Home: Houston, TX. Age: Forever 32. Birthplace: Colombo, Sri Lanka. Pronouns: She/Her/Hers. Alma mater: The College of Wooster. Languages spoken: Four.
Current project: Coaching and mentoring women, particularly women of color. Recent recognition: Does “best mommy in the world” count? Latest contribution to others: Weekly coaching and mentoring on job search, career pathing and LinkedIn upleveling. Also, began pro-bono work with Dress for Success Houston. Hobbies: Tennis, reading, spending quality time with my best friends. Recent travel or adventure: The Big Island of Hawaii and visiting the Kilauea volcano before it erupted. Last book read: The Gifts of Imperfection, by Brené Brown. Recently viewed and recommended: The Swimmers. As an immigrant myself, I was particularly moved.
Personality profile: Protagonist, ENFJ-A / ENFJ-T. What one word would your closest friend use to describe you? Inspirational. What has been your greatest joy? The birth of my twin boys. What word or phrase do you use far too often? Literally. I blame my young sons. What natural talent have you neglected? Drawing and painting. What is your favorite place (or way) to spend money? Travel. How do you relieve stress? Getting a massage. What ingredient is essential to your perfect vacation? Wine.
What was your favorite college course? Fictional Writing. What was your favorite childhood toy or game? Scrabble. What book have you repeatedly read? A Minute to Think, by Juliet Funt. What movie have you repeatedly watched? Every kids movie! What’s the best advice you received in your career? Find and cultivate sponsors. What is your go-to source of creative inspiration? AI. What personal circumstance has had the greatest influence on your life? Becoming a mother.
To build a platform and community of allies to provide pay transparency and sponsorship for women and particularly women of color.
What change are you working on to effect in your profession or field? Pay parity. What mega-trend most excites you? AI. What mega-trend most concerns you? AI.
What title would you choose for the movie about your life? Nevertheless, She Persisted. What actor would you choose to play you in the movie about your life? Janina Gavankar. As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? A fashion designer. What advice would you give your younger self? Invest your money. What period in your life would you do differently, if you could? The last ten years.
Personal mission: Driving women and the under-represented into positions of power and wealth. Personal motto: Push through your fear. Favorite quote: “Mommy is awesome” (Kieran Hamill).