Session: Leading with Curiosity
As a kid, I used to go on road trips with my dad. They were usually 4-5 hours car rides passing through many small towns and countryside in India. I got to see interesting things during the trips; there were always activities happening on the sides of the road (even highways) and in the towns.
I was always inquisitive and used to ask many questions.
Even as adults, our key to success is to stay curious, challenge the status quo, learn, and create opportunities. Success is not a destination; it is a journey where you continue to move forward to achieve the next thing and realize the next dream. Sometimes we get impatient during our journey, but the key is staying focused, being creative and open-minded.
- Curiosity allows you to see every problem keenly and not just follow the norm.
- You look at different dimensions of the problem, allowing you to devise a unique solution and multiple options to solve the problem (both technical and in a leadership context).
- Always ask a good question, don’t just go with your assumptions. Good questions lead to meaningful information and good answers. It is unlikely that you may ask the right question immediately, but after a few tries, you will get there.
- Sometimes you like technology or feature so much that you are closed-minded about considering the alternatives. It also applies to career choices; my experience has been that we can see so many options and possibilities once we open our minds. That allows
Kaitki Agarwal is the co-founder, President, and CTO at A5G Networks. A5G Networks is an emerging leader in converged 4G, 5G, and Wi-Fi autonomous core system for secure edge and distributed Networks.
Before A5G Networks, Kaitki co-founded Parallel Wireless in 2012. Kaitki was the Chief Product Officer at Parallel Wireless and led product and operations. She led the disruption of the traditional RAN market with the open RAN movement. She established global operations in the US, India, UK, and Israel and grew the team to 600+.
Before founding Parallel Wireless, Kaitki was at Starent Networks/Cisco where she led the multimedia team and architecture for various packet gateways, VoLTE products, led customer engagements with several customer wins.
She created a culture of innovation and has 50+ patents pending and granted. Kaitki has a strong track record of innovation and leading disruptions in the end-to-end telecom networks for RAN, Voice, and packet core.
Kaitki holds MBA from Babson College, Product Strategy from Kellogg, and a BS in computer science from IIT Roorkee.
As women in technology leader, Kaitki is driving several initiatives for women via forbeswomen and women in tech forums. She recently got nominated by the government of India and the British high commissioner for SheIs – 75 women in STEAM, a book that will showcase women role models for youth, make visible the leadership of women, and generate interest in the SDGs.