Sundas Khalid
Sep 21 · 4 min read

PWiC Seattle local chapter has always strived to enable the community to connect, learn, and grow together. They have achieved this by partnering with local organizations that align with their vision to hold community events that are educational and engaging.

On September 12th, 2019, PWiC Seattle co-hosted another such event — Coffee & Conversation: Women at the Workplace Panel along with Muslim Urban Professional (Muppies) Seattle. The purpose of this event was to have a conversation about women’s role at the workplace. The main organizers of the event were Sundas Khalid from PWiC Seattle and Mahrukh Ahsan from Muppies Seattle.

Event’s Highlights

The event was opened by an introduction to PWiC — Pakistani Women in Computing. PWiC Seattle Team Lead, PWiC Global Board member, and panelist for the event — Sundas Khalid welcomed and introduced the audience to PWiC Seattle and discussed its goals and vision for the local chapter. She also expressed her excitement about how the Seattle community has shown a great amount of support and appreciation for the work that PWiC is doing for the community. Coffee & Conversation: Women at the Workplace Panel marks PWiC’s 7th event in Seattle.

Next, Mahrukh Ahsan, Co-President of Muppies Seattle and moderator for the panel, introduced Muppies and welcomed the audience. She introduced the four panelists, accomplished women, and men who are leaders in their organizations and communities.


  • Sundas Khalid — Data Scientist at Amazon, Team Lead PWiC Seattle, PWiC Board member
  • Farah Khurrum — Software Engineer at Microsoft, PWiC Board Member, Pakistanis @ Microsoft Board Member
  • Mahnaz Akbari — Consultant Contact Center Tools, Founder of Women in Data Science
  • Shariq Siddiqui — CEO of Veeve
  • Mahrukh Ahsan — Digital Accelerator at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Co-President of Muppies Seattle

Key Takeaways

  • Build your support system: Build a support system around you at work and at home. Having good support starts at home.
  • Speak up: Be your own voice, don’t wait for allies to speak up for you. Ask for the promotion you have been waiting for.
  • Be confident: Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want, whether that is a new job, a promotion, or a speaking/presentation opportunity.
  • Manage up: Build a strong relationship with your manager and leadership.
  • Make an impact: Discuss what your impact is on the business and think about overall business to grow into leadership roles.
  • Find mentors & sponsors: Mentors advise you; Sponsors advocate for you.
  • Be in-charge: Be in charge of driving your career development conversation. Drive the conversation.

About the Author(s)

Sundas Khalid is a Data Scientist at Amazon, Seattle Team Lead and Board of Director for Pakistani Women in Computing. She is also the University of Washington Valedictorian, first-generation immigrant, the first female in her family to graduate college and pursue a career. Sundas is passionate about women’s education, workforce diversity, and enjoys helping and empowering others. Learn more about Sundas here:

Farah Khurrum is a Software Engineer at Microsoft, Finance lead and Treasurer for Pakistani Women in Computing, Board member of Pakistanis at Microsoft and first-female in her family to get a professional degree. She is a first-generation immigrant, a software developer and an accountant by education. She took a break of 13 years to take care of her 2 very active boys. She has received an outstanding advocate award and Golden Acorn award from WA State PTA. She is an advocate of education, diversity, and inclusion at the workplace, and enjoys helping and empowering others.


PWiC is a global community of women in technology fields hailing from Pakistan & their global allies, with the aim of connecting, learning and growing together!

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Data Scientist | Tech & Lifestyle Blogger | Lead at Pakistani Women in Computing



PWiC is a global community of women in technology fields hailing from Pakistan & their global allies, with the aim of connecting, learning and growing together!

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