Breaking the Glass Ceiling
P.T Usha was born in the state of Kerala, India in 1964. A self-made track and field athlete, she has been an inspiration for sportspersons of all ages across India. She holds the record of being the first Indian woman to ever compete in the Olympic finals. Born into a poor family, Usha had to struggle with several health issues as a kid. She developed a liking for athletics at a very young age, and competed with herself to improve her performance. Usha started her professional sports career in year 1980 at a young age of 16. Her Olympics debut in Moscow in 1980 was not very impressive. However, she went on to win several gold and silver medals in the Asiad games (1982), the Asian Track and Field Championships (1982, 1985) and the Asian Games (1986). In a sports career spanning more than two decades, Usha has won more than a 100 medals.
Sportspeople may come and go, but P.T Usha will continue to be remembered as the queen of Indian athletics. She gained extraordinary success by putting in sheer hard work on the field. Like Usha, there are a lot of women who work hard towards their goals and come out with splendid professional achievements. In other words, they break the glass ceiling! On the occasion of Women’s day, we bring to you the wonderful journey of Anita Shahane, Senior Domain Expert, Persistent Systems.
Anita holds a dual Master’s degree in Polymers and Computers from Pune University. She first joined Persistent Systems in 1999 as a technical staff. She left in 2001 and joined the Persistent Team again in 2005. Today Anita manages and leads the salesforce practice. Her role is very challenging as it involves first hand understanding of customers’ needs and bringing the best Salesforce based solutions to the table.
Very few people might know this, but Anita was one of the few people who initiated the Cloud practice at Persistent way back in 2009. Today, Cloud is one of our key technologies. Then, Anita decided to move out of her comfort zone and take up yet another interesting challenge – to set up the Salesforce practice! Along the way, she faced several trials as the technology was completely new and unheard of. Looking back, Anita states positively that it was in fact a good learning experience for her team and herself. Without any doubts, Salesforce practice has proved to be yet another feather in Anita’s cap of success. Today, the Salesforce practice represents a 300+ team set up at Persistent. So how does she identify herself with P.T Usha? Anita shares, Like Usha, I am a born athlete and played at nationals during my college years. I can proudly say that I am a task master with full confidence for winning the races. For me, losing has never been an option!
As far as Persistent is concerned, Anita finds it to be a perfect combination of everything an employee would want from an organization – good work culture, approachable executives and a fun place to work!