Happy 2023 everyone! We are kicking off the new year with Dr. Sirisha Kuchimanchi. Sirisha is the host of Women, Career and Life Podcast and gives millennials sage advice on ways that you can begin to take steps in making positive changes in your career. She also demystifies a lot of things that many millennials find daunting and out of reach such as investing, networking, and creating a work life balance.
Listen to Sirisha's podcast Women, Career and Life here!
Did you start using formula almost within weeks or days of your baby being born? Did that feel like the best choice for your family? Did you have cultural or familial practices which helped you feel supported during the postpartum period regardless of your feeding choices? My guest Siricha, tech executive turned podcaster and entrepreneur dredges up her memories of those early baby feeding days to share her insights about motherhood and career.
On this episode you will hear themes related to:
* Being a first generation immigrant parent
* Merging cultural practices from two different places to find what works best
* The postpartum care Siricha received from her own parents and her in-laws
* Switching to formula within weeks when breastfeeding wasn't working out
* Realizing that stuff isn't really what babies need
* Reflections on being a working mom
* Reflections on being a stay-at-home mom
* How the work environment impacts new parents and milk making
Sirisha Kuchimanchi is a Global Engineering & Manufacturing Executive with Texas Instruments, as well as a podcast host. Sirisha took two career breaks in less than eight years, during which time she raised her family and earned her doctorate in Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. Sirisha hosts the podcast "Women, Career and Life" and works in the tech industry, where she leads teams, drives change, and supports customers. In this episode, we talk about what she learned during her career breaks and how she relaunched at her pre-career break employer.
Teach the Geek Podcast
Nov 29 ,2023
Dr. Sirisha Kuchimanchi climbed the corporate ladder for years before leaving it behind to start a new journey. She founded Sahita, a global community for South Asian women. She’s host of the Women, Career and Life podcast, a podcast about women and leadership. She’s also a radio host; Life Beats with Sirisha is the name of the show. She’s a keynote speaker, too. She’s does quite a lot of things. How did she come to each of them? Let’s find out.
To check in touch with Sirisha, find her on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/sirishakuchimanchi/.
Steam Powered with Michelle Ong
Oct 13 ,2023
What is your personal worth? From an internal perspective, it's about having confidence in your sense of self and your values. But let's expand on that. Your worth can also be viewed in the connections you have made in your personal or professional communities, be it the kids' soccer parent who knows a job you'd be great for, or the ex-coworker whose passion project is your passion, too. It's also of course your financial position and what you can do to change it. Because growth in all these areas gives you more space to grow as well.
Join us as we speak with Sirisha Kuchimanchi, entrepreneur, speaker, and former engineering and manufacturing executive, about navigating her career through economic downturns, and how the different aspects of your personal worth give you more options.
Show Notes (link)
[00:01:05] Sirisha's beginnings in physics.
[00:02:43] The transition to material science and engineering.
[00:04:24] The value of being able to explore the industry while pursuing higher studies.
[00:05:34] We all leave social breadcrumbs and create networks through our interactions.
[00:07:13] The experience of layoffs.
[00:09:40] The contrast of working as a contractor vs a permanent employee.
[00:10:33] Sirisha's second career break and the decision to return to school.
[00:14:25] Sometimes the market makes the decision for you.
[00:15:25] Financial literacy and preparation gives you choices and flexibility.
[00:16:37] Looking after our financial futures because work shouldn't dictate our lives.
[00:21:04] The stigma attached to speaking about money or death matters.
[00:23:31] Risk management and your priorities.
[00:25:44] Everyone is a potential candidate for an information interview.
[00:28:23] The grass is always greener. But you don't know unless you try.
[00:30:36] Your background and culture in a work context as an asset or liability.
[00:34:06] Ask for what you want, but you have to know what you want first.
[00:35:29] Considerations as a woman or POC in leadership.
[00:37:29] Leveraging what you know and building relationships with people.
[00:40:51] What advice would you give someone who would like to do what you do, and what advice should they ignore?
Ordinarily Extraordinary-Conversations with Women in STEM with Kathy Nelson
May 31 ,2023
Dr. Sirisha Kuchimanchi is an entrepreneur, keynote speaker, podcast host, live radio and live radio show host. She's a former tech executive who left the corporate world to start her own business. She founded Sahita, a Global community for South Asian Women to achieve Career & Financial empowerment so you can "Live the life YOU Dream". She has a PhD and Master's Degree in Materials Science and a Master's Degree and Bachelor's Degree in Physics.
What do we talk about in this episode?
Sirisha shares her experience leaving corporate life and starting her own business. She has a passion for empowering women both in their careers and helping them achieve financial independence. We talk about raising children, teenage boys, confidence in both boys and girls, networking and the importance of community and bringing people together.
The different thought processes between science and engineering.
You're not expected to know everything when you are coming out of college.
Getting her PhD while she was a stay at home mom.
The different stages of raising children. We have less control over out kids personalities than we think we do when we go into parenting.
Owning your career and owning your financial future.
Meet up with people in your network face to face when you travel to different cities.
Nerd Journey Podcast (Part 1 of 3)
Oct 10 ,2023
Welcome to episode 245 of the Nerd Journey Podcast [@NerdJourney]! We’re John White (@vJourneyman) and Nick Korte (@NetworkNerd_) – two technology professionals with backgrounds in IT Operations and Sales Engineering on a mission to help others accelerate career progression and increase job satisfaction by bringing listeners the advice we wish we’d been given earlier in our careers. In today’s episode we share part 1 of an interview with Dr. Sirisha Kuchimanchi, discussing Sirisha’s pursuit of physics in school, thoughts on women in STEM fields and how to support them, suggestions for working with finance teams, the story of Sirisha being laid off and bouncing back, and thoughts on meetings with your manager and your skip level manager.
Original Recording Date: 09-16-2023
Topics – A Background in Physics, Women in STEM and Getting Support, Moving to the US, Working with Finance, Getting Laid Off, Communicating with Your Manager, On Skip Level Managers
Nerd Journey Podcast (Part 2 of 3)
Oct 17 ,2023
Welcome to episode 246 of the Nerd Journey Podcast [@NerdJourney]! We’re John White (@vJourneyman) and Nick Korte (@NetworkNerd_) – two technology professionals with backgrounds in IT Operations and Sales Engineering on a mission to help others accelerate career progression and increase job satisfaction by bringing listeners the advice we wish we’d been given earlier in our careers. In today’s episode we share part 2 of an interview with Dr. Sirisha Kuchimanchi, detailing Sirisha’s progression from team lead into people management, the responsibilities of a manager, ways Sirisha built a culture of excellence, and a framework for evaluating new career opportunities.
Original Recording Date: 09-16-2023
Dr. Sirisha Kuchimanchi is an entrepreneur who started her career working for a semiconductor manufacturer in the tech industry which resulted in 17 years of experience. If you missed part 1 of our discussion with Sirisha, check out Episode 245.
Topics – Gaining Leadership Skills, Team Lead vs. Manager, What Good Looks Like, Exposure to and Evaluation of New Opportunities, Leadership Metrics and a Culture of Excellence
Nerd Journey Podcast (Part 3 of 3)
Oct 24 ,2023
Welcome to episode 247 of the Nerd Journey Podcast [@NerdJourney]! We’re John White (@vJourneyman) and Nick Korte (@NetworkNerd_) – two technology professionals with backgrounds in IT Operations and Sales Engineering on a mission to help others accelerate career progression and increase job satisfaction by bringing listeners the advice we wish we’d been given earlier in our careers. In today’s episode we share part 3 of an interview with Dr. Sirisha Kuchimanchi, detailing how Sirisha made the decision to leave the corporate world, how she became interested in podcasting, and how life has been as an entrepreneur.
Original Recording Date: 09-16-2023
Dr. Sirisha Kuchimanchi is an entrepreneur who started her career working for a semiconductor manufacturer in the tech industry which resulted in 17 years of experience. If you missed parts 1 and 2 of our discussion with Sirisha, check out Episode 245 and Episode 246.
Topics – Walking away from the Corporate World, An Interest in Podcasting, Loss Aversion and Sunk Cost
Beyond the Thesis with Papa Ph.D.
The pace and lifestyle in manufacturing and engineering is different from what you find in academic research. So is the culture. Namely, they have been male dominated spaces, historically.
This week on Beyond the Thesis With Papa PhD, I will be takling with my guest, Sirisha Kuchimanchi, about how, as a woman in these spaces, you can own your career, pivoting and growing as your path meanders and evolves.
What we covered during our conversation about the place of women in engineering and manufacturing:
The challenges of cultural differences in the work place
Navigating a new job
How to engage in meetings, asking questions and providing solutions
The importance of personal connections and of asking for help
The importance of mentorship and networking
Transferable skills gained from the PhD
The importance of finding one's voice
The challenges facing women in STEM careers and the importance of seizing opportunities
Don't miss out on this great conversation!
Reach out to me or to Sirisha using the links below if you have any feedback or any questions for us.
The Job Interview Experience with Matthew Sorenson
(Top 05.% Apple Podcast)
Dr. Sirisha Kuchimanchi and I Discuss What Managers Look for When Making Hiring Decisions, Investing in Your Network BEFORE You Need It, and How to Prepare for a Job While in College.
Connect with Dr. Sirisha Kuchimanchi
CMU Connect Podcast interview with Tyler Welsh -
April 17, 2022
Alumna Sirisha Kuchimanchi (ENG1999, 2007), Quality Manager at Texas Instruments, Inc. discusses how to maximize a mentor and their mentorship — and how to give back as a mentor to others.
Interested in becoming a CMU mentor or joining our mentor program? Visit the CMUniverse for more information or to sign up!