Rashi Arora Khosla
Founder & CEO
MARS Solutions Group
Location: Waukesha County, WI
Rashi Arora Khosla had a rising career in information technology, but she left that stable professional track to follow her dreams of entrepreneurship and finding a better work-life balance.
She started MARS Solutions Group as a side hustle, growing it organically into a thriving multimillion-dollar business in just four years. All the Martians — as the associates call themselves — enjoy a work-life harmony that matches the company culture.
MARS Solutions Group is an award-winning talent solutions company. “We run a flagship reskilling and upskilling initiative that produces tech talent through a nontraditional approach,” the company said. “We can bring over 80% diversity to our clients while meeting the unique business needs for talent in the tech space.”
“As long as we remain a people- and culture-first company, we will stay innovative, creative, ahead of market trends and most importantly relevant,” Khosla said.
Khosla follows three pillars of leadership that have led to her success. First, build a culture that’s intentional and aligns to your vision and mission, and then live it, she said. Next, stay unconventional and foster innovation. “Allow your people to iterate, fail, evolve and learn. This is the best long game,” she said. Thirdly, “never lose the sense of your ‘why’ and remember that your ‘why’ can evolve and change.”
During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Khosla launched a program called MARS Returnship as an on-ramp for women looking to restart their careers in technology following a gap in employment. The program provides on-the-job training, mentorship and a partnership approach to prepare women to successfully rejoin the workforce.
Khosla is a USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, was named a notable Minority Executive by Milwaukee Business Journal and won the Women of Influence award for Innovation in 2022. MARS has been named the supplier of the year by the National Minority Supplier Diversity Corporation.
Khosla is most proud of the culture that she implemented at MARS Solutions Group. MARS’ culture is built on trust, recognition, compassion and support, the company said.
“We call ourselves Martians, but this term stands for so much more than our place of employment. Every morning the team greets each other on our message boards, we support each other when we have personal wins and we celebrate birthdays and work anniversaries as well. All of these things combined equal out to creating a wonderful inclusive culture that makes work fun for everyone while also rewarding excellence. Rashi has always kept the best interest of her employees in mind when making decisions for the company, and because of this, MARS Solutions Group is a truly unique, wonderful place to work.”
Rashi is a hobbyist astrologer. "At one low point in my personal life, I started to get into astrology. I have since then learned a lot about planetary movements and try to apply the positive planetary alignments to all aspects of my life. That may sound superstitious, but I view this hobby more as a science and do not get into the forecasting aspects of horoscopes."