EP #29: Indira Samarasekera – Former University President & Current Board Member (Of Several Large Market Cap Companies), Co-Authors Book To Help Create More Female Leaders

Indira Samarasekera is the former president of the University of Alberta and a current board member of several large market cap companies in Canada. Indira joins Ara on this week’s episode to discuss co-authoring a book called Nerve , growing up in Jaffna, the future of education, what resources she uses to continuously learn, and the benefits she has experienced as a result of rediscovering her Christian faith – in addition to so much more!

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00:53 – Ara introduces this week’s guest, Indira Samarasekera
05:21 – Indira’s experience as a woman in engineering
08:23 – The older Sri Lankan generation’s expertise with staying in touch with old friends
09:49 – If it weren’t for the war, could Sri Lanka have become the Silicon Valley of the East?
13:30 – How Indira secured her role on the Board of Directors for multiple companies
19:26 – How much of a time commitment is involved with such a role, and what responsibilities are involved
22:15 – How Indira determined what University would be the best fit for her to work with
25:02 – The most difficult challenge Indira had to endure and how she overcame it
29:03 – What does the future of education look like?
36:48 – Collaborating with Martha Piper to write Nerve, and the intent behind publishing this book
41:42 – The legacy Indira wants to be known for by her friends and family
46:56 – Indira’s view on money; perception, investing strategy, and more
50:07 – Indira is insecure about not feeling good enough
51:07 – What does Indira read?
52:56 – How Indira’s faith has improved her quality of life
55:23 – Who is Indira inspired by – in the Tamil community, and in the global community
58:32 – Advice Indira would give to other aspiring Tamil creators
1:00:04 – Creator Confessions
1:03:56 – The Wrap Up

Intro Music

Produced And Mixed By:
– The Tamil Creator
– Yanchan

Written By:
– Aravinthan Ehamparam
– Yanchan Rajmohan