IIC: Being successful with a marketing degree as an immigrant, sharing your cultural traditions, and the importance of finding community with Bhawna Sharma Puri

In our original series, Immigrants In Corporate, our mission was to amplify and empower the voices of immigrant working professionals looking for support at work. 

In this episode, we talk to Bhawna Sharma Puri, a Bay Area resident who immigrated from India 19 years ago as a young girl all by herself. She lives here with her loving husband and is a mommy to two beautiful kids.

She has built a successful career as a Marketing leader with over 15 years of experience in various key roles in Silicon Valley. Bhawna also chairs as a council board member for California State University - East Bay.

In this episode, we cover:

  • How parents can influence where you move to and what university you attend as an immigrant

  • Being vulnerable and authentic at work with your cultural traditions

  • Handling intersectionality in the corporate workplace after graduating from college and adapting to the world around you

  • The challenges of having a marketing degree while trying to get sponsored for a visa (and why it's different for other degrees)

  • Why it is essential to find a community to help you create balance in your life

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Welcome to the “Immigrants in Corporate” podcast. A podcast about Immigrants and the journey to belonging and thriving in the corporate workplace. Drawing on her experience as an immigrant with years of experience in corporate America, and her current role as a certified diversity professional who is working with global corporations to build a more inclusive workplace for underrepresented employees, Lola Adeyemo is amplifying the voices of immigrants across different geographical locations and within the corporate workplace. This podcast is focused on highlighting the different barriers immigrants face in the corporate workplace and sharing insights for overcoming and thriving at work by leveraging individual uniqueness and cultural background. The discussion will be based on the different categories from the book “Thriving in Intersectionality”.


As an Immigrant in the corporate workplace or an International student looking forward to getting into the corporate workplace in a new country listen in for insights and visit www.immigrantsincorporate.com for more information on social media communities and upcoming live events and resources.


Join Lola Adeyemo, each week as she connects you with immigrants who work across different industries and in different parts of the world. Hear their stories and learn how they are working towards belonging and thriving every single day.