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MEET POONAM LULLA, A CURIOUS SOUL WITH A GO-GETTER ATTITUDE.

Poonam Lulla

How long have you been with Accenture?

I have been with the company for over 16 years.

Can you share a little bit about what it is that you do and what a typical day for you is like?

I manage delivery for social media and app clients. A typical day for me is spending time with my team, ensuring noiseless delivery and looking for opportunities to create value for our clients.

What is it that you enjoy most about your current job?

I enjoy being relevant and the opportunity to learn continuously.

Did you always know that you would be working in this field? How did you decide to go into this profession?

Being a curious person, I landed up in this profession for my hunger for experience.

I don’t think it’s any secret that many women in this industry have felt their gender has affected the way that they are perceived or treated. Have you ever been in a situation like that? How did you handle it?

I believe such situations arise irrespective of gender. Maturity, passion, confidence and patience are the key to approach any situation.

What do you think is the best part of being a woman in the industry?

I feel equally important as any other employee irrespective of the gender and enjoy being aligned to my organization’s goals.

As a woman employee, what are the benefits you think you have at Accenture?

Being treated equal to any employee in the organization irrespective of the gender.

How does Accenture groom you into becoming a leader?

Accenture is a self-serve organization, and provides many platforms to groom people into future leaders. You need to take the first step.

In terms of upskilling, how do you think Accenture is placed to meet future industry demands?

Accenture is aggressive, progressive and committed to upskill its employees to meet the future demand; however, the onus lies with the employees to take the lead.

What advice would you give to a woman considering a career in the industry? What do you wish you had known?

My advice to all women in the industry is to keep gaining experience and create a legacy by sharing your experience. It is ok to fail and learn from failures, but it is important to keep seeking opportunities to gain experience. Every day is a learning experience for me. I realized it late in my career, but every project—be it short term or long term—that I have worked has helped build on my experience and knowledge for the future.

Would you say from your own experience, that you’ve seen improvements in diversity over the years?

I think we need to change the way we see women before expecting others’ to change. Change is ‘You’ and the rest will follow.

How did you balance work and your personal life?

Work- Life Balance is a state of mind, Know your priorities in life! My work helps me lead a decent life and a decent life helps me focus better at work.

Quick Facts

  • A gadget you can’t live without – I can survive without gadgets.
  • How do you recharge? Sound sleep during weekends recharges me.
  • New music band/book/sport which has caught your attention – SAMAA, a Canadian-Indian music band
  • An advice that sticks with you? Keep the curious child within you alive. Be fearless, be curious and be relevant.
  • Book/movies that has the power to inspire- Girls Just Want to Have Fun—This is one movie that I had seen as a kid and it inspires me even today to give wings to my passion, be fearless and have confidence in self and the rest will follow.
  • Your mentor – Every individual I have met in my life has inspired me in many ways. My mentor is my dad. I approach things as my dad would have done and voila it works. This helps me create a legacy.

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