Virtusa Celebrates Groundbreaking Success of First-Ever LinkedIn Community Event in Sri Lanka

Virtusa Corporation, a global provider of digital engineering and IT services, proudly hosted the first-ever LinkedIn (LI) community event in Sri Lanka, dubbed “Connect Colombo.” The landmark event took place at the Courtyard by Marriott, marking a significant milestone in the country’s professional networking landscape.

Bringing together over 200 industry leaders and mid to senior-level executives, “Connect Colombo” served as a dynamic platform for discussions on pivotal topics such as Networking and Personal Branding. The event featured three insightful sessions, headlined by renowned professionals from diverse sectors.

The opening session, “The Future of Work,” presented by Santosh D’souza from LinkedIn, delved into the transformative role of AI in recruitment and HR, offering a vision of how work will evolve with emerging technologies. This was followed by a riveting panel discussion on “Personal Branding & Networking for Impact, Influence, and Change,” moderated by Kithunika Nawalage. Panelists Sonali Silva, Thanuja Jayawardane, Andrea Pereira, and Brinda Selvadurai, all prominent figures in their respective fields, highlighted the significance of personal branding across sectors such as fashion, legal, startup investing, and more. The session was particularly noteworthy for its all-female panel, a nod to Women’s History Month.

Roch Ferreira from Virtusa capped off the sessions with a keynote on “Bridging Success through the Power of Networking,” drawing from two decades of experience in the technology sector and collaborations with Fortune 50 brands.

The event also celebrated Virtusa’s achievement of crossing 1 million followers on LinkedIn, establishing it as the most followed company page operating in Sri Lanka. This milestone underscores Virtusa’s influence and leadership in the digital sphere, both locally and globally.

“Connect Colombo” is part of a series of partner events Virtusa is hosting across Asia, including a panel discussion for International Women’s Day in Chennai and a recruitment masterclass in Hyderabad. These initiatives reflect Virtusa’s commitment to fostering meaningful connections and facilitating discussions that are crucial for the future of work and industry.

Virtusa’s collaboration with LinkedIn for this event underscores the importance of direct representation from the professional networking giant, highlighting the event’s prestige and the company’s commitment to innovation and leadership in the digital age.

About Virtusa

Virtusa Corporation is a global provider of digital business strategy, digital engineering, and information technology (IT) services and solutions that help clients change, disrupt, and unlock new value through innovative engineering. Virtusa serves Global 2000 companies in Banking, Financial Services, Insurance, Healthcare, Communications, Media, Entertainment, Travel, Manufacturing, and Technology industries.

Virtusa helps clients grow their business with innovative products and services that create operational efficiency using digital labor, future-proof operational and IT platforms, and rationalization and modernization of IT applications infrastructure. This is achieved through a unique approach blending deep contextual expertise, empowered agile teams, and measurably better engineering to create holistic solutions that drive the business forward at unparalleled velocity enabled by a culture of cooperative disruption.

Virtusa is a registered trademark of Virtusa Corporation.  All other company and brand names may be trademarks or service marks of their respective holders.

‘The Future of Work’, presented by Santosh D’souza, Regional Business Head from LinkedIn

Roch Ferreira, Vice President, Corporate Marketing at Virtusa closing off the sessions with a keynote on ‘Bridging Success through the Power of Networking’

The all-female panel discussion on ‘Personal Branding & Networking for Impact, Influence, and Change’.

(L-R) Sonali Silva; Head of CSR, Santani Wellness, Policy and Advocacy Officer and Co-chair of ‘She Decides’, Andrea Pereira; Vice President HR and Global Talent Mobility – Virtusa,  moderated by Kithunika Nawalage; Manager, Marketing and Corporate Communications, Thanuja Jayawardane; Head of Women’s empowerment, advocacy and code of conduct at MAS Holdings

Brindha Selvadurai; Co-founder of Hatch Works

Team Virtusa representation including SL’s leadership

Connect Colombo’ – the first-ever LinkedIn (LI) community event in Sri Lanka in motion

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