I started with Uber. At Uber, they were always in the midst of regulatory firefighting across geographies. I enjoyed understanding regulatory nuances and working with governments to bring in progressive regulations. It was a very steep learning curve.
One thing I learned in journalism was to always stand up for what’s right, and that’s something I have done throughout my career. I was being offered a lot of opportunities in corporate communications, but I wanted to do public policy. I loved my time at Uber and learned a lot, but started to look for a new challenge. That’s when a recruiter called with an open position as the head of India policy for Salesforce.
My first response was, “No.” What is Salesforce? Everyone knows Uber, but Salesforce, “What’s that?”
The recruiter and I agreed to connect again in a few weeks. I didn’t think Salesforce was right for me, but I did set up a Google alert for Salesforce news. And that changed my life.
It wasn’t only the business model that excited me; it was the culture. This was about the time that Marc Benioff announced he was going to pay $2.7 million to close the gender pay gap. Every day there was news about what the values the company stood for, and how they were being put into action.
Suddenly I felt, “Wow, this is a dream place to work.” In one month, I went from a big “no” to, “I really want this job.” At this point, I was chasing the recruiter, not the other way around! I've now been at Salesforce for a little over a year.