I was born and raised in India. Due to my father’s job, my family moved around quite a bit and I ended up going to schools in three different regions. I learned to speak, read and write in Bengali, Hindi and Marathi.
This instilled in me a lust for multicultural immersion, which in turn introduced me to my first love: travel.
I received a graduate assistantship at the University of Toledo in Ohio and that enabled me to travel to the U.S. and complete my Master’s in electrical engineering. I started my first job as a software developer. Over the years, I was given the opportunity to work in project management and program management.
Today, I am a director at BNY Mellon and serve as the program manager for one of our premiere client relationships. I have been blessed to work with an excellent team here and have built amazing relationships with our clients and partners. My role is to oversee the group that is responsible for coordinating all aspects of projects and deliverables for our client. I’m also tasked with exploring innovative ways to deliver client service, whether it be through more streamlined governance or automation testing.
My team members all come from different backgrounds and demonstrate the firm’s core value of strength in diversity. I encourage my team to always look at the overall success of the project, and not just one's individual contribution. We also thrive when we take time to connect both professionally and personally during our bi-weekly meetings.
I am a firm believer in considering the opinions of others. I welcome input from both immediate team members and my cross-functional colleagues to ensure we operate with utmost efficiency.
Within Global Operations Technology, I co-lead our Asian community engagement efforts to promote awareness of the rich diversity of the Asian culture, help grow and develop careers in our network and create a sense of collective community. I am also involved in BNY Mellon’s Women in Technology (WIT) group and part of the Women Initiatives Network (WIN) Employee Business Resource Group.
Traveling to different places, being exposed to different career experiences, and a multicultural focus has helped me to navigate, manage and build a variety of relationships which create a welcoming and inclusive environment both inside and outside of work.
In addition to traveling, I also enjoy developing my personal art collection and my own paintings. I see this as a form of self-expression and self-care. I am also an avid hiker and a scuba diver. When I decide to retire from my technology career, my goal is to become an environmental conservationist.