Women's History Month 2019 Profile: Sana Pasha
Sana Pasha, Consultant at Accenture
How would your peers describe your personality?
My peers would say that I command the attention of a room but never cease to make them smile (I have a really cheesy sense of humor).
When did you consider yourself a success? How did this make you feel?
I can't credit all my success to myself. My faith and my family have served as my foundation and helped me reach this point. I have always planned everything from when I'd graduate to when I would have kids to even what income I'd like to have at a given point in my life. Slowly as all of these milestones were reached I became more and more satisfied with where I was in life. I think I would have to say my moment of realization of success came after I started work again post-delivery. Knowing that I was building my path as a working mother brought many warm feelings and contentment to my life.
What is the biggest challenge you have come across in your career and how did you handle this?
The biggest challenge I have faced is leaving my daughter to start working again. I realized how much family means to me, and I had to be very upfront with my leadership about working out a teleworking plan or I would not be able to continue the role any further. It was a tough conversation to have but my transparency lead to a very flexible work schedule that I am so thankful for.
What do you do to keep yourself motivated and interested in your work?
I have an incredible team. I love going to work and seeing the people I work with. Honestly they keep me motivated and are not afraid to pitch in extra when needed. I think just surrounding myself with people I love to be around plays a huge role in keeping me interested in what I do.
What are you most proud of?
I am most proud of the non-profit I am helping expand to the DC Area. Muslim Women Professionals Network works to empower and connect Muslim women professionals and aspiring professionals through community engagement and professional development. I'm so proud to have founded the DC chapter!
What inspired you when you were younger?
My parents. Cliche I know, but my mom is the definition of an individual who has persevered through many hardships to prove that she is a smart, independent and strong woman. My father always puts his blood sweat and tears into achieving anything he desires. They inspired me to never give up, keep strong faith, and work hard for the things that I want to achieve from the very beginning.
What nail color makes you feel most confident?
Oh man - tough one. My favorite color of all time is ORLY Breathable Staycation. It's such a beautiful nude gray and I think it exudes a delicate yet also an I'm so fresh don't mess with me vibe.
What is a piece of advice you would give to young women?
Always reach for the stars because you never know, you might even catch the moon in the process. Aim big, work hard, and never let the opinion of someone else stop you from attaining the things which matter to you.