I see the world as a place of opportunities where peopleopen doors for each other to make a better world together. I come from acommunity where girls are married off at 18; I broke several glass ceilings bybecoming the first female to learn English, go to college, go outside thecountry for my graduate studies and excel in a professional career.
I am whereI am today because many have opened doors for me, influencing how I see theworld.On a personal level, I am grateful to be inspiring ageneration in my community to be fierce and independent. I encourage parents tosend their girls to college and talk extensively at schools when I visit India.Today, I sponsor the education of seven children in my community, and I feel adeep responsibility to help them succeed. As a community leader, inspired by the philanthropy of UScompanies, I have helped 5 businesses start corporate social responsibilityprograms and take on children’s causes in my hometown, Hosur. These companieshave started scholarship programs for children and contribute to local schoolsand hospitals.
It has been an honor to bring such impact and inspire otherleaders to give back. As an influentialleader at work, I strive to develop inclusive leaders who operate withconsciousness, creativity, and commitment. I am a leader who is known to adhereto the highest ethics, which has strengthened my influence as a leader. I never fail to point out when I seeunconscious bias or unfairness play out.
When I took on cyber threat defenselate last year, I started with budget, resource and skillset constraints. With an enormous and immediate challenge todefend against some of the industry’s worst cyber threats, I relied on thestrengths of my team, helping them find ways to stretch their skills anduncover hidden talents. I have created an environment that fosters innovation,values diversity of thought, encourages challenging status quo and taking smartrisks.
We made mistakes along the way but I helped my teams learn and grow fromthose mistakes while always keeping in mind that whatever we do, we affect realhuman beings – customers, employees, clients, community.As a leader committed to advancing women, I activelyparticipate in “women in tech” initiatives at Capital One. I lead “Getting toYes” negotiation sessions for women and participate in the “Young WomenLeaders’ Forum” and inspire and mentor high-school girls to enter STEM.
I amproud to say that I have been able to inspire 150 women through these programsin the last 2 years. With my commitment to increase women in cybersecurity, Ihave helped junior engineers transition to lead security analysts in my team. Ialso represent Capital One in various external conferences including GraceHopper, SXSW, and other Security Conferences and also speak extensively withinCapital One. In the future,equipped with tools from MIT Sloan EMBA, I intend to further advance themission of being a principled innovative leader by continuing to open doors forothers in all spheres of my life – work, community and personal.