Society doesn't pressurize women when they don't grow in their career, Ambiga Dhiraj, Mu Sigma

17th Dec 2013
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In this video, Ambiga Dhiraj of Mu Sigma talks about the dwindling number of women leaders as you go up the ladder, the ambition gap due to societal expectations and her own objectives for Mu Sigma. The transcript of the video is also available below to read.


Women engineers 

Is it easy to groom women engineers to take on senior roles? Today it is easy to find women engineers and statisticians for the entry level positions, but sometimes we see they take a back seat as they grow older due to personal priorities. What we are trying to do is build an environment which enables them to continue their work. We are thinking constantly about how to help people merge their life and work in an integrated manner. But the count of women starts to dwindle as you go up the ladder.

It could be because personal priorities take over, and secondly there isn’t as much of an ambition from a career perspective. Society doesn’t pressure you too much. When men don’t grow in their career, there is so much societal pressure around it, but when women don’t grow in their career, it is okay.

Is it necessarily a bad thing? I don’t know. There is tremendous satisfaction in taking care of family as well. I don’t think doing well in your career is the be all and end all, I think there is tremendous value in ensuring that the next generation is growing up with great values. But if somebody is interested and passionate about their career nothing should come in their way.

Ambition for Mu Sigma

We want to be the largest decision sciences company out there. We want to help every customer to have a little bit of Mu Sigma in them in terms of being able to build a better art for problem solving and to be able to drive innovation from India. India should be an innovation play, and no longer a cost play.

Being a husband and wife team

To me behaviours don’t matter, the intent matters. We fight about various things, but there is trust that we are in the same game, and the end goal is same.

Advice

I would say when life hands you lemons you make lemonade with it. Every time a problem hits me I tell myself that I have to think of it as an opportunity.

Keep the fire burning. I don’t think we should get caught up in thinking that I am in a minority because I am a woman. Keep the positivity alive.

Next five years

We are looking at more customers, interesting product launches, making sure we grow in other continents and not just in the US. We are already starting to see some success in that. We are driving more innovation in our client base.

IPO

It is on the cards. But, it is a distraction for now. I would say let’s keep on doing good work. To me that is what matters.

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