Liberty to Move 10,000 Miles to a New Home

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To honor American independence and July 4, CircleAround is collaborating all month long with NAWBO (the National Association of Women Business Owners) in a series of posts exploring the following prompt: "What do liberty and independence mean to me as a woman business owner and female entrepreneur?"

I grew up in India with protective parents. But as one of my parents was a progressive university professor, I also had the freedom to pursue a degree in engineering, as well as to move to a new country 10,000 miles away — alone.

I married the man I chose because he encourages my pursuits, no matter how crazy they are. Starting a business was only an extension of the freedom I've always had.

As a business owner, I have enjoyed the freedom in making choices — the type of business I wanted to create, the organizations I pursued as my clients, the people who would become part of my business, the location where I made my office. There are, however, some aspects I could not choose — how some people viewed me as a woman or as a minority instead of for what I am capable of delivering in a highly specialized, male-dominated technical field.

"As a business owner, I have enjoyed the freedom to choose the type of business I wanted to create, the organizations I pursued as my clients, the people who would become part of my business, the location where I made my office."

In running the business, I take pride in giving freedom to our employees, whom I consider and treat as family. They always have the liberty to express their thoughts, share new ideas, and provide feedback on anything — including me.

As anyone who has built or run a business can tell you, it is not always smooth sailing. But as a business owner, I am grateful for the freedom and liberty I have in so many areas. In the process, I have met so many amazing people from all walks of life. I currently have my dream job as a business owner and that is one thing I am not willing to give up anytime soon.

This post is part of a series produced by CircleAround and NAWBO. Founded in 1975, NAWBO is the unified voice of over 10 million women-owned businesses and female entrepreneurs in the United States.

Shobha Mallarapu is the President and CEO of Sacramento-based Anvaya Solutions, which offers cyber security and information services such as risk assessment, vulnerability assessment, penetration testing, forensics, e-discovery, and policy development.

GIRL SCOUT AFFILIATION: Shobha grew up in India where Girls Scouts were called Guides. She was a Guide.

Tags: NAWBO, Adventure, Courage, Empowerment

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