Success stories are a result of courageous decisions. Nothing beats hard work and passion when accompanied by persistence.
Women in business are making big. Many working women out there are helping in making workplaces more inclusive and collaborative. A workplace with justice for both genders creates balance and stability.
It has been a known fact that women have excelled in education, even after women education hasn’t been a priority in many households. So what made things better on the professional front? While girls have won academic battles and brought home laurels, many other characteristics helped the world believe that women in business were an essential.
The proven ability of women in being emotionally intelligent helps them to understand their team, frame strategies, and win the support of peers. The revolution for women empowerment has helped us come so forward. And to fight the odds and come out victorious has only been possible because of never-dwindling courage of women in business.
Another factor that helps women succeed on the professional front is their ability to express their thoughts in a way the listener understands. Most women are able to present their thoughts concisely given that they self-introspect a lot. This can be another attribution to their well-preparedness.
When a woman is judged of being less capable, it instills some apprehensions. For that matter, when this woman will face a big client, or deliver a deal-breaking presentation, she will be more conscious, prepare more, work harder, to prove her mettle and contribute for the company growth. Challenges make a person and someone who has dealt with them will even be more prepared.
When a woman in a family steps out to make a living, it passes on to the future generations. Statistics have revealed that women with working mothers develop confidence and job preparedness better than other women whose mothers stayed at home. While home-making is a serious business as well, for women in business, it is certainly helpful when it runs in the family. The reason is simple – such women are aware of how hectic the job can get, accept their challenges well enough, and are more aware of the accepted payroll in the industry.
In various economic sectors, women are leading. A comparison between men and women leaders will be highly skewed, but the gap is decreasing.
- Women leaders in professional, scientific, and technical services – 15.4%
- Women leaders in real estate and rental and leasing – 9.5%
- Women leaders in retail trade – 5.6%
Today, women leaders hold approximately 17% of the boardroom chairs in the Fortune top 500 companies against a feeble 9.6% in 1995 [Source].
Amongst the strong women leaders who shone in their careers are Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Indra Nooyi, Pepsico CEO, YouTube’s CEO Susan Wojcicki, IBM CEO Meg Whitman and HP CEO Virginia “Ginni” Rometty.
Success stories of many curious and focused women prove that there’s no barrier that cannot be overcome. If you aspire to be a working woman, steer clear of the naysayers and clarify your purposes, and challenge your possibilities.
To do what you love and to love what you do, is the key.
While women in business is a glorious reality, women in tech are taking up creative, strong jobs that substantiate the field. Many powerful women leaders of the world are established ‘tech women’. Take for instance the case of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg who has been named the most powerful woman in technology on the Forbes’ 100 Most Powerful Women list, the fifth year in a row.
A career in technology is not merely working for a tech giant. With new frontiers, there are latest innovations to explore and women are marking their presence in the field. Internet of things, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning are the buzzwords for which many women are working, some on the frontend and a few in the backyard. Working in technology sector means learning the nuts and bolts of a male-dominated industry, but so is the case with most other fields.
The technology available to us right now is exhilarating. And also overwhelming is the pace at which it is growing. Smart home tech is an innovation under pipeline through which tons of appliances will be integrated into a seamless and unified network. With Apple, Google and Amazon showing a keen interest in developing the technology, good news is awaited. A Twitter thread asked, “Who are some women of IoT”. An interesting Twitter thread in itself, it caught the attention of many, to an extent that someone suggested to enlist the women working for tech in a Google docs sheet.
Early stage devices for supreme level VR and AR have also set the pitch right. Pokemon GO, based on AR, had over a 100 million downloads! That’s terrific to say the least. AR and VR versions of technically everything will be seen around. Rachel Rubin Franklin is the head of social VR at Facebook. Having launched various interactive products, she has a massive experience of 20 years in the field. With great liking for video games and VR, Franklin developed an interest in the field at a tender age, while playing games on her father’s computer.
Other women in AR, VR tech are Kimberly Cooper, CEO and co-founder of Spatialand, an innovative VR platform and toolkit, and Christine Lee, the vice president and general manager of global business development at Immersv, a mobile VR and 360 video advertising company.
While women education is a very stressed upon topic, women empowerment has also opened room for discussion to have working women in different fields. While more homemakers are turning into women techmaker, the trend is brisk. Jobs in technology are creative, contrary to the stereotypical belief of geeky. Coding, digital marketing, engineering are some fields where creativity meets intelligence. More women are realizing that they don’t need a background to have their start-ups or take up lead positions in companies.
Let us hope that the next generation of talent witnesses the rise of women leaders who do not limit themselves or conform to the gender roles set by the society. Until then, let’s support the current steps of change.
After the industrial age and information age, the world is entering yet another transformation brought about by the innovative and immersive technologies i.e. Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and Artificial Intelligence (Ai). Just like other advanced nations worldwide, the Middle East – particularly the Persian Gulf states – is also at the forefront of this transformation encouraging the use of these modern technologies across different sectors such as VR in education, healthcare, real estate, tourism, corporate and government.
Many VR related ventures have come forth in the Middle East in recent years but Bahrain-based Munfarid Consulting is one of the most prominent in the VR market with specialization in the implementation frameworks and consultancy in AR/VR/Ai for the corporate, non-corporate and government sectors. Munfarid has recently signed an accord with BTECH for mutual cooperation and become a full member organization of Bahrain Technology Companies Society (BTECH). BTECH was established with the government’s vision to improve, enhance and build upon the economic efficiency of the country and provide a competitive environment for ICT entrepreneurs and startups to grow and excel at a regional as well as international level.
Munfarid has been at the forefront of many government initiatives and has received much appreciation and encouragement for their dynamic efforts and unique offering at a number of platforms such as Worldskills Competition 2017, Bahrain Entrepreneurship Week, Education Experts Conference, Edutech Middle East 2017, to name a few. Sharing a common vision to maximize the scope of immersive technologies in education and training in the Middle East, Munfarid and Google Expeditions have been putting in joint efforts since March 2017, and next year they are going bigger with the VRXOne go-to-school program aimed at running a million Expeditions revolutionizing the school education in the Middle East.
“Confident that the BTECH affiliation will add to Munfarid’s growing reputation and bring more recognition for the company” said Dr. Sana Farid during the accord signing ceremony. “Munfarid has huge plans to contribute to the technological front of the country with its AR/VR/Ai aided training programs designed to enhance the learning capabilities of the youth both in educational and corporate sectors as well as further help to align strategies for technology aided, performance enhancement solutions for both government and non-government organizations” expressed Mr. Ubaydli the chairman of Bahrain Technology Companies Society.
About Munfarid :
Munfarid Consulting is a Bahrain based innovation company offering wide range of training opportunities and consultancy in immersive AR/VR/Ai technologies. Munfarid specializes in providing incisive learning strategies, operational management and customizable technology aided performance solutions enabled by Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence technologies to government, non-governmental and corporate sector organizations.
About BTECH :
BTECH is a non-profit entity and the leading Bahraini organization supporting the local ICT companies to grow and excel through different stages of development, elevating the statuesque of the sector and contributing to enhance the presence of Bahrain’s IT industry at regional and international levels, increasing its contribution to national output.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 17th November, 2017 – EduTech Middle East 2017 has just come to an end in Dubai – the greatest edtech conference in the world and another one of numerous efforts of UAE government in promoting the latest educational developments and technologies in the region in order to realize the UAE Economic Vision 2021.
The EduTech conference started with the pre-event workshop on 13th November where the discussion focused on the obstacles and challenges posed in the implementation of innovative practices in education as well as informing the adoption of digital citizenship by institutes and integrating technology in Arabic classrooms. Over 1,000 policy makers, educational leaders and educators from all over Middle East graced the conference with their presence sharing key notes and conducting various workshops and seminars over the two days. Liz Sproat and Rania Hadi from Google Education also made their key note speech at the conference. Dr. Sana Farid, a researcher for Artificial Intelligence (AI) based VR education and co-founder of Munfarid Consulting, executed a workshop for ‘AR/VR in Classroom’, explaining the implementation framework for the same.
Highlighting about world’s first Ministry for Artificial Intelligence in the UAE, and His Excellency Omar bin Sultan Al Olama – Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Dr. Sana has conducted an extensive seminar about ‘AI based VR education’, and appreciated the efforts of UAE Ministry of Ai in this regard, “My team and I share the vision of the Ministry of Ai, to make our future more efficient, we are very keen to follow that vision and make our contribution in the development and implementation of Ai in education and training in the Middle East.’
Both the conference and exhibition showcased many astonishing demonstrations. But Virtual Reality Technology was definitely the biggest hit at EduTech exhibition. Munfarid Consulting, a leading AR/ VR consultancy company in the Middle East, attracted the biggest crowd and conducted a remarkable immersive VR interactive session co-joining Google Expeditions and many other specialized apps in VR, AR, and Ai. Munfarid exhibit was the favorite destination for the attendees being the most informative as well as exciting with their demonstration of immersive technologies.
The conference concluded with the post event workshop on 16th November with understanding and learning about coding and coding environments. The established takeaway message from the EduTech for all participants and attendees was the inevitability of the complete change and transformation the current education system requires as well as how the implementation of the latest innovative technologies is the way forward for the Middle East in the face of future challenges and global competitiveness.
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, November 13, 2017 – Buzzing with an abundance of activity, Dubai is all geared up to welcome yet another prominent educational event starting 14th November 2017. EduTECH is coming to Middle East and is scheduled to be held at the Le Meridien Dubai Hotel and Conference Centre in Dubai, UAE. A two day event, EduTECH is an esteemed educational-technical conference and exhibition.
With a vision to inspire and prepare today’s youth for future challenges of a multicultural and international business environment, EduTECH is a leading provider of learning solutions and services designed for academic institutions, companies and governments. EduTECH Australia is the largest and the most influential exhibition and conference for education in the Southern Hemisphere, and attracts over 8,000 educators from all over the world to Sydney every year.
Formerly known as Digital Education Show Middle East, the event has become bigger and stronger than ever before. Over 10,000 policy makers, educational leaders and educators are expected to attend the event with over 120 inspirational speakers from the Middle East as well as from around the world will be sharing their expert knowledge at the conference.
EduTECH will also involve a dedicated exhibition showcasing the latest education technology solutions and free edtech content for teachers. One of the sponsors of the event, Google Education has now been helping millions of students and educators develop important learning and technical skills for the future. It is believed that 65% of the students today will be working in jobs that are currently unheard of. And Google Education has taken it upon themselves to build such programs and supporting partners that reach far and wide to millions of students every year in efforts to inspire their hidden talents.
Currently, Google Expeditions have taken the students everywhere by surprise and excitement with their virtual field trips. But more than the wow factor that they create in the beginning, Expeditions have been helping students learn and develop skills in a more comprehensive way like never before. Google Expeditions is a virtual-reality teaching tool where students can go on guided interactive virtual exploration tours. There are close to 500 Expeditions already available at the moment and many more are in the development stages.
EduTECH is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to learn first-hand about the latest educational developments and technical advancements be it students, educators or corporate representatives. The exhibition is the right place for networking and accessing the edtech providers in the region as well as testing and trying new products, software, tools and even latest apps on the market.