Prayaana Labs, Kerala Startup Mission Jointly Celebrate Women’s Day
Kochi: “It was the trust that APJ had in me which made me the ‘Missile Woman of India’,” said Dr. Tessy Thomas, the renowned Malayali scientist of DRDO, while receiving the Achiever Queen Award at the Career Queen Summit 2019 held at Kerala Startup Mission by Prayaana Labs, Kerala’s first employability, entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem for women.
Dr. Tessy spoke about how she as a girl-child never thought of becoming a scientist and ended up becoming an engineer because many of her cousins were engineers. However, once she started her career, she did it with passion and kept on building up her knowledge in technology. She advised the young minds to do things with passion and never stop learning.
The event held here the other day highlighted the achievements of women from various spheres of life, especially from Kerala.
Tessy Thomas bagged the Career Queen Award this year along with Malathi Menon, who set a record by continuously performing Thiruvathira, and Aiswarya Lekshmi, the Malayalam film actress. They received the Career Queen Awards in the categories ‘The Achiever Queen’, ‘The Empowering Queen’ and ‘The Bold and Beautiful Queen’ respectively.
The Summit had an interesting array of speakers, including Uma Preman, the social entrepreneur, who shared her story of making a change in the way the world sees the remote village of Attappady. The panel discussion on ‘Women in Career – the Hard and Soft Facts’ was moderated by Dr. Lalitha Mathew. The panelists included Preethy Gopalakrishnan, Assistant Director, Talent, E&Y, Kochi; Dr. Shiny C M, Faculty, St. Alberts College; Sreedevi, CEO, Processhub; Dr. Pranaya Bagde, Psycho Dermatologist and RJ Ambika Krishna.
Another panel discussion on ‘Women in Business for Women/Society’ was moderated by Keziah Thomas. Lekshmi Menon, CEO, Face Palette; Remya Raj and Sulu Noushad, Cofounders, Digital Art Academy for the Deaf and
Enfa Rose, Cofounder, Pehia Foundation shared their experiences of starting up.
A contest for girl students named ‘Campus Career Queen 2019’ was also conducted as part of the event.
The event was organised by Prayaana Labs and Kerala Startup Mission jointly to celebrate Women’s Day on March 8.