Geetha Kannan
Case study

Geetha Kannan

Founder and CEO
Geetha Kannan is a versatile entrepreneurial leader and a pioneer for the Women in IT movement in India. With over 30 years of global experience spanning business, technology and people, her focus has always been to raise the bar, build teamwork and drive far-reaching impact. Geetha credits much of her progress to learning, opportunities and a supportive environment, and is compelled to make this a norm for all women in tech. Geetha's vision is to holistically provide high quality, integrated and accessible resources to expand equality of outcomes for women and their network supporters in technology.

Through her career Geetha has taken on growth and change roles in the corporate and non-profit sector – covering business strategy, operations, sales, marketing, HR, sustainability, diversity and inclusion. She held senior leadership positions with Infosys and ANZ where she powered these companies with technology interventions, innovative practices and leadership development. With her entrepreneurship gene fuelled, in 2013 Geetha moved to head AnitaB.org in India and grew the enterprise manifold in 6 years from <500 to 5500+ coverage of WIT, <10 to 400+ tech organizations participating, and single city to pan India impact for the women's movement in the country. She also elevated women entrepreneurs by developing the WEQ program and built partnership with the Govt. of India (Department of Science & Technology) to provide experiential learning in Silicon Valley.

Geetha's work on equity for women started back in 2006, where she envisioned and implemented the early stage women-enabling policies and the first ever Women in Tech conference with the sponsorship of Infosys. She then helped move these initiatives to NASSCOM for broader reach, and continued to be actively involved extending her associations to SHRM and CII to further the cause of gender inclusion in the tech industry. Geetha's thought leadership can be experienced through her insightful articles and engaging talks, plus she has been on the judging panel for multiple business awards (GLOMO, Community Business).

As a B.Com and MBA graduate (gold medallist) from Bharathiar University, and subsequently a trained software professional, Geetha has consistently dedicated herself to being progressive and adding value to all stakeholders. She is a big believer in the power of technology and community-led efforts. Being ambitious and decisive yet balanced and nurturing, aids her innate mentoring style that many strata of leaders have benefitted from over the years. Geetha is committed to using all of her knowledge and capability at every opportunity possible, to promote women and equality for all.
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Tuesday, 24 November, 2020 / 02:45 PM - 03:15 PM IST
(04:15 AM - 04:45 AM EST)
Recovery From the Crisis: The Importance of Diversity, Equality and Inclusion (DEI)

Progressive organizations know creating an inclusive and equitable environment contributes to talent and business results. Where do you stand in times of challenge? During these difficult times would you compromise on your values of integrity, honesty and commitment? Or would you bring it to the forefront to keep you going in the face of adversity? DEI cannot be pushed to a low priority on your agenda as this would then clearly signal that it was not a priority for you, your organization or your brand even in the best of times. Diverse teams, inclusive practices and equity actions will continue moving us towards growth and ultimately equality. In this session learn the importance of keeping on track and driving this agenda across the organization. It is time to really walk the narrative.

Tuesday, 24 November, 2020 / 03:30 PM - 04:00 PM IST
(05:00 AM - 05:30 AM EST)
Roundtable: Steering the Wheel of Diversity & Inclusion in the New Normal of Leadership

The challenges that companies face today are new and this includes: Rapid and on-going response, realigning business priorities, addressing capability gaps, and exploring collaboration. Going remote and online has made us rethink strategy, take risks and surge forward. How can this learning be superimposed on steering the wheel for equity and equality outcomes.

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