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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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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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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Surabhi Jain

Surabhi Jain | Nutriwell

Surabhi Jain

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 the earlier part of her career, as a public health professional, she worked extensively in maternal, child health and nutrition. Her earlier public health stints with professional bodies, government and NGO’s like FHI, UNICEF , HLFPPT, GOI, MOHFW etc. became the drivers of her passion to finding organic and non-medicalized solutions to health issues.

She is the Founder of “NUTRIWELL INDIA”, one of the leading consultancies in Nutrition and Lifestyle Management. She has been the guiding force for team NUTRIWELL INDIA to provide context based, nutrition and dietary solutions for health problems.In partnership with corporates and NGOs, she has led numerous workshops and knowledge sharing sessions. Even to date, with innumerable success stories and testimonials to her account, she drives her passion to give indivualized, patient centric care.

For her invaluable contribution to the field of Nutrition, she was awarded the “EXCELLENCE IN HEALTH CARE” by the World Health Leadership Congress in 2016. She is also FEMINA , WWLC SUPER WOMEN ACHIEVER 17 in the health sector. For more on her, she has been a regular feature on the female show “SANGINI”, "Meri Saheli " ETV.

She is Nominated for Excellence in Health care by FICCI FLO ( Uttar Pradesh Chapter). She is chosen among the few women Entrepreneur in WE CAN Program by Cherrie Blair foundation and US Embassy with DRITI. She is awarded for Excellence in Health care by CWF.She is awarded for excellence in health care by Hindustan Times.

www.nutriwellindia.com

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Dhara Mehta

Dhara Mehta | The Kids Company

Dhara Mehta

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 highest form of education’

On observing mommies & children around I realised that while play was a part of a child's routine it was often used by caregivers as a form of relaxation or break from learning. However as a mother I realised that PLAY was the best educational tool an adult could have!

This thought ignited a spark in me - to create a service which could bridge this gap of play & learning. It sounded vague to many but I believed in my dream.

I took up a formal course & worked in a daycare cum activity centre. The formal course & practical experience both reinforced my belief & in 2013 'The Kids Company’ was born.

Today I am a hands on mommy, a qualified E.C.C. Ed & a passionate entrepreneur.

Starting off with just 2 kids, I have reached out to hundreds of kids not only from the vicinity but a lot of NRI kids too.

Being featured in the leading dailes of Mumbai & bagging some Kids & Mothers choice awards with loads of positive parent testimones surely reassures my belief, ‘follow your passion and you will never fail!’

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Aparna Vedapuri Singh

Aparna Vedapuri Singh | Women's Web

Aparna Vedapuri Singh

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 to do a post-graduate diploma in Communications (PGDC) from the prestigious Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad (MICA). Since 2000, she has worked in Marketing & Business Development at global organizations such as AC Nielsen, Symrise, and Frost & Sullivan.

In 2010, Aparna decided to return to her first interest: the business of words, and started Women’s Web, perceiving a need in the Indian market, for an authentic market that served all of women’s interests, beyond classically ‘feminine’ subjects alone.

Since then, she has grown Women’s Web to become an integral part of Indian women’s daily reading, and a community that now boasts of close to 600 high quality, vetted contributors.
Women's Web has a unique vision: To be the best resource for Indian women looking to empower themselves, by offering useful and interesting resources of direct relevance to their own lives, both online and in the ‘real world’. To augment this vision Women's Web also hosts events, meets, workshops and chats to empower women in different walks for life.

Women’s Web’s work in this space and vision has been acknowledged by both mainstream and new media with coverage in publications such as The Hindu, YourStory, Indian Express, etc.

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Shweta Sarfare

Shweta Sarfare | Foundation for Mother and Child Health India

Shweta Sarfare

I’m Shweta Sarfare, 29 years old, married to Vilas and have a beautiful 6 year old daughter.

My family wanted to discontinue my education after 10th standard due to family financial crisis and strong gender discrimination and wanted me to get married at early as 15 years.

I was determined and didn’t lose hope, just than I found my guardian angel in my aunt who supported me financially to pursue 12th std and then Nursing course. After competition of Nursing course from Sumeet Academy in 2005, I wanted to pursue graduation in Nursing but again due to family objection I took up nursing job to save money for college fees.

But at 22, my parents got me married against my will because of cultural pressure of being eldest daughter and fear of most nurses remaining single throughout their life. I continued working in hospital but was passionate to work in NGO and that’s when social worker friend shared her experience of working in NGO and offered job opportunity.

Without thinking much, I grabbed the opportunity and joined Foundation for Mother and Child Health NGO in 2013 as Nurse. Initially it was challenging to work in community, juggling with family responsibilities and travelling for 4 hours to reach work but determination and will to impact lives of underprivileged community made it easy.Today, at FMCH I’m not just a Nurse but also actively involved in community mobilizations, project implementations, influencing young nursing students and other NGO activities.

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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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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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Zahiwa-Huzoor

Zahiwa Huzoor | Marks & Spencer

Zahiwa Huzoor
I belongs to middle class family. My mother is heading the family i am living in joint family and i am the only source of earning. Due to this along with my graduation and being fresher i got an opportunity to work with a MNC on the basis of my knowledge and expertise which was the result of my hard working by my self. I am very self motivated girl, punctual, responsible and very strong to absorb the things. also rewarded employee of the month 1 time and 4 value cards to achieve the goals. Also appraised by management team as well as by customers also. At present my name is prominent among all for my working style.

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