DIACC is hosting a series of spotlights showcasing our amazing female DIACC members in the digital identity space, noting the importance of diversity. These spotlights will be regularly socialized through DIACC’s LinkedIn and Twitter channels as well as our monthly member newsletters.
If you’re a DIACC member and would like us to feature your spotlight, contact us today to learn more!
What has your career journey looked like?
I’ve had an incredible journey working and meeting individuals who are passionate about transformation, digital experiences and pushing the boundaries of what has been possible.
When you were 20 years old, what was your dream job and why?
I don’t think I ever wanted to confine myself to one dream job. It was about what I could learn and the people I would interact with that mattered most.
As a female leader, what has been the most significant barrier in your career?
Overworking. I worked hard, very long hours, and many late nights. It caused me to burn out and not focus on the things that mattered. I now make a continuous effort to keep a balance.
How do you balance work and life responsibilities?
Taking time out for my health and stress relief on a regular basis is key to how I manage and balance my life and work now.
How can more women be encouraged to pursue careers in the digital ID/tech space?
I think meeting other women in the industry is a good start. A mentorship program would be even better. I wish I had that when I was starting out my career.
What are some strategies you have learned to help women achieve a more prominent role in their organizations?
Internal sponsorship of women by other leaders is very important. We need to learn to humbly ask for that sponsorship and genuinely put in the time and effort to achieve the goals we set for ourselves.
What will be the biggest challenge for the generation of women behind you?
There’s many. But I believe the greatest challenge will continue to be managing family and work for some time until this issue is systematically addressed by our public & private sector. Childcare is not considered a right in Ontario. Stop the stigma of motherhood. Companies need to offer men and women both a fair and balanced chance. Being a parent is not a disability.
What advice would you give to young women entering the field?
Don’t set limits for yourself. Don’t be shy to ask why. Make friends everywhere.
Azadeh Dindayal is the Vice President of Marketing at Identos.