Q&A with Shani Dhanda, Disability Specialist

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Firstly, please introduce yourself.

Hello, I’m Shani Dhanda. I’m a disability inclusion & accessibility strategist and consultant. I use tech for good and i’m the founder of Diversability, Asian Woman Festival & Asian Disability Network.

What are you looking forward to at Women of Silicon Roundabout?

I’m looking forward to being at an in-person event with my industry peers and doing lots of learning.

What advice would you give to someone looking to step up their career in tech?

Make sure to do your research into the current tech landscape first and decide what role you’d be most interested in. The more you can use tech to solve the problems in the world, I think the further you will go.

What do you see as the biggest challenge currently facing women in technology?

I think some of the biggest challenges are: lack of relatable role models, which leads to a lack of mentors. Being taken seriously due to gender perception. Women not progressing to senior roles.

The theme of the event is resilience; what does resilience mean to you?

Resilience is associated with toughness which can sometimes mean we wear resilience as a badge of honour and see it as something to be celebrated. Being resilient isn’t a negative thing, but if people have to wear the ‘resilient badge of honour’ their entire lives just to survive, clearly something isn’t right within the systems they live in. Take it from me; it’s exhausting.

Finally, what can attendees expect from your session at WoSR?

My session will cover using tech for good, how disability affects us all and how to make tech inclusive for all.

Join Shani Dhanda for her session “What Resilience Means To Me” at Women of Silicon Roundabout on 22-23 November.

About Joao Vasconcelos
Joao is Content Lead, USA at Ascend Global Media and Lead Producer of Women of Silicon Valley, Women in Tech Texas and Women in Tech Boston. Joao is responsible for creating cutting-edge agendas and events for the USA that further the Women in Tech World Series' mission to permanently and irreversibly drive positive change in the tech sector.

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