Kamana

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Hi! My name is Kamana and I’m a mom of two beautiful children! I currently work at Facebook leading product and service operations for Asian Pacific. I have always loved the tech industry because I find there to be so much innovation and love the way platforms like Facebook and Instagram give power back to the community.

I moved to Singapore from the states and find the country to be very diverse. It’s wild to me that they have four national languages and one of them, Tamil, originates from India (which is where I am from). Diwali and Eid are national holidays here as well, which is great because now I don’t have to take off work for a religious holiday- it’s a given!

We really didn’t care much about being accepted especially since my mom taught us to always go out into the world with your head held high. She always told us to work as hard as possible and instilled phenomenal work ethic in my sister and I.

My sister and I were raised by a single mother which is not very common in the South Asian community. As can be expected, people in our community were not too accepting of our family dynamic. We really didn’t care much about being accepted especially since my mom taught us to always go out into the world with your head held high. She always told us to work as hard as possible and instilled phenomenal work ethic in my sister and I. She herself worked incredibly long hours- sometimes even having hard, eighteen hour days. She was the kind of mother who told us to work hard but also love and care for those around you. She is the one who guided us on how to be the best versions of ourselves and to never, ever leave the house without lipstick!

Shilpa Shah was one inspiration I had on social media in terms of my career. Even though I have never met her, we are connected on Instagram and I draw inspiration from her company. She is the co-founder of Cuyana, which is a  clothing accessory company. She once said, “We all have the choice to be a critic, or to build. Always choose to build.” Those words of advice always stayed with me, because I feel like women are often encouraged to stay stuck instead of grow. I feel like I apply those words in my career, motherhood, and personal life as well.

She once said, “We all have the choice to be a critic, or to build. Always choose to build.” Those words of advice always stayed with me, because I feel like women are often encouraged to stay stuck instead of grow.

I feel like as a mother of two and an aspiring career, it can be difficult at times. However, my mother and other role models have taught me that in order to have anything worth having, you need to work relentlessly and “choose to build”. It’s very easy to critique yourself and be hard on your decisions when you’re trying to balance everything such as working long hours and raising two young children.  One thing I’ve learned is that at different stages in your life, you have to prioritize different things, especially when you become a mother. I am defining what success looks like for me and owning it! The key is to make informed decisions and to stick to them. It makes everything a lot easier because it means you aren’t defined by your circumstances and empower yourself to choose your happiness.

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