Sudha KV: A Transformation of Innovation

  1. Dell Bootstrap program: A couple of years ago when I was exploring what opportunities do women who have taken a break have in the Indian IT industry to get back to work, I found that companies did run boot camps, conduct special hiring sessions etc. But the challenge was that boot camps were for short duration and women who had taken a couple of years break did need a hands-on refresher / reskilling to be successful in the job interviews. So we started a bootstrap program which took such women on 6-month temp assignments, training them on the job and getting them to work on our regular projects. We would mentor them to take up suitable full-time jobs within dell and if they had the option to continue for a year on this program. This has been highly successful as quite a few of these women have found jobs within dell and we benefit from having a bench strength of diversity
  2. Girl student outreach program: This was something we started 3 years ago to help girl students doing engineering courses to hone their practical skills and get a better chance in cracking job interviews. The idea started when we saw during our campus hiring that generally the girl students had high academic scores but did not get involved as much on hands-on projects and hence could not be very effective during job interviews. We started with two colleges of 6 students each, chose students who weren’t the cream of class and have expanded to semi-urban places. The results have been excellent and by word of mouth, this program is very popular. In fact, the Anita Borg Institute asked my team to conduct a session to the faculty of engineering colleges based on our experience to make the students’ Industry ready.

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