Career Choices

Right from my school years I had a passion for math and solving problems. I got my own home computer at an early age and got interested in coding which resulted me in getting my major in computer science. Technology is innovative and evolving at rapid speeds and can be used for the betterment of society. During Covid, data was used in every possible way to know things from when schools can be opened to how much vaccine is available. Without enormous progress in technology leading to close to real time analytics, none of these would have been a possibility. Working in an area using my analytical mindset to help solve problems led me to select technology as a career.

Professional Interests & Drive

My passion is building better technology solutions and driving adoption. Many times, solutions are built, but no one uses them as there is not enough understanding of what they do, or a solution is way too complex to follow along. My passion is to simplify and help people become comfortable with using technology. I like the knowledge sharing aspect, hence writing my first data book to help people understand the ins and outs of working in data technology. People struggle with not knowing where to start, and I like to help people enter the technology field and mentor them to see the benefits of working in technology. I like data visualization and data storytelling; both are such needed skills to help people get comfortable with enormous technology advancements in today’s world.

Mentors & Influencers

I had the opportunity to work with several mentors or managers, and it’s tough to narrow it down to one. The most common belief is people who code are introverts, focused, and people shy. My mentors helped me to get out of that comfort zone, taught me how to run effective meetings and present confidently in front large audiences. This help in my initial years shaping me to become a public speaker and able to communicate technology to audiences of varied experiences. In addition, mentors also helped me to navigate the company culture better. No matter where you work, it is important to know the company’s culture which helps work better and collaborate as a team. This is valuable knowledge which is impossible to gain without mentors’ valued experiences.

Mentorship Value

There is only so much technical knowledge books can supply to help gain expertise. There is the people side of things, and that can be learnt only with the help of mentorship. Mentorship programs for women are extremely critical as the path of women in technology has several nuances which can be navigated only by tapping into other women’s journeys and improving the process. Women mentorship programs help with identifying skill gap evaluation and ongoing support needed to succeed. This helps women not make the same mistakes and to try a different viable method. Leadership is something that needs to be groomed and developed in addition to natural instincts, which is what mentorship programs provide.

Admired Leaders & Trailblazers

There are few like Sheryl Sandberg, Indra Nooyi, and Eileen McDonnell. They are all unique and exceptional in their own style of leading, bringing new ideas, pushing the gender barrier further. Being a woman in technology leadership is tough by itself but being a single mom and a leader is an exceptional achievement which deserves kudos. The judging act of balance these women have between professional and personal lives and never giving up is what I admire the most. Single mothers in executive leadership is an area least discussed and the most challenging.

Advancing Gender Parity

In technology, things change very fast, hence the importance of embracing agility to learn new things frequently. Also be careful to fight the shiny object syndrome, to chase every new thing thereby losing focus. It is very easy to get carried away with temptation to learn every new thing, but always evaluate with 1. Is learning this going to create new opportunity or improve existing process, and 2. Will I be able to practice what I learnt immediately, or I will I forget it before I can use it. Finding a balance of how you spend your time to learn the things that matter the most determines your sustainable success.

Leading the Next Generation

I see flexibility, career advancement opportunities and travel expectations as the biggest challenges to women’s advancement in technology. The more senior a woman becomes, opportunities to grow somehow evaporate due to less flexibility or expectations of frequent travels. With video conferencing and virtual collaborative tool options, eliminating these barriers will help to put more women in leadership.

About Sangeeta Krishnan

Sangeeta brings diverse experience in business intelligence and analytics, and software development from a variety of industries – including specialty pharma, healthcare, supply chain, insurance, and billing. She joined Daugherty Business Solutions as a data solutions lead. She has worked with Fortune 500 organizations, not-for-profits, and everything in between. She is passionate about creating better data products and currently writing her first data book to be published in fall 2022. She is an engaging business intelligence and analytics leader possessing a winning blend of subject matter expertise, skill in team leadership, and practical experience.

Achievements & Recognition

Sangeeta was recognized as a Finalist of the Women in IT Awards 2018 (USA) in the Data Leader of the Year category. Several others highlighted in her LinkedIn profile.

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