Roshni Marathe

Roshni Marathe | Marks & Spencer

Roshni Marathe public vote winner

I am Roshni associated with Marks and Spencer for last 5 years, I had achieved a lot during the course of time.

I joined in 2012 to support financially to my family, i am having 2 Sisters & apart from my father i was the only one who started earning. Initially it was challenging to adjust in new culture but later on I started loving my job. The whole thought that we (Sales Advisor or Fashion Consultant) are always part of making moments special by suggesting right outfit to customer for a specific occasion always worked as fuel. I not only enjoy my job but also feel proud of the fact that i am helping customers to go with a smile on the face with right outfit.

Now I am married & having a child, I feel more responsible than ever because I not only look after my joint family at home but also working as Team Leader & delivering maximum Business of Lingerie Pan India for Marks and Spencer.

Today I feel happy to groom new girls/freshers & share my experience with them. I had few achievements also in last 5 years like winning Employee of the Month 3 times, Value Champion 4 times, Spotlight Champion 2 times but still I consider Customers Feedback & Zero Attrition in my team for last 14 months as biggest achievement.

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Pavitra Chalam

Pavitra Chalam | CurleyStreet Media

Pavitra Chalam

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 of peace between both countries. Pavitra traveled across Europe in 2004 as an Ambassador for a U.N project on social change and used film as a medium to ignite the minds of young people in France, Spain, Germany, UK. In Ireland she was recognized as a front-runner for film and sustainability.

She followed up these experiences with a formal Masters degree in film-making at the New York Film Academy. Her thesis ‘Anamika – Her Glorious Past’ was selected for the sixth IAAC Film Festival, 2006 in New York, received critical acclaim at the Indian Film Festival, Los Angeles, 2007 and had a special screening in Washington at the World Bank.

Pavitra founded CurleyStreet Media (CSM) in 2012, an award-winning film production house focused on candid and emotional storytelling. Over the years Pavitra has chosen to tell stories about the under-represented, the uncomfortable, the awkward and the complex nature of being human.

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Virali Modi

Virali Modi | Enable Travel

Virali Modi

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.

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Shalu Varadkar

Shalu Varadkar | Mommies World For U & Me

Shalu Varadkar

Shalu RV, Founder of Mommies World For U & Me owns an parenting forum which is connected across globe with mothers. She comes from a business class family and have her own business of Event Management & HR, based out of Mumbai.

Shalu RV, is working for women empowerment and kids development and growth through her both channels. She is sole person to handle things on both platforms. Passionate into her business and loving mom to her 3 year old kid.

She has been acknowledged by number of articles/blogs and won an award recently by FirstCry.com as most engaging community for Mommies World For U & Me.

She not only channels her parenting forum beautifully but meet less fortunate kids to help them with community often.

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Sonal Singh

Sonal Singh | Squats

Sonal Singh

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 skills, particularly for women. Through her role as a Director at SQUATS, she continually emphasises the importance for women to prioritise their health and wellness above all else. She was selected to be part of the Indian Wonder Women network, a group committed to creating awareness and solutions to end violence against women.

Sonal won the title of Ms. Asia Universe 2016 in India. She then competed at the Mrs. Universe competition in China in August where she was awarded the title of Ms. Universe-Beautiful 2016. She has used her title as a platform to raise awareness about inequalities and violence affecting women in India.

She is the recipient of the REX karmaveer chakra global fellowship award (awarded previously to honourable president Dr. APJ Abdul kalam) for raising awareness on domestic violence in the community and workshops she conducted for low-income women in partnership w NGO Udayan Care.

She is a graduate from the London School of Economics, is fluent in French and has lived and worked in several countries. She published an article with the director of the UNDP in Brazil, worked with the ministry of health in London UK and lived in rural Gujarat improving women's access to healthcare with the Aga Khan Foundation.

An avid writer, Sonal uses her blog to write on wellness and highlight key issues facing women today within India.

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Elsa-Maria-D-Silva

Elsa Marie D'Silva | Red Dot Foundation (Safecity)

Elsa Maria D Silva

ElsaMarie D’Silva is the Founder & CEO of Red Dot Foundation (Safecity) which is a platform that crowdsources personal experiences of gender based violence and abuse in public spaces. Since Safecity started in Dec 2012, it has become the largest crowd map on the issue in India, Kenya, Cameroon and Nepal.

ElsaMarie is an alumni of the Stanford Draper Hills Summer School, the US State Department’s Fortune Program and the Commonwealth Leadership Program. She is also a fellow with Rotary Peace, Aspen New Voices, Vital Voices and a BMW Foundation Responsible Leader. She is listed as one of BBC Hindi’s 100 Women and has won Female Entrepreneur of the Year Award by Dusan Stojanovic (European Angel Investor of the Year 2013), Government of India Niti Aayog’s #WomenTransformingIndia award and The Digital Woman Award in Social Impact by SheThePeople. Recently she was awarded the Global Leadership Award by Vital Voices in the presence of Secretary Hillary Clinton.

Prior to Safecity, she was in the aviation industry for 20 years where she worked with Jet Airways and Kingfisher Airlines. Her last portfolio was Vice President Network Planning & Charters where she oversaw the planning and implementation of 500 daily flights.

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Vandita Morarka

Vandita Morarka | Safecity (Red Dot Foundation)

Vandita Morarka

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 persons in varied aspects of social leadership and has been instrumental in creating awareness of laws and violence amongst over 7000+ persons. She is currently engaged at Safecity as their Policy, Legal and United Nations Liaison Officer, India, where her policy led projects have been covered by Sweden TV and have been referred for action by the Railway Minister of India.

She also works at Strategic Advocacy for Human Rights and Red Elephant Foundation as a Legal Researcher towards expanding rights of women in South Asia and writes for various platforms on aspects of gender and mental health. She has won several awards for her commitment towards social service and is setting up her independent venture, One Future Foundation, which aims to create a better future by building up values of human compassion at the intersection of gender, mental health, legal reform and development policy through youth social leadership.

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Shivani Pethe

Shivani Pethe | Wonderlab

Shivani Pethe
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 experiment related to my textbook at home, which helped me immensely to understand the details of science. When the child is taken away from toys, he is detached from science. These words of Pratap Raychaudhari, an experimentalist from TIFR, were a great inspiration for me. When I started my graduation in physics at Fergusson college, Pune, I always thought how science can be made fun and interesting for children. When I entered Pune University for post graduation I came across Dr. Arvind Gupta's project "toys from trash". And that was the moment I thought about WONDERLAB. WONDERLAB workshops aim to fulfill the curiosity of all kinds of children be it "visual ordinary or kinesthetic ". According to current education system approximately 66% of students are benifited but the remaining students who are kinesthetic do not get hands on experience in science and so they dislike science. WONDERLAB is trying to make science fun and maintain the curiosity about science in children.

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Divya Singh

Divya Singh | DG Pixx

Divya Singh
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 professional photographer who learnt herself and then spread her leanings of photography to hundreds of students through workshops and online platforms. She is active in the field of photography for last 2 years and has worked with many famous advertising agencies/magazines. Though her forte is Fashion Photography, she has worked on several social, commercial projects in collaboration with “The Logical India”, “MyFm”, and few NGO’s along with her regular Fashion photography assignments.

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Tumpa Chatterjee

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 placement cell in undergrad, or starting The Literary Club in IMI, New Delhi or working with women, girl children in NGOs. It could also be learning to play the guitar, practicing yoga, travelling to new places or helping youngsters achieve their dreams. Or publishing a book.

Or be it trying new things at work – constantly challenging myself to achieve newer and greater heights. I have worked on several national and international projects that have been awarded both, within the company and outside. I partner with approximately 2000 employees as a People Leader, and my attempt is to augment the value proposition for each employee.

And I believe none of these things are ever possible without a superb support system – a loving family, an amazing team, a wonderful set of friends, and a demanding set of clients – who teach me something, every day.

I believe in a bigger and better world, and I know each of us has a role to play. I dream of a world in which I am in a position of power and responsibility, enabling careers and lives of many people, having authored many more books, the owner of a dog shelter…. and a lot more.

… Miles to go before I sleep.

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