We are back with the prestigious ‘BITSAA 30 Under 30’ Award.
Every three years, we dedicate these awards to all those young BITSians who thought and acted differently, who challenged the status quo, rewrote the rules, and created their own paths, to the best examples of what it means to be a BITSian.
We recently interviewed Anitha Alappat who won the award in 2009 under the Leadership Category. Here follows the interview –
Q. Please enlighten us about your work for which you won the BITSAA 30 Under 30 Award.
I won the award in the Leadership category. After BITS, I did a masters in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and then joined General Motors India at their Technical Center. I was the only engineer in their Indian team who was trained in using AutoMod, a simulation software used for throughput simulations. Additionally I was involved with several other initiatives within and outside the organization, including being a training needs coordinator, member of GM Women’s council, Dream A Dream, and Navgati. Later, I attended Indian School of Business, Hyderabad specializing in Strategy and Leadership. Post ISB I joined MEMC (now SunEdison), a semiconductor manufacturing company in their Product Marketing team. I have always been passionate about education and learning and development, and in 2013 finally plunged officially into this domain! I am currently Head of Operations at an education consulting company based in Dubai, UAE. I manage their local operations as well as new product/market strategy for teacher training and recruitment. Until few months before I was an active member of BITSAA International as well as the BITSAA Middle East Chapter.
Q. What does it take to become a woman leader?
Everything that takes to become a man leader, plus an extra dose of perseverance and self-confidence!! There are always more people telling a woman that she can’t do something than people telling her that she can do it. If a woman is able to find the strength within herself to achieve whatever she wants, then nothing can stop her.
Q. Mention that one thing which you pursued in your BITSian life which played the most important role in making the present Anitha Alappat?
Always trying out new things and being part of initiatives that seemed interesting to me!
Q. What does this award mean to you?
This award is one of my most cherished achievements, an honor I am extremely proud of. It was at BITS that my leadership skills blossomed and I consider this award as a recognition from the alumni community for putting those skills to good use.
Q. We might be having several BITSians who would be unsure if they should get them nominated. What message do you put forward to them?
Go for it! My name was suggested by someone else and I wasn’t sure at all that I should submit a nomination. Finally I decided to do it, and its been one of the best decisions in my life so far.
BITSAA International calls for nominations for the prestigious 30 Under 30 Awards.
Know someone whose work shines brightly in one of the above areas?
Nominate them now -> http://bit.ly/1HBCpbA
To know more about the 30 under 30 awards, go here ->http://bit.ly/1JdGyXo
Nominations end – June 30th, 2015.