As part of our Leading Women series, we want to highlight the professional challenges and career aspirations of the women we work with here in Asia.
In this story, Nagashree SR, Finance Director at Cargill, shares her strategies to build a successful and meaningful career and how there is a need to reinvent ourselves and adapt in a world that is hurling towards digitalisation.
Q: What are some assumptions or biases you have noticed as a female leader around you?
Many. [That] women can’t do challenging jobs. They can’t be hardworking, they can’t do stretch assignments. If you hire young women during their reproductive age, they will go for maternity leave. And these days, the funniest thing, which I’ve been hearing a lot is that many people look at us as privileged and preferred, as every company is trying to increase their diversity score.
At times, you know, it gets very annoying because you know women always existed as part of this whole system. It’s just that we’ve been driving something now because just to increase the scope, but I think there’s nothing which, what do I say, we don’t get any exemptions because we are women. We have to do whatever it takes to do our jobs. I don’t know why people think like that. I think we need to change some of these thinking around us.
This is an abridged version of the full interview with Nagashree SR. For the full version of the interview, click here.