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Aparna Mehta

Aparna Mehta

Introduce yourself to our audience. Tell us who you are and what you are currently focused on.

I am the Global Logistics Director at UPS and I lead a large, diverse group of sales professionals to drive incremental revenues and growth. We leverage our logistical and supply chain solutions for value to make a positive impact on our customer's supply chain and grow their spend with us. I am very passionate about uplifting women and making a broader impact outside of UPS, hence I am now involved with Ellevate and United Way of OC.

What is one of your most memorable career accomplishments?

My most memorable accomplishment is being promoted in my current role 4 years ago. I was promoted to lead a large group of sales professionals to success - without any sales or customer facing experience. Learning a new job and to be a Director - stumbling, learning about my team, and our role in the overall grand scheme of things - and where I am today - is my most memorable accomplishment. We have been at the top for last 4 years in the country.

What are some career challenges on your radar?

Some of my challenges are that I am not a good promoter of myself. Being from an eastern culture, it took me a long time to grasp that modesty is mistaken for lack of confidence in the corporate world. I am a very passionate person, and sometimes that comes across as being assertive. I am continuously working on enhancing my executive presence.

We’d love to hear more about your career path. What led you to where you are today?

Honestly speaking, if somebody had told me 25 years ago that I would be a Director of a large team, for a Fortune 100 company, I would have laughed. My life happened to me. The only thing I knew is that I was going to be financially independent and I was going to get my education with a Masters. I came to the US just to get my Master's and did not go back. I stumbled upon a "technician's" job at UPS, until the real thing comes along, and here I am 24 years later. I worked in technology support, industrial engineering, and customer solutions departments. I met a lot of well-wishers at UPS, and they knew about my potential and capabilities more than I did. My career did go sideways once, because of my personal situation, and I bounced right back. I have always been disciplined, focused, resilient, and managed for success.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

Leading a large group of people, developing them and making an impact on their professional lives is the most rewarding - especially women. I see myself in them sometimes - as I worked through my fears and came out on the other side - fearless, confident and ready to accept challenges.

What legacy do you hope to leave through your work?

My crazy, passionate style of leading and pushing them to their peak performances. To never give up, and face adversity in the face and staying focused. To accept responsibility for your actions. To give credit to your team, when you succeed and to take responsibility single-handed when the team fails.

What does success look like to you?

When you achieved physical fitness, higher level of consciousness spiritually, have a desire to give back to the community, surrounded by loved ones and financial freedom.

What advice would you offer future leading ladies wishing to break into your industry?

Get your education, ask for what you want, speak up and let the world know who you are and why you deserve the position, or promotion. You do not have to be an expert at the role you want. Get in there, and then figure out how to make it happen. Nobody comes into the role, knowing everything about everything. And most importantly - differentiate yourself, and keep it that way.

What is one piece of advice you’d offer working moms?

That every decision has a consequence. Everything in life is temporary. You will have a chance for a do-over, as long as you are willing to invest. Build your network/help to take care of the mundane things. Prioritize your time to do quality things with family members versus getting lost in taking care of day-to-day activities. If you can help it, get help/build a network that can support you with those activities. You don’t have to be all things to all people. Get a good understanding of what is it, that YOU want – and work towards that. I wish somebody had said that to me. I lost a lot of time when my daughter was younger.

Tell us about your favorite Ellevate Network memory or success story. Why are you a member?

I became a member of Ellevate because I wanted to connect with like minded professional women, enhance my professional brand and join a group that is focused on uplifting women. I have a few network memories that I cherish - but the most vivid one is my first visit to an Ellevate meeting. I entered all alone into a room of unknown women, and I was greeted very warmly by Judith Lukomski, Debra Fitts, Sophie, Nicole and Shelly. I have been to a few other events where I was a stranger, and this is the only event that I can remember that it felt natural with the connections. I noticed that with Ellevate events, it's very intentional, purposeful and satisfying. Judith and I have had a couple of individual lunch sessions - and those deeply satisfying conversations made me learn more about myself.

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