Today, gender parity is a very profound and important issue in our society and more particularly in domains like math, science, technology and engineering. At Korbit we valued diversity and gender parity among our growing team. We have now more than 20 people working for the success of our vision. We see our employees for who they really are since we believe that career depends on your skills and capabilities more than your gender. In fact, you will find a job, not because of your gender but because of your abilities and potential that you have been cultivating over the years. On the other hand, we want to attain a gender neutral environment, since we believe that women and men in STEM can both make the journey to the top. We want people to feel welcome but also valued for their work and skills. Our mascot Korbi is the best representation of gender parity which we prize very much since it’s a woman who has the characteristics of a man and a woman.
“Science is not a boy’s game, it’s not a girl’s game. It’s everyone’s game. It’s about where we are and where we’re going.” – Nichelle Nichols, former NASA Ambassador and Star Trek actress.
For women’s day, we would like to dedicate this week to the women in our team who have been using their strong skills to develop and improve Korbit every day since its beginning.
Researcher at the University of Cambridge in the UK, she is working on her new book, Essential Natural Language Processing, which aims to introduce natural language processing techniques and programming in Python to the beginners in an accessible way. She believes that we should do what we are most interested in and that we should not let gender be a barrier to our success. She would like to see Korbit succeed since she puts a lot of effort in its development. Indeed, it’s very important for her to democratize education and make it accessible to everyone.
Biesma has grown up surrounded by her six other brothers which makes her feel that she had to stand out regardless of gender. In fact, defying the fact that this industry is mainly composed of men motivated her to get out of her comfortable shell and become an example for other women. Her mother inspired her to do unexpected things in order to fulfill her dream. In fact, going out of the norm is a big move to make in your life and any woman who has the courage to do so are big inspirations.
Sarah loves being part of this large industry who has a huge impact on the world we know. In fact, she never had thought that she would be part of the industry mainly composed of men but this motivates her to continue her journey and try to stand out in this environment She believes that there should be more women role models in AI to show to many others that it’s possible to climb to the top and make a career for yourself.
Ansona deeply believes in gender parity at Korbit. As a co-founder, she thinks that a team should be in a gender neutral environment. Korbi, Korbit’s mascot, is the perfect example of gender balance since as a woman character she shares attributes of a woman and a man to represent gender equality. She believes that you land a job for your capabilities, not just your gender.
Swechha decided to work in AI since it creates innovative ideas for many fields of activities and because it’s the future. She really likes to build new products from scratch knowing that one day it will make someone’s life easier. She thinks that we should motivate more women at high school and undergrad level to better address the lack of women’s representation in engineering. Her role model is Indra Nooyi who has been CEO of PepsiCo for over 12 years. She motivates Swechha and many others by looking at her journey to the top.
When she started working in Marketing, she decided to change her online name to a male one. Eventually, she got more clicks and enrollments than what she did with a female name. “It’s not surprising that people would accredit a man much more than a woman. In India, gender bias is deeply rooted.”, said Kritika, a student of Multimedia and Mass Communication. She believes in breaking down complex information to simpler packets of knowledge for a larger audience. She worked on an article recently published in the New York Times Luxury’s Hidden Indian Supply Chain which brings under the spotlight the exploitation of embroiderers by luxury brands like Dior, Gucci and Saint Laurent.
These women are important role models in AI for the next generation of girls who are soon going to start their journey in this industry. As we explained, your abilities and potential define who you are and not your gender. If you put enough effort and energy into your work, everything is possible.