[Women in Tech] Women on boards lead a broader view in key decisions: Padmaja Kota, Salesforce

After starting her career as a software engineer in Infosys, Padmaja Kota traversed the corporate domain in India and abroad, with stints at companies like Prokarma before joining Salesforce in 2014.

She started as an engineering manager and climbed the corporate leader to become Director – Software Engineering, the position she holds today.

As a woman leader in tech, Padmaja believes, “You are responsible for your team’s success first. Once they are successful, your own success follows.”

She is also a champion of equal opportunities and narrates an interesting experience to this effect.

“My colleagues and I realised the office was not conducive for women returning from maternity leave. We ensured there were designated rooms for new mothers so that they could return to work comfortably,” she says. Padmaja also believes mentorship plays a key role in forging a successful career.

In a conversation with HerStory, Padmaja touches upon different aspects of being a woman in tech — from networking, mentorship, and why every organization should have an equal opportunity mindset.

Read more at: https://yourstory.com/herstory/2021/01/women-tech-women-salesforce-diversity

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