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What are the women of Synopsys celebrating on International Women’s Day 2018?

What are the women of Synopsys celebrating on International Women’s Day 2018?

In honor of International Women’s Day 2018, we asked the hard-working, dedicated professional women within the Synopsys Software Integrity Group to tell us what’s on their minds. From tips and advice, to the importance of role models and how they feel about working at Synopsys, here’s what they had to say.

What advice would you give to women starting a career in tech?

“Be bold, accept changes, and do everything you can to follow your passion.”

Sneha Kokil, Senior security consultant

Start investing early, both financially and in yourself. From a financial perspective, compounding interest is an incredible thing. Retirement may seem like it’s ages away, but the earlier and better you start, the sooner you may be able to retire. If your company offers 401(k) matching, take advantage of it; that’s free money. Also explore Roth IRAs, employee stock purchase plans, and other options too. With regard to yourself, make time to develop new skills so you continue to grow and improve your marketability.

Marie Peters, Global demand generation manager

“Speak up confidently. You know a lot more than you think you know.”

Apoorva Phadke, Associate principal security consultant

“Trust your voice and instincts. Be willing to take calculated risks early—you will exercise these muscles for the future. And the world is much more forgiving when you’re just starting out!”

Lynn Nolitt, Director of human resources

 

Who is your role model and why?

“Muriel F. Siebert, “the first woman of finance,” broke barriers for women in the financial services sector, paving the way for others. Due to her struggles, she became an outspoken advocate for women and minorities, setting an example many of today’s female leaders are emulating.”

Marie Peters, Global demand generation manager

“Though it may sound a bit nontraditional, my idol is my daughter. They say that kids change your life for the better, but I did not know the impact that my daughter would have on the way that I carry myself and the way that I view the world. My daughter has been very inquisitive since she was a child, and she has always challenged me and my husband to talk about difficult topics that turned our world view upside down. Growing up in a patriarchal society, I never knew what true independence and freedom meant until I saw my daughter grow up and become a strong woman with clear values and goals. Seeing her tackle challenges with tenacity and confidence has inspired me to do the same when I face challenges in my own life. I aspire to succeed in my career to show my daughter that she has the ability to reach new heights in the work place. She is my support, my inspiration, and my role model. I strive to be the best mom I can be to show her the true potential of women in the workplace.”

Meera Subbarao, Senior principal security consultant

“My idol is Reese Witherspoon. Along with playing a variety of female lead roles in movies like “Legally Blonde” and “Wild,” and now a TV series called “Big Little Lies,” she wanted to do more for women beyond dominating female characters in film. She was actively involved in an awesome campaign (Time’s Up) and has spoken publicly about how women need to stand tall and take initiative in the work place to shine brighter in their talents and power.”

Caitlin Gunning, Business development representative

“I have three. Sheryl Sandburg, owing to the way she held herself after going through bad times. The way she inspires other women is just amazing. I find it important to note that she always describes how supportive her male counterparts/colleagues are, which is a great example of #HeForShe. Second is Meera Subbarao. Since I started working with her, Meera has been a source of my inspiration all along. Her passion for work she does, her thoughts on bringing other people up along with herself, and her overall perspective towards life are truly inspiring. And then there’s my mother. It’s probably true for everyone, but my mom is one of my idols. She is a rock in difficult situations, work or life. I learned to #BeStrong from her. I learned how to be a working mom from her. She is my example when I need to keep my cool in tough circumstances.”

Sneha Kokil, Senior security consultant

 

What advice would you give to other women in the security and/or IT industry?

“What helped me in my career as an Iranian-born woman in a male-dominated industry was having confidence in my abilities and being passionate about what I do.”

Behshad Rejai, VP of engineering

“Don’t be afraid to jump into something new or rare or challenging; challenges help you grow. Keep in mind that you are stronger than you know.”

Sneha Kokil, Senior security consultant

I was recently at the Cloud Security Summit in New York and picked up on the fact that I was the only female in a room full of about a hundred security professionals. Instead of letting that intimidate me, I used it to empower me. I spoke more confidently about what I know and stayed humble with what I didn’t know. Don’t be afraid to ask questions either. Find other knowledgeable females in your business (thankfully, at Synopsys we have many!), and be curious. Ask what they did to get where they are. Stand tall, speak confidently, and don’t settle.”

Caitlin Gunning, Business development representative

“You are no less than your male counterparts. Trust yourself and have confidence in yourself. I also really like what Sheryl Sandberg says: “Don’t lean out unless you need to.” Women tend to think of the future a lot and tend to lean out earlier than needed.”

Apoorva Phadke, Associate principal security consultant

“Find a mentor and leverage his or her experience.”

Marie Peters, Global demand generation manager

“Challenge yourself, be committed to what you are doing, and most importantly be passionate about the work you are doing. You can have a wonderful family and also a successful career. You can have your cake and eat it too!”

Meera Subbarao, Senior principal security consultant

 

What do you find most empowering as a woman working at Synopsys?

“The fact that many of our male mentors and managers inspire us and are there to support us every time. Also the fact that many of my female colleagues and friends are happy to take on professional challenges even after life-changing events such as marriage or having a baby, which is amazing.”

Sneha Kokil, Senior security consultant

“What I love about working at Synopsys is the culture: a culture that fosters diversity and embraces women in the workplace. Over the past 18 years at Synopsys, I have had an exciting and rewarding career in different roles. This has allowed me to grow personally and professionally.”

Behshad Rejai, VP of engineering

“Being able to manage family and career. I also think consulting and traveling for work gives women a lot of exposure and confidence.”

Apoorva Phadke, Associate principal security consultant

 

Summing it up

It’s clear to see that Synopsys truly embraces inclusion and diversity, enriching staff around the globe with representatives of a variety of genders, races, and nationalities. Diverse teams are proven to be more innovative, making better decisions by understanding the needs of a broader set of customers.

From the Synopsys family, we’re wishing you all an empowering International Women’s Day 2018!

 

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