Meet the Team! Janaki Palaniappan, Co-Chair

Each week a member of the #JWiT2016 team introduces themselves to tell us how they #DaretoTech. Connect with us!

I joined JWiT because…

I want to see more women in senior leadership positions in major companies all over, especially in the technology industry. The fact that names of women leaders can be enumerated means that women leaders are not ubiquitous. If we are to make female leadership a rule and not an exception, we all have to start a dialogue that aims to make that reality happen. Johnson Women in Technology Conference is one such forum that enables that dialogue and inspires aspiring female leaders like me to gain confidence to achieve that goal. JWiT is a student run conference that has a singular focus that differentiates itself from any other conference or event out there. In just three years since its inauguration, JWiT has inspired hundreds to choose the path less traveled. I joined JWiT because I thought it would be nice way for me to meet new friends and work on something I am passionate about. But, it has been so much more for me. JWiT has essentially changed the perspective I hold on my own future and has taught me to think and dream bigger to become a female leader, a leader that not only leads, but inspires other to follow in her own footsteps.

I #DareToTech by…

Making an active choice to be part of the tech industry. I studied political science and international relations during my undergrad and actively stayed away from anything coding related and by extension tech related because I thought it wasn’t for me. But, my second job out of undergrad, I started working for a benefits technology company and realized that I actually enjoyed doing tech related work and dare I say was actually good at it. Often times, people shy away due to some type of fear whether it be of failure or something else and I did the same. Now, I am actively choosing to be part of the tech industry by being involved and leading organizations like JWiT and also choosing to work post-graduation as a consultant in McKinsey’s Business Technology Practice. If my story inspires one more woman to dare to tech, then I will consider my work to be a success.