Geetha Kannan is a versatile entrepreneurial leader and a pioneer for the Women in IT movement in India, with over 30 years of global experience spanning business, technology and people. She credits much of her progress to learning, opportunities and a supportive environment, and is compelled to make this a norm for all women in tech. Geetha’s vision is to holistically provide high quality, integrated and accessible resources to expand equality of outcomes for women, and their network supporters in IT.
Geetha has held multiple growth and change roles where she powered companies (Infosys, ANZ) with technology interventions, innovative practices and leadership development. In 2013 she moved to head AnitaB.org in India and grew the enterprise manifold in 6 years from <500 to 5500+ coverage of WIT, <10 to 400+ tech organizations participating, and single city to pan India impact for the women’s movement in the country. Geetha also elevated women entrepreneurs by developing the WEQ program and built partnership with the Govt. of India (Department of Science & Technology) to provide experiential learning in Silicon Valley.
Geetha’s work on equity for women started back in 2006, where she envisioned and implemented the early stage women-enabling policies and the first ever Women in Tech conference with the sponsorship of Infosys. She then helped move these initiatives to NASSCOM for broader reach and continued to be actively involved extending her associations to SHRM and CII to further the cause of gender inclusion in the IT industry.
As a B.Com and MBA graduate (gold medallist) from Bharathiar University, and subsequently a trained software professional, Geetha has consistently dedicated herself to being progressive and adding value to all stakeholders. She is a big believer in the power of technology and community-led efforts and is committed to using her knowledge and capability at every opportunity possible, to promote women and equality for all.