Anjali “Ann” Ramakumaran: Recognizing the Need for a Strong Support System

Having been brought up in India before moving to the United States for higher education, Anjali “Ann” Ramakumaran knows what it takes to climb the ladder of success bit by bit. Founder and CEO of Ampcus, which has been nominated among the 50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies for eight consecutive years, Ramakumaran has been involved in designing, creating, and delivering leading-edge technology solutions and human capital management all over the world. In her Q&A with WBENC, she stresses the importance of role models and mentorship, citing her own example. Ramakumaran names her parents as pillars of support and role models who did not set any limits on what she could achieve. She credits them, her first boss Gitanjali, and her husband for enabling her to reach for her goals. Being the mother of two daughters, Ramakumaran knows well the challenges before the next generation.

Thus, her advice to aspiring women entrepreneurs is not surprising. “It is important to stay focused, remain patient, and be persistent. You need to remain confident about your vision, even in the face of adversity, as your passion will lead to success. Also, be prepared to work hard and surround yourself with like-minded people who support your vision. Finally, always believe in yourself, your people and your business. By investing back into your people, processes and infrastructure, you will continue to lay the groundwork for success.” One of few women and minority-owned companies, Ampcus has been expanding at a rate of 40 percent, with employee retention at a whopping 94 percent. Besides providing internship opportunities, Ampcus is involved with mentoring and guiding young girls in science, tech, engineering, art, and math Astra Women’s Business Alliance S.T.E.A.M initiative.