Pratima Rao Gluckman
Senior Engineering Leader
For the last two decades, I've worked in the software engineering field, where I've developed and driven software solutions for both Silicon Valley startups and Fortune 500 companies. Since 2008, I've worked in senior leadership for VMware for the Cloud Platform Business Unit (CPBU), Networking & Security Business Unit (NSBU), and most recently for VMware's Blockchain Engineering team. I hold three degrees: a bachelor's in instrumentation engineering, a master's in chemistry and computer science. Upon finishing my M.S. in computer science, I worked as a software consultant, developer, and engineer for some of Silicon Valley's most cutting-edge companies, including IXOS, SAP Labs, Adomo, Inc., and Cast Iron Systems, Inc., and developed applications in J2EE, voice VXML, SAP and portal technologies. I am passionate about diversity in the workplace and have spearheaded several initiatives for gender and diversity efforts, both at VMware, and through my recently published book, Nevertheless She Persisted: True Stories of Women Leaders in Tech, which features the journeys of 19 women technology leaders. In 2017, I co-founded Innovation for Youth, a startup that designs and delivers educational programs to help build young women's STEM-related skills and confidence. As a mother of three, including a five-year-old daughter who loves math and writing animation computer scripts, I am committed to championing the next generation of female leaders, helping them grow and thrive in the ever-evolving fields of engineering and technology.