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Pavitra Chalam | CurleyStreet Media

Pavitra Chalam was a national-champion roller skater and athlete for over a decade before embarking on her journey as a filmmaker. Pavitra represented India as a Peace Ambassador to Pakistan in 2003. As part of the Youth Initiative for Peace in Pakistan, she directed her first film ‘Bus’, a statement...
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Virali Modi | Enable Travel

Miss Wheelchair India runner up 2014, Quora’s Top Writer 2013-2017, Winner of Women’s Achievement Award 2017 by DCW, Wheelchair bound disability rights activist, motivational speaker, model, actress. Save Save

Kiahra Punjabi | Sankalp Academy

I’m a certified NLP Master Practitioner, Life strategist & a Post Graduate in Creative Teaching.I have also had the privilege of being listed among the Top 25 most influential women of India by CEO magazine. My husband Amit & I started Sankalp Academy in 2007 which is a leadership consulting...
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Aparnaa Nagesh | Madras Dance Arts / High Kicks

Aparna Nagesh is a versatile dance professional with over 18 years of training, teaching and performance experience. She has trained extensively in various dance styles such as Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, Latin & Street and now creates contemporary dance theatre work under her own unique movement vocabulary titled “Global Dance Fusion”....
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Sonal Singh | Squats

Sonal is Indian-born but grew up in Canada, and studied and worked in London. She has worked as a management consultant at Deloitte in London and is now a Director at SQUATS focusing on Corporate Wellness & Women’s Health. She is also a coach and mentor building confidence and communication...
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Sharda Vishwanathan | Tale Weavers

Sharda is a writer, researcher and a social entrepreneur with extensive experience in the development sector. She has worked extensively with nonprofit organisations and grant-making foundations and has been instrumental in designing community engagement programmes and initiatives in areas as diverse as governance, financial literacy, urban planning and human rights....
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Vandita Morarka | Safecity (Red Dot Foundation)

Vandita Morarka is a development policy consultant, legal researcher and gender rights facilitator. Her areas of interest are gender justice, legal reform and youth capacity building. She has worked extensively with organisations, philanthropists, government bodies and politicians towards building development based action plans. She has intensively trained over 500 young...
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Shivani Pethe | Wonderlab

From the childhood itself I always thought that I was in love with science and its marvelous discoveries but I never understood why almost majority of my friends disliked it? When I thought deeply over it, I realised that it was due to my parents who practically showed me every...
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Vanessa Pinto | Barclays

I am a big believer in striving to be the best version of myself and continuous improvement. Having come from a Chemical Engineering, Logistics and Management background, I’ve had the fortune to work with organizations who like to leave things better than they find them including EY, A.P. Moller Maersk...
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Divya Singh | DG Pixx

Divya Singh(Gupta) is a National award and multiple other awards winning fashion photographer. Photography is considered a male dominated field wherein she entered and made her mark. An MBA by education, Divya had worked as management professional before finding her love and passion for photography. Divya is a self learned...
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Tumpa Chatterjee | Infosys BPO

Never let go of your dreams, because dreams don’t lie. Quoting a line from the book I authored – Laughing Daffodils. If you can dream it, you can do it. And I believe in doing it all passionately. Be it changing rules in school as Head girl, or institutionalizing the...
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Surabhi Jain | Nutriwell

Dr Surabhi Jain is a celebrity nutritionist and health professional with more than a decade of progressive experience in the sector. Dr.Surabhi is a doctor by training who later, went on to pursue a Masters’ in Business Administration and post-graduation in nutrition from the esteemed Public Health Foundation of India.In...
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Ankita Shroff | SAV Chemicals, Shroff Group

Ankita Shroff holds her Bachelor’s in Computer Engineering from Maharashtra Institute of Technology and Masters in Management from Imperial Business School London. She pursued an internship with Rolls Royce in London and Germany on a consulting project, ‘how to prioritize manufacturing site investments in global companies? Greenfield vs Brownfield Projects’....
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Khyati Bhatt | Simply Body Talk

I post-graduated on the Dean’s list from S P Jain Centre of Management, Dubai. After working in the corporate world and mentoring in family business, I trained with worldclass nonverbal expert exFBI Joe Navarro for Mastery in Nonverbal Communication. I started Simply Body Talk in 2013. It was a rocky...
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Dhara Mehta | The Kids Company

Back in 2008, an M.B.A. working in a MNC, I was unaware that the sabbatical taken then to embrace motherhood will be my final goodbye to the corporate world! While I was raising my son I picked up a very important insight, ‘Play is the work of childhood and the...
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Aparna Vedapuri Singh | Women’s Web

Aparna Vedapuri Singh is the Founder and Chief Editor of Women’s Web – India’s leading website for women and the most authentic community for women in India to express themselves and connect with others. Aparna graduated in Journalism, English Literature and Psychology from Mount Carmel College, Bangalore and went on...
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Payal Mujumdar | Student

I am Payal Mujumdar, a Computer Engineer (June 2014) from Pune. I have worked as a System Engineer in Infosys for 1.5 yrs followed by job as a Physics lecturer for 1 yr & currently preparing for Civil Services exam. Since last 10.5 years, I am working as Founder-Director of...
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Keerthi Pandian | Artist

After my undergrad, I worked in my father’s company and started a Distribution company in Singapore. For five years, successfully the company has released over 100 feature films. I parallelly did not let go of my dream to be an actor. I trained in acting schools and other art forms...
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