Hi, I'm Sandhya
Founder of SELF at WORK
Design Enthusiast, Data Nerd, & Lifelong Learner
And, I believe that you can be wildly successful and fulfilled in your career by being…
exactly who you are.
But today’s workplace is full of messages like:
"You have to speak up more."
"You should stop caring what people think."
"You need to improve your leadership presence."
So, you hear that.
You learn that.
You become THAT.
Because that's who you think you need to be if you want to be successful.
And in the process, you lose connection with who you are and what you naturally bring to the table.
Growing up as the daughter of Indian immigrants in southern Indiana, I learned early in life how to adapt myself to fit in. I had a keen awareness of what was expected of me, and I always delivered on those expectations. I earned a scholarship to business school, joined a Fortune 50 company, and climbed the corporate ladder. The template for success was laid out for me, and I followed it brilliantly.
The thing is, I never asked myself the question “Is this what I actually want?”
...until almost a decade later.
After a few years of leading teams through two very challenging acquisitions, I found myself lacking connection - to myself, my work, my co-workers, and my leaders. I didn't know it then, but I was burned out. But it wasn't the typical, textbook story of overworking myself to the point of physical exhaustion. I was emotionally burned out.
Feeling empty, disengaged, and unmotivated, I quit my job.
And for the first time in my life, I had no plan.
Something you should know about me...
I have an insatiable curiosity and a hunger for growth.
After leaving my job, I embarked on a journey to recover, reconnect with myself, and get inspired again. I committed to only doing things that energized and excited me. I became an expert on myself, the things I love to do, and what truly motivates me. Driven by my own curiosity, I immersed myself in tools that helped me better understand myself.
These tools helped me ask myself the questions I had never slowed down to ask before.
Just for the fun of it, I began to host personal development workshops sharing one of the tools that had helped me the most in my own learning process - the Enneagram personality framework. I wanted to help other people learn more about themselves too.
And seeing people’s eyes light up as they had aha moments, discovering new things about themselves, and connecting so many dots in their lives, I had my own aha moment.
What I know now: the better we know ourselves and what truly motivates us, the easier it is to succeed in our careers without all of the struggle and sacrifice.
Knowing exactly who you are allows you to be fully engaged in the work you do - leveraging your innate talents, advocating for your needs and desires, and collaborating better with those around you.
This was why I started Self At Work.
I want to help you be yourself at work and be wildly successful at what you do - just by being who you are.
SANDHYA'S PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Sandhya Sudhakar is a certified coach, Enneagram practitioner, speaker, facilitator, and the founder of Self At Work. She takes a trauma-informed, inclusive approach to leadership development and team building, focused on showing up authentically and cultivating a sense of belonging in the workplace. Through Self At Work, Sandhya helps leaders build meaningful connections with themselves, their teams, and their work, so that they can achieve success in a more sustainable way.
Prior to starting Self At Work, Sandhya built a successful career in sales and marketing for 13 years at Procter & Gamble, where she earned awards for game-changing strategy and excellence in managing others. Following this time, Sandhya held multiple leadership roles where she guided teams through two acquisitions in less than three years. Her current work is inspired by the highs and lows of the employee experience during these massive changes and the profound impact her own leaders had on her during this time.
Sandhya grew up in the Midwest USA, the daughter of Indian immigrants. She started Self At Work after a sabbatical centered on self-exploration and redefining success on her own terms. She’s a lifelong learner, design enthusiast, curious traveler, and work-in-progress plant person. Sandhya earned a BS in Business from Indiana University Kelley School of Business, and a Masters Certificate in Learning & Organizational Change and Coaching Certificate from Northwestern University. She holds a Enneagram practitioner certification through The Narrative Enneagram and has studied Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindful Self-Compassion.
EDUCATION & CERTIFICATIONS:
BS Marketing & International Studies, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University
Certified Senior HR Professional - SHRM (Society of Human Resources Management)
Certified Enneagram Practitioner - The Narrative Enneagram
The Enneagram and Relationships - The Enneagram Institute
Mindful Self-Compassion - Center for Mindful Self Compassion
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction - Northwestern University
Trauma-Informed Coaching Practitioner
WHAT CLIENTS ARE SAYING
"The common language we established will allow us to be more honest and direct with each other in our communications. As a remote team, this is invaluable to our culture. "