Shachi Irde joined Catalyst in May 2013 as Executive Director of Catalyst India WRC. Ms. Irde brings a rich background in business development, marketing, human resources and diversity and inclusion (D&I) practices to her new role. Prior to joining Catalyst, she served as the Head of Diversity at Infosys, where she helped develop and manage D&I initiatives across the organization. Her efforts helped launch D&I Councils regionally and within business units as well as the first leadership development program for women. Ms. Irde also played an integral role in launching the organization’s ground-breaking employee resource group (ERG) for India-based LGBT employees. In addition, she conceptualized and delivered successful employee engagement programs focusing on communication, health and safety.
Ms. Irde has also held HR leadership roles within Wipro –e-Peripherals Ltd. She is currently a member of the Advisory Council of D & I at NASSCOM. She is a frequent speaker and facilitator at D&I events in India and often quoted in the media. In addition to writing articles and blogs she has also co-authored a book chapter in the book Globalization of Professional Services published by Springer. A strong advocate for women’s empowerment, she works with voluntary organizations supporting under-privileged women in her spare time.
I recently became aware of a stereotype that is apparently quite prevalent in some Western countries -- the widespread belief that women are "bad at math". Luckily, this stereotype does not exist in India.