Meet Madhavi Patil, a senior software engineer in our Charlotte office.
1. What five words best describe you at work?
Harmony, includer, consistency, developer, and empathy
2. What do you do to relax?
I love comedy – watching re-runs of old shows like Friends and Seinfeld, as well as newer shows like Modern Family, Black-ish and Fresh Off The Boat. I am amazed at how powerful comedy is for relaxation and for conveying messages (particularly social messages).
3. What’s your favorite book or movie?
The one that comes to mind is a movie I watched recently, Lion. It’s based on a true story about a little boy living in dire poverty in India. He is separated from his family and is adopted by a family living in Australia. He is leading a comfortable life with his adopted family. However, growing up, his biological mother’s love for him was so profound that as an adult he embarks on an almost impossible search for her just based on his memories of her and his hometown as a 3-year-old. It reminded me that you don’t need to give your child the best of the best or all the comforts of life... they thrive on our love!
4. What are people surprised to learn about you?
I talk so much to people that I don’t know that there are many surprises. The only thing that comes to mind is that people seem surprised to learn that I’ve been married for 23 years, and have children aged 21 and 17.
5. What advice would you give a new TKXS employee?
First, I’d say, be curious. Reach out to your teammates. No question is too dumb. We all want to see you succeed. I’d also say, your job description should not constrain you. You’ll have opportunities here beyond your formal title. Embrace those opportunities, and you will go far.
Remember, too, that no task is too little or menial. We are each a cog. As long as we work together and aim towards ensuring that the larger machinery is functioning smoothly, the size of the task or the role/title doesn’t matter. A bucket can be filled a drop at a time – and likewise, it can be drained a drop at a time. Every little drop makes a difference.
Finally, I’d say, welcome to the family, because when you come here, you’re coming to a family. Recognize the importance of that. Just like at home, you’ll have responsibilities, and just like at home we take care of each other. We work together and aim to be the best that we can be.