Avantika Wankhede

Avantika Wankhede | Santra Legal

Avantika Wankhede

Avantika is a practicing member of the Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa. Avantika has consistently been recognized by clients and peers for representing clients with zeal, compassion, integrity and timeliness.

Having been actively involved in real estate sales and acquisitions for almost 12 years, Avantika has consistently been recognized for her accomplishments. She expanded into the practice of law to provide clients seeking representation in acquisitions and dispositions, real estate finance and workouts, equity investment, leasing and asset management, construction and development.

In addition to her association with Santra Legal Avantika serves as both general and special counsel to non-profits, advising them on corporate, tax and transaction matters. Avantika is a serving director of Transforming Lives Foundation an Anti-Trafficking Organization that has rescued over 600 women and children from Slavery. In addition to her community and civic involvement, Avantika is invested in family, raising her son.

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Mamta Khemani

Mamta Khemani | Ernst & Young

Mamta Khemani

“Don't be afraid to start new or stand alone. It's always a brand-new opportunity to build what you truly want” is that what I believe.

I am Chartered Accountant and Company Secretary by profession and working with Ernst &Young since 2010.

Working in EY is itself challenging especially for a married girl with conservative background, as my job involves late working hours and excessive outstations.

My situation became tougher, as my new-born became my topmost priority. But if you believe in yourself and have zeal to achieve you can achieve anything. After extended maternity leave, I have re-joined my professional career with greater responsibilities at office as well as home.

The word “Balance” plays a very vital role in my life I went slow in professional life when my baby needed me most. I believe one should not give up at any moment, if the situation is tough, we can manage our speed and can move slow till the time things become again favourable. I have created an example in our society that one should not give as if it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it, it’s hard that makes it great.

My hobby is to play with my child.

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Sushmita Belde

Sushmita Belde | Mita's Thread Bangles

Sushmita Belde

Sushmita is a Financial Consultant and also an Event Planner (Owner of Drishti Events) n also into handmade jewellery Mita's Thread Bangles.

Life has put her through many trying moments but nothing has ever deterred her from achieving her goals. An amazing and inspirational mom, Sushmita is endowed with talents; Painting, handicrafts (knitted and embroidered) and Saree designing are some areas that she excels in.

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Bhawna Chawla

Bhawna Chawla | BlackRock

Bhawna Chawla

Bhawna Chawla is an HR professional with over 12 years’ work experience. She is associated with BlackRock for the last 5 years, and is currently responsible for driving the talent, diversity and engagement agenda in India. This includes managing talent practices such as Performance Management, Talent Reviews, Promotions; delivering learning initiatives including management and top talent development; and driving employee engagement. She also leads key Inclusion and Diversity initiatives in the Asia Pacific region for fostering an inclusive culture and supporting development of women talent through targeted sponsorship programs.

Prior to BlackRock, Bhawna worked at EXL Service, across a variety of roles in learning and talent development. She spearheaded various strategic initiatives such as a co-branded top talent program with a premier B-School, established leadership and domain academies, to name a few.

Bhawna has completed her Bachelors & Masters in English Literature. She has also completed the SCP Certification by SHRM (Senior Certified Professional by Society for Human Resource Development), in addition to being certified in psychometric instruments. Bhawna is currently pursuing Executive Management Education from Cornell University, New York.

In her personal time, she enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with her family.

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Chhavi Chhibber | BlackRock

Chhavi Chhibber

I am an ordinary person, trying to live an extraordinary dream! Come from a stereotypical "middle class" upbringing but did not let that come in the way of my aspirations. Did well in academics, dabbled a bit with music in school and college days, went on to work in the consulting space for close to 12 years now. I do not shy away from taking calculated risks (e.g. Joining a pilot project in my Bain days or my current assignment in Singapore). I thrive on building authentic relationships both in my personal and professional life. I'm grateful to my mentors and coaches for helping me achieve my professional goals. In turn I've tried to give back to my team members so I can see them learn and grow. I believe life is a journey that should be full of learning, there'll be obstacles along the way; it's not about how hard you fall but it's about how well you rise.

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Manjula Devaiah

Manjula Devaiah | John Deere

Manjula Devaiah

Born and bought up in agricultural community in from Coorg District - Karnataka. Completed Law graduation and PG in Management . Having 10 yrs of experience in corporate in varies levels and now working for John Deere in Pune.

Responsible to execute CGBC Ambition Path in India –by Developing, Implementing, Sustaining, Monitoring and Managing compliance processes for all business units in India.

My job responsibility is to protect the company risk and reputations. Care area of responsibility is Support to Sustain the How, Build Compliance Culture, Non Compliance Management, Compliance Program Assessment, and ensure focus on compliances and adherence to all aspects of Deere's policies, practices and Code of Business Conduct.

Believe in INTIGRITY MATTERS MOST FOR ME. BELIEVE AND ENCOURAGE IN DOING RIGHT AT ALL TIME. I CAN SEE ONLY RIGHTS NOT THE DESIGNATIONS NOR RELATIONSHIPS. IF ANYONE ASK ME TO CHOOSE RIGHT OR RELATIONSHIP I CHOOSE RIGHT ONLY.

All are born unique and every one of us face life facts so believe if you have the persistence and dedication to reach 0ut your career aspirations one can achieve and lead. We can see ultimate success in life. And as a women we can take the family, parents and child responsibility, can easily manage work life balance.

Nothing is impossible for a willing mind. And nothing stress us out while we walk towards the right direction ethically.

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Pooja Doshi

Pooja Doshi | Miraya Arts

Pooja Doshi

I am born and brought up in Chandigarh and my schooling and graduation also happened in the same city. I am a commerce graduate and post that did a course in designing from NIFT, Delhi. I like travelling, music and pursuing creative activities.Being from a business class family, I feel entrepreneurship comes naturally to me. Fortunately, I married into a supporting family where I got encouragement to pursue my venture, Miraya Arts.

Being trained in Gift packaging and related skills and my love for creativity inspired me to start my business.

My business caters to designer Trousseau and gift packaging products and services.Adding to this we have exclusive collection of giveaways for weddings, engagement ceremony,festivals ,jubilee celebrations and other Occasions including Customised gifts.We cater to market Pan India and have clients overseas as well.

Customer satisfaction and optimum pricing of goods are my priorities and I try to make my best efforts to ensure the same.

I have a vision to take my work to a higher level but at the same time want to achieve the same by striking a balance between personal and professional life.

Also, I am looking forward to get involved in social initiatives as possible.

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Sangeeta Gawli

Sangeeta Gawali | Marks & Spencer

Sangeeta Gawli

People call me fighter (Sangeeta Manohar Gawali). I lost my father at very early age when I was 5 yrs old. I had to start earning when I was just 14 yrs old because i had to feed my family.

I didn't lose hope and continued studying. I completed HSC and joined M&S. Working with retail learnt about fashion and wanted to make my carrier in Visual Merchandising but I didn't had any professional qualification in that.

Facing all those challenges and learning in and out about VM I proved at all the point that i can do it, and finally I did it.

I have to go long way ahead and i am working everyday on my plan. I believe in myself and my dedication and passion is helping to achieve my goals. Everything can be dreamt of eventually will be built, i have strong commitment and belief in this proverbs.

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Akansha-Goyal

Akansha Goyal | Barclays

Akansha Goyal

Hi. I am Akansha Goyal. I graduated in 2016 with a B.E. degree in Computer Engineering from College of Engineering, Pune. I have been working at Barclays Technology Centre India as a graduate analyst since then. I had interned with BTCI in 2015, after which they offered me a full time role.

While pursuing my Bachelors degree, I had co-founded my own bespoke shoe company - The Joota in 2016 where I was also playing the role of the COO. I was also a board member at Youth for Youth, Pune - a NGO started by college students in 2014. I was also an active participant at Inara (NGO, Dubai). I have published a research paper in IEEE Conference at Anna University, Chennai in 2016.

Prior to Pune, I lived in Dubai (UAE) where I have completed my senior secondary education. I was among the top 5% of the batch in HSC in 2012. I was House Captain in 2012 and Vice House Captain 2011 in school.

I have always organized and led various events right from school till my corporate life. I also have an interest in playing sports. I was a part of the first football team at BTCI in 2016. I was a part of the basketball team at COEP from 2012-2014. I was a part of the basketball team and girls cricket team where we won the Sharjah Cricket Council Tournament in 2011.

I am also an avid reader and a travel junkie. My hobbies also include art and crafts and dancing.

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Smitha Hemmigae

Smitha Hemmigae | ThoughtWorks

Smitha Hemmigae

Highly motivated, visionary, and performance driven marketing executive with over 13 years of success in developing highly successful and award winning marketing programs for the technology services industry. I have consistently succeeded in conducting domestic and international market research and developing comprehensive strategies to position services, IPs, and marketing to achieve targeted sales growth, while maintaining corporate and brand integrity. I have been recognized for utilizing innovative approaches and smart business decisions to achieve market positioning and sales targets.

Currently, I am the Head of Marketing at ThoughtWorks India.

Prior to Joining ThoughtWorks, I used to be Sr. Director, Marketing at CSS Corp. In this role, I used to head influencer relations (analyst and public relation), content and digital marketing.

Prior to joining CSS Corp, I was senior marketing manager at Unisys Corporation. In this role, I used to drive strategic marketing programs for all large and strategic deals over $70 million globally. I used to run the account based marketing initiatives for Top 5 IT Infrastructure Services accounts in Europe.

Prior to joining Unisys, I used to head marketing for Insurance, Healthcare and Life Sciences vertical at Infosys. Prior to Infosys, I used to be the Global Marketing Manager for all Outsourcing Services at Logica (now part of CGI).

As a seasoned marketing professional, I have experience of working across various industries. I bring relevant marketing experience in the Public Sector, Insurance, Healthcare and Life Sciences industries.

In Jan 2016, I co-founded a platform called Your Philanthropy Story (YPS), to cover dynamic and innovative stories of philanthropy through interviews of common people and corporate.
I am very active with a few colleges in Bangalore offering services as an industry expert for all management courses. I am on the Board of Studies at Mount Carmel College, Bangalore for the BBA program

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