Enjoy interviews with women about their careers and how they became senior leaders at their companies. My goal is to de-mystify what it takes to get to VP by providing clear tips and advice for other women. Hosted by Archana Ravichandran. More info, please visit www.archanar.com
Ep. 12: Laela Sturdy, General Partner at Google Capital
Today’s episode features a Live Podcast that we recorded at Google back in April with Laela Sturdy, General Partner at Google Capital where she has led investments for the firm in growth stage consumer and enterprise companies. Laela rose quickly through the ranks at Google and shares her experience on how to find interesting projects and build a career at a large company.
Ep. 11: Authentic Leadership with Mia Mends, CEO of Sodexo Benefits & Reward Services
This week, my guest is Mia Mends, CEO of Sodexo Benefits & Rewards Services in North America. In this episode Mia defines what it means to be an authentic leader. As a Ghanaian immigrant, Mia’s work ethic and discipline formed the foundation of her success. She talks to us about the importance of taking risks in one's career, the skillsets she relies on to be a CEO, her leadership philosophies, and an insider’s view on a non-intuitive negotiation style that has helped her succeed.
Ep. 10: CEO of Hint Water, Kara Goldin
This week, I’m excited to have Kara Goldin, CEO of Hint Water. Kara had a front row seat to building the first set of ecommerce platforms while she was an executive at AOL. She left that behind to start a company that bravely went against the goliaths of the CPG industry, Coke & Pepsi. Kara’s passion for building is a theme throughout her career and while others perceive her as “fearless”, its her drive for learning that propels her success.
Ep. 9 From Punkrocker to Salesforce SVP, Cheryl Porro
Today’s guest is Cheryl Porro, SVP of Technology & Products at Salesforce.org. Cheryl articulates how she went from being being a Punk-rocker in her twenties to a senior leader at one of the largest SaaS companies in the world. In this episode we cover her process for connecting with teams at scale, mastering presentation skills, and how self-care around mind, body, and spirit propelled her to the next level.
Ep. 8: Executive Presence with Anne Raimondi
We are hard at work planning the next set of shows. Today we bring you this favorite from the last year: Anne Raimondi. Anne is the SVP of Operations at Zendesk. In this episode we cover how to build a personal board of directors, the right time to leave a company, how to evaluate your next role, and most importantly -- what does Executive Presence actually mean and how to master it.
Ep. 7: Self Advocacy with Heidi Williams, Former VP of Engineering at Box
My guest this week is Heidi Williams. Heidi spent 17 years at Adobe & most recently was the VP of Platform Engineering at Box. Last year, Heidi left Box and launched WEST, a cross-company mentorship program for mid-career women in tech.
In this episode we cover:
How she went from being an Engineering IC to a Manager
How to advocate for a promotion
Being an authentic leader
Setting yourself up for success when going out on maternity leave