This is the Leadership Journey series on the Choosing Leadership Podcast.

I believe we all have a lot to learn from each other’s stories – of where we started, where we are now, and our successes and struggles on the way. With this series of interviews, my attempt is to give leaders an opportunity to share their stories and for all of us to learn from their generous sharing. If you know a leader whom you would like to see celebrated on the show, please send me a message on LinkedIn with their name.

In the interview, Deepali shares about being a risk taker and putting her heart and soul into everything she has done. We also spoke about the challenges of being a female leader, and how to deal with stereotypes and gender biases at work. We also reflected on the time when we worked together, the positive influence she has had on me, and how leadership is about continuously evolving and growth.

You can find Deepali at the below links

In the interview, Deepali shares

  • being a woman, you have to always stand up for yourself.
  • whenever I have had given interviews in the past, uh, I was always asked, what will you do? Will you continue to work after marriage? What will you do when you have kids? Will you continue to work? What’s going to happen to your career? Right or wrong, these kind of questions are never, ever going to be ever asked from a guy.
  •  key is awareness. Standing up, asking for it, and if you, uh, you don’t know what to do, find a mentor, find a champion for your cause, but then you have to Be vocal about what you feel should be done with you and how exactly do you want your career or whatever it is.
  •  you are categorized as somebody who always is a troublemaker because you’ll always stand up and always ask for something which is rightfully should be rightfully done to you
  • God has given this privilege to women to be able to bear kids right now. Organizations, I’ll not say organizations, but I’ve seen situations where, roles are withdrawn from women, but just because, you know, they, they’ve taken a break or they’re expecting, I mean, for God’s sake, they’re just delivering a baby. They haven’t becoming a, they haven’t become brain dead, right.  
  • And the reasons they will give you that. Oh no. We want you to, uh, be relaxed, calm. We don’t want to give a stressful job. And you know that when once you are coming, when you come back after that break, you are never ever going to be given those prestigious projects or the job or the assignment that was yours earlier.
  • So you have to flag it, you have to take it to the concerned authorities and say that, see this. 
  • you have to spend a lot of time with yourself and try and ask questions from yourself that what exactly do you want?
  • why I am doing this is also is a very difficult question to answer, and, um, because it’s difficult, you don’t want to answer it, you kind of always keep on running about it.