There’s a reason Ajshia Najafian is one of the first faces new hires see when they start at Ripple. Warmth and helpfulness are essential in her role, but Ajshia goes one step further by showing herself as her most authentic self every day and creating a space for others to do the same.
“Authenticity is everything. Here you can be the real you, ask questions and learn from incredibly intelligent and passionate people. ”
During her three years at Ripple, Ajshia developed instrumental learning and development initiatives as a program manager for the department. She continues to refine employee programs that invest in in-house training and professional development and just recently partnered with the engineering team to start a bootcamp for new hires to bring them up to date in engaging ways.
“I quickly discovered my passion for creating experiences for employees to discover new skills that will really help them on their career path.”
It is no surprise that Ajshia came from a long line of educators. Like any good teacher, she is interested in meeting others where they are and in accompanying and promoting their development – a quality that she incorporates into her work as co-head of the LatinX Employee Resource Group (ERG).
“When I grew up half Mexican and half Iranian, I always struggled with my identity in some way and didn’t really feel that I was enough in one way or another,” says Ajshia. But by examining her multiculturalism over the years, she has learned to embrace her legacy and support others in the LatinX community who may have had similar experiences.
Ripple’s LatinX ERG has made it a priority to expand career opportunities for members and allies as a crucial first step in breaking down barriers to entry. As diversity and inclusion initiatives become more prominent in technology company values, discussions about accessibility, transparency and accountability have become more common.
Because of this, Ajshia advocates seeing more LatinX women in leadership positions, finding diversity in attitude, and having tough conversations about how to make lasting progress. She wants others to share their own success or battle stories to provide guidance and tools to LatinX professionals. Only through the experiences and perspectives of our diverse community can we make Ripple an even stronger company.
“[Ripple’s] Culture means enjoying what lies ahead while developing truly innovative products in partnership with incredible people … knowing that we are creating experiences that will help real people and remembering that we are trying to make something to build that is so much bigger than us is a really strong motivation. ”
And Ajshia is building something big at both Ripple and the LatinX community.
If you are interested in joining her, visit our careers page.