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May 2017 -Sushmita Banda
What's your current job and title?
I’m the Marketing Project Manager at IT Convergence. My main focus is to make sure we accomplish everything that comes our way – on time and the best it can be done.
What is your favorite moment of your career so far?
I handled the digital marketing of a social start up right out of college. The first campaign I ran raised a significant amount of money, almost beating the organization’s previous record – this gave me a lot of confidence in my ability to do good through marketing and technology.
What was your childhood dream job?
I wanted to be a teacher, work in a government office, and wanted to take a briefcase to work (because my dad did – I haven’t done it yet).
How long have you been a member of IOUG? What's your best experience thus far?
I’ve been a volunteer with IOUG for about a year now and working on redesigning the website has been very eye opening.
What advice do you wish someone had given you when you first started your career as a technologist?
The importance of HTML in being a better marketer and to always look at the bigger picture.
What is the biggest technical and/or business challenge you have faced, and how did you overcome it?
It’s not a challenge as much as a learning experience. The complexity that comes with working across teams in different continents, time zones, cultural differences and still working for one cause. I’ve realized the most important aspects are empathy and respect.
How do you stay active? How did you discover that activity?
I really enjoy doing yoga. A lot of people think everyone in India does yoga, but I took an interest to it only in the US.
What's your favorite film? Any memorable moments? Any favorite quotes?
I watch a lot of films and it’s extremely hard for me to pick a favorite. Currently, I’m watching many Argentine films.
What piques your passion in technology?
The amount of dependency we have on technology and how much it impacts our lives – there is no getting away from it. The only way forward is to adapt it the best we can.
Connect with Sushmita on LinkedIn.