From being a little girl growing up in India, helping people for a living was always the ambition for this Strong Manchester Woman, well that or being a train driver.
In this episode, your host Vic Elizabeth Turnbull speaks to Sharmila Kar, who’s the Director of Workforce and Organisational Development at Manchester Health and Care Commissioning. She is passionate about the development of people and organisations, and ensures that equality and inclusion are at the heart of what she does.
She’s worked in the public and not for profit sectors, on a portfolio of human resources, operational development and equality related projects.
Sharmila talks Frankly about,
- growing up in India, in a mixed race family
- being encouraged to make her voice heard from a very young age
- navigating a new country as a young gay woman
- the path to a career in the public sector via B&Q and hospitality
- changemaking amidst the bureaucracies of the public sector
- role-modelling starting at home
- battles with self belief and imposter syndrome
- finding your tribe
“In the climate that we’re currently in, we have a duty to challenge. People forget history and if you’re not careful, you see history repeating itself and not in the best way. You have to keep up the good fight. “Sharmila Kar
More info about the things mentioned in the episode
- The organisation’s Sharmila’s currently involved with are Manchester Health and Care Commissioning and the LGBT Foundation
- Sharmila’s previously worked / volunteered for NACRO and Amnesty International UK.
- Get yourself to Alexandra Park
- Sharmila’s on twitter here
Read the full transcript of this episode here
4th September 2019
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