Padmini Pandya and I recorded the first episode of a series we are calling, “Less Ordinary”. She and I have known each other for the better part of a decade. I have watched her experience both personal and professional development and work to find her voice and purpose. We talk about how life is not linear, but three dimensional and cyclical.
Padmini has her own, special style and while she has not had a deliberate plan to “channel my charisma”, her path to purpose has definitely put it to good use over time. Along this journey, she has become a role model for aspiring female executives and entrepreneurs alike.
From afar, most will have just seen her ‘sizzle reel’, but life is much more nuanced than that…and it is from that nuance where lessons can be learned. As such, Padmini is a generous sharer of her own stories and experiences…explaining that one’s trajectory is so much steeper than originally imagined.
Padmini is Indian, by descent. Her parents’ families, however, were in East Africa for three generations…Her mother born in Uganda and her father in Kenya. She was actually born in London, but has a distinctly non-British accent, as her family emigrated to the United States when she was a child. One can not get more multinational or multicultural than that. The adaptability and flexibility that is a by-product of that experience is palpable.