PayPal hosts NASSCOM Gurukul 2019
Diversity and inclusion are core values for PayPal and we have created an internal affinity group- UNITY to promote employment and growth opportunities for women. These meetups are part of a concerted effort by PayPal to bring together womentechnologists and provide a platform for them to learn, grow and thrive in their careers. Our flagship programme- Recharge, leadership workshops, networking, outreach and mentoring sessions; tech and innovation talks; hackathons etc  are among other initiatives.
The Unity team hosted the NASSCOM W2RT event in the PayPal office which was attended by close to 75 women engineers, developers and technologists. A broad range of topics were covered including artificial intelligence/machine learning, big data and analytics etc.
The Gurukul Series is an initiative by the Women Wizards Rule Tech (W2RT). This program is designed exclusively for women professionals in technology (IT-ITES/BPM, product and R&D firms), with the aim of increasing the pipeline of women in STEM/Technology at senior leadership roles and supporting their move up the career ladder. W2RT is a joint initiative of NASSCOM, the NASSCOM Sector Skills Council (SSC) and the Data Security Council of India (DSCI).
The day began with Pradeepkumar Sampathkumar, Head of Strategic Initiatives delivering the welcome address followed by Deepa Vijayaraghavan, Senior Manager, Global Operations PMO, presentation on PayPal’s Unity program.
This was followed by a talk on AI & ML by Vidhya Chandrasekaran, Manager, Data Engineering in which she explained the technical nuances of various algorithms involved in AI, ML and deep learning.
Avinash Karn, Manager, Business Analytics (Analytics Center of Excellence), started his session with ‘Seeing Signals Through Noise’, and spoke about how analytics influence our day-to-day decision-making– citing UPS’s no-left-turn example – and the use of analytics in PayPal.
Venkat Subramanian, Manager, Marketing Analytics spoke about how marketing is becoming increasingly data-driven. Despite the abundance of data, the challenge we face is how to measure the impact of various marketing activities and connecting them to an ROI.
Kuldeep Punjabi, Software Engineer, Global Data Sciences spoke on big data, the challenges and opportunities and solutions such as Hadoop that can help companies process large amounts of data. He also used e-commerce websites’ recommendation engine as a case study for effectively using big data to offer simple, useful solutions for customers.
On PayPal’s efforts at driving diversity and inclusion, Jayanthi Vaidyanathan, Director of Human Resource, PayPal, said, “In PayPal, we believe in fostering a family-friendly, inclusive and supportive work environment and aim to continue in this endeavor by evolving our policies and programs to suit our employees’ changing needs.”

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