International Women’s Day with Neha Visavadia

Neha Visavadia

Product Manager, CognitionX

What do you do?
Hello, my name is Neha Visavadia and I am the Product Manager at CognitionX.
Day to day, I work with engineers, designers, sales, and marketeers to discover, build and deliver our SaaS products. I play a central role in rallying the teams towards the Product vision.

What is something about yourself that many people are surprised to learn?
Three years ago, I made a career pivot from the social sector to working in technology. I have a MSc in Health Psychology and I’m passionate about the role technology can play in optimising our health and health care systems. I believe there’s huge potential in the role of technology in diagnosing and managing rare genetics conditions.

Describe yourself in three words
Ambitious, proactive and sometimes even a little rebellious!

What advice would you give to a young woman getting into tech?
Have a growth mindset and take the wheel on your own personal and professional development – don’t let anyone or anything dictate what you’re capable of achieving 💪.

What do you think we can all be doing to empower women in tech today and tomorrow?
There are some great things happening in the sector today to upskill women to the top, but I believe that we can do more. I would like to see clear progression paths carved out for women where they are coached to develop and embrace their authentic leadership style.

Coming from a non-technical background, I’ve had a steep learning curve. “I can’t or I won’t be able to understand XYZ…” – I’ve heard this a lot from fellow non-techies, and I’m here to tell you, never be afraid to ask the techies to explain it better!

If you could go back in time to speak to your younger self, what would you tell her?
Be bold and just go for what you want.

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