Priyanka Chaturvedi is a distinguished Member of Parliament representing the Rajya Sabha. Currently serving as the Deputy Leader and National Spokesperson for the Shiv Sena, she holds key positions in parliamentary committees, reflecting her commitment to public service. Priyanka is an active participant in the Parliament Standing Committee on Commerce, the Select Committee on External Affairs, and the Parliament Committee on Women Empowerment. Her multifaceted role demonstrates her dedication to shaping legislative initiatives and advocating for significant issues. With a strong voice and a strategic leadership approach, Priyanka Chaturvedi is a dynamic force in Indian politics, contributing significantly to national discourse and governance.
Sudha Menon is an author, a columnist and a writing coach, and spent over 20 years as a journalist with leading newspapers. She is the author of three non-fiction books. A writing coach, Sudha is the founder of ‘Get Writing! , a writing workshop that helps people kick start their writing journey and ‘Writing In the Park’, an initiative that she started to get people to spend time in the outdoors, exploring their creativity while writing with her in public parks and gardens. Sudha is also a motivational speaker who has conducted numerous inspirational workshops and women’s leadership sessions for various corporates, educational institutions and NGO’s across the country. She was also a speaker at TEDxPune 2013 edition.
Chetna Gala Sinha is an Indian social entrepreneur working to empower women in areas of rural India by teaching entrepreneurial skills, access to land and means of production. She has served as a Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum in Davos (2018), Switzerland and as a Co-Chair of Financial Inclusion at the W20 Summit (2018) in Argentina. Chetna Gala Sinha has been awarded the Nari Shakti Puraskar, India’s highest civilian award for women who work in the area of women’s empowerment.
She is the founder and the current president of the Mann Deshi Mahila Bank, a micro-enterprise development bank. Mann Deshi's clients are women from low-income groups, averaging INR 40 (USD 1) per day. The Bank currently has seven branches, over 185,000 clients, and conducts 10,000 transactions on a daily basis.
Saachi Soni had already achieved extraordinary feats in the realm of mountaineering when she was only 23. Scaling peaks across continents, including the formidable Mount McKinley and Europe's highest, Mount Elbrus, making her the first Indian to conquer it, showcasing her exceptional resilience and adventurous spirit. Introduced to mountaineering, hiking, and skiing at the age of seven by her father, Saachi has become India's trailblazing woman selected for an Everest expedition by the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute. Her triumphant ascent of Mt. Everest in 2013 marked a historic milestone. Through her teenage years, she conquered challenging Himalayan peaks, demonstrating unwavering determination. Saachi's involvement in Adventure Mountaineering courses, interviews, and contributions as a Citizen Journalist for CNN IBN exemplifies her commitment to adventure and resilience. Invited as a panelist for Narendra Modi's Chai Pe Charcha on International Women’s Day, Saachi continues to inspire through her indomitable spirit.
With over 18 years of experience in Sales Analytics and Consulting as a Data Scientist, Hema finds joy in problem-solving, perhaps stemming from her initial aspirations of becoming a doctor or detective. She thrives on challenges and has a deep love for mentoring and coaching. At Schneider, she drives AI and Generative AI within the regions, liaising with business and understanding the current processes and bringing innovation and was handling all portfolios around Data : People Analytics, HR Applications, SAP BW BI and Analytics and Insights prior to this while leading a team of ~170+ experts. She is passionate about DE&I and is the chairperson of an initiative that focuses on driving diversity, equity and inclusion at the site
Geeta Phogat, an Indian wrestling trailblazer, shattered barriers in a male-dominated sport. Her journey, depicted in the film "Dangal," showcases her dedication and triumphs, becoming the first Indian woman wrestler at the Olympics. A recipient of Arjuna Award and Padma Shri, she's an inspiration to aspiring athletes. Geeta's relentless pursuit of excellence propelled her to gold at the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Wrestling Championships. With an unwavering spirit and pioneering achievements, she continues to empower women and foster change in the wrestling arena, leaving an indelible mark on India's sports landscape.
Bhuvana Subramanyan is a marketing professional with over 27 years of experience across Industries. She has held leadership positions at Randstad, IBM, Brandcomm, TNT, Aptech and Vijay TV. An expert in progressive concepts across marketing, sales, thought leadership, women leadership, Bhuvana has consistently delivered exceptional results and built strong brands and teams in various organizations. An award-winning marketer, she is a guest lecturer across premium universities and an avid speaker on topics across marketing & leadership. She has also the White page International Asia's 100 Power Leaders in Marketing & Communications 2021, 22 & 2023, CMO Asia awards, Best Podcast / Audio Series - Education, Social Samosa Superwomen, 2022 and many others. She is the host of ‘Marketing the untold story’, season 1 & 2, that recently won an award for best podcast in the education category. She is also writing a book on marketing inspired by the podcast.
Dr. Meeran is an Indian Police Service Officer (Maharashtra Cadre-1981 batch). She was the Director General, Bureau of Police Research and Development, Director General of National Crime Records Bureau, Chief of Maharashtra Prison Department, Commissioner of Police in Pune, Chief of Crime Branch Mumbai and also the Deputy Commissioner of Police Mumbai. She also worked in Economic Offences and Anti-corruption wings of CBI. The first woman District Police Chief in Maharashtra (Aurangabad-Satara districts), Dr. Borwankar received her Doctorate in Organizational Management from Pune University and is a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow from University of Minnesota USA. A Law graduate, she was an Independent External Monitor (IEM) for Indian Oil Corporation Ltd, Gas Authority of India and Air India. Currently she is IEM for the Union Bank of India (UBI) and National Aluminum Company Ltd. (NALCO). As an empowered woman, she is on a mission to motivate and empower women.
Dr. Charu is a leading women's rights lawyer, former Member National Commission for Women (NCW), and Executive, Supreme Court Bar Association. Nominated by National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) as Member Core Group on Women, she has been working on gender issues for over two decades. A Ph.D. in Law, Group Panel Counsel for the Union of India in the Supreme Court, she is also an eminent jurist serving on a number of public sector and college committees under the POSH Act. Charu started her career in the world of advertising and achieved success at an early age. Disturbed by the inequalities in society she founded the Social Action Forum for Manav Adhikar(SAFMA), an NGO with Special Consultative Status with the ECOSOC of the United Nations.
Ethel is an accomplished Lifestyle Journalist, Media Entrepreneur, Public Relations, Marketing, Brand Management, Content and Communications Expert with a diverse media career of over 30 years. She has received several accolades for her work and is the Founder-CEO of Think Geek Media, a renowned media company. She established Think Geek Media in 2003. Her extensive media background includes prominent roles such as Regional Editor Femina and Editor-Goa Plus at The Times of India Group, as well as Programming Head & Station Director at Radio Mirchi 98.3FM in Goa. As the Founder & CEO of Think Geek Media, she successfully manages media, PR, fashion, and lifestyle content and communications projects across India, the UAE, Bangkok, and more. She has also authored two books, "Eve's Revenge: Stories of Nemesis" in 2008 and "The Stiletto Foodie - A Blog Binge in Malaysia" in 2021, with a sequel in progress titled "Eve's Light: Stories of Passion."
Sutapa Banerjee boasts over three decades of professional expertise, notably spending 24 years in esteemed financial institutions like ANZ Grindlays, ABN AMRO, and Ambit. As a visionary leader, she pioneered and led successful ventures in Wealth Management, earning global recognition as one of the 'Top 20 Global Rising Stars of Wealth Management' by Institutional Investor Group. She further cemented her leadership as CEO of Ambit Private Wealth, clinching 'Best Private Bank in India' in the 2013 AsiaMoney polls. With an illustrious career, Sutapa now serves on the boards of diverse companies, including Zomato Limited and Godrej Properties, and contributes as a visiting faculty at prestigious institutions like IIM Ahmedabad and IICA. A gold medalist in Economics from XLRI and an advocate for gender parity, she continues to influence decision-making and corporate practices globally.
Sutapa Sanyal is an international speaker, writer and advisor on issues of diversity, gender and women in leadership. She is the former Director General of Police in Uttar Pradesh, where she was the highest-ranking woman I.P.S. officer. She has been awarded the President's Police Medal for Distinguished Services, Police Medal for Long and Meritorious Service, Hindustan Times International Women's Day Award, and the FICCI-FLO Outstanding Police Women Award. Her work for women and child empowerment has been highly appreciated by the Govt. of India, the Govt. of UK, INTERPOL and the US Department of State.
She has been awarded the Indian Express Devi Award, MSME/BRICS Women's Leadership Award, FICCI FLO Outstanding Police Woman Award, WEF Iconic Women Award & the HT International Women's Day Award. Ms. Sanyal is a former Member of the Advisory Committee of CARA (WCD Ministry) and works as an independent consultant to Kailash Satyarthi Children's Foundation
Barkha Dutt is an award-winning TV journalist, anchor, and columnist with more than two decades of reporting experience. She is India's only Emmy-nominated journalist who has won multiple national and international awards, including the Padmashri, which is India's fourth-highest civilian honour. Barkha Dutt has reported from some of the toughest spots and conflict zones in India and across the world including Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and Egypt. Her frontline reporting of the Kargil war first made her a household name.
This expert is a senior management professional with Ennoble IP, and Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Foundation (STEP UP 360). She is mentor, evangelist, wealth manager, advisor and guide to many tech-based start-ups and SMEs, and is actively involved in supporting women-based ventures. She provides specialized techno-legal and innovation consulting services to help inventors/start-ups/SMEs in building strong intellectual property for long term strategic benefits and competitive edge.
With over a decade of experience, Sakshi is deeply entrenched in the startup ecosystem. Her journey spans from the early stages before revenue to the post-funding phases, adding a wealth of knowledge to her profile.
Actively involved with Startup India and Niti Aayog, government initiatives in India, Sakshi serves as a mentor, guiding and nurturing entrepreneurs across the country.
She has also been a speaker at renowned institutes like IIT Bombay, NMIMS, and Delhi University, sharing her valuable insights.
Sakshi's impact is evident through her contribution to over 5,000 startups. She has helped these ventures build robust business models, employ effective technology, design successful marketing strategies, and expand their horizons.
Beyond her professional accomplishments, Sakshi is passionate about collaborating with startups and individuals aspiring to establish their businesses.
Feel free to connect with Sakshi for anything related to startups, entrepreneurship, and mentorship.
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