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HERstory: Nadya Khoja, Head of Marketing, Venngage

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Hi ladies!  This week's #marketHER is Nadya Khoja, Head of Marketing, Venngage. Her interview is ch
 
March 27 · Issue #10 · View online
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Hi ladies! 
This week’s #marketHER is Nadya Khoja, Head of Marketing, Venngage. Her interview is chock-full of great advice, like how to secure buy-in for your ideas. Take 5 minutes to get to know HERstory. You won’t regret it. 😉
Oh, and stay tuned next week! Samantha Anderl, former Head of Marketing, Campaign Monitor will share tips for breaking into leadership, securing buy-in for your ideas, and more. 💪 
Cheers,
Jes Kirkwood
marketHER.org 
P.S. Last week, we asked you to nominate women of color. This week, we’re looking for women and non-binary folks who belong to the LGBTQ community 🏳️‍🌈. If you know a director-level or above tech marketer who fits that description, please shoot me an email at hello@jeskirkwood.com. Thanks so much for your help! 🙌

Nadya Khoja is the Head of Marketing at Venngage and has written for and been featured in publications such as Forbes, The Next Web, Huffington Post, Entrepreneur, Mashable, Wired, and CBC News. When not at Venngage, she spends much of her free time drinking and contemplating her existence. In an effort to transform her unhealthy hobby into a productive project, she decided to start Drunk Entrepreneurs, a web-series where she drunkenly shares marketing advice with whoever is depressed enough to watch. 
Follow Nadya on TwitterLinkedIn, and Instagram.

How did you break into leadership?
“During my undergrad, I directed our program’s final production, which really gave me an opportunity to work collaboratively with a lot of strong personalities. After completing my master’s degree, I started at Venngage as a marketer and eventually shifted into the Head of Marketing position. Management took a while to fully grasp and understand—the biggest struggle was taking a step back from the day to day and actually having to focus on strategy and delegate to other people on the team. My main takeaway was (and still is) that you need to be able to trust others on your team, and understand that mistakes happen, but that’s okay because it’s how people learn and grow.”

How do you secure buy-in for your ideas?
“What I’ve learned is, if someone doesn’t believe in you or want to buy into your idea, do it anyway on your own with a personal project and prove that it works. Then just present the results, and it will seem like an obvious route to pursue.”

If you could do it again, what would you do differently?
“Nothing. I learn from every experience—good and bad.”

What's been the highlight of your career thus far?
“Being able to work with a team of enthusiastic and kind people who are all working towards creating and marketing a better product.”

Nadya's parting gift
“It’s not always what you know that’s important when first entering a new industry. It’s a willingness and ability to learn more, no matter what.”

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