Shweta Mogha - Persistent and Empathetic

What are your “and” words and why? Persistent and Empathetic. Being a woman of color, I have had quite a few professional setbacks. But I never let those setbacks get to me. Self-confidence and a desire to make a difference keep me motivated. If Plan A doesn’t work, I think out of the box and look for innovative ways to be successful.

Being a people leader and having faced bias myself, I recognize the importance of being empathetic. I am an empathetic leader - someone whom employees can reach out to and feel safe to talk to. I go out of my way to support them when they need me. Relationships are important to me and practicing empathy brings me happiness.

What you are known for saying / a quote from you. What does this quote mean to you, (or if it’s from someone else, why does it inspire you)? “My time will come” – Life is a combination of highs and lows. Neither good nor bad times last forever so follow your dreams, never shy away from hard work, and your time will come! You will be successful and happy.

Which other Ladybadasses inspire you and why? My sister for sure. She is a powerhouse of optimism and courage. She moved from a conservative family in India to the USA to live life on her own terms. Today she is a highly successful professional, an Amazon best-selling author, a women in tech evangelist and a wonderful mother. She continues to inspire and empower women to be successful and find their voices.

 When did you first realize that you had some Ladybadassery in you? I wanted to make a switch from being a successful customer service leader to an HR leader. My managers and peers told me I would’t be successful in making the switch because I did not have a degree from a prestigious MBA institute in HR, (yes, in India pedigree matters a lot) and transition would be tough from business to HR. But I knew that I had the passion and drive to make it happen, so I took it as a challenge. I convinced the leadership to make the switch and pursued an HR degree to upskill myself and became a highly successful HR leader. I led the corporate HR for Bharti Airtel Ltd. (the world’s third largest Telecom Company) before moving to the US. Today I am considered a subject matter expert by my peers and leaders, and I am a mentor to many emerging HR leaders.

What keeps you motivated on days when you aren't quite feeling like a Ladybadass? In today’s competitive world, keeping yourself motivated every day is not easy. On those days, I seek support from my family. My family is my emotional support system. Sharing your deepest feelings and fears with loved ones always helps in the healing process because their support is always unconditional.

What is your advice to other women who are trying to tap into their Ladybadassery?

  • Don’t give up. Success is never easy but remember persistence is the key.

  • Be ready to learn and unlearn - in today’s VUCA world (volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous), self-awareness and adaptive capability is key to surviving and thriving.

  • Read, meet new people, embrace different perspectives, and be curious to learn from each other’s experiences. There are wonderful people in this world and everyone has a beautiful story. You never know who can inspire you and help you achieve your goals.

Shweta Mogha is Senior Manager-Talent Acquisition at Amazon.com.