Lessons learned from beating cancer, the 4 D’s of decision making, and harnessing the power of asking for help with Manju Abraham

In this episode, Lola speaks with Manju Abraham, an Engineering Leader with over 30 years of experience in delivering high-quality Enterprise Products on schedule, building, and scaling high-performing R&D teams across companies like HP, Netapp, and Delphix. She started her career in India as a Scientist at the Indian Space Research Organization. She is currently at HPE and leads Engineering Operations across HPE Storage Array Products.

In every role in these organizations, she built a reputation as a bold, effective transformational leader, enabling change, across Engineering functions, to scale and elevate the outcome, productivity, and effectiveness of the organization. She is passionate about growing her team members and helping them to meet their true potential. She has won several awards across each of these companies for leadership affecting cultural, behavioral, and systemic improvements.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The power of asking for help and learning to delegate to uplevel your life
  • The 4 D’s of decision making and how you can utilize these touchpoints to streamline your life
  • Giving yourself permission to learn who you are and what you want out of life
  • The power of evaluating your core values before advancing in your career
  • Lessons learned from beating cancer, becoming a mentor for other women going through treatment, and deriving energy from helping others


More about Manju: 

In addition to her role at HP, she is in the Board of Directors of ‘the CLUB - Connect Lead Unite Build’; an incubator for women leaders and a founding member of Shakti, a community for women to rise together , support and create leaders. She mentors South Asian women in the US and MBA Students at CalState East Bay. She counsels cancer patients and their families and supports organizations working on good causes supporting women and children. She is the President of Vanitha Charity Organization which is a non-profit, an Indian American association of women with a mission to provide "Help for the helpless and education for all".

She led the Diversity and Inclusion Council alongside the CEO and his staff at Del-phix and sponsored the Women’s ERG. She was an active participant and ally in the LGBTQ and Black ERGs. At HPE, she has been organizing and hosting events regularly to build awareness on diversity and inclusion, bringing in guest speak-ers or sharing stories of our colleagues during AAPI, Hispanic Heritage, Women’s history, Pride, Neurodiversity awareness months and other celebrations.

Manju is a graduate of Berkeley and College of Engineering, Trivandrum. She lives in the Bay Area, CA with her husband and is the proud mother of two daughters who teach her a lot about empathy and inclusion. She enjoys hiking, traveling, reading, painting, and bringing people together to serve a bigger purpose in our community. 

Connect with Manju: 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/manju-abraham 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/manjuab 


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More about Thriving in Intersectionality Podcast:

Welcome to the “Thriving in Intersectionality” podcast. A podcast created to help you learn from professionals in the workplace who have multiple intersectional identities; from ethnic minorities, veterans transitioning into the workforce, individuals with disabilities, parents, and so many more. 

Hosted by Lola Adeyemo, who is the CEO of EQI Mindset and the founder of the nonprofit Immigrants in Corporate Inc, her mission is to work with organizations to build more inclusive workplaces.

This podcast was built to amplify the voices of leaders and immigrants in the corporate workplace and to give insights and guidance so people can move past their “barriers” and advance in their professional careers.

Through interviews and solo episodes, Lola will examine this global world of work. We hope that you can learn a thing or two from our guests, who have a range of experiences and stories to share. Join Lola as we meet new people who are successfully navigating the corporate space.

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