Women Career & Life

Women Career & Life

You are a smart, driven woman who is not afraid to work hard or think big for your career and life. You like taking conscious efforts to improve the status quo rather than going with the flow. Your career is a big part of your life canvas, but you find yourself wanting to throw many more colors on it. The good news is that you are not alone.I am Sirisha and welcome to the Women, Career & Life podcast! Join me as I share experiences, interesting stories about career beginnings, breaks and sequels, family, friends, feeling like an outlier, and life themes that are unique to women. I’ll also have friends, everyday rockstars and guests join us along the way. There are infinite possibilities for women to pursue growth both in career and in life. Sometimes the first step to making a change can be daunting because there are so many choices out there. My mission is to help you make one of them a reality today. Come, let's #paintlifetogether!


September 27, 2023 53 mins

The pace and lifestile in manufacturing and engineering is different from what you find in academic research. So is the culture. Namely, they have been male dominated spaces, historically.

This week on Beyond the Thesis With Papa PhD, I will be takling with my guest, Sirisha Kuchimanchi, about how, as a woman in these spaces, you can own your career, pivoting and growing as your path meanders and evolves.

What we covered during our c...

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Are you trying to break barriers and advance your career as a Women in STEM?

Join us as Kathy Nelson, Lennis Perez and I explore the importance of advocating for oneself, amplifying women's voices, and promoting positive representation for Women in STEM. We also discuss the impact of technology, the challenges of work-life balance, and the power of embracing authenticity in the workplace. Tune in and be inspired by our guest&ap...

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Are you looking for a playbook on how to pivot from engineering to entrepreneurship?

Jen Sargent (CEO of Wondery -Amazon Podcasts) shares her remarkable journey from being an electrical engineer to running a successful media company. With her diverse career background and expertise in male-dominated industries, Jen provides invaluable insights and advice for entrepreneurs, women in male-dominated spaces, and those interested in mana...

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Mita Mallick, Head of Inclusion, Equity and Impact is the daughter of Indian immigrants and was raised in the US, where she was subjected to physical and verbal bullying. These experiences shaped her passion for storytelling and her desire to ensure that all voices are heard and reflected in the products and services we use. She has dedicated her career to creating end-to-end inclusion ecosystems and reimagining inclusion in all as...

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As a Culture and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) practitioner, Kim Flanery-Rye shared her insights on creating a positive culture in organizations during the podcast. She emphasized that leaders should prioritize culture from the beginning, rather than considering it as an afterthought. Kim pointed out that while culture may vary between organizations, it plays a significant role in their success. In smaller organizatio...

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In this episode, Deepa shares her experiences as an immigrant climbing the corporate ladder, the challenges she faced with work visas, and the importance of mentors in furthering your career. She also provides insights on advocating for yourself, getting and processing feedback, and staying current on your skill set.

We unpack a lot of valuable insights, including how to advocate for yourself to your managers, the importance of ment...

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Prof. Elad Sherf, discusses strategies for fostering engagement, safety, and equitability in the workplace. He  shares his research & insights on how to build a culture that encourages employee feedback, amplifies underrepresented voices, and measures success in a way that is fair and equitable.  We discuss,

 Creating a Culture of Safety & Enabling Employee Voices : Speak Up or Not?

  • The distinction between speaking u...
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By popular vote, my first LinkedIn Live topic is "How to EXPAND your NETWORK". Join me as we talk about not just expanding your network but staying engaged and partnering with your network.

Don't forget to register and see you soon.

#linkedinlive #womencareerandlife #network #networking

I'm a former tech executive, a po...

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 Neena Newberry discusses f taking ownership of your career path, promoting your accomplishments in a tasteful way , returning to work on your terms, how to handle getting laid off ,  making better decisions,  significance of prioritizing  goals and negotiating for pay, benefits, and work conditions.

Neena also shared her insights on leveraging your current role to gain broader experience and expertise, advocating for yourself in th...

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How to suppor women in the workplace and the challenges they face with non-promotable tasks and communication barriers in meetings.
In this interview with Brenda Peyser, we discuss, 

  • What is a non-promotable tasks and how it can limit career advancement opportunities for women
  • Tips for identifying non-promotable tasks and how to prioritize tasks that contribute to career growth and development
  • Strategies for saying no to ...
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This week is National Eating Disorder Association(NEDA) Awareness week .


  • Highlighting the prevalence and seriousness of eating disorders
  • Discussing the importance of addressing the mental health component of these disorders

Eating Disorders as a Mental Health Issue:

  • Defining eating disorders and their impact on mental health
  • Addressing common misconceptions and stereotypes about who can develop eating...
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How can women build executive presence  and get sponsored (not just mentored) into leadership roles

In this interview with Lenetra King :


  • Discussing the challenges faced by women of color in the workplace, especially in leadership roles
  • Highlighting the importance of building executive presence and showing up authentically

Building Executive Presence:

  • Defining executive presence and its components
  • Tips...
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  • The importance of women in positions of power and influence
  • The benefits of women-owned businesses and the impact of women on boards

In this interview with Julie Castro Abrams, I discuss,

The Upside of VC Investing in Women-Owned Businesses:

  • Discussing the benefits of investing in women-owned businesses
  • Highlighting the untapped potential of women entrepreneurs

Women Becoming Venture Capital Investors:

  • T...
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  • Highlighting the importance of building a strong pipeline of future leaders
  • Discussing the role of Girl Scouts in fostering leadership skills in young girls

In this interview with Jennifer Kiehl Bartkowski and Elina Dickens, we discuss,

Girl Scouts' Pivot to Build Strong Communities:

  • Discussing how Girl Scouts has evolved over the years to adapt to changing times and needs
  • Highlighting the various programs...
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A big "THANK YOU" to the guests for sharing their expertise, stories and experience. Thanks to all the listeners for supporting each other. 


  • Recap of the year 2022 and the growth of the podcasting industry
  • Gratitude to guests and listeners for their contributions and support

Behind the Scenes Look at Podcasting:

  • Discussing the process of podcasting, including recording, editing, and publish...
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How do you figure out if the career you are pursuing is the right fit for you?

In this interview with Ben Cooper, we discuss,

Pursuing Your Passion:

  • Pros and cons of pursuing a career based solely on passion
  • Balancing passion with practicality and financial stability

Understanding All Aspects of a Job:

  • The importance of understanding the full scope of a job before committing to it
  • The pitfalls of focusing solely on one aspect...
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Why are women afraid to take credit for their accomplishments?

"The most successful people I've ever worked with, men and women, they walk into a new job and the first question they ask is who do I need to know to make sure this is a success?"

In this episode with Sally Helgesen, you will learn:

Taking Credit for Accomplishments:

  • Why women are often hesitant to take credit for their accomplishments
  • The importance of s...
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In this interview with  Professor David Smith on advancing gender equity in the workplace through allyship and mentorship:

  • Professor David Smith shares insights from his books "Athena Rising" and "Good Guys" on the critical role men can play as allies and mentors in supporting women's leadership.
  • The interview discusses the challenges and opportunities for men to advance gender equity in the workplace and...
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October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and this interview with Sushma Malhotra from Chetna DFW discusses how to help and find resources for those experiencing domestic violence.

  • 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner, making this a critical issue that needs to be addressed.
  • The interview delves into detecting signs of domestic violence and provides inform...
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When you meet your CEO in the elevator or a new person at a networking event, do you have your Elevator Pitch ready?.

In this interview with Rebecca Muriuki, the conversation focuses on defining personal brand and crafting an elevator pitch for networking and professional situations.

  • The interview addresses common myths about personal branding and shares insights on overcoming impostor syndrome and self-limiting beliefs...
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