#WomenInTech at Lowe’s India

December 20, 2016 in Meet our people

Lowe’s India began operations in 2014 and currently houses 2000 of some of the best and brightest tech minds of India. We now have over 33% women associates working as developers, data scientists, program managers, etc. helping develop and deliver cutting edge technologies and customer insights to help scale Lowe’s businesses and become a force to reckon with in the home improvement retail space. 

Besides work, some of these ladies are active in strengthening the developer’s community at Lowe’s, mentoring and coaching our new associates, conducting workshop, participating in hackathons and ideathons, and even supporting our communities. 

On International Women’s Day 2019, we interviewed some of our women associates as they share their experiences of working at Lowe’s and their love for technology. 

Neela Iyengar

Neela Iyengar
Director – Data Management
Lowe’s India

What really excites you about technology? Why did you pursue it?

It’s about the enablement that technology can bring in that made me pursue it. The life of humans in the last few years has changed due to technology (think the internet, iPod, smartphones, machine learning, cloud, IOT, etc.) and it has really made the world a ‘Global Village’.

What is it that you do at Lowe’s? Describe your work.

I head the data management and big data teams at Lowe’s India. My teams help Lowe’s associates and analytics teams acquire the data – all kinds of structured, unstructured, text, data from a third party,  etc. that they need, clean it, allow them access to the data while knowing full well they can trust it.

• What excites you most about the work you do? And why?

It’s the impact that the work I do can bring. I can see that different teams in Lowe’s including our leaders are able to derive insights from the data and make decisions that help the company.

Your advice to other women who wish to build a career in tech

Technology is an absolutely rewarding career in all ways – intellectually, or monetarily. You can even use technology for social good.


Raji Nair

Raji Nair
Manager – Customer Insights
Lowe’s India

• What really excites you about technology? Why did you pursue it?

The most exciting aspect of technology is that it’s a leveller. Technology is important, aims at simplifying things, and is growing very fast. It is objective which helps organizations measure how they are utilizing it, benchmarking it and, enhancing it to achieve their goals.

• What is it that you do at Lowe’s? Describe your work

I lead the Customer Insights and Macroeconomic Trends team in DACI, short for Data Analytics, and Customer Insights. The main objective of my team is to provide an external lens to Lowe’s – through our own customers’ feedback and macroeconomic condition. The Customer Insights team works on various analytics supporting customer surveys. The Macroeconomic team works on understanding the Home Improvement Industry within the realms of macroeconomic factors like employment, housing, etc.

• What excites you most about the work you do? And why?

The work that we do involves a lot of data, which is challenging and interesting. We have the feedback straight from the horse’s mouth (our customers) on anything and everything that Lowe’s is doing – online, store, delivery, installed sales, etc. We can also complete the picture from an analyst perspective where s/he knows about the industry growth (macroeconomics), customer pulse (surveys), and connect them with our internal data. Connecting the dots between these different touchpoints and helping Lowe’s grow to be the No. 1 Home Improvement retailer is the biggest motivator.

• Your advice to other women who wish to build a career in tech 

Whichever field you are in terms of your professional career, it’s a great place to be in.

Tech is not very different from any other career. So, my advice to other women will be: Do your best, keep on learning, and hang in there as your presence will motivate other women to join in.


Sowmya B. 

Sowmya B
IT Project Manager
Lowe’s India

• What really excites you about technology? Why did you pursue it?

Technology knows no limit or bounds. The most attractive aspect of technology is problem-solving. I am often asked why I chose this subject and the answer is simple – technology has never failed to amaze me and fortunately, I have been in the right generation to be able to keep up and observe the impact that it has on the world. The potential of where we could be in terms of technology in the current era fascinates me, and it’s exciting to know that being involved in technology allows me to take my career in any direction. 

• What is it that you do at Lowe’s? Describe your work

I work as an IT – Project Manager, helping teams deliver solutions that benefit the business and adds to the organizational growth. Apart from project management, I also contribute to the ATO (Agile Transformation Office) which provides me a platform to interact closely with the associates in building their transformation journey along with the ATO Leads and designated Coaches. 

• What excites you most about the work you do? And why?

As a project manager, I work on different domains where I get to leverage my expertise and meet people with different background. I am also part of EPD (Enterprise Program Delivery) and both EPD and ATO complement each other. This provides me with an ocean of opportunities to learn and grow. 

• Your advice to other women who wish to build a career in tech

Be disruptive and Innovate: Take time to rediscover ‘who you are and what you want to be tomorrow’. Continuously improve yourself by learning from mentors, coaches, peers and family members. Most importantly, connect with as many people as possible to expand your core network.

Be passionate and dedicated: Recognize and build on the opportunities that come your way. Remember your technical skill sets are different from others and you are not competing with anyone but for yourself.


Sree Koneru

Sree Koneru
Technical Architect
Lowe’s India

• What really excites you about technology? Why did you pursue it?

Technology is something that I have been passionate about for as long as I can remember, so it wasn’t a difficult decision to study IT at VTU University. For me, the most attractive aspect of technology is problem-solving. Problem-solving is a challenge I have always loved – from completing puzzles at home to doing programming in various technologies and now with cloud computing in the HR area and exploring the latest technology trends like Artificial intelligence, Robotic process automation, Machine Learning – the list is endless.  

• What is it that you do at Lowe’s? Describe your work

I joined Lowe’s around six months back and am now involved in one of the biggest implementations of Lowe’s around HR transformations. Post joining Lowes, my focus was into filling the knowledge gaps within the team as we move to a different tool. We also support reporting to the business in payroll and security aspects. Lastly, I am also involved in design reviews of the software integrations.

• What excites you most about the work you do? And why?

I feel a great sense of accomplishment when I am facing a deadline, I have one shot to get it right and what I deliver turns out to be good. I enjoy the freedom and a degree of control within my job. My superiors and higher-ups trust me with quality work and results. I work hard to build and strengthen that trust, and this really keeps me going. I love that my job enables me to enjoy and pursue other passions in life. 

• Your advice to other women who wish to build a career in tech        

Do it, and love it, if you’re passionate about it. Keep your mind open and learn something new every day. Be kind, rational and objective. Try and be the best version of yourself. I would give the same advice to everyone regardless of their gender.