Women Leadership Development Program

I was honored to address the ‘40th Edition of HYSEA Women Leadership Development Program, ‘ an initiative crafted for Women Leaders. This program is designed exclusively for Women leaders in Mid-level roles in the Hyderabad IT/IETS ecosystem. The program aims to enable aspiring women to pursue even higher leadership roles. 

The program featured a series of sessions led by seasoned industry veterans, including CXOs, VPs, Directors, and other accomplished professionals. Drawing from their extensive expertise in business development, personnel management, finance, marketing, sales, and delivery, these speakers provided valuable insights. 

During the event, I had the opportunity to deliver an interactive session on “Attitude: The Catalyst for Effective Leadership.” Within this session, I delved into the nuances of fostering resilience as a leader, cultivating habits and mindsets conducive to optimal performance.




Global Leadership Network

Participated in the Global Leadership Network Asia Pacific regional gathering in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Also had the opportunity to talk about “Attitude: The Catalyst for Effective Leadership” at the Global Leadership Network partners meeting in Hyderabad.



Hearty congratulations to Delhi Public School, Nacharam, for successfully conducting International XPLORER’S EXPO 2022 -23. I want to commend the school management and teachers for effectively fostering a culture of innovation.

Cambridge curriculum students showcased their unique learning milestones for a better future under various segments such as Apps & Logos, Jobs of the Future, & Smart City, etc. It was a well thought, well-prepared, well-coordinated, and well-presented show. The high confidence and enthusiasm of the children who participated in the exhibition were contagious.

Thank you, Delhi Public School, Nacharam, for inviting me to attend this event as Chief Guest.







ESG, in essence, is all about embedding the Environmental, Social, and Governance aspects in the business decision-making process and organization cultureSustainability initiatives for corporates are no longer under the “good-to-have” category. Now they are under the “must-have” category driven by customers, employees, investors, and regulators. 

As part of the HYEA ESG Forum, I had the opportunity to conduct an event on “Business sustainability imperatives in the new normal.” The meeting is well attended by Senior Business Leaders and COO/CFOs of the IT industry. The following topics have been deliberated as part of the event.

  • Government ESG Initiatives
  • ESG/Sustainability and Net Zero Way forward 
  • ESG Reporting
  • Industry ESG Experience
  • Innovation in sustainability in the start-up ecosystem 





Pleasing People To Challenging People

Thank you, Calway, for allowing me to talk about one of the essential changes every leader must embrace – Pleasing People To Challenging People. 

Pleasing people is not the same as leading people. That was one of the first important and difficult lessons I had to learn in my leadership journey.

During the early years of my professional career, I was uncomfortable challenging people or helping them to do better, be better and become better. If someone in the team didn’t like me, it must mean something was wrong with my leadership, and I needed to fix it. That thinking motivated every action I took and every decision I made.

My goal had been to get people to like me enough so that I could gain the confidence to ask them for commitment. If they declined, I simply worked harder to get them to like me more, thinking it would solve the problem. My desire to be liked by others was deeply rooted within me to the point where my best days in leadership were the ones when people affirmed me. I craved that affirmation every day. No one told me that affirmation is not equal to leadership accomplishment.

So in the process, what am I doing? I am giving my time and energy to the unhappiest and least committed people, even though they are not contributing to the vision and mission of the organization. I was letting the tail wag the dog instead dog wagging the tail.

This happy stuff is beginning to wear me out. I started wondering how long I could keep up with making everybody happy. It took a while, but I finally realized I wasn’t leading people. I was trying to make them and myself feel good. I wasn’t moving the organization forward. I was in the friendship business, not the leadership business.

I wasn’t helping my teams to do better, be better and become better. I was determined in my mind that I would try to become the leader that the people really needed, not just the one they wanted. I started working on shifting from pleasing to challenging people.

I had the opportunity to participate as a speaker in the Hyderabad Software Enterprises Association’s most popular and flagship program – The 39th edition of . I have delivered an interactive session on “” highlighting the essential changes every leader must embrace. The active participation of attendees made the experience all the more special to me.