Aravinda Gollapudi

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High-impact digital transformation leader Aravinda Gollapudi, in brief.

Aravinda Gollapudi

Home: Fremont, CA.  Age: 49.  Birthplace: India.  Profession: Technology.  Organization: Sage Intacct.  Title: Head of Platform.  Pronouns: She/Her/Hers.  Significant other: Sridhar Gollapudi.  Alma mater: San Jose State; University of Hyderabad.  Languages spoken: English, Telugu, Hindi.

Current project: Driving digital transformation, scale and growth for Sage Intacct ecosystem. Recent recognition: Recognized at Sage as a diversity champion, driving conversations and serving on external and internal panel presentations.  Recent professional development: Joined as board advisor for two companies.  Latest accomplishment: Taking on responsibility at Sage as a business unit leader for platform.  Latest contribution to others: Researching angel investing by working with golden seeds to help my advisory companies.  Hobbies: Reading.  Recent travel or adventure: Machu Pichu.  Last book read: The Advantage, by Patrick Lencioni.  

Personality profile: Passionate, devoted, eager.  How do you define a perfect friendship? Safe, candid.  How do you define an ideal business relationship? Professional, cordial and mutually beneficial.  What is your greatest fear? Morbidity of close family.  What is your guilty pleasure? Carbs.  How do you relieve stress? Reading fiction, cooking.  What is your go-to workout? Walking.  What ingredient is essential to your perfect vacation? Spending time with family travelling to new locations.

Who has had the greatest influence on your life? My mother.  What’s the best advice you received growing up? Work hard; get up and try again when you fail.  What’s the best advice you received in your career? Be confident.  What modern technology innovation do you most appreciate? Data science.  What is your favorite app? Google Maps.  What is your go-to source of news and information? Associated Press, Reuters.

What change are you working on to effect in your profession or field?

Achieving impact by driving more business objectives.  

What change would you like to see in the world? Wide-spread democracy.  What message do you want to send out into the world? Live a values-driven life.

What title would you choose for the movie about your life? Life is Beautiful.  What actor would you choose to play you in the movie about your life? Julia Roberts.  Who would you like to spend an evening with, in heaven? Shakuntala Devi.  As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? A professor.  After your loved ones, what object would you first save from your burning home? Pictures.  How would you choose to spend tomorrow, if you knew it was your last day on earth? With my family.  What advice would you give your younger self? Stop stressing; it will be okay.  What day in your life would you choose to re-live? My wedding day. What period in your life would you do differently, if you could? High school senior year.

Personal mission: To be remembered as compassionate, kind and courageous.  Personal motto: Always with empathy.  Favorite quote: “A person should love her/his job.  You should do it not because it’s your job, but because you love to do what you are doing” (Indra Nooyi, My Life in Full: Work, Family and Our Future).  Desired epitaph: Fun, loving mother, daughter and wife.

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