Women Talk Tech Episode 42: Finding Financial Independence in Tech
In this week’s Women Talk Tech episode, our guest is Anju Virmani, the Chief Information Officer at Cargojet Airways -Canada’s only cargo airline for time-sensitive air cargo services. In this episode, we discuss financial independence and empowerment in women, and the difficult road women often face when beginning a STEM career.
Anju, an executive with a passion for innovation. Her track record proves how successful she has been in digital transformations throughout North America in many diverse industries, including transportation, healthcare, finance, and insurance. Anju has extensive experience helping organizations achieve a competitive edge using technology, people, and process.
Anju provides technology leadership to the organization and helps to manage technology and business risks effectively. Anju serves as advisors to technology startups and helped provide mentorship and strategy to emerging technologies and emerging entrepreneurs.
Finding financial independence
Originally from New Delhi, Anju grew up in all-girl schooling with the aspirations of being a doctor. During the beginning of her co-ed degree, Anju experienced difficulties in a male-dominated program and switched to home economics with a new goal of teaching children with disabilities.
After moving to Canada, Anju searched for financial independence and found economic opportunities in the tech sector. Throughout the episode, Anju emphasizes the importance for women to find their financial independence.
Giving back to the community
Anju has committed to helping women in tech by supporting initiatives in education and health care through her family foundation.
Last year, Anju hosted a scholarship at Ryerson University for four women in STEM programs. This scholarship continues for the next five years, at $10,000 per woman in their 3rd of 4th year at University.
She plans on beginning a new scholarship for Indigenous and refugee women in STEM in the upcoming years.
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About Anju Virmani
Anju Virmani is the Chief Information Officer at Cargojet Airways -Canada’s only cargo airline for time-sensitive air cargo services. Before Cargojet, Anju founded and successfully ran a management and technology consulting practice in Silicon Valley.
Anju serves as advisors to technology startups and helped provide mentorship and strategy to emerging technologies and emerging entrepreneurs.
Anju holds a B.sc and B.Ed from the University of Delhi, INDIA, and an M.BA from the City University of New York. Anju has also received the Charter Director designation from McMaster University.
Anju has a keen interest in corporate governance and has served on many nonprofit and crown corporation boards and advisory roles. Anju served on the ACNS Advisory Council for National Security, The Toronto Transit Commission, and the York University MBA Health care program advisory board.
A self-proclaimed geek, Anju is also a self-taught accomplished visual artist. Her art pieces have found homes at Ryerson University, corporate and medical offices, and many homes.
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