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I am a Full stack SW Engineer in Visa NP division. Being confident, initiative, bold and intelligent female is not an easy mission in our improving diverse reality.

 

-What does International Women’s Day mean for you?

I feel grateful and proud to where we are, how great as achievers are we and admit that there are still changes to happen.

-How do you plan to balance for better?

Trying to be unbiased, supportive and helpful human in this imperfect world.

-What advice do you have for developers in technology to push for progress in the workplace?

Always look at the big picture, try to see what you can bring to it, be initiative and love what you do

 

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What does International Women’s Day mean for you?

     It reminds that there is so much work still needs to be done in for equality in different sectors and regions of the planet. It reminds me how fortunate I've been to have parents who never differentiated my sister and I because of being a girl. They have empowered us from the start and now we are confident young women. I'm thankful that as an engineer at Visa, I've always received the support I wanted and haven't seen any biases on gender. Every women's day, I'm grateful to be women. 

  • How do you plan to #balanaceforbetter?  Balance for better starts from within, being a independent strong women inspires people around her. Balance between work life and personal life, between healthy life styles and parties, between saving and travel. Being clear in where you want to be and what you want to do can help everyone. For me, the balance started at young age when my father believed in me and never said I can't do this because I'm a girl. In every girl's life I feel the balance will start, once they have someone to mentor them or someone who believes in them. And then every girl is capable of doing a miracle.
  • What advice do you have for developers in technology to push for progress in the workplace? I would like to share the thing I've learned after joining Visa the first thing is always voice out your opnion. Never get intemediated by being the only woman in the room. Your opinion matters and people will listen. You might be wrong or right, but be open in sharing your thoughts. Even if you're wrong that's how you will learn. The second thing is always ask questions, even when you're the only one asking. Asking questions and clarifying your doubts in meeting and in life will help you progress faster and will expand your knowledge. 
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What does International Women’s Day mean for you?

  •     International women's day is celebrating the realization of women's rights and getting equal participation in all walks of life.

 

How do you plan to #balanaceforbetter?

  •     By striving for a gender balanced world which is essential for economies and communities to thrive.

 

What advice do you have for developers in technology to push for progress in the workplace?

  •     Be passionate, be diligent and enjoy what you do.
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Working women are the true inspiration everyone. Technology like any other field was dominated by men but women are taking the tech world to new hights everywhere. There are many women working side by side with me in Visa and always inspiring me to be my best by being an example.

 

Thanks for being amazing!!

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Hi guys, This is Pragya. I work as a software developer  in Visa. I hail from Bhagalpur, a small town in Bihar. Coming from a small town and being a part of a lower-middle class family, it's not easy for you to break in the corporate world, especially if you are a girl. There are questions raised about the amount of money being spent on your education, the potential interactions with boys in a co-ed environment and everyone has an opinion as to what should be the ideal age for your marriage. I am fortunate that I have a very supporting family who always believed in me and provided me with all the possible opportunities to groom myself. International Women's Day, for me, is an acceptance of the important role that women play, in the myriad of the duties they perform at their household and workplace, and for which they are often denied their fair share of love and respect. It's a wake-up call for the world to free women from the shackles that they have been unjustifiably bound to. It's a celebration of the future that provides equal spaces, opportunities and respect to both men and women. But more than anything, it's a reflection of the fact that the New Women will not and shouldn't play second fiddle to men but rather hold hands with them and walk together towards our shared goals of progress, prosperity and excellence. Balancing for better entails a lot of challenges as well as responsibilities. 

 

In corporate and even in real world this is my advice for developers in technology to push for progress in the workplace.

  • It is about respecting the opposite gender everyday and not any particular day in the year and walking hands in hands for achieving both personal and professional goals.
  • It is about giving equal opportunities to the talent without being biased or making any strong opinions towards any specific gender.
  • It  is about collaborating with others for the best outcome which also leads to broad thinking due to interaction with diverse mindsets.
  • It is about supporting each other for every task without specifying any particular domain for a specific gender.
  • It is about being a leader and empowering and nurturing everyone around us by giving an impetus to their hidden potentialities.
  • It is about celebrating equality, fraternity, non-patriarchy and humanity. 

 

 

 

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International Women’s Day, where we cherishes all women. One question always arises inside me that why we celebrate just one day or call out for Women’s success only for one particular day. Isn’t it should be continuous appraise going on throughout the year? They handle so many responsibilities at various forum and execute it without fail whether it is housekeeping things or if it is for their kids or for cooking or office work etc. For women in technology, we acknowledge those who have pushed the boundaries of the industry and are helping to strengthen workforces by making them more inclusive environments. As a forward-thinking and innovative step, it’s important for the tech industry to continue creating opportunities where women not only enter the industry, but break the gender ‘norms’ to lead.

As for encouraging the next generation, at a young age, girls need to see that there are more and more women with successful careers, who balance careers and families. As a society, we must encourage and empower girls to say yes to an opportunity and embrace it. we should also reflect on the differing and valuable perspectives that diverse voices bring to the table. 

 

 

In the technology field, there is also a misconception that you must have a strong technical background to get into the tech sector, but there is a broad range of roles that require less of a technical slant. My advice would be: ‘don’t be afraid to take on the challenge, and be assertive once you get into the role.’ The worst case is that you learn something new.

“It’s vital to get more women into the tech industry, for two reasons. Firstly, diversity is important. A team comprised of people with different backgrounds and an even balance of genders is more representative of the clients and customers for who you are building products. Secondly, the tech sector is growing, and it needs more people.

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What does International Women’s Day mean for you? 

Nothing everyday should be women’s day. Everyday women’s should get respect and treated equally. We don’t need some special treatment but it’s just we should not be undertreated.

 

How do you plan to #balanaceforbetter?

We should restrict the work and personal timings. Work hard during office hours and give your 100% and while you are attending your family or having personal time give it 100% there also. Clear line is what is very important.

 

What advice do you have for developers in technology to push for progress in the workplace?Keep learning whenever you get time.

Always be updated with the technology. We are in a very fast moving world and we need to keep ourselves updated.

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Hello All,

Shrinidhi Sridhar is a young persevering FinTech aspirant with one and half year of corporate experience nurtured from VISA,India, straight after her graduation. She is part of the Site Reliability Engineering Team, which gives her an excitement of learning and solving new challenges everyday!!

What does International Women's Day mean for Shrinidhi?

International Women's day can be defined as  "E CARD"- a symbol of (Equality, Collaboration, Accomplishment, Respect, Dignity).

How does Shrinidhi balance for better?

Charity begins at home! So is 'balance for better' - a magnificent initiative. Shrinidhi always motivates every women and men starting from her family,friends,neighbors to workplace or any external location. She believes in spreading positive vibes and instigating fire,passion and respect towards women in society. The art of balance for better is to be interpreted by men as well because we need to grow, build and help each other as  a society. 

Advice for Push for Progress?

 Strive for a dream that dosen't let you sleep. Be confident and honest in what you do. Trust the fellow workers and enable success as a team rather than aspiring individual success.  This enables you to be not just successful, but a future Leader!!

- by Shrinidhi Sridhar 

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  • What does International Women’s Day mean for you?

International Women's Day is a great opportunity to celebrate how we (women) aspire to better all areas of life, at work, at home and in our communities! It is great to acknowledge how women have impacted industries, brought about positive change and created new products/processes!

  • How do you plan to #balanaceforbetter?

As a woman in the Technology industry for over 13 years, a mom of three and a wife, I plan to balance for the better by ensuring that I use my time deliberately and that includes time for myself. Discipline-of-self has been a great way for me to ensure I am taking care of my health mental and physical. More importantly, is to also extend grace to myself, there are many demands in life and being able to adjust to them and allow for change is very important.

  • What advice do you have for developers in technology to push for progress in the workplace?

In any industry there are challenges, but I think the best advice for anyone is to be a sponge, learn as many development languages as possible, be a resource, share that knowledge with others and express your passion!

Re: International Women's Day - Share Your Story!

Hi there - my name is Maddie Dyer and I work on the US Government Relations team at Visa. A lot of you are probably wondering what on Earth that means...feel free to reach out if you want to know. 🙂 For now, I would love to talk about a cause that is very near and dear to my heart - the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

 

My cousin Cory was six years old when he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) - the most common form of pediatric blood cancer. He received a spinal tap treatment with a drug called methotextrate that left him with a rare side effect: paralysis. He immediately had to stop his chemotherapy. The doctors never thought he'd live, let alone walk again.

 

But by the time Cory was eleven, he had not only regained mobility. He also achieved remission. Cory's doctors, nurses, and family, including me, were all absolutely stunned and inspired by his strength. Cory went on to enjoy a healthy, happy life until he was twenty-one, when he was hit by a woman who was driving distractedly in Virginia Beach, where he was living at the time. She had turned the wrong way onto a one-way street, and was charged a mere $150 ticket, which she complained in court was "unfair." My aunt and uncle, meanwhile, were over $20,000 in debt from the cancer treatments that had saved their son's life - which was ultimatelty cut far too short by a completely avoidable tragedy.

 

Since Cory's passing, I have met more and more people with a cancer connection and realized just how widespread this disease is, and the devastating impact it has. When I moved to San Francisco for my current role at Visa, I met a young woman and someone I now consider dear friend who works for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Once I heard about their mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families, I knew I had to get involved. 

 

They did too, apparently! My friend recruited me to run for Woman of the Year, which essentially means I am trying to raise as much money as possible within a ten-week period for the organization. My goal is $100,000, which would fund two portfolios of cutting-edge LLS research, which I intend to devote to ALL, Cory's diagnosis. My team has decided to call ourselves Cory's Angels in his honor. Our campaign kicks off on March 20th and runs through June 1st.

 

LLS has opened my eyes to the devastating impact blood cancer - all forms of cancer, truly - can have on people's lives. We all know someone who has battled it, and hopefully won, but perhaps lost. It's important for all of us to remember that one of our co-workers may have been diagnosed, or one of their loved ones. As we celebrate International Women’s Month, I hope we commemorate women at our company who are fighting this disease, be it their own or someone else they care about.

 

This International Women’s Day, I want to honor those women. As we all seek to #balanceforbetter, I think it is important to remember that everyone has a story – one which may include a chapter of cancer, or perhaps multiple. We need to support each other. Not only can we be good colleagues, but champions. If we do that – if we stand each other up, during good times and bad – then I truly believe the workplace will be better for it.

 

Thank you for reading this, and please feel free to reach out to me at madyer@visa.com if you have any questions about LLS or my campaign. I so appreciate the support. Happy Women’s Month!