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The Hidden Corporate Leadership

IIT Mentors

Thursday, February 18, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (PST)

The Hidden Corporate Leadership

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IIT Mentors Presents:

"The Hidden Corporate Leadership"

Thursday, February 18th 2016, 6:30pm - 9:00pm

180 Baytech Drive, Suite 200
San Jose, CA 95134


Space limit is for 25 prospective mentees only! Previous events were sold out. Please note that you need to have studied in one of the IITs to attend this event.

See the Attendee List at the bottom of the page

Program Details


As we progress through our careers, we may wonder why very few people become VPs, SVPs/C-level Executives at an early stage in their professional life, whereas the rest of us sometimes remain at the same level for many years. This may not be just qualifications (level of education, MBA, etc.) or luck (being at the right place & at the right time). While fast-track career growth in corporate may be attributed to many factors, most will agree that inherent leadership skills may differentiate these high-achiever executives from others. 


If you are wondering:

    • Could having a vision and the ability to identify opportunities to make a strategic bet be important?
    • Whether determination to navigate through challenges and convince stakeholders play a role?
    • Why the ability to network and leverage connections at every stage could be key?
    • What would leading-by-example & motivating your team-members do for your career?
    • Could creating a healthy working environment that not only builds a great culture but also empowers the team become a key for your success?

           If these and other such attributes resonate with you to accomplish your career goals, please join us for a stimulating and interactive roundtable discussion with outstanding IIT alumni mentors who have been successful early in their careers. This mentorship session is not about how to make the next career move; instead the objective is to think multiple steps ahead of time and make your professional career a pleasant journey of self-discovery and improvement of your innate qualities.




Program Summary

  • 6:30 PM - 7:15 PM Registration, Dinner, and Networking
  • 7:15 PM - 9:00 PM Discussion and Q & A with the mentors
  •  9:00 PM Adjourn




Sumit Dhawan



Sumit Dhawan is Senior Vice President and General Manager of VMware’s End User Computing desktop business.  He will lead product development, product management, strategy and delivery for enterprise and personal desktop products

Prior to his current role, he was Group Vice President & General Manager of the mobile products for Citrix. At Citrix, he drove Citrix’s entry into the mobile management market, including the acquisition of Zenprise. Dhawan was one of the key leaders in driving product, marketing and Go-To-Market strategy for several end user computing products at Citrix, including Citrix’s entry into the desktop virtualization market. Dhawan was instrumental in getting Citrix to build a $1B+ business in desktop virtualization.

 Dhawan has nearly 20 years of experience within enterprise softwareindustry. Dhawan holds degrees in both business and science, with a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Florida and a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Minnesota. Dhawan graduated with a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Roorkee.


Amit Walia



Amit Walia is the executive vice president and chief product officer responsible for product development, product management, product marketing and engineering. Previously Amit was the senior vice president and general manager for Informatica’s Data Integration and Data Security business unit.

Prior to Informatica, Amit worked in leadership positions across a variety of functions at Symantec, Intuit and McKinsey & Company. He spent the earlier part of his career working for Tata Group and Infosys Technologies in India.

Amit holds a Master of Business Administration with honors in strategy and economics from the Kellogg School of Management, NorthwesternUniversity. Additionally, he received his Bachelor of Science with honors degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Varanasi


Shivani Govil




Shivani Govil is a senior executive with a passion for driving revenues and scaling new businesses. She played an instrumental role in building SAP’s business in key growth areas such as mobile, big data and analytics. Shivani brings a unique combination of technology expertise, business acumen and user centric design thinking to drive innovations across sales, products, business models and customer engagement - delivering amazing business results.  In her role, Shivani also evaluates applications of new technologies (such as wearables, beacons, sensors, drones, etc.) in the enterprise. She is a highly effective communicator who embraces challenge and inspires teams around a common vision to consistently exceed targets.

Shivani has a Master’s in Engineering from Priceton University and undergraduate from the Indian Institute of Technology, BombayIn addition to her work, Shivani has a passion for clean energy, education and entrepreneurship. She sits on the board of BUILD, a non-profit focused on using entrepreneurship to inspire high risk youth to graduate from school.



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180 Baytech Drive, Suite 200
San Jose, CA 95134

Thursday, February 18, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM (PST)

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