Chaitra Vedullapalli the Co- founder and CMO of Meylah is recognized as an Influential Business Leader with a passion to enable digital equity and access to achieve economic prosperity in our communities. Vedullapalli is also the Co-Founder & President of Women in Cloud, sits on many boards and drives global conversations with the United Nations and top corporations throughout the U.S.
In an interview with Insights Success, the spokesperson of Meylah shares the journey of Chaitra and the company. Below are the highlights of the interview;
Give a brief overview of your background and Chaitra ‘s role in Meylah.
Chaitra Vedullapalli is originally from India and moved to the United States 25 years ago with her husband Ram Vedullapalli. She did electrical engineering from RVCE in India and has worked with tech giants like Oracle and Microsoft before starting her own business, Meylah Corporation, partnering with her husband.
Chaitra is the Co- founder and Chief Marketing Officer of Meylah. As the CMO she is often responsible for business development, client management as well as the marketing and PR coordination. She is regularly keeping track of social media handles and other PR activities. She also ideates several products for Meylah. Speaker Engage is one of her brainchild to transform the events industry to adopt cloud technologies.
How do you diversify your solutions that appeal to your target audience?
Meylah’s mission is to help companies access the digital economy. A lot of our efforts are focused on working with corporations and their channels to ignite local economic development leveraging technologies, communities and programs. We work with customers to drive digital transformation with cloud & AI technologies. We leverage blue ocean business model thinking to design and develop solutions that create access to digital economy and reduce cost of doing business. During this progress, we spend a lot of time accessing what solutions actually will become sticky and develop diverse solutions to address market needs.
Describe some of the vital attributes that every businesswoman should possess.
“I was at Oracle when my mentor, Bronwyn Hasting, now EVP at SAP said a person who leads from the back and ensures everyone is taken care of is a True Leader. She also said you can say you are a leader when you have created leaders who have created leaders. That resonated with my philosophy of serving, influencing and partnering with people to lead change. I believe every leader comes with their own set of traits and brings in their perspective through their experiences. Hence a “great leader” is subjective. However, I believe there are certain leadership traits that make a leader stand out in the crowd:
- Coachability: Being coachable empowers the people around you to learn and grow. Being coachable allows you to be vulnerable with people and resolve obstacles easily.
- Feedback Resilience: Being able to take all kinds of feedback without getting triggered is crucial in leading change. I believe when you receive feedback you are getting a gift from others and they are helping to see your own blind spots that you can see.
- Ego Management: As you rise to the top, your ego becomes bigger and bigger. Ability for you to manage your ego and your emotions will serve you well. Kindness is the antidote for ego slaying.
- Access Enabler: I believe that every leader priority must be to enable access for their employees, customers and partners to realize their potential. I believe in creating economic access and have dedicated my life to this cause.” Chaitra Vedullapalli
What were the past experiences, achievements or lessons that shaped Chaitra ‘s journey? What were some of the primal challenges and roadblocks that you guys faced during the initial phase of Chaitra Vedullapalli ‘s journey?
Although, in current times, women are given opportunities to rise, the power of influence is not showered upon women. This makes it extremely difficult for women leaders to gain economic access and power to make an impact in society. When women do not have economic power or the ability to influence decisions they cannot truly lead their organization and create impact.
Chaitra has been very vocal about roadblocks she faced as a female tech entrepreneur during the early days of Meylah. She says, “I constantly noticed in the tech industry but I was surrounded by men in channel related initiatives, in customer and investor meetings and industry events. Women were not well represented to make decisions or provide inputs to shape the narrative around equity and access. I struggled to figure out how to drive consistent growth for our business. I noticed that I was silently becoming a part of the system that did not embrace inclusion. Gender bias was real and was affecting many women business owners in the tech industry.”
But Chaitra is a problem solver, and her solution to the obstacles she faced was to build Women in Cloud, a community-led, economic development initiative to accelerating societal impact through female tech entrepreneurs with the colossal goal of generating over $1B in global economic access by 2030. She has also been a huge believer that contributing to the community will create a larger than life impact. Chaitra brings her beliefs into the company and personally propagates it to her employees. This helps them grow personally and professionally. Collective action and collective growth is her mantra and she practices what she preaches.
Where does Chaitra Vedullapalli sees herself in the near future and how will you catalyze the change?
Creating an inclusive economy through the technology sector is one of the core missions. Chaitra’s passion lies around building technology solutions that create equal access for economic opportunities. When you look at her portfolio of bold ideas, it focuses on 4 core areas
- Developing economic development solutions using modern technologies
- Removing language bias from public and private contracting practices
- Public policy and advocacy to create equal access to entrepreneurial opportunities
- Closely work with United Nations and Corporations to launch campaigns and solutions to solve global goals.