Meet Tejaswini Marathe, our #JWiT2017 Co-Chair!

I joined #JWiT2017 because...

The technology industry right now is a space that is developing – it is a resource of smart and talented individuals. The industry will benefit greatly from having more women in leadership roles. The JWiT conference is the only student-run conference with a focus to inspire and educate more women MBAs in the tech industry. As an enthusiast and an aspirant of this industry pursing an MBA, I believe that we need more women at various corporate levels for the industry to continue its impressive growth.

Another reason I joined JWiT is that I want to change how various diversity events are perceived. As a board member, I am working with the JWiT team to create awareness and encourage people to think differently about such events. For women to be treated as equals, we need to encourage women to apply for jobs in technology without being intimidated and extinguish any miconceptions they have about the industry. Last year, the conference was #Daretotech, and our conversations focused on how to bring about this change. This year, with the theme of #TechTogether, we want to take it a step further and identify the steps you can take in your organization to grow your career.

#TechTogether means to me...

At my previous firm, my work team was 51 percent women, and two out of five partners (top leadership positions) were women. Having worked with female leaders in a competitive environment, I recognize the importance of a collaborative team environment and the benefits gained from hearing a diversity of perspectives. In my previous firm, everyone created partnerships to help build and sustain each other’s careers. I would attribute the majority of my success to my mentors and champions who have given me very helpful career advice and support — and not all of them were women. As the JWiT co-chair, I want to work with the team to educate the audience on the importance of mentors and how to build a personal board of champions and mentors in the workplace that you can turn to for advice.