Abha Bowers is the Senior Vice President at Walk West. Today she talks about being on stage, how she got into marketing, what’s going on at Walk West, and her side hustle that has led her to increased focus and wellness in the workplace.
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Today, we’re excited because we have our very own Abha Bowers. She is our senior vice president and we are ready to jump into this conversation. If you know Abha, then you know, she’s a ball of energy. She’s great, she’s exciting, she always brings the, the, the party to the party. But if you don’t know her. Then this is your opportunity to get a chance to, to meet the ABA that we know and love at Walk West. Hey ABA.
Abha Bowers: No pressure. Hey everybody.
Mango: Abha, I’m going to start with this one. I usually start with an ice breaker question.
I think the obvious is your, your name. Abha and how you got it. We’re not going to go there though. I know you come with a drama background. I want to hear about one play, or one role that you played when you’re when you’re a kid, that you crushed it and you were like, this was the best thing I’ve ever done.
Abha Bowers: Ooh. All right, we’re going to go with the West Side Story and I got to play Francesca and it was very interesting because it threw me in the midst of a heightened awareness of things I, you don’t really think about in high school. So when you had the Jets in the Sharks and you had Tony and Maria, myself being Nepalese American, its kind me reflect, but I had a lot of passion put into fighting for love and what’s right. And that really motivated me to just sing my heart out. And I felt the most I’d ever felt when Tony actually died, and obviously he’s acting, and he’s a friend of mine in high school, we all actually shed tears. so we really learned to become the character and feel what others feel, and I think that’s when I understood empathy was a strength and something that I really love to, to feel and embrace.
Mango: That’s great. Did somebody get two flowers afterwards? I hope
Abha Bowers: Of course. Yes, I was Francesca and I worked it. I mean, I got into the, the (trills tongue) and you get all the, yeah, it was, it was a great experience.
Mango: Have you seen the remake yet?
Abha Bowers: I haven’t. I haven’t. I have high standards. You know what I mean?
Derek Ross: It’s hard, you know? Awesome. Well, you know, I’m interested to, you know, one of the things that we like to do is go back, you know, a, a view behind the LinkedIn profile, but really, you know, we all start as kids, right?
We have dreams, we have aspirations and, you know, wanting to know a little bit about young Abha, like what were some of the things that you loved to do? And you, you know, how do you see some of those, those same, you know, childlike aspirations or traits that you still, you know, use today?
Abha Bowers: Young Abha rocked the best bowl cut, cut with an actual bowl. I’d like to give a special shout out to my mom for that.
Mango: I, I feel like we need to use that as a photo for this episode.
Abha Bowers: I have, I have photo evidence. Yes, apparently I wanted to be my brother so much she’s like fine, I’ll give you a bowl cut, and I loved it. Young Abha, I loved meeting people. So if I was in the cafeteria and there was a new student at school, I had to run over and say, hello, where are you from? What do you like to do?
I loved a good competition. So I was always the one racing the boys in the playground, going across the monkey bars, loved singing and performing. And I loved math. Oddly enough, I feel like that’s a, probably a surprising zing right there.
Mango: That’s not a zing. I mean, I told this on a previous podcast, the reason I got into media of, because of my love of math, I was asked and my first as recruiter said, do you like math or not math? I was like, I love math. Like, okay, you’re going to be a media planner. I was like, all right, like that’s my career.
Abha Bowers: Right? Yeah, and I think the meeting of people and the love of people is what I’ve translated into my life and my current career.
Now I love meeting anybody. I love when mans like, meet this person and I’m like, okay, I don’t even have to know why I just, everyone has such a sting story and everyone has a why. So recently I was reflecting on, you meet different personalities and someone could be having an off day, but the story behind the why is really important and you just never know what it is that has made them who they are or what they’re having at that moment. And just kind of have some, some grace and, and empathy with it.
Mango: I think Abha just changed our slogan, our logo, our slogan to the story behind the why.
Derek Ross: Yeah. I, I think she did because it’s it, you know, when you track it back, like, I think sometimes we get caught up in life. You know, achieving goals and, and running after that, you know, that, that shiny object, so to speak that next title, that next promotion, you know, the car, the house that we forget a lot of the foundation of who we are was established when we were younger.
And sometimes when we slowed down and we asked these questions, why, you know, you, you, you trace it back and like, wow. You know, what was the first instance as a child where you started to recognize those skills coming to bear. And so I think it’s important for anyone at any stage to really pause and reflect and look back because you’ll be surprised at, you know, how some of those traits are still, you know, with you. And sometimes we just have to uncover and unbury them. Right.
Abha Bowers: It’s so interesting you say that. I found that my children actually help me truly understand that. So I have a four and almost seven-year-old, and my son is so wildly creative and unique and comes up with the wildest costumes. And I pause and I think, is this going to go over well at school?
You know, do I need to be worried about it? But then I, then I pause and I say, no, like be who you are. And I’ll constantly say to him at night, goodnight. I love you. I love you for who you and keep being you and don’t lose your creativity. And you know, today he took his sister’s bow, but he’s like, this looks like a bow tie and he just clipped it onto his shirt.
And he’s all dapper heading onto school with athletic pants and a button-down shirt with a, you know, a bow. But it’s true. We lose it somewhere along the line, you know, of, of adulthood, but finding our inner child, I think is really important.
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