Sonali P.


Sonali P.


R & D Associate Manager


United States

Area of Interest

Technology Careers

Career Area

Research & Innovation


Masters in Computer Science, University of Virginia
"I’ve always been passionate about getting more women interested in technology and I’m glad to be teaching and inspiring young girls to code!"

What I Do

I work in Accenture Labs in San Jose. Specifically I work in the Data Insights R&D group where I experiment with new and innovative technologies. These include big data architecture, real-time streaming, on-premise automated architecture deployment, and resource management.

My role allows me to help shape the research agenda for my teams and work towards building proof of concepts, client pilots and thought leadership for Accenture research initiatives. I also support Accenture’s partnership with Girls Who Code and have been a club instructor since February 2015. I’ve always been passionate about getting more women interested in technology and I’m glad to be teaching and inspiring young girls to code! I support our local Dress For Success initiatives and lead resume-building workshops to empower underrepresented women with better job opportunities.

Day in my Life

A typical day in my life involves one or more of the following:

  • Installing and experimenting with a new technology

  • Hacking away at some code to get an application working

  • Defining the research agenda/trend

  • Planning social events for the Accenture Technology Labs

  • Planning social and networking events for the Great Place to Work for Women.

A not so typical day involves traveling to a client site internationally to act as a subject matter expert on the project. I do love those gigs!

Outside the Office

Dancing is one of my biggest passions. I’m a trained Bharatanatyam (Indian classical) dancer and have performed at numerous venues in India. I continue learning and performing at an established dance school in San Jose. I’m also constantly looking for my next travel adventure and material for my travel blog! Most recently, I hiked the Inca trail to Machu Picchu and experienced the Bolivian Amazon. I mentor a sophomore student as part of Stanford’s Women in Computer Science (WiCS) program. I also serve as an expert contributor to Operational Database Management Systems where Accenture is also a key supporter. I’ve participated in four Grace Hopper Conferences (2008, 2009, 2012 and 2015) so far!

My Advice

Two things!

  1. Always say “yes” to great opportunities even if it makes you uncomfortable and even if you think you aren’t up for the challenge. This way, you will overcome your insecurities (whatever they might be) much faster and come out on top!

  2. Don’t be afraid to seek out mentors. Find someone who believes in you and leverage their experience and advice to shape your journey.