Passionate to bring about a positive mindset shift among women and students with every interaction
Neeraja Ganesh is a Consultant with the reputed training organisation Quinnergy Leadership Academy(https://www.quinnergy.com/). She has served as the Director – Relationships at National Education Society of Karnataka. Her focus in that role was to work closely with the industry veterans to build the industry academia connect to ensure the curriculum of the institutions was relevant to the current and future industry needs. She is also a freelance consultant, who conducts various training programs and workshops on leadership and behaviours. She also coaches people to progress in their careers.
Prior to this role, Neeraja Ganesh’s professional experience of 25 years has been in the Information Technology industry managing large teams, delivery of IT projects, Operational excellence and customer delight for large banking captives.
She has mentored and coached new leaders, first time leaders to understand their leadership style, and utilise their strengths to grow themselves and their teams. She has a very strong inclination to get the women of our country have a positive mindset, become confident and go all out to reach their potential. With this intent, she has driven Diversity and Inclusion programs in her organisations and also, volunteered and mentored outside her organisations to support this cause.She decided to switch her career from Information Technology to work in the space of gender diversity after having mentored women from diverse experiences, age groups, industries and domains, to help them grow in their careers. She headed the JobsForHer(https://www.jobsforher.com/) Foundation for 18 months, which was been setup to bridge the gender gaps in the country.
She has been invited by various prestigious forums like Lean in(https://leanin.org/), IEEE(https://www.ieee.org/), PMI(https://www.pmi.org.in/), TIE(https://tie.org/) across the globe to deliver talks on a variety of topics. Her sessions on “Networking for Results”, “Personal Branding”, “Work Life Integration”, “Women and the Glass Ceiling”, “The Next Gen Woman Leader”, “Positive mindset shift”, “Life skills for Women”, “The art of Negotiation” have been extremely well received every time she has delivered it. She also writes articles on many platforms. She writes a monthly column called NeerSpires(https://medium.com/aspire-for-her/columns/home) for Aspire For Her(https://www.aspireforher.org/) where she writes about Life and Leadership lessons for girls. She has also been featured via chat shows and podcasts to understand her leadership mantra which has helped her, her teams, and the organisations that she has worked with reach their goals. She has also been invited to review books of leading authors, one of them being Ms. Apurva Purohit(President Jagran Prakashan)’s book titled “Lady You’re the Boss”. She has also been on the jury panel for many “Innovation” Competitions including the MIT Sloan School of Management, USA’s Inclusive Innovation Challenge.
She was awarded at a TEDx Women event organised by the Dayananda Sagar Institutions for her 25 years of achievements in the corporate world in 2017. She received the JobsForHer HerRising award in the Women Professionals category in 2019 for her contributions to the work of gender diversity. In 2020, she received the HerRising Award in the Women in Education category. She has received the Women’s Web Orange Flower Award for Writing on Women at Work in 2020.
She volunteers as a mentor at JobsForHer and Aspire for Her foundation. She is a core team volunteer at Hope works foundation(https://hopeskipjump.org/). She is also part of the Women Leadership and Expert Empowerment committee at Bangalore Chamber of Industries and Commerce. Other women’s networks that she is part of are Shemantra, Power Women of India