• Bosky Mukherjee

Untold Stories in Tech with Anwesha Bhattacharjee: From STEM to PM

Updated: Jun 6


"I never regretted it. My transition into product management was really just a chance meeting, and taking my chance in negotiating."


Last week, PMDojo launched its much-awaited initiative called “Untold Stories in Tech”. We want to amplify the voices of people in technology especially those who stem from underrepresented backgrounds or those who have never had the opportunity to feel heard. Our hope is to inspire, uplift, and grow together.


We kicked off this series with Anwesha Bhattacharjee, who is currently the Head of Hotel Fintech at Hopper. She embodies a bold and empathetic leadership style and is passionate about solving gender issues using technology.


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Anwesha shared two main key points from her journey:

  1. Follow your passion - listen to your heart always. Nothing can replace passion, not a title, not the compensation. If you don’t feel joy doing the work you do every day, you’re in the wrong role or the wrong place.

  2. Recognize the difference between a workplace culture you can change and a toxic workplace. Life is too short to surround ourselves with people who undervalue us, and it’s important to cut one’s losses when faced with such situations.

...along with many surprising stories from her own journey.


Some of our key takeaways:

  • Different perspectives enrich the workplace; diversity increases the likelihood of success in a project.

  • In many cultures, you are told to shut up and listen to those who may be in a higher position. Don’t stay silent, always speak up for yourself.

  • People will always find something to imply and assume about you...tune out the stereotypes and extra noise; be authentic.

  • Being a minority makes your viewpoint valuable in an environment that can appreciate and learn from it.

  • While companies are starting to create safe and inclusive spaces, there is always something everyone can do on their part.

  • Never put yourself in a position where you feel hostage to someone.


The entire recording of the event can be found here on our youtube channel. be sure to subscribe to our channel: https://cutt.ly/Sb3MDbL


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PS: EARLY APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN FOR OUR NEXT COHORT!


Join PMDojo Product Accelerator to learn, think and grow in Product in your first or next role. Gain real-world experience where you get to collaborate as a diverse team, solve a market problem and launch a real product with real users. Early applications are open for the Fall cohort so apply now!


MAKING TECH INCLUSIVE AND ACCESSIBLE FOR ALL

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