnancy?! The excessive heat coupled with humidity made my life miserable.
Recently when I browsed an interesting post by a fellow author on this very forum I had a sense of déjà vu. She describes the absolutely unnecessary hullabaloo over ladies donning nighties and /or dupatta –less suits.
I wish to narrate how I was in dire straits so far wearing a ‘nightie’ was concerned.
I lived in my ultra orthodox sasural under constant surveillance of two moral guardians (read Taliban) in the shape of the husband’s mom and dad. The mom was unschooled and dim-witted while the dad was a medical practitioner. But he out-Heroded the Herod in orthodoxy.
My supervisor introduced me as a valuable member of the team, emphasizing my skills and contributions rather than focusing on my gender identity. This simple act set the tone for my experience in the workplace.
As a transwoman navigating the corporate world, I had encountered my fair share of discrimination and challenges. Transitioning without the support of my parents and having limited friendships in my personal life made the journey difficult and lonely. However, when I stepped into the office, something remarkable happened, I left behind the stress and negativity, embracing a space where I could truly be myself.
Joining the marketing team as a graphic designer, I was initially apprehensive about how my colleagues would react to my gender identity. But to my surprise, the atmosphere was welcoming and respectful from day one. My supervisor, Sarah, introduced me as a valuable member of the team, emphasizing my skills and contributions rather than focusing on my gender identity. This simple act set the tone for my experience in the workplace.
As I settled into my role, I discovered that my colleagues went out of their way to make me feel comfortable and included. They consistently used my correct name and pronouns, creating an environment where I could be authentically me. Being an introvert, making friends wasn’t always easy for me, but within this workplace, I found a supportive community that embraced me for who I truly am. The workplace became a haven where I could escape the stresses of my personal life and focus on my professional growth.
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