“The women of today are in a fair way to dethrone the myth of femininity; they are beginning to affirm their independence in concrete ways;” says Simone de Beauvoir. The story of Sushma Tiwaari is an illustration of the same.
Sushma belongs to an upper middle class Hindu family where her parents stressed on leading a disciplined life. Hailing from a Hindu Brahmin family, spirituality is deeply rooted in her. As a daughter of an Entrepreneur she never had experienced money-crunch, but her mother ensured that she valued money. Her background has helped her in understanding both sides of being an employer and an employee – the woes of an Employee and the stress of an Employer.
Sushma’s humble beginning was at Mphasis, working night shifts, which she opted for just so that she could be more “‘available” to her kid during the day, so that her kid would miss her less. The support of her family is her greatest strength and she herself has the determination of iron. Her supreme potency lies in her will power to overcome obstacles, her strong convictions, and the ability to believe in self despite difficulties.
Working with Salesforce was incidental. A friend of Sushma suggested her name for an opening at Salesforce and she was interviewed and before she knew it, she was working at UB City, Salesforce’s Bangalore office. They were a team of 8 members out of which 2 were based out of Gurgaon and rest of them was in Bangalore on a contractual basis. At that time Salesforce was relatively a young company in India and when their team made calls to prospects, people had not heard of Salesforce before. Those were the tough times but Salesforce has come a long way since then and she believes that she was fortunate to have met a few of the known personalities from Salesforce who later turned out to be her mentors.
She has been working exclusively on Salesforce platform from the past 5+ years and what she loves about Salesforce is its strong Community called “Ohana”. How many companies out there have a culture, and have a name for it?
Sushma is immensely inspired by Jonathan Allen Yabut, the winner of the first season of “The Apprentice Asia,” There were many contenders who were smarter than him, more experienced than him and even more educated than him but he won despite the odds. She is a strong advocate that if anyone has the following qualities, the none is bound to succeed – Will power, discipline, a constant hunger to learn and most importantly – To Give up Living your life according to other’s expectations.“I do my thing, and you do your thing. I am not in this world to live your expectations, and you’re not in this world to live up to mine. If you are you, and I am I, and if by chance we find each other, it’s beautiful. If not, it can’t be helped.” ~Fritz Perls.
Being a single mum was never easy – juggling between home and office and grooming yourself to progress in your career is a challenge in itself. In addition to this keeping your head above the water at work, running a tight ship at home, managing a kid, being the perfect hostess, and still finding time for yourself to remain fit and to learn to deal with the ever-changing Technology – bar for a working mum tag has certainly been raised in today’s world.
When she started back in 2010, little did she know that she was to be a part of the incredible Salesforce Ohana Community and that one day she will be a leader of Salesforce Bangalore User Group…call it Serendipity!! With the motto of inspiring more girls into Salesforce, she supports the concept of WIT. She believes that there might be many women out there going through a struggle which we may not be aware of, but by providing a platform and sharing your story with them makes them feel that they are not alone and that they have an “Ally”; Today, women in Salesforce across the globe support each other and have inspired many women to come out of their shells and to accept themselves the way they are. Women have proved to be great Leaders in society; sometimes all women need is a little nudge and some direction. And this is precisely what she intends to do.
Salesforce has helped her understand core areas of strength – Communication, Client handling skills – and with Salesforce Certifications and having worked with many projects in different verticals; this, in turn, has assisted her to grow both professionally and as an individual. But today, after more than 5+ years in the Salesforce domain, 3 Certifications, 170 TrailHead Badges later, having been appeared as a speaker for WIT User groups and recently been selected as Bangalore User group Leader, Sushma believes that things can change for you if you believe in yourself first.
She doesn’t say that she has reached her potential, but Salesforce has accelerated her career to a great extent to help her achieve her target with each passing year. A good mix of Traditional values with a modern Outlook, she truly symbolizes “A Woman of Today”.