Soar Like an Eagle and Never Look Back

Barbara Trautlein
Host Barbara Trautlein

Soar like an eagle and never look back” is just one of the nuggets of inspiring wisdom offered by Priyanka Komala as she shares her journey as a woman technologist and women-in- STEM/STEAM advocate. Her journey begins in India, where we learn about the critical importance of parental and cultural influences on women entering STEM fields, and progresses to the US where Priyanka is responsible for creating and delivering the web strategy and future technological direction for a $30M division of the US National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Priyanka actively mentors other women and advocates for them via her leadership role in DC Web Women. Join us to learn about the personal, organizational, and societal benefits of grit, perseverance, collaboration, and engagement!

Guest Priyanka Komala
Guest Priyanka Komala

Our Guest Priyanka Komala

Technologist, STEM Speaker in Washington, DC

At age five Priyanka gave an impromptu speech about an aeroplane which catapulted her into becoming the distinguished speaker she is today. Although she had followed the cultural expectation of getting a Masters to become an engineer and technologist, Priyanka knew she wanted to make a bigger impact, so she got her MBA.

Priyanka is passionate about using technology as an enabler to help scientists communicate effectively to varied audiences. She enjoys sharing insights on happiness, personal growth, STEM, and the potential of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math).

At the US National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, she is responsible for creating and delivering the web strategy and future technological direction for a $30M division. She serves as the Vice President of DC Web Women and is on the board of Byte Back Next Generation Council.

A Distinguished Toastmaster, Priyanka graduated from Anna University with a degree in Engineering and ranked top 5 among 15,000 students in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. She holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from American University and an M.B.A from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

Portfolio – Speaker & Writer:

Huffington Post | Keynote – Boston ACT Conference | Women in Manufacturing | SANS Cyber Defense Initiative | ISSA Cybersecurity Special Interest Group | DC Code Writers Software Leadership Conference | General Assembly | Women in Tech DC Summit | University of Michigan India Business Conference | Women in Technology | Girls in Technology | INROADS | YuvaShakthi | Women of the World festival | InPower | Toastmasters International Magazine | Code with Veni | HelloGiggles

Honors

* Rising Star finalist for the 18th Annual Women in Technology Leadership awards

* DC Inno’s 50 on Fire

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