Leaders set the tone for the type of environment that promotes mental health and well-being. As individuals, our mental health impacts how we feel, act, and show up. Now more than ever, having resilience, leading with empathy, and providing psychological safety in the workplace are key to being a strong and effective leader. As we join efforts in promoting Mental Health Awareness this month, our panel will discuss ways for leaders to show up for their team by:
Rukmini Reddy is the VP of Platform Engineering at Slack. She joined Slack in 2020 to lead teams that deliver exceptional first-party and third-party app experience, as well as drive the vision of Workflow Builder - Slack's no-code automation tool. Before Slack, she was VP of Engineering at Abstract, Model N, and other enterprise SaaS companies. Her experience as an immigrant, a woman, and a developer with nearly 15 years of technical experience, have prepared her to lead large and diverse engineering teams, and forge genuine human connections with her colleagues. She is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and has been juggling work and home-school like most parents in recent times for her 7-year-old twin boys.
Regina Wallace-Jones is Senior Vice President, Products & Engineering at Mindbody, Inc. accountable for revenue, profit and customer satisfaction for global platform products and supporting product services. In this role, Regina has responsibility for $50M/year in revenue with a 3X growth plan over the next 3 years. Regina has nearly 25 years of business leadership experience in multinational environments having lived in Asia and having held executive responsibilities in roles that span four continents (North America, South America, Europe and Asia). During her career, she has built a professional reputation in product excellence and innovation with keen engineering and operations sense. Regina leads with the highest level of integrity, energy, creativity and engagement. She is known to be an inspirational leader that establishes the highest bar of expectation while simultaneously being a supportive listener and a capable advisor.
Sharmeelee Bala is the Head of Global Engineering for End to End Supply Chain and Enterprise Data and Analytics for Gap Inc. In this role, she is responsible for providing leadership, strategy, and vision in the development, design, and implementation of all global systems that support "product to market" functions for all the different brands, as well as driving the data and analytics strategy for Gap Inc. Sharmeelee is also the Head of Gap Inc’s Hyderabad Development Center. Prior to this role, she spent almost 20 years with Walmart Labs in various leadership roles in the technology division. She also spent two years as an expat in India responsible for building a leading technology development center in Bengaluru for Walmart Labs. Sharmeelee is very passionate about encouraging young women and girls to seek interest and careers in STEM. Sharmeelee holds a Master of Science degree in Engineering Technology from BITS Pilani, India.
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