“A clueless teenager, it took me a while to realise what I was truly passionate about. As an aimless engineering graduate, I was sure that I wanted to do something that embraced my innate creativity and extroverted nature – which led me to pursue a career in a go-to-market role, that paved the way for me to get acquainted and build lasting relationships with new and influential people around the world everyday.
Creating a path in the opaque B2B saas market, especially being a naive 19 year old girl wasn’t an easy place to be at. A year into my full time career, I was acknowledged as an Emerging IndustryExpert in Tech Sales 2021. I felt a sense of accomplishment and was motivated to work harder, but Iwasn’t necessarily content. I wanted to do more – not just work for a living, but to pursue everythingthat I set my heart on doing. That’s when I worked with WICCI to set up the Innovation council for Tamil Nadu, a diverse womencentric council with 18 empowered women from across the industry, where we collectively come up with inputs which converge to shape up many unique ideas, interventions and innovative recommendations – working in parallel with government authorities and institutions to bring about agrowth impact.
This opportunity helped us encourage young girls to believe in themselves, their ideas and carve out a career for themselves – using their time wisely, honing their skills and taking a chance to explore theplethora of opportunities that awaits them.Helping adolescents fascinated me to work with young adults and children further. I’m also an English
teacher at an IGCSE school in Chennai and doing my certification in CELTA from Cambridge.
From the first day of school, I’ve been cognisant of what I teach, the values I inculcate and how I do it – as itwill have a domino effect on hundreds of lives throughout my career as an educator. Everyday in class, I’m driven to one day be that teacher in which my students can look back and say “Sanjanama’am really motivated me to be a better at what I do” and hopefully “a better person.” That’s when I’llbe content that I’ve really made an impact. Sometimes, I’m also a pro bono English teacher, with an NGO centric initiative called Let’s Teach English, to mentor and help first generation English speakers improve their overall grasp of the language. An artist and avid painter, I nurtured my fine art skills in my free time – always had a curious eye and paid attention to detail – being drawn to colour, design and pattern from a very early age. Painting is therapeutic and everyone should try it. It’s the most beautiful form of self expression and helps me unwind at the end of a hectic day. Art therapy is also something that I practise with my students tohelp them reflect on their emotions and connect with their inner self.
What drives me? I’m always running for the crown – Setting targets for myself, usually a notch higherthan required, with lots of passion and possessiveness. Not a full-time model, but crowned Miss Diva Madras – 2023, I couldn’t be more ecstatic. I think every woman should know their worth, foster a combination of power, confidence, inner beauty and leadership. Be your own queen! In this highly competitive scenario, where almost everybody has a fancy degree, enhancing andbuilding your skill-set is what’ll set you apart. Reign control of your life, find out what you’re passionateabout and focus on personal development. When you enjoy what you’re doing, you naturally tend to be great at it!”
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