Episode 72 – D Sangeeta

D Sangeeta is the Founder and CEO of GOTARA whose mission is to offer career support and advice to women in STEM professions. Their goal is to help close the gender gap at all levels, and to make this service available to women around the world who are working in STEM fields as individuals, or as leaders in a variety of organizations. D. Sangeeta has held leadership and science/research positions in a variety of organizations throughout her career. She has a Master’s Degree in Chemistry and a PhD in Materials Chemistry. D. Sangeeta holds 26 patents.

Episode Notes

D. Sangeeta founded GOTARA in an effort to keep women in STEM fields. A disproportionate percentage of women leave STEM fields – and that’s in addition to fewer women than men entering many STEM fields to start with. D Sangeeta saw a need to work with companies to ensure women in STEM fields at those companies are supported. They do this by providing confidential and personalized nano-learning opportunities that include upskilling and career advice available 24 x 7.

D. Sangeeta shares why she started GOTARA, how her leadership experience throughout her career led her to find her passion in supporting women in STEM and a very real and applicable way. We also talk about her career, chemistry vs. materials chemistry, and the patenting process.

Music used in the podcast: Higher Up, Silverman Sound Studio

Acronyms, Definitions, and Fact Check

GOTARA – http://www.gotara.com

Organic chemistry is a branch of chemistry that studies the structure, properties and reactions of organic compounds, which contain carbon in covalent bonding. Study of structure determines their structural formula. (wikipedia)

Inorganic chemistry is concerned with the properties and behavior of inorganic compounds, which include metals, minerals, and organometallic compounds. … For example, organometallic compounds usually contain a metal or metalloid bonded directly to carbon. (https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/careers/chemical-sciences/areas/inorganic-chemistry.html)

Monolithic material is an item which is cast as a single piece, formed or composed of material without joints or seams a monolithic floor covering, or consisting of or constituting a single unit. (www.merriam-webster.com)

Air foil – the cross-sectional shape of an object whose motion through a gas is capable of generating significant lift, such as a wing, a sail, or the blades of propeller, rotor, or turbine. A solid body moving through a fluid produces an aerodynamic force. (wikipedia)

“Find your voice then listen to it. Even when it shakes. Especially then.” Curly Girl Designs.

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