(February 15, 2023) Rashim Mogha, who moved from Delhi to the US in 2005 to avoid what was to be an arranged marriage, has come a long way through her convictions and hard work. Recognized by Business Chief USA as a ‘woman to watch’, she was inducted into the Alameda County Hall of Fame in San Francisco, 15 years after making her life-changing move to an unknown land.
She has been driving innovation and growth for Skillsoft’s largest portfolio – leadership and business solutions. Prior to Skillsoft, Rashim held leadership roles at companies like VMware, Amazon Web Services, Oracle, and Automation Anywhere, where she built high-performing education teams and launched innovative solutions to support over $2 billion businesses.
Playing several roles with elan, the business executive is a best-selling author, keynote speaker and equity influencer. She has won several awards along the way, including being named a Woman of the Year 2019, a Woman of Influence for Silicon Valley, and the Women Empowerment: Game Changer Award. She was inducted into the Alameda County Hall of Fame in 2020, and was recognized as top 100 DEI leaders of 2021 by Mogul.
With over two decades of tech-industry experience under her belt, Rashim co-founded eWOW (empowered Women of the World) — an intellectual platform to empower women to discover, visualize, and actualize their success. Her book Fast-Track Your Leadership Career: A definitive template for advancing your career, is an Amazon bestseller, impacting thousands of women globally. She has just started creating personal development and leadership videos on YouTube.
“I travel all over the globe to deliver keynotes,” says Rashim, as she connects with Global Indian. Sharing her work and life experiences, she has developed a strong following as a keynote speaker, writer and podcaster empowering women across the world. “In my career as a business leader, I have inspired my teams to dream big, innovate, and deliver results. I lead with purpose,” she says. “I believe that diversity of thought should be the core of any business and have successfully leveraged it to build profitable businesses with purpose models.”
Being at the forefront of cutting-edge technology throughout her career, Rashim was always inclined towards working for something that has a larger impact. At AWS, she led the education programmes including bootcamps at re:Invent, annual AWS conference where she and her team trained over 8,000 people during a three-day event.
Experiences like these provided Rashim with an opportunity to create education solutions that can function in real-time. At Oracle, Rashim built the enablement strategy for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure from the ground-up. From there to Automation Anywhere was a natural progression, as she became an expert at building products for startup environments and helping them scale up.
Recognised among the Top 100 Keynote Speakers by Databird and Top 20 Thought Leaders by Thinkers 360, launching eWOW in 2018 was quite instinctive for Rashim. Armed with solid exposure from taking on top leadership roles in the tech industry, it was her turn to give back and empower more women to join and sail across the tech industry robustly.
Reaching women globally
Rashim’s passion is to empower women, to help them believe that they can own their narratives, show up fully and authentically and become empathetic leaders without feeling compelled to pretend they are one of the men in the room. It’s an ideal she embodies in every way.
Rashim’s eWOW podcast has an audience in over 50 countries and is broadcast on 11 platforms including Amazon Music. Through it, she propagates that every woman is a leader in her own way, all she needs is an intellectual platform to help her navigate the path. The eWOW platform offers Alexa skills, podcasts, various online and in-person events, and leadership workshops. “It’s about empowering women, wherever they are, in their journey to leadership. “The eWOW initiative is well on its way to empowering 100,000 women globally,” Rashim tells.
“I am excited about the upcoming eWOW 2023 Virtual Summit. This year, the summit will focus on owning one’s growth – an action plan that will help women chart their own, unique path to success.” In this one-day conference, the participants will get an opportunity to explore career options in tech that go beyond engineering. They will also learn how to harmonise their personal and professional lives, and build a new mindset for holistic growth.
Women in tech
Rashim believes that the future is bright for women in tech, and appreciates the inspiring growth in the number of women joining the tech industry. Today, they are considered significant members of a once-male-dominated workforce.
Her advice for women is – “Say yes to every opportunity and, as you climb the ladder, don’t forget to give back.” For workplaces, she suggests – “Make sure that you are truly bringing diversity and inclusion into your workforce and into your thought processes. It’s not just a token or a box you need to check. This is vital for the world to be an equal place and to solve many pressing problems.”
As the tech industry continues to embark on diversity and inclusion initiatives, Rashim Mogha is poised to be at the forefront of this drive. She inspires women to challenge bias and push themselves to be empathetic and forward-thinking leaders, coming up with unique solutions for the world to forge ahead.
While people take loads of inspiration from Rashim’s journey, she credits her success to the unconditional support of her biggest cheerleaders – her mother and her husband. And when she is not busy with work, the tech leader immerses herself in cooking, writing and spending time with her two kids.