March 8th is International Women’s Day. The mission of IWD for Women in Tech is to celebrate digital advancement and champion women forging innovation through technology. CleanSlate is celebrating by recognizing the women on our team all week long. Follow along each day to learn more about them, their roles, and why they believe celebrating IWD is important.
WOMEN OF CLEANSLATE
Name: Sruthi Rayasam
City: Zionsville, IN
Occupation: Senior Software Developer
Tell us about yourself:
I am an Engineer Graduate and have been working in IT since the start of my career. I have executed many roles in my career from intern to lead engineer for projects in past. Currently, at CleanSlate I am working as a Senior Engineer and have been involved in the Azure Technology project.
Who is your biggest influence?
My Grandfather. He was a Civil Engineering Architect.
How would you define women’s empowerment?
Women’s empowerment can be defined as promoting women’s sense of self-worth, their ability to determine their own choices, and their right to influence social change for themselves and others.
What did you want to be growing up?
I wanted to be an Architect.
If you could give advice to your younger self, what would it be?
Believe in yourself and you can do everything and anything.
What do you enjoy most about your role and working at CleanSlate?
The best part of working at CSTG is I get to work based on my experience and not based on my technical abilities, which is very rare.
Is it important to celebrate IWD?
Yes. There has been encouraging progress over the years, but the journey continues until gender equality is achieved globally.
Why do you think it is important for young girls to consider roles in STEM?
The younger generation with STEM degrees serve as role models and create a virtuous cycle that helps more girls enter the field. Excelling in STEM subjects helps break down gender stereotypes.
What are the main challenges facing women in IT presently? How do we overcome them?
The biggest challenge for women is creating equal opportunities for boys and girls – and that starts with education.