Neeta Boga - Annalect

Close-Up: Neeta Boga, Analytics Lead

Inspired by Women’s History Month — this spotlight series celebrates the diversity which drives our success, fosters strong values, and uplifts every individual to become the collective heart of Annalect culture. Join us in recognizing the talent, inspiration, and valuable insights contributing to our vibrant and inclusive community.

What do you like to do when you’re not at work?

I’m probably humoring my six-year old daughter, or kicking back with a good book and hot cup of tea.

What is your proudest professional achievement? 

My proudest professional achievement is spearheading the creation of the Annalect Mentorship Program. Mentorship holds a special place in my heart, because cumulative wisdom and guidance have profoundly impacted my professional and personal development. We all benefit from guidance, someone to bounce ideas off of, and advice from those who’ve walked the path prior. Establishing this program, then seeing Annalectuals advance from it, has been incredibly fulfilling.

In celebrating Women’s History Month, who or what is your biggest inspiration?

My godmother and my mom are my greatest inspirations. Their influence shaped me and my siblings, instilling the belief that true strength lies within. They taught us the delicate art of balancing kindness and openness with the courage to stand up for ourselves. Each day, my appreciation for these lessons grows.

Also, Indra Nooyi’s perspective on the myth that “women can have it all” resonated deeply with me — especially during my transition back to work, after maternity leave. Her views on the inevitable sacrifices and trade-offs challenged my perspective and grounded my thinking, emphasizing the importance of finding ways to manage and adapt.

What message do you have for women who may be early in their career and looking to grow into positions of leadership in their schools, workplaces and communities?

I will share something I constantly emphasize to my daughter: the power of practice. The more you can practice raising your hand … practice speaking up … the more comfortable it becomes. Embrace the belief that your perspective is valuable. When in doubt, default to believing you are capable. Prepare rigorously, express your questions and thoughts boldly. Embrace the butterflies in your stomach as signs of growth and challenge. They are not just jitters; they are your allies in personal development. In the words of A.A. Milne,

“You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”