Resilient Achievers

Dr Lakshmipradha: Epitome of Confidence, Energy, Enthusiasm and Optimism

“Challenge” is a term that does not indicate hurdle; instead, it’s a power to stand against and fight. So never run away from situations. Face them with an unambiguous and positive approach. There is no discrimination at any level; we as humans can achieve anything as long as we don’t mix negative emotions with targets.”

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Dr Lakshmipradha Receiving HerRising Award

When Suba Lakshminarasimhan, Founder, SLN Brand Studio, asked Dr. Lakshmipradha about ‘one advice’ she would like to share with the Women Aspirants, this was her answer.

Heightened confidence shown in her smile, ‘I can do’ attitude shown in her behaviour, walk and talk, it was an ‘instant impressive’ moment for Suba when she met Dr Lakshmipradha during Jobsforher’s HerRising event. Both are HerRising award winners, met during the ‘Expert Corner’ session as Mentors.

They connected offline, this interview is an extract from the conversation they have had later. As a person of Short Stature, the struggles Dr Lakshmipradha faced were countless. But, the most crucial aspect each one of us needs to know is how she overcame and succeeded in all the things she took up.

Dr Lakshmipradha started a career journey as a Dental Surgeon, later she embraced technology and started working as a Business Analyst, Healthcare domain consultant and Delivery Manager in various IT organizations and MNCs.

Dr Lakshmipradha has also been giving motivational and keynote speeches on various occasions.

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Suba: It is an absolute pleasure knowing you, Dr Lakshmipradha. I would like to highlight the specific struggles you had faced in life. I am using the word ‘highlight’ here because I am sure your journey will inspire many to come out of the shell and do the things they deserve to do.

Lakshmipradha: Thank you, Suba, for your positive words, you can call me Pradha or Lakshmi. (With a sweet smile, she continued).

True, each one of us has stories and different battles to share with this world Suba.

I had numerous challenges to face, mainly, lack of acceptance due to my short stature. Right from my school days, it would take fellow students and teachers a long time to accept me as ‘one among them.’ Later in college, people used to wonder whether I would be able to acquire skills like any other student and my ability in doing the procedures. When I shifted my career to IT field, it continued as the employers worrying about the customer accepting me.

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It was extremely challenging for me to make people believe that I can do things normally like anybody else. I pushed myself multiple steps and, not only proved that I can do but also achieved various accolades too.

Perceptions, Suba…..We are wired to see, assume and judge others based on our thoughts, beliefs which infact create a lot of challenges for ‘us’ as well as ‘others.’

Yes, I have proven people who doubted my ability in ‘travelling alone,’ ‘living independently,’ ‘cooking & managing home alone.’ I can, and I am performing day to day activities like anyone else living in this mother earth.

Her smile was heart touching.

Suba: That’s impressive Pradha. I have seen people not even realizing that they were hurting others due to ignorance. Sensitizing people towards discrimination. Even though things are changing ‘on paper’ I am sure the reality is still far away. How did you manage when people discriminate you or anyone else for any reasons?

Lakshmipradha: I understand people Suba. I have always been vocal when I witness any discrimination against me or anyone else. Instead of showing frustration, I used ‘patience’ and ‘calmness’ as a tool to educate and create awareness on how a simple ‘word’ or ‘deed’ can hurt someone very deeply. You know what, I have gained a lot of positivity and life-long friends due to my attitude.

Suba: Awesome attitude. God bless you, Pradha. How could keep up the patience and show ‘love’ towards those who hurt you?

Lakshmipradha: I must mention my family here Suba. My mom, especially….She had been a greater inspiration all throughout my life. We lost her this March. She inculcated ‘never give up’ attitude and ‘determination’ in me to pursue what I wanted. She always lifted me up and gave me confidence to look forward whenever I failed and fell down. My father seeded his positive attitude and supported me to pursue my dreams. My sibling always protected and encouraged me in all my endeavour. 

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With my friendly approach and happy attitude, I could gain hearts of many which includes my friends, teachers, colleagues and managers.

Suba: Tell me more about your Mom, Pradha.

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Lakshmipradha’s Mom’s Painting

Lakshmipradha: My mom is a beautiful soul, our guiding angel. She had greater passion for arts. I am working on creating a platform through which I can showcase her artwork to the world. Also, on her memory, I am exploring options where I can help the struggling artists sell their artworks. I have a facebook page & a group dedicated to her artwork. 

 

Suba: Oh, that’s wonderful to know. Tell me about what you are doing currently and your aspirations.

Lakshmipradha: I am a life-long learner first before putting any ‘adjectives’ along. Basically, I am a soft-spoken, compassionate person who always look forward to helping and supporting others. Intending to enhance the lives around, I am working along with the professionals and providing career guidance and mentoring. When I joined IT industry, I realized the importance of unlearning and re-learning. Such mind-mapping and habit forming helped me change my dialect, attitude and gained more confidence communicating with the teams & client and collaborate with the cross functions to achieve project goal.

I took a break from full time job to finish off the book that I was writing Suba, ‘Delicate Darlings’ – it is a collection of stories on the upbringing of children based on my and others experiences. The book will be published very soon. Now, I am fully geared up to utilize my capabilities as an ‘IT Consultant’ in the industry, started floating my resume and attending interviews. Hoping to get into the right role & organization that helps me to establish my expertise and capabilities further ahead. 

About the Interview‘Words of Wisdom’ Interview with Dr Lakshmipradha is an initiative for ‘Women Contentment Program,’ a Mentoring program for women.

Ms. Suba Lakshminarasimhan, Founder director, SLN Brand Studio conducted the interview. Women Contentment Program (WCP) focuses on elevating the lives of Women by helping them create a new career, get back to the career after a break, develop Emotional & Social intelligence and build a Personal Brand.

About the Company: SLN Brand Studio offers Consulting, Mentoring, CXO Resume Writing and Corporate Softskill Training Solutions. Aiming at building the personal brand for Individuals, Entrepreneurs, and Businesses, SLN Brand Studio has developed numerous customized solutions.

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Continuous Growth – Janani Uppiliappan, the enthusiastic educator shares her secret with SLN Brand Studio

Janani Uppiliappan is a passionate educator, founder of Sai Vruksha Academy. Started with 10 students in 2014 to teach creative writing, Janani is now running numerous batches training phonics, creative writing, and grammar and enhancing the lives of numerous students. She has been teaching Phonics, Hand-writing, Creative Writing that enrich the vocabulary, writing and speaking the English language skill among students.

“Beyond core skills, the parents are happy seeing the improved self-confidence, discipline and habit forming in children.” Janani mentions proudly. 

Storytelling being her core strength, the students adore their ‘favourite mam’ and rush to attend her classes. Janani is thriving to take the fear, stress and anxiety associated with learning English through her fun and creative methodologies.

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Janani Uppiliappan, Sai Vruksha Academy

Happy children……happier parents……the most delighted teacher.

“Continuous learning is the reason I continue to grow in what I do and deliver the best,” Janani says with a smile.

Suba Lakshminarasimhan, the founder of SLN Brand Studio, spoke to Janani Uppiliappan and shares the key learning from the journey of Sai Vruksha.

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Suba: Janani, What are all the educational credentials you have related to your current job?

Janani: As the Founder of Sai Vruksha Academy, I am currently educating children of 4 to 13 yrs age group on Phonics, Creative Writing, Hand writing. Basically the children are equipped with speaking and writing in English very well like a champion. I am a certified trainer on Phonology from the American Tesol Institute. I also had accomplished Jolly Phonics, and Jolly grammar certification and ISO certified handwriting and speed writing coach.

A recent addition is a Certification on Story Telling by Eric Miller, the Director World Story Telling Institute.

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Sai Vruksha Academy

Suba: How do you choose the courses & institutes in this Journey to study further?

Janani: (with a proud smile) Born in the family of teachers & headmasters, I had identified a flair towards teaching since my childhood. Becoming a teacher when I decided to re-start my career was a conscious decision that I took. To comply with the modern day requirements and my passion for teaching the kids the essential skills, I started with the Phonology certification course from The American Tesol Institute.

As I continue to identify various needs in children, I equipped myself with further education. Beyond a mere certification, I am always keen on learning from the right places and experts, I chose the institutes very carefully.

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Story Telling Training – Eric Miller

I want all my students to get the best from the global educational systems and methodologies, I happily invest on my continuous education.

Notably, the recent addition in my repository is the certification on ‘Story Telling’ by Eric Miller. Attending the workshop itself was a lifetime experience. Beyond the core skills, I learnt hugely from the Master himself.

I spend quality time researching for the right training & educational institutions to deliver the best for my students.

Suba: Janani, Tell me about the investments you have made on personal growth strategies

Janani continued with a keen interest.

Janani: Yes, I have invested huge in terms of time, effort and money. Managing the classes, family and studying, time was in fact predominantly a demanding element for me. The best part here is the strategies I developed to manage career and family. I am sure you would agree with me, without investment in personal development, it would be very tough to grow in any career, right?

Suba agreed with a nod and continued with the subsequent question.

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Story telling by Janani in Chennai

Suba: How frequently you plan to do courses for continuously growing?

Janani: I am in touch with my industry, user base through the process of continuous learning. I have developed my continuous learning process into two categories. One is day to day learning which is happening on the job. I learn huge every time I come with the new set of worksheets, new fun formula to teach my kids. The second category is learning from the masters, industry experts by attending workshops or training programs, which varies based on the skill I want to build.

Suba: Specific guidance you want to give our viewers related to ‘growth and continuous learning.’

Janani: “Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow” – Anthony J. D.Anglo

Teachers play a huge role in developing the society and responsible community. English language and communication skill make a great difference in the way professionals grow. It is important to focus on improving the language skill in children from the early years  – Suba Lakshminarasimhan, Founder Director, SLN Brand Studio

About the Interview‘Words of Wisdom’ Interview with Ms. Janani Uppiliappan is an initiative for ‘Women Contentment Program,’ a Mentoring program for women.

Ms. Suba Lakshminarasimhan, Founder director, SLN Brand Studio conducted the interview. Women Contentment Program (WCP) focuses on elevating the lives of Women by helping them create a new career, get back to the career after a break, develop Emotional & Social intelligence and build a Personal Brand.

About the Company: SLN Brand Studio offers Consulting, Mentoring, CXO Resume Writing and Corporate Softskill Training Solutions. Aiming at building the personal brand for Individuals, Entrepreneurs, and Businesses, SLN Brand Studio has developed numerous customized solutions.

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Chaitali Chauhan, ChefD: The Brain Behind a Recipe Kit that Makes Cooking Easier and Creates Healthier Community

“There are two places always crowded, and one place, kind of compliment the other’s business. Any guesses Suba? Let me give you a clue, there is ‘pun’ intended,” smilingly asked Chaitali.

This conversation occurred when I met her a year back to discuss brand strategy and content architecture for the new product company she launched.

We laughed out loud when I kept guessing and giving some random answers. Very few business-meetings become very close to my heart, that day was one among those few.

“Hospitals and Eateries Suba. I often wonder the connection between the crowd in the Fast Food Joints, Restaurants and Road Side Vendors with the increasing crowd in the Hospitals.”

Indeed thought – provoking. I personally believe that I become what I eat. The food has an impact on the way the hormones act and so the reaction in the physical, emotional and mental health.

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Chaitali Chauhan, ChefD

Chaitali continued, “I munched on the reasons why do we eat out. If you think hard, many times we get bored to cook variety as it involves buying the ingredients. Either we may not find the right ingredient to make the dish or buying in bulk where ¾ go waste after we cook the new dish once or twice.

Eating out is an easy solution, right? I continued to munch on and wanted to find ways where one cooks whatever he/she wants without worrying about spending too much. This solution should be definitely healthy, cost-effective and easy to cook too.”

My curiosity doubled at that moment.

Before we move on, few words about Ms. Chaitali Chauhan, Co-Founder, ChefD. Chaitali, mom of two handsome boys, is an Engineer with solid Industry experience, took a break from her career when she had her first kid. Being a creative person, born in Gujarati family, as the tradition encourages, Chaitali has done various artworks in clothes. Using such skills, she founded ‘Silk n Fusion’ focusing on upcycling, designer clothing arena; she re-started her career journey when her first son was around a year old.

Due to various reasons and when she had her second boy, she had to close the business. However, the learnings were huge during the tenure.

The thought about food and diseases kept ringing in her mind and led to a beautiful entity. I listened as she continued after a deep thought for few seconds.

“Such thoughts kept lingering my mind, I came across an experience when I was in a local grocery store. There was a young girl, looked like a college girl, talking over the phone asking about various ingredients. She looked as if she had never done any cooking. I volunteered to help her gather the list of things she wanted. While interacting with her, I realized the situation these millennials are in.

Many men and women in this digital world do not even know certain ingredients like hing, turmeric exist. They do not know how to identify and differentiate various lentils, oils, and other ingredients.  I must say that I was stunned.

I was equally stunned when I heard Chaitali’s experience. Food is an integral part of any culture to exist and survive, especially Indian way of cooking is considered healthy worldwide.

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Recipe Kit, ChefD.in

“That is when the idea about ChefD came into existence. ChefD solves a basic problem – that an average working family faces today – having access to a healthy and delicious meal.

You check the menu on our website. Choose the one you wanted, check out by adding the numbers and complete payment process, you will receive the recipe kit within the allotted hours.

Say, you order Bisi Bele Bath’ kit from our menu, you will receive the ingredients including the fresh vegetables neatly numbered, packed along with the easy to follow recipe card. You just have to follow the instructions in the card and cook,

Viola! Home cooked, healthy meal is ready. You need not have any formal training in cooking. We make you a Chef.” Proudly said Chaitali.

ChefD has become a familiar name among young working professionals and budding Entrapreneurs.

I met Chaitali again last week in order to gather more information to share with my beloved readers.

“Congratulations Chaitali, I am happy to see ChefD benefiting many out there. Can you please brief about the few challenges you faced initially? How did you overcome such challenges?” I asked.

“Sure Suba. With ChefD, I wanted to do everything right from the beginning. I had experience handling various issues during ‘Silk n Fusion’ days.

That’s the reason I joined hand with Mr. Uday Rathod who has tremendous experience in managing multiple businesses. Right from product design to Quality, whatever concerns and queries I had, I sought help from the right people. I learnt to define the concerns and seek the right help from right professionals.

I appointed an Auditor who helps with Finances, Uday for Strategic decisions, you for content architecture, of course, my husband Kirthi who is my ‘go to’ person for all concerns and guidance. I decided to take one step at a time, but do it right at the first time.”

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Chaitali Chauhan, ChefD @ Awfis

I was impressed with the way she has been building the company confidently, steadily and strategically by investing in professional support and seeking help in the right way from the family.

“That is indeed brilliant strategy Chaitali. It has been one year, right? Is there any specific challenge you came across in recent times? If so, how did you resolve it?”

“Oh, yes Suba. Even though I have managed Accounts, Finances during my corporate and earlier Entrepreneurial journey, there were hiccups I faced with the introduction of GST and all.  ChefD being a product company, handling the cash flow was very challenging, especially since our entity is a bootstrap.

And, as I was taking a keen interest in managing the finances of the company, I realized that in today’s times, it is also very important to manage personal finances well; the right structure and methodical planning is key here.

And, this quest led me to join the APC channel of Kotak Group of Companies and I completed the 6-day course at Kotak Life Insurance Company. I am now a licensed Financial Services Consultant for Life and Health Insurances, studying towards getting licenses and being able to handle other financial products. And now, not only

I am able to manage my Finances well; I also guide people in managing their finances and investments. Every day is a learning but I am highly confident about my positioning now.”

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Recipe Kit, ChefD Menu

What is one thing that you would like to tell women on a career break or those who want to start something new?

“It is never too late to start something that you love. Keep an eye on your goal that you want to reach. Remember, only your actions can make things happen. And, as I read somewhere……If you find a job you love, you never have to work a day in your life.”

Profound Indeed! I wished Chaitali and ChefD the very best! I also spend quality hours looking at different recipes, the numbering of the ingredients, clear instruction, and most importantly, ChefD takes good care of the packing.  I am sure, ChefD will make the world best chefs at each household and develop a healthier Community!

 

Seeking help strategically is an art. Do your homework well, Invest right to get professional guidance, ask right questions to gain family support. Win over this World” – Suba Lakshminarasimhan, Founder, SLN Brand Studio.

About the Interview‘Words of Wisdom’ Interview with Ms. Chaitali Chauhan is an initiative for ‘Women Contentment Program,’ a Mentoring program for women.

Ms. Suba Lakshminarasimhan, Founder, SLN Brand Studio conducted the interview. Women Contentment Program (WCP) focuses on elevating the lives of Women by helping them create a new career, get back to the career after a break, develop Emotional & Social intelligence and build a Personal Brand.

About the Company: SLN Brand Studio offers Consulting, Mentoring, CXO Resume Writing and Training Solutions. Aiming at building the personal brand for Individuals, Entrepreneurs, and Businesses, SLN Brand Studio has developed numerous customized solutions.

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Vijayalakshmi Prakaash, Hobby Clusters: The Passionpreneur Changing the Lives of Classical Art Aspirants

“Entrepreneurship has been there in my thoughts since my childhood. However, life took me on a different route. After completing MBA in HRM, I got wonderful opportunities to work as the HR professional in the leading MNCs like ‘Accenture.’

Yet, the feeling of ‘missing something’ always lingering in my mind, one beautiful day, I took the plunge. I chose to do something which is very close to my heart. Yes, as a passionate Bharatanatyam dancer, I decided to start my journey in the field of the classical art form. The first thing that I did was quitting my day job.”

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Suba Lakshminarasimhan, SLN Brand Studio Interviewing Vijayalakshmi, Hobby Clusters

The words from Vijayalakshmi with such calmness and measured tone amazed me. The interaction with her began when I joined ‘Kathak’ in Hobby Clusters; all fresher learners. Within 3 months, our team of enthusiastic dancers got an opportunity to perform on stage as a part of Hobby Cluster’s annual program two months back. That is when I met Vijayalakshmi for the first time. I was infact stunned to see her carrying a small baby in hand. Yes, a new mom organizing such a grand event collaborating with numerous teachers and students, I was genuinely impressed.

We met another day again at my place for this interview.

“Tell me more about your Journey Vijayalakshmi,” I prepared myself to learn more.

“Everything started with Dance Suba. My mother & my first guru, Smt. Thangam Srinivasan is the great inspiration in my life. She is a singer and a dancer who got an opportunity to learn from the esteemed Guru Paramparas; She learnt music from Smt. Neela Ramamurthy, the daughter of Papanasam Sivan and dance from the descendants of Vazhuvuraar.

Later, I learned the intricacies and sharpened my dancing skill from the renowned Guru Shri. Narayanan. I am one blessed person to have had my Arangetram at the famous Nataraja Swamy Temple in Chidambaram when I was 14 years old.”

She paused and went into deep thought; I felt as if I was standing in Chidambaram temple watching her performance.

I never stopped learning; beyond winning or losing the competitions, I focused on in-depth learning, assiduous practicing, and completed graduation in Bharatanatyam as well. When I wanted to take up an Entrepreneur journey, my gurus only flashed in my thoughts. Whatever I am today is because of each one of them, their timely guidance and passion.

It is imperative that the ambitious students get the right guru for accomplishing their aspirations. Moreover, I have always cherished moments working with kids. With a vision to connect the students with the right teachers, founded Hobby Clusters in 2012.”

“Fascinating journey indeed Vijayalakshmi. That must be one brave decision to leave the full-time job, right?” I asked.

“Yes Suba, it definitely was a hard decision. Financial independence is significant to me. When you start to do something, it may take a while before you see any money in return. However, I was very confident about my passion, ability and, as I told you earlier, I have always been thirsty about continuous learning.

The most important aspect in Entrepreneurship is ‘the investment.’ I had two investment choices; one is to invest money, build an entity by hiring people to support me. The second option is to dedicate and invest ‘time,’ learn and do things without any hesitation. I chose the second path.”

I let her pause for few seconds without interfering her thoughts. Listening without filling the silence moments is one skill I acquired in recent times as I interact more nowadays.

Vijayalakshmi continued with a warm smile, “I defined my strategy first. Introducing the syllabus-based quality teaching where the students become the qualified performers is my mission. I started connecting with the aspiring students. Establishing the connection with the students’ & parents and gaining their faith was very challenging initially. I spent my time getting to know more about the market, students and their exact requirements.

Similarly, I spent quality hours searching for the talented teachers who can match with the student’ requirements. All these teachers and the students are the pillars and the reason behind where we are today. Now I have amazing teachers for vocal Carnatic & Hindustani, Music Instruments, Various classical dance forms, and sports who are spread all over Bangalore. I am very proud to say that we will soon be UNESCO certified too.”

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Hobby Cluster’s Annual Day 2018 at MLR Convention Hall, Bangalore

“That’s fantastic. Congratulations Vijayalakshmi.” I was equally pleased, continued my questioning, “What kind of challenges you are facing nowadays? How do you manage such challenges?” 

“When this digitized world is moving fast, people expecting quick results without realizing the importance of learning the basics well is posing a lot of challenges for us the teachers. I work closely with the parents and make them understand the intricacies the students must learn. Fortunately, many parents are very cooperative, they know the importance of time one must give for the learning curve and hours one must dedicate for the practice.

And, personally, as you know, my daughter is 5 months old. There is learning every day. She is my priority. I must mention here about the support I get from my husband. Prakaash extends his support and backing in all possible ways; right from taking care of the baby completely when I am working. My ‘go to’ person whenever I am facing challenges in the business.

When it comes to my capability to manage challenges, I must give credit to my ability to organize my time appropriately and balance things well so far. Spending more time in planning helps in executing things well.”

“Do you have anything specific to share with the fellow Women Aspirants who are struggling to manage family and work?”

Focus and priority are the two sides of the coin. If you look at people struggling to balance life, both their focus and priority is work. Then starts the ‘guilt trip’ leading to living life where there is no ‘contentment.’

Keep the primary focus on the family, prioritize activities based on the situation. Set a goal that benefits your long-term growth, and learn how to manage your time well. Little compromises here and there will help in balancing work and family well. Infact, not only women, this can apply to men too.

Isn’t life all about ‘Give’ and ‘Take’?

It was one satisfying interaction as I wished Vijayalakshmi and Hobby Clusters team!

“Living ‘just’ a life or Celebrating Life amidst ‘odds’; Choice is yours” – Suba Lakshminarasimhan, Founder, SLN Brand Studio

About the Interview‘Words of Wisdom’ Interview with Ms. Vijayalakshmi Prakaash is an initiative for ‘Women Contentment Program,’ a Mentoring program for women.

Ms. Suba Lakshminarasimhan, Founder, SLN Brand Studio conducted the interview. Women Contentment Program (WCP) focuses on elevating the lives of Women by helping them create a new career, get back to the career after a break, develop Emotional & Social intelligence and build a Personal Brand.

About the Company: SLN Brand Studio offers Consulting, Mentoring, CXO Resume Writing and Training Solutions. Aiming at building the personal brand for Individuals, Entrepreneurs, and Businesses, SLN Brand Studio has developed numerous customized solutions.

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Sangeetha Arunachalam, Founder, Kadaiveedhi: A Facebook Group Admin turned an E-Commerce Entrepreneur to Support Mompreneurs

“Individual Commitment to a Group Effort –

That is what makes a Team Work

A Company Work

A Society Work

A Civilization Work”

Vince Lombardi

Ms. Sangeetha Arunachalam and her ‘Kadaiveedhi’ team stand as a perfect example of this words from Vince Lombardi. Ms. Suba Lakshminarasimhan interacted with Sangeetha, here’s the excerpt from the telephone interview.

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Few words from Suba to give a little background. ‘I still remember the day when my co-sister Pavithra, the Art Enthusiasts, added me in ‘Smart Mommies’ group on Facebook. My baby was a year old then. Initially, the group was just a few of us, new moms discussing baby-related issues, started sharing information on what we were doing, career options, businesses and all. Later, the group grew huge; along with, the business posts grew. That was when Sangeetha Arunachalam, the Chartered Accountant by profession, the admin of Smart Mommies group started another group to support Mompreneurs in the name of ‘SM Business Magnates (SMBM).’ Yes, I have personally witnessed the group growing where thousands of buyers and sellers interacting vigorously.’

How did the journey of SMBM lead to ‘Kadaiveethi,’ an E-commerce Portal? Let’s hear from Ms. Sangeetha Arunachalam, the brain and heart behind the venture.

Continue reading “Sangeetha Arunachalam, Founder, Kadaiveedhi: A Facebook Group Admin turned an E-Commerce Entrepreneur to Support Mompreneurs”

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Sunita Sharma, Femme Fitness: Economic Graduate Turned Fitness Diva

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“Self-Awareness is the key aspect that pushes me ahead every day. I was desperately looking for a job after completing Graduation in Economics from Mumbai University. When I came across an advertisement asking for Fitness Trainer, I didn’t think much and just applied. I showed my inclination towards learning during the interview, and I got selected,” smilingly says Sunita Sharma, the Founder of Femme Fitness, recalling the journey that she started years back.

However, the journey ahead was not an easy one. Sunita became a student first, took rigorous Aerobics training under Leena Mogre, India’s First Women Fitness Coach. Right from Nutrition, Mind health to Physical health, Sunita continuously focused on learning all the aspects when it comes Fitness.

As life always comes with surprises, Sunita went into the corporate world in 2001 in Mumbai. The challenges grew along with her family; when she became a mother of two kids, the growing responsibilities pushed her to take a break from the corporate sector in 2010.

“Even though I decided to take a break from full-time work to balance life, I never wanted to lead a life ‘just to pass time.’ One good thing that happened in life is my ‘never-ending’ thirst towards fitness. I never stopped working out and have always been advancing my skill in the physical fitness arena. I wanted to join a group Fitness session where I could meet people too, started searching for one.

I asked my husband to help me find a gym or Fitness Studio offering group workouts. To our surprise, none of the institutions offered any then. A thought led to me developing group programs, and that is how I founded ‘Femme Fitness.” The proud smile and positivity seemed infectious.

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I asked, “what was the main challenge you faced when you started Femme Fitness? How did you approach the challenge?”

 “Oh, creating awareness on Physical Fitness and making Women come out of their Comfort Zone was highly challenging. Especially, when you are starting small, making people believe in your idea is almost impossible. Only the continuous and tireless effort can push a bit. That’s exactly how I approached the challenge. I stood as a role model keenly focused on continuous learning and sharing my knowledge. I build ‘Trust’ among my first few clients and Quality automatically helped in growing. It looks like a dream having branches in Hyderabad and now in Bangalore” says Sunita as her husband proudly looking at her.

“Great Sunita, I am sure many women out there will be hugely benefitted. Can you share the key challenge you faced in the recent time? How did you approach the same?” I put across a question.

“I am glad that I could create an awareness among women. Now that we are growing, one problem I face is the Manpower. As the demand is growing, I need to have the right set of trainers to create an edge over competitions. There is a dearth of excellent trainers out there. However, to retain those who can very well adapt to the organizational culture of Femme Fitness, I have been offering ‘Train the Trainer’ Programs. The interested, budding and aspiring trainers in the Fitness area must make use of this opportunity. We will soon be expanding in Bangalore.”

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What a great thought! I wished Sunita the best for all the initiatives in the pipeline.

“If you keenly observe, each minute in life brings in new opportunities. Those who are alert, smart get immediately out of their comfort zone, make the complete use of the opportunity and build an Empire. What are you waiting for? Grab it and Move ahead.”– Suba Lakshminarasimhan, SLN Brand Studio

About the Interview‘Word of Wisdom’ Interview with Ms. Sunita Sharma is an initiative for ‘Women Contentment Program,’ a Mentoring program for women. Ms. Suba Lakshminarasimhan, Founder, SLN Brand Studio conducted the interview. Women Contentment Program (WCP) launched by Suba focuses on elevating the lives of Women by helping them create a new career, get back to the career after a break, develop Emotional & Social intelligence and build a Personal Brand.

About the Company: SLN Brand Studio offers Consulting, Mentoring, CXO Resume Writing and Training Solutions. Aiming at building the personal brand for Individuals, Entrepreneurs, and Businesses, SLN Brand Studio has developed numerous customized solutions.