#MakingHERStory: Women in Leadership


We are back with another round of the #MakingHERStory series! Today, we speak to Shakthi Priya Kathirvelu, our Head of Information Security Engineering to find out her thoughts on transformational leadership and women empowerment at Funding Societies.

Influence and inspiration

Tell us about a leadership lesson that you’ve learnt that’s unique to being a female leader.

Transformational Leadership – Women leaders are better able to lead through inspiration, transforming colleagues’ attitudes and beliefs, and aligning them with meaning and purpose. Leading with both Emotional Quotient (EQ) and Intelligence Quotient (IQ), women leaders are able to win people’s hearts and souls, cultivating a change in beliefs rather than just behaviours, which in turn contributes to increased levels of their teams’ engagement, performance, and productivity.

Have you drawn professional inspiration from other women? Tell us about someone who has inspired you.

As a truly modern-day, revolutionary woman, who has advocated and continues to advocate multiple important causes throughout her life, especially that of empowering women, Michelle Obama inspires me. Besides, it is amazing how she seamlessly juggles the various roles in her life.


What energises you about work?

Being able to continuously learn and grow with a talented and passionate bunch of folks, all while directly and positively impacting the communities we work with.

What advice would you give to the next generation of female leaders?

Dream big. Work hard. Never give up.

Women empowerment

How has FSMK empowered you to #breakthebias and be the leader you are today?

FSMK believes in my leadership abilities and encourages me to grow while providing me with equal opportunities, lets my voice be heard, and last but not the least, is respectful of my family responsibilities, all of which enable me to be who I am today.

How should women support other women in their organisations?

Stand up for and celebrate each other’s victories. And when things don’t go so well, just be there for each other.

FSMK Initiative

What has been the biggest takeaway for you from FSMK’s #makingHERstory – Women in Leadership program?

The biggest takeaway for me has been the importance of women leaders, having achieved a certain level of success, to pay it forward and create positive ecosystems on a broader scale for other women to succeed. Besides that, I’ve learnt that imposter syndrome is far more common among women than I’d thought it to be and we need to actively fight it, especially if we know we are good at what we do because fact-based accomplishments cannot be refuted.

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