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Raji Rajagopalan    

Author of “Daring to be Different," Partner Director of Software Engineering at Microsoft & Women in Tech Advocate

Raji Rajagopalan is a Partner Director of Software Engineering at Microsoft and the author of the book “Daring to be Different" Stories and Tips from a Woman Leader in Tech”. She has over 20 years of experience in the tech industry, leading global teams and creating products used by a billion+ customers.

She is passionate about sharing her insights and experiences as a woman of color and an immigrant in tech, and how she leveraged her “differentness” as a differentiator. She has spoken at various events and platforms, such as a United Nations panel for the Commission of Status of Women, Microsoft, Amazon, University of Washington, Seattle University, Women in Data Science at Harvard/MIT, and podcasts like Hanselminutes, Advancing Women in Tech, and What is Innovation. She was born in Chennai, India, and currently lives in Seattle, USA.

Speech Topics

Diversity and Inclusion The Misfit Advantage: Skills to Thrive as an Outlier

Do you want to break barriers as women and minorities in tech? Do you want to learn from someone who went from being a misfit to a global leader? Do you want to hear some real talk on how you can do it? Then join Raji Rajagopalan for her talk where she will share the top skills that helped her survive and thrive in a 20-year career in tech. I will also tell you my story and share the insights from my book ""Daring to be Different"".

In this talk: Rajagopana shares her story of going from an introverted immigrant and a woman of color in the technology industry to a global leader in Fortune 50 company.

  • Explain how you can use your unique story as a source of power and inspiration each how to cultivate the eight skills that are essential for leadership in tech.
  • Provide practical tips and tools to navigate the changing times in the tech industry.

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