FUTURE READY with SHE#

Thanks to everyone for joining us online for our Future Ready event!
13th August 2020 @ 12pm - LIVE ONLINE

We were so delighted and excited to see you at our free online Future Ready event with our inspiring and empowering panelists on STEM Careers for our future generations. Event summaries and resources coming soon! Stay tuned and follow us on shesharp.org.nz and our social media channels for exciting updates!

The recent times have taught us that if there is anything that the future holds is the impact technology will have on our day-to-day.

We discussed the following topics:
– What career options are available? What are the unique opportunities in tech where you can get involved?
– How can you get yourself across the latest technology trends outside of the classroom?
– What role does personal development play in building the right mindset to tackle the uncertainties of tomorrow? What does it mean to have a personal brand?
– What should you consider to plan for your tertiary education?

Featuring our very own She Sharp past and present ambassadors who shared their amazing career journeys with you and hope to have left you empowered and inspired.

Join us. Dare to dream. Create your Future.

OUR PANELISTS

Nicole Yue Lin

Data Scientist, SPARK

I'm a technologist and innovator, passionate about advancing the adoption of technology for social impact and sustainable development, and diversity & inclusion in the tech sector. I've worked in industries spanning technology, business and social innovation. Currently, I'm a Data Scientist at Spark, empowering data-driven decisions to help NZ get to the future faster. I’m also part of the Blue Hearts team helping to drive diversity and inclusion initiatives across the company. Previously I've worked for Microsoft and PwC.
I am deeply passionate about harnessing technology to create social impact, especially in tackling the challenges as set out by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals outlining critical and urgent issues faced by humankind and have spoken at the UN in 2016.
I'm currently a member of the AI Forum NZ, leading a working group to advance strategy for awareness of artificial intelligence in New Zealand. I am on the Youth Advisory Board for Philanthropy NZ. I am a regular mentor for programmes at the University of Auckland's Centre for Innovation & Entrepreneur, as well as a hackathon junkie, having participated, mentored, and organised for dozens of hackathons.
As a woman in tech, I'm passionate about improving diversity within the sector. I've participated in a wide range of projects to inspire and mentor many females, young professionals and students and to support people in marginalised and underrepresented groups to unleash their potential. I'm determined to improve the diversity in the industry and help organisations provide opportunities to underrepresented groups to have a say and partake in building a more compassionate & sustainable future.
I was honoured to be awarded a Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Local Hero Medal for my contributions to society. I was awarded a Google Women Techmakers Scholarship in 2019, recognised by Google as one of APAC's emerging women in technology.

Shruti Sherekar

BA & Agile Consultant, IAG

Shruti has worked across High Tech, Telco and Insurance Industries in the last 5 years focusing on improving customer experience across products and IT tools. Shruti has worked on many automation projects to enhance the business initiatives on CRM platforms. Shruti felt fortunate to take part in Stanford University's 2019 Summer Programme, working on an entrepreneurial project towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
At Stanford she was able to take her passion and combine it with design thinking tools, to build creative solutions that help women bring out their true potential. The experience at Stanford led Shruti to write her master's thesis on building a model that organisations can incorporate in their operating model. The model aims to empower aspiring women who want to pursue tech and leadership careers. The model is proposed for it to be scalable and keeping inclusion for all in mind.
Throughout university, and whilst working in industry, Shruti has been part of initiatives that support women in STEM and have continuously encouraged more women to take STEM. Shruti is extremely passionate about helping women achieve their full potential. Shruti's main goal is to have an impact on women where they never doubt their ability to chase their dreams and lead. She can truly connect with this feeling because she has been in that place before and wants to use the learnings from her journey to inspire others!

Amrit Kaur

Tech & Strategy Consultant, DELOITTE

Amrit graduated as a Mechatronic Engineer from AUT in 2019. She now works at Deloitte as a Consultant in the Technology, Strategy and Transformation team. Amrit is passionate about diversity in STEM in all its forms and this passion is what fuelled her to start the AUT STEM Women club at AUT. While she’s retired from the role of the club president, having passed the reins onto some amazing future leaders, she actively loves to be involved in creating awareness and inspiring the younger generation.
In her spare time, Amrit is a painter, but don’t ask her to paint a portrait, and loves learning out about new technology that’s makes waves around the world.

Zainab Manasawala

Product Development Engineer,
F&P

A product development engineer and a woman in STEM, with a diverse upbringing in over six different countries including the USA, Singapore, and New Zealand, I was led by my own journey as one of few females in my mechanical engineering class at university to work with organisations to empower and inspire minorities in STEM.
Starting my career in healthcare was extremely powerful for me. The ability to make an impact and directly affect people’s lives is now a part of my daily life and I am so proud of that. As much as diversity has improved significantly at the workplace and in industry, the under representation of women and minorities is still prevalent. It is imperative for us to work together to achieve equality!
I am so excited to share my journey and my learnings with young women just like you! I hope it helps you to realise your capabilities and dreams and carve your own pathways to success!

I'm a technologist and innovator, passionate about advancing the adoption of technology for social impact and sustainable development, and diversity & inclusion in the tech sector. I've worked in industries spanning technology, business and social innovation. Currently, I'm a Data Scientist at Spark, empowering data-driven decisions to help NZ get to the future faster. I’m also part of the Blue Hearts team helping to drive diversity and inclusion initiatives across the company. Previously I've worked for Microsoft and PwC.

I am deeply passionate about harnessing technology to create social impact, especially in tackling the challenges as set out by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals outlining critical and urgent issues faced by humankind and have spoken at the UN in 2016.

I'm currently a member of the AI Forum NZ, leading a working group to advance strategy for awareness of artificial intelligence in New Zealand. I am on the Youth Advisory Board for Philanthropy NZ. I am a regular mentor for programmes at the University of Auckland's Centre for Innovation & Entrepreneur, as well as a hackathon junkie, having participated, mentored, and organised for dozens of hackathons.

As a woman in tech, I'm passionate about improving diversity within the sector. I've participated in a wide range of projects to inspire and mentor many females, young professionals and students and to support people in marginalised and underrepresented groups to unleash their potential. I'm determined to improve the diversity in the industry and help organisations provide opportunities to underrepresented groups to have a say and partake in building a more compassionate & sustainable future.

I was honoured to be awarded a Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Local Hero Medal for my contributions to society. I was awarded a Google Women Techmakers Scholarship in 2019, recognised by Google as one of APAC's emerging women in technology.

Shruti has worked across High Tech, Telco and Insurance Industries in the last 5 years focusing on improving customer experience across products and IT tools. Shruti has worked on many automation projects to enhance the business initiatives on CRM platforms. Shruti felt fortunate to take part in Stanford University's 2019 Summer Programme, working on an entrepreneurial project towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

At Stanford she was able to take her passion and combine it with design thinking tools, to build creative solutions that help women bring out their true potential. The experience at Stanford led Shruti to write her master's thesis on building a model that organisations can incorporate in their operating model. The model aims to empower aspiring women who want to pursue tech and leadership careers. The model is proposed for it to be scalable and keeping inclusion for all in mind.

Throughout university, and whilst working in industry, Shruti has been part of initiatives that support women in STEM and have continuously encouraged more women to take STEM. Shruti is extremely passionate about helping women achieve their full potential. Shruti's main goal is to have an impact on women where they never doubt their ability to chase their dreams and lead. She can truly connect with this feeling because she has been in that place before and wants to use the learnings from her journey to inspire others!

Amrit graduated as a Mechatronic Engineer from AUT in 2019. She now works at Deloitte as a Consultant in the Technology, Strategy and Transformation team. Amrit is passionate about diversity in STEM in all its forms and this passion is what fuelled her to start the AUT STEM Women club at AUT. While she’s retired from the role of the club president, having passed the reins onto some amazing future leaders, she actively loves to be involved in creating awareness and inspiring the younger generation.

In her spare time, Amrit is a painter, but don’t ask her to paint a portrait, and loves learning out about new technology that’s makes waves around the world.

A product development engineer and a woman in STEM, with a diverse upbringing in over six different countries including the USA, Singapore, and New Zealand, I was led by my own journey as one of few females in my mechanical engineering class at university to work with organisations to  empower and inspire minorities in STEM. 

Starting my career in healthcare was extremely powerful for me. The ability to make an impact and directly affect people’s lives is now a part of my daily life and I am so proud of that. As much as diversity has improved significantly at the workplace and in industry, the under representation of women and minorities is still prevalent. It is imperative for us to work together to achieve equality! 

I am so excited to share my journey and my learnings with young women just like you! I hope it helps you to realise your capabilities and dreams and carve your own pathways to success!