IBMer Spotlight: Meet Saritha

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We grab a coffee with IBMers from around the world, and share our chat in this weekly spotlight series. This week you can meet Saritha, from IBM UK.

In celebration of International Women’s Day, Saritha shares her thoughts about women’s progress, and what it means to be a woman at IBM.

In the morning, I like my coffee…
my day always starts with a BIG CUP OF GREEN TEA!! (some people call my mug a bucket)

When I get up to go to work, I look forward to…
solving all sorts of security problems for my customers and coming up with new and innovative security solutions

I am responsible for..
currently Leading the security architecture and delivery  of a massively complex Blockchain project for 10 major European Banks.

My typical day…
involves talking to customers, working with other security architects, researchers, development, deployment teams trying to work on architecture one min, fixing issues with the dev team the next to working on scoping the operations for the project to reviewing and sizing on things that come as Change request from the customers. I also fit in mentoring, working on patents, sitting on IDT boards and other things all on one day sometimes 🙂

The coolest part of my job is…
that I work in Security as working in security is absolutely cool  !!!

The biggest challenge I have….
is to fit all the things I am doing within the day and keeping myself up to date with the changing world.

Most memorable moment in my career…
my journey in IBM for the last 15 years has been amazing. One of the most memorable moments in my career has definitely been when I got chosen to work as the Lead Security Architect on this complex enterprise Security Project that is going to make a big impact to IBM once we go live.
Top piece of career advice…
be passionate about your work and always think about career progression and fill in the gaps to make it possible. Keep your goals up to date, have as many mentors as you like. Do seek help and guidance from people who are experienced. IBM is a large company and there are so many people who will be willing to help. So don’t hesitate to reach out.

What does women’s progress mean for you?
It does mean a lot to me. I am passionate about helping women who want to progress in their technical career. I do mentor a lot of women and help them progress. I also help with other “women in tech initiatives” including getting more women to work on patents, talks at Universities and schools highlighting the importance of STEM subjects in Industry.

How have you experienced progress for women in IBM?
IBM gives equal opportunities to all who want to progress. We have a number of diversity initiatives helping women progress. I have contributed in programs like “Developing your technical career” by mentoring the groups of women that attended the program. I also contributed by talking about my journey the lessons I learnt along the way.


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