AIBC NSW Women entrepreneurs gave inspiring insights into surviving in a male-dominated industry

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By Manju Mittal

On September 14, 2015 AIBC (Australia India Business Council) NSW Women in Business held a panel discussion at Commonwealth Bank Darling Park Sydney about what it is like to work in a male-dominated world with a focus on women who have by sheer determination have tried to change the footprints for the next generation.

”˜Achieving success as a woman in AIBC’ was moderated by Clair Tynan AIBC NSW WIB Chapter Chair and includied Sheba Nandkeolyar Director & CEO, MultiConnexions and National Vice-Chair AIBC.

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Distinguished group of four successful women panelists comprised of: Rhonda Piggott – Director NSW State Office DPAT, Annette Pinder – Executive Manager Migrant Financial Services CBA, Honey Jacob ( Anna) – General Manager NEST Information Technologies and Veena Sahajwalla – UNSW’s Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology

The audience of more than 50 women and media representatives attended the event. Clair Tynan welcomed the audience and introduced all four speakers to the guests. Panellists shared their insights and success stories. It was quite inspiring to hear their stories and to feel the bond thus developed. Women and men are roughly equal in terms of race, region, education, household income, profession or political participation. When women run for office regardless of the position they seek they are just as equal as their male counterparts. In order to be successful in male ”“ dominated environment     women have to take aggressive male characteristics and learn to behave in ways that are unnatural to them. The gender gap in political ambition is virtually the same as it was a decade ago. The women are much less likely than men to think they are qualified to run for office. In fact, women perform as well as men and have made headway into certain Industries and occupations

The panel discussed their professional experiences and answered questions from audience such as: How do I deal with male-dominated work environment? Why men compete against women? The panel and the audience brought expertise to the discussion. Pearls of wisdom that came from the panel Honey Jacob included: Be your own role model and choose what you want to do with your life.

Sheba Nandkeolyar shared her insights into working in a male-dominate Industries. She also added: Believe in yourself, passionate about what you do, don’t put yourself down and most importantly help each other out.

Committee member of AIBC and CEO Gandhi Creations Sonia Gandhi said she was very pleased with the turnout of the event and she thanked sponsors, media and panellsts and guests who attended the event.

The panel discussion was a wonderful experience. It was great opportunity to hear the views of some pretty accomplished women of AIBC. They provided great suggestions and insights into how to isurvive in the male-dominated Industries.

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