To celebrate International Women’s Day, TripStack wants to challenge stereotypes that limit women and girls! I caught up with 3 inspiring ladies from the TripStack crew to cover their story on how they manage, orchestrate, lead and most importantly how they choose to reject gender-biased attitudes and believe in themselves and their potential.
Welcome Akshata, I always like starting with who you are, take us back in time and walk us through your journey?
Thanks for having me here, I am Akshata Gokhale. Born in a musically inclined family, my passion for Indian classical music goes back to my childhood and I started learning music from my mother at the age of 6. I like to blend my technical and musical skills together and create some new content. Apart from my hobbies and professional work, I am also a cycling enthusiast and participate in different cycling challenges.
Why did you choose to become an engineer?
My passion for computers started back in school where I would eagerly wait to attend a one hour session every week on computers and system design. Given my growing love for computers and new programming languages, I knew I wanted to major in computer science. It was natural for me to transition to the path of pursuing my dream of being a software engineer. Today I am shipping products that I am proud of and I feel blessed to have a strong support system at TripStack where I get to explore and implement new engineering concepts, work on the latest and greatest tech stack with a super supportive team that's always rooting for my success.
“Each for Equal.” What does that phrase mean to you when it comes to your career?
I strongly believe that men and women are equally at par and have the same level of caliber to tap into their potential. As far as my career is concerned, I am blessed to have a strong support system both at home and at work- I have never once had to compromise from living my dreams due to gender biased stereotypes.
Do you think there’s a stereotype attached to female engineers?
I started my career at TripStack and, as I reflect back on the years spent here, it fills my heart with much joy to see the success I have had and the strong support mechanism that enables engineers to bring their whole selves to work!
On International Women's Day (IWD), what is the most important message you want to send out to women thinking about their careers?
On IWD I would like to encourage all the women to take their career seriously, dream big and strive hard to achieve their goals because women are no less than men in any way. Women are equally strong, capable and deserving as men and have all the right to be financially independent, chase their dreams and fulfill them.