A Passion-Driven Entrepreneur, Exuberating Confidence
With an extensive arsenal of experience in technology and strategy consulting internationally, Sameeksha Sahni has established herself as a young and dynamic CEO of ‘Infotrack’. This young woman is an All-India topper and a gold medallist in Cyber Laws from the prestigious NALSAR university. She is a Design Thinker from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She strongly believes in turning strategies into realities and that new-age technology can be leveraged to catapult businesses to the next level of innovation and growth and rise as global leaders in their industry. As a person who is passionate about using technology to empower people and make an impact, she actively participates in social welfare initiatives. She is also the honorary Chief Information Officer for ‘Youthsy Foundation’ as she strives to transform India’s education landscape by empowering rural kids with digital education.
The key to a perfect work-life mix is balancing and blending towards work life integration. As per Sameeksha, “a successful work/family integration is a long game that plays out over a week, a month, or a career. If you have older parents that need support or other demands at home, they will rightfully need more of your attention.” Sometimes work projects and deadlines demand more focus, but integrating the day’s work needs and life needs is about learning to reprioritise with compassion and flexibility, sometimes on a daily or hourly basis, claims Sameeksha.
Sameeksha Sahni opines that the system and culture bind the role of a career professional and mother as mutually exclusive, but it is not. Women must be offered flexible timings, job-sharing opportunities, and work-from-home options as much as feasible. Likewise, men should also have access to avail such choices. Organisations should try to incorporate onsite childcare facilities as well, she shares.
Some engaging keynotes and strategies to ensure such things include ‘Develop a Returnship (or Return-to-work) Program for women,’ exclusively for women and caregivers. These programs are scalable, giving women the opportunity to hone skills in technology, and leadership and boost confidence with the end goal of getting them back in the game.
Another one is Diversified Management, and having female role models can help. Having talented women in leadership can help foster and grow aspirations for those just entering the workforce or those looking to move up the ladder, thus encouraging women to pursue opportunities at every level.
The greatest challenge that women face is stereotypes. Sameeksha throws light on the fact that women have been subject to certain stereotypes like ‘women take care’ and ‘men take charge’. Women must take up the responsibility to function perfectly in a household, office, and social life. “We get conditioned on how we’re expected to act, speak, dress, groom, and conduct ourselves. Any stereotype that either society or you hold on to damages your progress.” We as people must let go of these stereotypes one by one!
Sameeksha considers her mother the most prominent role model amongst many other women. Susan Wojcicki is the person she admires the most when seeking inspiration related to tech. Her passion and dedication have transformed her into a successful businesswoman, and Sameeksha is delighted to see a female CEO with such influence!
With enthusiasm for learning new concepts and applying them to her daily life, Sameeksha believes that knowledge is power. Attending a workshop/course or reading a book to gain such knowledge would be the ideal Saturday morning for her.
Sameeksha believes a fit body is essential for a fit mind. Reading, exercising, travelling to new places etc., take up most of her free time. “I love to explore new places and learn about history and culture. I am passionate about technology and innovation. The potential of where we could be in terms of technology in ten- years fascinates me, and it’s exciting to know that being involved in technology allows me to take my career in any direction.” Lastly, Sameeksha shares with the readers that keeping a positive attitude and being optimistic go a long way. She believes that people’s attitude will determine their altitude. Change is essential for progress, and one should adapt, evolve, and keep learning. The ability to dream big and work towards making those dreams a reality is indispensable, and we as people must not wait for opportunities but try to create them.