Sairee Chahal, founder of Sheroes needs no introduction. A trailblazer in her own right, she has revolutionised the job scene for woman through her venture SHEROES – a Noida-based online career destination for women from all walks of life. Sairee believes that a career is a maze and not a ladder as has been traditionally prescribed to us and her mission is to help millions of women navigate this maze through any and all stages of their lives. She is aiming to reach 100 Mn women members in the next five years.
In a candid AMA with Inc42, Sairee opens up and reveals what constitutes her version of success, how simply asking around can get you your next best leads, and why she is always seen sporting sport shoes with all her outfits!
Here are the coolest answers from the session:
Question: Sheroes has grown a lot but what inspired you to start in the first place?
Sairee: In some cases, you look around for idea, in some cases ideas find you. In my case, Sheroes was absolutely an idea I had to do something about. It is something that sort of grew up all through my career – it was a need I saw as I progressed in my career. The woman at work story is very incomplete and I got to do something about it. The thing that compelled me the most was that we haven’t built scalable products in this space. A lot of work has been done but at a very basic level and somehow the coolness of tech had not crept into building products that will really benefit women. We are in India and broken in many ways, especially, in the gender disparity numbers and maybe this was the right thing to do.
Question: How could one go about identifying and addressing sexism in the workplace?