Allstate Megastar: Shefali Kala

Shefali Kala.

Consultant, ASPL India

I hail from the very beautiful Dehradun valley in Uttrakhand, near the Himalayan foothills, often known as the 'Queen of Hills'.

I did my schooling and graduation from Mussoorie and I always wanted to pursue a career and life in a big city. I was very happy to be placed with Wipro Technologies after I graduated in Electronics and Communication Engineering in 2015. I was initially placed in Hyderabad where I received technical training for six months and after that, I was excited to land a project in Bangalore.

My journey in Allstate started in April 2018 as a UI developer. I started off with Advisor Pro, an initiative to build an application which is used by agents to generate a quote for the customers. Later, I took a lateral move to Data Analytics and Responsive Technology role. Our team has members from both the UI development and analytics field. We develop landing pages for all lines of business using UI technologies.

Without doubt, Allstate is the best place to work and I can say this for sure because when I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease, which required me to work from home for several weeks, the support that I received from everyone was overwhelming. My immediate manager, Sidharth Saran — Senior Lead Consultant at Bangalore and leaders — Sheela Nagaraj, Manager DART and Subhobroto Ghosh, Director Analytics not only understood my situation but also went out of the way to help me stay connected with the team. This helped me come back without a backlog that too as soon as my health had recovered.

Shefali Kala working with her teammates.

From day one, I have been an integral part of the process. I develop pages and help my team host them on our Content management Tool (CMS). This whole process highlights the expertise and excellent coordination skills of the CMS team in Bangalore and other key partners who work from our home office in the United States.

We often collaborate with onshore partners. Not only are the people supportive, they constantly encourage us and are always open to new ideas. I would like to call out to Kaitlin Kennedy, Senior Marketing Consultant in Charlotte and Andrew Wilder, Senior Manager in Charlotte for their great mentorship and support as their extended team. We've received immense appreciation and umpteen amount of motivation due to the smooth collaborations with such essential partners.

Shefali Kala standing with her teammates.

I think my work justifies our core values Honesty, Caring and Integrity along with Superior Performance and Engagement for our customers, key partners, communities, society in general and our individual selves.

With the ideal work-life balance at Allstate, I can now follow my passion for dance and choreography. After a good week's work, I enjoy playing board games with friends and family over the weekend. Also, I love arts and crafts and am always finding ways to add a DIY touch to my home. At work, I have participated in our carrom tournament and have also been a part of our Rangoli competitions and Best-Out-Of Waste competitions. Also, at a team level, we organized Toastmasters and I have been an integral part both as a speaker and as an evaluator. I am making progress and very happy to be at Allstate.