Women's History Month 2019 Profile: Richa Anand

Richa Anand, Global Public Relations at Taco Bell

How would your peers describe your personality?

Ambitious, outgoing, charismatic, dedicated, vibrant, culture-builder, always hungry to learn more and take on more responsibility.

When did you consider yourself a success? How did this make you feel?

When I started at my company, I knew that I wanted to be on the Global team. However, there was no position for public relations at the time. I persisted for over two years with both global leadership and HR, and ultimately succeeded. A role was created and offered to me because of my passion for international PR. I felt accomplished and humbled, as it was only the beginning of my journey.

What is the biggest challenge you have come across in your career and how did you handle this?

Since I started with my company immediately upon graduating, I felt the need to prove myself even more to coworkers due to my young age. Two years later when I joined our international team in its first ever public relations role, I knew I had my work cut out for me , but I was up for the challenge. I fueled the pressure I once felt into passion and made sure to give my new role everything I had in me.

What do you do to keep yourself motivated and interested in your work?

I have an incredibly strong passion for global business and love learning about other cultures, so every day is a new learning opportunity for me – no matter if it’s with my direct team or from our marketers around the world. I also think it’s very important to stay inspired, whether that’s finding inspiration through companies outside of your industry or within, in order to continue challenging yourself and those around you.

What are you most proud of?

Looking back, I’m so proud of myself for never giving up on the fight towards creating my dream job. Had I not persisted, I may not be where I am now, especially this early in my career.

What inspired you when you were younger?

It was my older brother who inspired me most throughout my life, and continues to as I navigate through adulthood. He’s eight years my senior, enough of an age gap where I respected him immensely and always listened to his advice. It may not be your traditional form of inspiration, but seeing him excel in life motivated me to be the best version of myself and ultimately always make him proud.

What nail color makes you feel most confident?

Maroon is always my go-to nail color. It may not be the most popular color on the shelf, but it still makes me feel confident, feminine, and bold.

What is a piece of advice you would give to young women?

In life, you get out what you put in. If you want something badly enough, give it your all and eventually things will fall into place.