Eleanor Roosevelt, the First Lady of the United States of America, rightly said: “A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.” 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. This month we cover a woman who is not only intelligent and smart herself but builds and drives intelligence into software products designed to make life easier. Meet Heena Raval, this month’s Woman in Leadership star. She leads the Data Sciences efforts for CA ITC.
Senior Director, Software Engineering at CA ITC, Heena works closely with global teams across CA to develop Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence solutions. Simply put, she builds intelligence into CA products and solutions so that the end user can do data-driven decision making, become more productive and efficient in their day job. In Heena’s words, “These end users play varied roles in large enterprises who are our customers going through their digital transformation journey. Through these intelligent products, we help optimize the outcomes that they care about.”
What do you bring to CA Technologies?
On being asked what she brings to CA, Heena said, “Best in class industry experience, customer empathy, thought leadership on digital transformation through a niche discipline of data sciences, and cutting-edge skills in the technology market today. I feel I bring an experience of developing entrepreneurial teams and creating a culture of high energy, innovation and outcomes.” She thus truly resonates with the CA ideology of “Bring What You Bring” uniqueness.
If you had one piece of advice to women considering, or in a leadership role – what would it be?
Women often forget how capable they are and what plethora of skills lies within them. Hence, we asked Heena to give a piece of advice to women considering a leadership role and her answer was truly inspiring. She quoted, “Don’t think about what if I fall? Think about what if I can fly? Why waste time trying to fit in when you are born to stand out. Harness your capability and intuition to lead and pave the path. Believe in yourself and the rest will follow. “
Who is your biggest female inspiration/role model that’s influenced you? In life/or specific to your career?
We require continual push and inspiration to move towards our goals and this comes from someone we look up to – a role model. Heena is a role model for many in the organization but we wanted to know as to her role model is.
“I don’t have any role models as such. I get inspired by actions of several people and take away nuggets from their experiences. For instance, Maya Angelou, poet, and author, her writing, life philosophy and spirituality is inspirational. Sushmita Sen, former Miss Universe, her decision of adopting a child at the age of 25, I wonder what kind of upbringing you need to have, to make such a big decision at such a young age? She has been a hands-on single mother for the last 18 years with 2 beautiful daughters. Serena Williams is another person I look up to. Particularly how she has dealt with criticism of her race, body type and temperament by continuing to have her game do all the talking. She has been inspiring and now how she stands up for pregnancy break and believes that it is not to be treated as an injury. My everyday inspiration comes from the tireless women I depend on, my nanny, my cook. Such potential, if only they had gotten the opportunity to exploit their potential, they would not be doing jobs but creating jobs for sure. My forever inner source of inspiration is my mother, her grit and ability to give is what I would like to learn from and live by.”
What are the most important DNA traits that will make you a successful woman in leadership at CA Technologies?
Our DNA defines us and our qualities help us excel in what we do. Being asked as to what are the most important DNA traits that will make you a successful woman in leadership at CA Technologies, she said “Self-Awareness and Resilience.”
Heena Raval is a true example of a woman of substance. Her combination of intellect and hard work has made her a woman worthy of leadership. CA takes pride and cherishes having Heena as an integral part of the organization.
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