Prior to joining Purkay Labs, Aheli worked with the UN Security Council. She spends her free time chairing Bryn Mawr College’s Young Alumnae/i association and volunteering as a Team Leader for the IRS’s VITA program for low-income families. Aheli currently serves as a Marketing and WiMCO committee member for 7×24 Exchange International and on the Advisory Committee for the New England 7×24 Chapter.
Joining the Mission Critical Industry
Back in 2012, my father, Indra Purkayastha – came to me with an idea. He had created a cost-effective, data-driven monitoring solution for data centers and wanted my help forming the company. The only problem – I had no idea what a data center was! I traded my job coordinating UN humanitarian missions in North Africa for learning about bypass airflow and energy efficiency best practices.
I remember my first Mission Critical show – a 7×24 Exchange Fall conference out in Phoenix. I was worried that my lack of data center experience would stand out. Instead, I was warmly welcomed by a pool of experts and industry veterans eager to explain the nuances of the field. With every subsequent conference, I was able to develop a strong network of peers and mentors.
Five years later, my favorite part of the 7×24 Exchange is the tradition of sharing knowledge and mentorship. From the WiMCO Committee to the Mentoring Program, 7×24 takes an active role in recruiting and training individuals from diverse fields and backgrounds so they can enter into this fast-paced, ever-changing industry. I volunteer so that I can grow our 7×24 network, and ensure that we can continue to mentor qualified professionals to the highest possible standards.