I personally believe in inviting women to take up leadership positions in business: Kavita Singhal, Founder, Kamtron Systems

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Kavita Singhal, Founder, Kamtron Systems

It gives me immense satisfaction when I see Kamtron being known as a trusted name amongst customers. I have been steering a consistent growth along with my team. I believe retaining customer trust and business growth for more than 15 years in itself is a big achievement

Journey as an entrepreneur
I was a pioneer in the field of IT channel business, and a first-generation entrepreneur. I started slowly, but at a steady journey of software licensing and IT consulting in the late nineties and today it continues to be a trusted brand for the education industry.

The journey as an entrepreneur cannot be defined in a single word. It has its challenges, lots of learning to make you a different and more refined person, and the most important is that it is always interesting to be on this journey of exploration and achievement, irrespective of whatever challenges come your way.

Focus on brand experience is what makes Kamtron stand out from the crowd. Today, Kamtron has a track record of retaining old customers – most of them being decade old – through our dedicated post-sales support and services. Nevertheless, the challenge to understand the market where we wanted to operate, competition with the existing partners and creating our own space, and establishing connection with the OEMs (with their own set of preferred partners), are some of the everyday business challenges.

Key achievements
It gives me immense satisfaction when I see Kamtron being known as a trusted name amongst customers. I have been steering a consistent growth along with my team. I believe retaining customer trust and business growth for more than 15 years in itself is a big achievement. On top of that, I am happy to see the recognition coming from the OEMs and the media for our work and competencies through awards.

Role model
My father and my husband are my role models who always made me believe anything is possible with focused efforts and dedication. I always look upon them in difficult times in my business and get a great confidence to resolve the same.

Work-life balance
One needs to have a good support system to have a work-life- balance. Believe in yourself, be prepared for some sacrifices and you can manage everything. I am lucky to have a good support system always. I would also emphasise on the importance of mental wellbeing, especially when it comes to women. Women manage their homes, work, society, and their families. Performing such multiple roles can be very stressful; as such, it requires them to have a strong mind, and thus mental wellbeing is important.

Women in IT – a rare breed ?
In my opinion 10 years ago women in IT were a rare breed but currently there is a significant increase in the number of women entrepreneurs in IT. Today, women are prepared to take up challenges and create their own space in the IT industry. It is heartening to see a lot of young generation girls showing interest in joining the IT industry. I also personally believe in inviting women to take up leadership positions in business. Women are often raised to take fewer risks and may need to be encouraged to take on the additional responsibility. Clearly, there needs to be an “intentional” effort to increase the number of women in top posts and also strengthen the pipeline.

Most of the women I know in the IT channel industry are quite motivated and are doing pretty well. For the women who wish to step in IT channel industry, I would whole heartedly welcome them, they will surely attain their goals and will get a good support from everyone in the industry. So dear women you have done great jobs in different roles since you have been born so you can do great in this role as well. Wish everyone all the very best in whatever they wish to achieve.

Life ahead
I would like to have work-life balance with some more time for myself and working as per current priorities.