As part of our “Bring What You Bring – Women in Leadership” blog series, we’re celebrating the work of several of our women in leadership to find out what they bring to the organization.
Meet Kavitha Tumuluri, Advisor for Cloud and Platform Engineering.
What does an Advisor for Cloud and Platform Engineering do?
Kavitha is the Product owner for Companywide IT initiative – Office 365@CA and IT integration of companies that CA acquires. She also holds a key role in IT integration of zIT Consulting, Runscope, Automic, Veracode (inworks) etc.
Bring What You Bring
At CA, employees are encouraged to work with one another and build on each other’s strengths to create richer results. This ‘Bring What You Bring’ ethos is spread right across the organization and when speaking to Kavitha about what she brings to CA she told us that her main assets are her experience & passion and she believes in being customer centric and strives for improving employee’s productivity.
”I bring 2 decades of industry experience including India & US. I am very passionate and truly believe in being customer centric. When our GIS customers are happy (i.e. CA employees) we definitely win as a company.”
One piece of advice for current or future Women Leaders
Kavitha believes that a woman should never hesitate to be a part of different experiences as that will definitely give her a different perspective.
”As women, we love to keep things to ourselves. We become a ‘superwoman’ on one extreme, and a ‘martyr’ on the other. I like mentoring women on this constantly and encourage them to have an open communication channel either with their manager or team, on their availability. I also guide them on how to constantly reprioritize, and how to say no when the situation demands it; even though I too am constantly learning and evolving in these areas, these are must-have skills in your personal toolbox.”
My female inspiration
Kavitha has many female role models like Indira Nooyi – CEO of PepsiCo, Chanda Kochhar – MD & CEO of ICICI bank and in CA – Lauren Holmes -SVP of Business Solutions Group. But her biggest inspirations are her Mother & Mother in law.
”Closer to me in my family are my mother and my mother in law. They seem to be able to handle any kind of issue and each handles a team of 5 children along with their spouses and 13 grandchildren and in Indian culture, the extended families are also part of your inner circle and is a huge management skill. Their ability to deal with ups/downs, their ability to be emotionally anchored continue to teach me lessons. I have super role models in my two boys too, constantly learning from them on what works with millennials.”
Women in Leadership qualities
CA Technologies has a core DNA that aligns with the company’s mission, to eliminate the barriers between ideas and business outcomes. Kavitha has selected the most important DNA traits that she feels will make her a successful woman in leadership at CA Technologies.
- Creative – Bring your artistic brain to work, you can create magic in your products.
- Customer Centric – Always put yourself in the customer’s shoes and then design the experience.
- Uncompromising Integrity – Always do the right thing – ethically and morally.
- Self-Aware – Try to do things out of your comfort zone and always break the stereotypes. Shut your inner “cannot do” voice and always dare to venture out of your box to bring out the best and bright.
- Agile – Change, agility and moving at a speed or ahead of the customer is the norm in all my projects. It has become my second nature.
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Kavitha Tumuluri – Advisor, Cloud and Platform Engineering.
Connect with Kavitha on LinkedIn here.