Karishma has got over 10 years of experience in digital advertising sales and support across Google India and Australia. She is also a trainer, mentor and co-leads the women@Google community chapter. She studied Journalism in India and is now a part time MBA candidate at the University of Sydney.
Career & Background
What inspired you to do what you are doing now?
What I absolutely love about my job is that I get to help real life businesses make good marketing choices that could affect their real life income and revenue. I was inspired by the scale and reach of such a position at Google, and being able to work with savvy businesses always keeps me engaged.
Could you tell us a bit about your professional background?
I studied Journalism in uni, and interned at some national dailies in India. I quickly discovered it wasn’t the idealistic world I had imagined, and switched to content and advertising. After a short stint at a content start up in Chennai, I moved to Google Hyderabad as an entry level strategist in March 2013. 10 years on, I have worked with many types of agencies and client stakeholders to grow their businesses, and I’m now a Market lead in the eCommerce business at Google.
I will be starting a part time MBA at Sydney Uni in August 2023. I see myself developing into a leader and would love to take on leadership positions at Google.
What drives and inspires you
What are your core values?
Who is your biggest inspiration and why?
One of my biggest inspirations is my father – for his work ethic, dedication, absolute personal prioritisation, and passion. Outside of family, I am always inspired by strong women leaders like Clementine Ford, Glennon Doyle, Michelle Obama, Brené Brown and so many more. I am inspired and moved by authentic, vulnerable, leadership.
You as a Mentor
Why have you decided to become a mentor?
I absolutely love coaching. It truly helps me to know that I am adding value to someone’s life, by being there for them, seeing and hearing them and their problems. I have chosen this path as I know I can hold space for someone, and in mentoring them, I can help them see their own potential beyond what they don’t see about themselves.
What are the top skills or qualities you bring to mentoring?
- Asking powerful questions
- Willing to be vulnerable