Varsha Manjunatha, MSCPM 2012, Terminal Manager, Austin & Houston, Texas
When I look back over the path I have followed since first leaving my humble community in Bangalore, it feels like nothing short of a miracle.
Varsha’s incredulity about her achievements is touching. But listening to her as she retraces her steps, it is clear that her success is truly of her own making. Within her family, she is a true pioneer: no woman had ever before dared to dream of venturing outside her home city, … let alone exploring other continents.
She is thus the first. Today, Varsha works in Houston for a third-party logistics provider that operates in almost 30 countries. She has managed teams of up to 50 people, the vast majority of whom are male. She is driven by the conviction that optimising the supply chain can contribute towards making people’s lives better. Varsha considers that it is her experience at Audencia – where she followed the MSCPM (MSc in Supply Chain and Purchasing Management) programme that provided her with the tools and confidence to succeed in an international environment. Her bubbly, driven and go-getter personality have certainly helped.
We meet a determined young woman who has pulled off a remarkable challenge. To pursue her dreams, she has transcended her circumstances and broken away from her background, without ever turning her back on it. She’s one to watch!