Updated: Oct 31, 2019
1. How has your life experience made you the person you are today?
For starters, I'm a first-generation Indian- American, Hindu woman with a Christin name...so, I think my penchant towards diversity has been there right from the beginning.
Growing up, my family traveled extensively to other countries throughout North America and the South Pacific. I'm extremely lucky to have had these experiences at such a young age, being exposed to different lands, foods, languages and people. Today, part of how I would define myself: an open-minded person and an explorer of culture and people. I certainly have a colorful childhood to thank for.
2. How has your previous employment experience aided your current position at BluePrint Consulting Group?
Previously, I worked in research in academia, which broadened my mind and analytic capabilities. I've worked in broader investment attraction and bilateral coordination for the U.S. government, which provided me an inside look into how the U.S. works with other countries to bolster economic ties while maintaining the best interests of the American people and institutions. These skills have helped me asses a policy or situation from multiple angles.
3. What advice can you offer women who want to work in politics?
Get educated, get motivated, maintain a strong and consistent work ethic and most of all, be pleasant.
4. What do you think is the biggest issue for women in the workplace?
Self-doubt is the lady killer! The issue lies in thinking you are at a disadvantage for just being a woman, and then making that a self-fulfilled prophecy. Be confident, know your portfolio, and put your work first; not your gender. Make people see what is important.
5. How has mentorship made a difference in your professional and personal life?
I would not be where I am today without the people that have supported me. I've had professors that pushed my mind and analytic capabilities beyond a point I even thought possible. And I see those results in the work I do today!
6. Which other female leaders do you admire and why?
I LOVE Strong, Educated Women that are leaders in their field. I have zero bias towards political, religious, or other affiliations many at times seem to be polarizing. What draws my attention is a woman's conviction of her abilities and her beliefs, and the strength to forge forward against the status quo to make her dreams a reality.
7. What do you want to accomplish in the next year?
This next year will be a continuation of what I have already put into motion over the past few years- building my reputation, developing my professional skillset and broadening my network of friends. I hope to continue my personal growth and look forward to the new doors that will open for me!