Episode 7: Shalu Saluja
"Let it go."
Shalu Saluja, General Counsel, on overcoming perfectionism
and letting it go
Shalu Saluja is a mother, wife, and General Counsel for E2. Born in Delhi, India, she immigrated to the US with her parents who had dreams of educating their three daughters and becoming an immigrant success story. From a very early age, Shalu learned the importance of hard work by being a “doer” and a “go-getter”. A woman of many cultural experiences that started with a study abroad program in high school, Shalu has ventured beyond California through living in Italy and Chile. She is trilingual in Hindi, Italian and Spanish.
halu’s love of learning and her persistence with honing new skills without giving up is something that I admire about her. She knows her purpose and she lives it in each day.
Find out from the podcast how Shalu:
- Was led to a career in law through the influence of a family member.
- Maneuvered through the cultural melting pot in California with her language skills.
- Handled working in a law firm and the advice she’d offer to a working mother in this field.
- Uses her love of learning to optimize new skills, including refining her public speaking skills.
- Gives back to the community by making a positive impact through her work as board chair for her son’s school
- Sees assertiveness and aggressiveness as successful skills for women in the legal field.
- Overcame perfectionism by learning to make mistakes and being ok with it.
- Has a daily of mantra of “let it go” and how she internalized the quote of “no one ever died of no”.
- Uses evening rituals for daily reflection and gratitude.
- Defines her biggest fear of “being fearful”.
- Wants to be remembered for her legacy and the accomplishments she is most proud of.
Shalu is an inspiration for women who are looking for balance. She embodies the quote, "Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony." -- Mahatma Gandhi
As E2’s General Counsel since January 2013, Shalu Saluja manages the firm’s legal affairs and advises senior management on legal matters. From 2006 to 2012, Shalu was founder and CEO of Future Unlimited, Inc. a professional services company which provided engineering and management services to federal agencies. Shalu was also an associate at Thelen, LLP where she practiced commercial litigation. Shalu holds a BA from UC Berkeley and a JD from UC Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law.