Session: Networking for Support
Many of us seek out the support and guidance of others in our field and in the companies we work in to support our overall growth, leadership capability, operational maturity…and many, many more areas. However straightforward this exercise sounds, it may prove daunting or difficult at different stages of our careers. When you are first starting out, you may not be able to find the person you need to support you due to access, visibility, or experience versus when you are more senior and options of mentorship or sponsorship from above starts to diminish and you need to seek it out more laterally than vertically.
This talk will practically address the tenets of Mentorship, Sponsorship, and Allyship as more of a progression rather than as distinct ideas to be defined and delivered by one person. As someone who has progressed in my career often in pursuit and finally leading on those three tenets, I am bringing my network of people who help me to actualize and critically think about how I measure myself on all three.
- Learn how to build better networks that support your career growth
- Learn how Mentorship, Sponsorship, and Allyship can help your organisation to provide better career support
- Continuous growth in this area is integral to the success of women navigating leadership positions and supporting steps into leadership
Maatia Rickard is a devoted people leader with over 12 years of experience in Resource Management, Programme/Service Delivery Management, and Operations Management in multiple industries including two of the BIG 4, the UK charity sector, and a Global Technology Leader. She is a Senior Manager leading multiple operational functions within the Software Integrity Group at Synopsys. As a dedicated mentor, she supports people to actualize the full purpose and potential of both their personal and professional lives. This passion led to her heading up People Programmes to develop and lead on internal cultural & people focused programmes which included a newly designed and rebuilt Mentoring programme and Consultant Communities, furthering the integration of diversity, equity, and inclusion into every aspect of the business’ day-to-day work. Maatia is a founding Co-Lead of Synopsys’ Global PRIDE ERG (Employee Resource Group) and was recently awarded a Synopsys Excellence award for her work on People Programs and Inclusion and Diversity.
Frank Morris is an accomplished business executive with over 25 years’ experience in technology and related sectors. Known for his ability to win hearts and minds rapidly as a business leader, he enjoys embracing talent on each and every journey. Frank is an active mentor and coach both in and out of working environments and enjoys the variation and constant learning that comes with the consulting industry.
Shoaa Kewan is the Director of Resource Management at Synopsys with extensive expertise in the consulting industry overseeing utilization optimization, analytics, coaching, staff and performance management. She is a natural leader and advocate who thrives being a resource for others, developing creative solutions, and cultivating best-in-class talent on large teams. As a high touch communicator and active listener, she calibrates confidently while building community amongst teams. Having been at Synopsys (through the acquisition of Cigital) for the last 10 years, she started scheduling jobs from one Excel spreadsheet to schedule people and projects to developing a global Resource Management Operations team that includes 14 Resource Managers and Delivery Service Managers! Before Cigital/SNPS, she worked at Merrill Lynch, PwC, and EY doing a mix of business operations and Resource Management.
Nike Owens, a Training and Enablement Manager within the Software Integrity Group at Synopsys, has 12 years of experience in training and development with employers in various industries. Prior to her current role at Synopsys she has an eclectic background in property & casualty insurance, e-commerce Software-as-a-Service and learning management system software development organizations. Nike is obsessed with empowering others and providing employees with tools and resources to enable them to level up at work and in life. She has most recently been credited with overhauling the former new employee training program into an interactive and enjoyable virtual experience driving inclusivity and engagement amongst global staff. She is valued for her skills in a wide range of critical success areas from assessment of program efficiencies to identify gaps, to the development of engaging content and advising on change management. As a DEI champion, Nike has served as leader, co-lead and professional development lead on Diversity& Inclusion committees at her last three employers and works alongside other passionate leaders to build equitable and inclusive spaces for all in tech. When she is not working, you can find her in the car, chauffeuring her 2 busy teenagers around town, catching the latest Marvel flick, or having some chill time at home with her husband/partner/spouse and 2 dogs.
Lekshmi is a seasoned Cyber Security professional with over 20 years of experience in the field of Security, Risk and Compliance, Privacy, Data Security and Application Security. Lekshmi has avid consulting experience with global and domestic customers in Energy, Banking and Chemical and Petroleum segments. She is a known for her innovative problem solving, result oriented approach and fearless leadership style. Lekshmi’s journey to the leadership position is the result of her passion for work, leverage the technical abilities of the team to the fullest and willingness to take up newer challenges. She led large security transformations involving complex security requirements in her delivery role and lead teams to 100% growth in less than one year as a delivery leader. She also played key roles in the business growth to double the revenue figures for security business. Lekshmi stands out as a leader with uniqueness is because of her commitment to enable the next generation cybersecurity workforce. A passionate leader and a Cyber security evangelist, Lekshmi was the Chair of the Women in Security Excelling- India Chapter in IBM consisting of 600+ members. This forum aims towards bridging the gender gap in Cyber Security space. She was the Leader of University Relationship- Security across India and is the member in the Board of studies of some of premium engineering colleges. She is one of the founding member and General Secretary of Women in Cyber Security (WiCys) India chapter. She is a regular speaker in renowned universities, active mentor in her current organizations and external forums and also spoken in conferences like DSCI Annual Information security Conference, Executive Women’s Forum and many more. She is also an active member of Anita B.Org and was one of the review committee member for Grace Hopper India Conference 2021.