Wednesday, March 7, 2012

International Women's Day Celebration Series...Part-3

Women Achievers
The celebration of a special day, and no mention of the special achievers, is a bit unjustified. While the list of women achievers all over the world is endless (infact, there might be a lot of them who we are not even aware of), we decided to feature those from India who are truly known either for their brilliant achievement as an entrepreneur , and those who are truly doing something out of the box!

Ameera Shah
CEO & MD, Metropolis Healthcare Limited, Pan India
Ameera Shah has dedicated herself to provide better medical facilities and diagnostic services in India as a way to make a difference and contribute to her home country. She is a respected entrepreneur in the healthcare world. Her leadership efforts in diagnostics have drawn recognition both for Indian Industry and Metropolis. Shah, who has recently been appointed as Co-chairman for FICCI Healthcare Committee, is lobbying with the Government for laying down standards for setting up diagnostic labs. Shah has been elected the Secretary of the IAPL (Indian Association of Pathology Laboratories). Also, Ms. Shah was voted by Modern Medicare as The Young entrepreneur of the Year in India. At the second CMO ASIA for Excellence in Branding and Marketing, held at Singapore on 2011, Shah has been conferred with ‘Young Achiever Award’. At another event, Entrepreneur India & Bloomberg UTV which recognises entrepreneurial talent bestowed Shah with ‘Young Entrepreneur of India’ Award 2011 in 2011 in Delhi.


Sonia Mohindra
Director of Under One Roof Hotel Consultants Pvt Ltd.
She is the head of a consultancy firm that carries out creation of both hotels and restaurant projects across the globe with projects in 39cities of India; Middle East, South East Asia and USA. Under One Roof is a joint venture.. Some of UOR’s successful projects in NCR include Shalom, TC, Underdoggs, Manre, Route04, Baci, Tabula Rasa, Chalchitra, The Second Sin, KINK – The Fun Pub, Tapas World, Odyssey among others. Sonia is also amongst the biggest champions of responsible drinking. Her company is the consultant for Holiday Inn in Gurnee (Chicago, USA) and Crowne Plaza in Phoenix (Arizona, USA), along with Emaar Group’s Hospitality ventures in Souk-Al-Bahar, Dubai.

Shilpi Kapoor
Managing Director of BarrierBreak Technologies
She started her journey way back in 1995 teaching computers to visually impaired students at her residence and has made remarkable contributions for the disabled community in India. At BarrierBreak, Ms. Kapoor has is giving employment opportunities to the disabled rather than offering them sympathy. More than 75% of the employees at BarrierBreak Technologies, her own firm, are people with disabilities. Her work fetched her Shell Helen Keller 2008 award on the eve of World Disability Day. She received the award for the Role Model category (non-disabled role model supporter of increased employment opportunities for disabled people.)

Monica Tata
General Manager, Entertainment Networks, South Asia for Turner International India
Based in Mumbai, she is responsible for steering and overseeing all network initiatives across Turner’s dynamic entertainment brand portfolio in South Asia. As head of the entertainment networks, Monica oversees various business units, drives initiatives to support revenue growth and enhance the company’s entertainment offerings in India. Her wide-ranging mandate includes development, supervision and providing strategic direction to Turner’s diverse kids and English entertainment business including, Cartoon Network, POGO, WB and HBO. As part of the India leadership team, Monica oversees and provides strategic guidance to key functions at Turner General Entertainment Networks India Private Limited (TGENIPL) which owns Imagine TV.
Prior to this, Monica was Vice President, Advertising Sales and Networks, India & South Asia for Turner International India where she was successful in driving sales revenue growth with advertisers on a national and international level. She has been awarded by various magazines for her achievements.



Deepa Kumar
Director Yashram Lifestyle

She never intended to become an entrepreneur but challenges faced by womanhood posed an interesting proposition. Kumar started working on an idea which successfully took Yashram Lifestyle from being a one person company to a 40member team.  Deepa Kumar is a telecommunications engineer by qualification.What’s important to know is what this brand all about.They are catering to the basic needs of any women all over the world which is so practical. Yashram Lifestyle’s innovative products include Hygiene panties or Stay-Dry panties that prevent the risk of infections like UTI. Some of their other products are Perfumed underwear, Slimming underwear, Anti-radiation belt for pregnant women and Leak Proof nursing tops to name a few. Deepa Kumar’s products are meant for every woman: However, the biggest challenge lies in getting to dispel the taboo attached to women hygiene problems in society.


Capt. Indraani Singh

Founder, CEO & Managing Trustee of Literacy India.

She might be a pilot by profession, but she is dedicatedly associated with “Literacy India” – a Non-profit organization. It is working with the objective of empowering underprivileged children and women by making them self-sufficient. Capt. Indraani Singh started her career in 1987 with Indian Airlines, flying the Boeing 737.  In 1989, Capt. Singh went to Toulouse, France, to train for flying the Airbus-320 and became the first ever woman in Asia to fly the A 320. Again in 1995, she was the world’s first woman commander on the wide bodied AIRBUS -300. As a first officer in Kolkata she saw nuns at work in the slums without flinching about the dirt and filth of their surroundings. This experience moved her deeply and she made a firm resolve to do something for her country. Indraani draws tremendous inspiration from Swami Vivekananda preaching. She became a part of the Literacy India Trust in 1996 and till date is a strong pillar working for the underprivileged sector of our society.

.....I know when it comes to a career women and her achievements, the list is unending!!


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