SVP of Global Technology Services, lululemon
WHY YOU ARE INVOLVED WITH IGNITE?
The reason I am involved in IGNITE is two parts.
The Past-> I was raised by my mother who is extremely intelligent and is great at mathematics. She taught me everything I know and gave me a foundation to become a software engineer which led to a leadership career in tech. My mother is a candle in my life showing me the light to success, however she was never able to achieve the heights and true potential in STEM herself.
The Present and the Future-> I have an amazing 12 year old daughter. She loves STEM and I am constantly learning from her about the peer pressure in schools that makes STEM an uncool thing to pursue. I truly believe that we have a great opportunity to change the minds of girls one by one and school by school.
I see IGNITE is a way to change the past, present and the future by promoting STEM for Girls and help them to prosper in various ways.
HOW HAS IGNITE INSPIRED YOU?
IGNITE has inspired us in many ways, one thing which stands out is the genuine and strong bias towards action to create a strong community of smart girls in STEM.
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE OUR WIDER COMMUNITY TO KNOW ABOUT IGNITE?
My humble suggestion would be to get girls involved earlier. We need to go upstream and cultivate the mindset of STEM is good for Girls and encourage them to pursue careers in STEM.
MORE ABOUT KRISHNABABU
Venki Krishnababu is SVP of Global Technology Services. Venki joined lululemon in September 2017, and brings more than 23 years of experience in delivering innovative value add technology solutions and services to retail and healthcare industries. Venki’s portfolio in lululemon includes Global Retail technology, Enterprise architecture, CyberSecurity, Cloud infrastructure and corporate technology services. Venki comes to lululemon from Premera health care, where he served as Chief technology officer. While at Premera, Venki led a rapid digital transformation in healthcare by creating the most customer-centric solutions that delivered the best-in-class experience and cost of care to customers.
Prior to Premera, Venki spent over 17 years at Nordstrom where he held several key positions on the company’s IT leadership team and was responsible for developing a multi-year service-based architecture strategy to provide a highly flexible, cloud-enabled, and cost-efficient technology platform in support of achieving ambitious revenue goals. Venki led the technology product roadmap and the team responsible for bringing complex service-oriented architectural concepts to reality through a cloud based retail services platform. Venki received his Bachelors in electronics and communication. He serves in an advisory role to non-profit Bellevue Youth theater foundation.