As part of Veritas’ commitment to empower women and foster their growth and success, Veritas is proud to participate in the TechWomen mentorship program for the fourth consecutive year. An initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the mission of TechWomen is to empower, connect, and support the next generation of women leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by providing them with the access and opportunity to advance their careers, pursue their dreams, and become role models for women and girls in their communities.
Eight Veritas female technical employees were selected as mentors in this year’s TechWomen program, which kicks off in Santa Clara on October 7 and runs through October 23: Chandra Chezhian, Madeleine McNally, Melanie Greene, Neha Mehra, Niti Trimbake, Ramya Mula, Shweta Bansal, and Vidya Deshmukh.
“It’s a great honor for our female employees to be selected for this program, and our continued participation in this program shows how Veritas tangibly supports the development of our technical women and those around the world,” says Senior Director, Internal Communications and Corporate Responsibility Rick Avila.
TechWomen brings 100 emerging women leaders from Africa, Central Asia, and the Middle East together with their professional counterparts in the U.S. for a mentorship and exchange program. This year, Veritas employees will mentor three emerging technical women: Mais Khader from Jordan, Nobukhosi Dlamini from South Africa, and Salma Salim from Morocco. The emerging leaders will spend three weeks with their mentors, learning about the company, working on projects, and enhancing their skills so that they have additional opportunities to succeed upon returning home to their countries. The three emerging leaders will also be meeting with several Veritas leaders over the next couple weeks. In particular, SVP, Chief Information Officer John Abel, and SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer Sophie Ames are great advocates and supporters of the program.
When asked how they will leverage their mentorship experience to make an impact in their home country after participating in the TechWomen program, Nobukhosi Dlamini said, “I’m currently mentoring a group of teenage girls who are looking to pursue a career in technology. I believe this program will help me to develop as a leader and add more value to my mentees. I also believe that I’ll grow my company to expand and employ more people. I’d also like to expand my company to other African countries where I believe my services can add great value.”
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