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Women’s History Month – Celebrating Cypress’ Leading Ladies
The month of March is dedicated to celebrating the fearless women who have shaped history and are leading society forward. We’re proud to have talented, accomplished women working at all levels of our business. As Women’s History Month comes to a close, we’ve asked a handful of the remarkable women at Cypress to share a few life lessons they’ve learned and the pieces of advice that have resonated with them throughout their educational and professional careers.
What career advice would you give your 25 year-old self?
Kathy Reck (San Jose)
Director, Global Benefits
"Volunteer to work on every project you possibly can, regardless of whether it's part of your job or not, so you can learn as much as possible about the organization as a whole."
Suma K. Gopal (Bangalore, India)
Senior Staff Training Instructor
"Excel in what you do – mediocrity just helps you survive. Habits die hard, so practice powerful positive actions which you don't mind becoming habits! Stay creatively dissatisfied; that's the secret to continuous improvement. Opportunities don't happen, you create them. Craft your career yourself. Remember, you own your development. Failure helps us stay grounded, stay focused and learn what we did not know yesterday. Look at the larger picture, and see how you fit it in and add value. Every learning leaves you changed. If you haven't changed, you haven't learned."
What obstacles have you faced in your career and how did you overcome them?
Corinna Aguirre (San Jose)
Senior Staff HR Business Partner
"The biggest obstacle for me was taking the nontraditional route after finishing high school. I started a family early, before I really knew what I wanted to do for a career. This meant my first priority was to support my family and that my education was second. Throughout my 20s, I had to balance being a wife, mother, full-time employee and part-time student. I was able to overcome the challenge of finishing my education by setting small milestones and looking at the big picture (completing my BS degree). Without the support of my family, friends and employer I don't think I would have been able to accomplish it."
Richa Dham (Bangalore, India)
Senior Manager, Marketing and Applications
"Complacence. It’s too comforting after you have done some work repeatedly and you fall into complacency and stagnancy. From time to time, do a reality check to see if you are still learning in your role. I have taken up different domains and functional roles in my career to overcome the complacency factor."
What advice would you give college students looking to get into your field?
Lalitha Suryanarayana (San Jose)
"Learning is a lifelong process and can come from any source. Be open to learning from your peers, mentors, managers, customers, etc. Soft skills are as important as technical skills and a necessary ingredient for well-rounded leadership. Be open to developing and sharpening your soft skills."
Jaya Kathuria (Bangalore, India)
"The options will be overwhelming and it will be tough to choose the right career path. Put your interests and goals first and take chances with your career. Go for the options that will fulfill you."
What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?
Carlotta Castillo (San Jose)
Senior Manager, Corporate Communications
"Look at every job you do as a career. Whether you are working at a minimum wage job, an executive at a large global company (and anything in between), make that role your career. Just changing your mindset from a ‘temporary stop’ on your professional career allows your mind to open up to all the possibilities the future can provide, if you can actually see it."
Christine Morales (San Jose)
"Do something that keeps you interested and challenges you."
Christine Lee (San Jose)
Senior Quality Manager
"Failing to prepare is preparing to fail. Stay principled."
There have been some amazing pioneers in the STEM fields. Who do you look up to and why?
Ann Minooka (San Jose)
Vice President, Corporate Communications
"Jeff Bezos for his vision. He saw the e-commerce trend way earlier than anyone else. And he wasn't afraid to take risks (he quit his lucrative Wall Street job) to pursue what he believed in."
Taylor Varilly (San Jose)
Product Marketing Engineer
"Annie Jump Cannon has always been my hero. In the early 1900s, she recognized that the standard stellar classification system was woefully inadequate and devised an improved method. Despite the hardship imposed by her gender at the time, she used her passion for astronomy to make the scientific community and world a better place."