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Fireside Chat: Sundar Vanchinathan and Sandhya Iyer ’19, co-founders of Geek Girls Careers
September 25, 2020 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Having been in the Silicon Valley tech industry for almost three decades and seeing the lack of career guidance resources for young women, Sundar launched Geek Girl Careers. “When I graduated many years ago with an engineering degree, I had no understanding of how to discover a career that would suit my personality and passions,” says Sundar, who pivoted to success in technical sales and marketing as he discovered his own strengths. That was his inspiration for starting Geek Girls
Fast forward, and his daughter Sandhya graduated from Syracuse University in 2020 with degrees in public relations and marketing and has gone on to become the CEO of the company that her dad started. “When she was in high school, Geek Girl Careers helped her understand how to tie her skills and passions into a potential career in marketing communications,” says Sundar. “We built this platform to provide guidance and inspiration to millions of girls like her worldwide. There is nothing better than helping individuals discover careers where they can blossom for who they truly are.”
Sandhya is passionate about female empowerment, sustainability and most importantly, helping those in need. Sandhya leads the outreach, recruitment and partnership development for GGC, as well as managing the growth of the company. Read more about Sandhya in this profile by LaunchPad Global Fellow Claire Howard ’23.