Ambitious Women Spotlight Series – Meet Sapna Kapur

As Senior Vice President of NextRoll’s Finance team, Sapna Kapur works with leaders across every part of the organization, from the business units to real estate to PD&E. It not only offers her a bird’s eye view of the operations and health of the business, but also gives her an opportunity to engage and work closely with the executive teams and help drive alignment across the company. We recently caught up with Sapna to learn about what drives her career, and how she makes time for the important things in her life.

What are your career aspirations?

I love the amazing team I have within NextRoll and the various partner teams across the many functions at NextRoll. Over time, I would like to continue to invest in the growth and development of my teams, as well as continue my own journey of growth by focusing on various aspects of leadership development. My career aspirations are to be regarded as a valued leader within the organization, and to be viewed as a strong leader broadly in my area of expertise within my community of peers. For NextRoll, I hope to establish the processes, metrics, and structures that allow it to continue to grow at the amazing pace that we are starting to see, for it to be a preferred employer within its sector, and for the organization to provide great growth and career opportunities to all on the back of it’s own growth trajectory.

What does ambition mean to you?

To me, being ambitious means setting goals that are aggressive and that push me out of my comfort zone, and keep me motivated to improve, to stretch, and to be challenged. I equate ambition with growth. At this point in my career, ambition has now morphed from the pure monetary rewards of career growth to recognition, and increasingly a desire to keep becoming a better version of myself that I envision and aspire for in my future. So, I am increasingly my own driver of ambition. In my personal life, it has meant that I have driven myself to set ever more challenging goals around how I want to use my time, engage with the world around me, and be present for my family. It has meant being determined to save space, time, and energy for my own personal interests, friendships, and causes.  

What words do you live by?

Recently, I heard a passage by Marianne Williamson that is often attributed to Nelson Mandela. I think it’s so inspiring:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

What’s your superpower?

Given that I am a busy executive and a mom to two amazing young ladies (16 & 8.5 years old) and two kittens, there are lots of areas that I want to continue to grow and develop in – dancing being one of them and cooking another. I think my superpower is to be able to context switch efficiently during my day and week. This is not multitasking, which does not work as well for me, though I try. I have clear times of the day that I’ve dedicated to my various interests, and I try to move from one to the other pretty seamlessly and aspire to do so more effortlessly. This creates a rich life for me, and allows me to bring my whole self to whatever activity I am engaged in at that point in time and sustains me. Examples of this are my morning walk that I hold sacred, which doubles as my time to catch up with a friend or family member, as well as my weekly dance class, my thirty minutes of reading at the end of day, etc. I have a dedicated Google calendar for all this, and it’s my best friend!

How do you want to leave the working world for women in 20 years?

I hope that it is an arena that women excel in, lead in, and never have to question whether they belong in. One where they never have to make heartbreaking trade-offs to sustain their careers, and one where they cherish the feeling of being empowered and energized by the growth they find in the working world, and in the work communities they become part of.

Feeling ambitious? Learn how we empower women here at NextRoll and help them thrive in their careers.