Kiran Bedi

Indian Police Service (Rtd), Fmr Lt Governor Puducherry, Author-Fearless Governance, Magsaysay Awardee

Kiran Bedi is the first woman to have joined the officer ranks of Indian Police Service.
She is the 24th Lt Governor of Puducherry and has also served the United Nations as Civilian Police Advisor in Peace Keeping Operations.
She is a PHD from IIT Delhi with a post doctoral Nehru fellowship. She is the author of several books. She is an Asian tennis champion. Winner of gallantry award and the Magsaysay Award also known as Asia’s Nobel Peace Award. She has a biopic on her life called Yes Madam Sir, directed by an Australian.

She founded two Foundations – Navjyoti and India Vision Foundation which has been serving the underprivileged in rural ,urban areas and in prisons for the last 30 years.

Her latest book Fearless Governance based on ground realities as she saw in serving as the Lt Governor of Puducherry was released by Ms Indra Nooyi and Prof Debashish Chatterjee.

Dr. Kamini Rao

Padmashri awardee, reproductive medicine expert, Social Services

Dr. Kamini A. Rao, Medical Director of Milann and recipient of the Padma Shri, has a venerable clinical and research career in reproductive medicine. Her artistic energy, diversity and versatility are well acknowledged in the country’s medical and research community. Inspiring, enigmatic and a blessing to aspiring parents, she is an explorer and never stops teaching the masses on how to get every last second worth each day. Dr. Rao is best described as an individual with a fine blend of diligence, enthusiasm, determination and desire. Dr Kamini Rao has initiated the Kamini Kares Foundation, an organization that focuses on working towards improving, enhancing and enlightening the lives of the girl child and women in our country The pioneering role that Dr Kamini Rao has played in the field of Assisted Reproduction has resulted from the extensive study, enormous research and credible achievement through dedicated service, adding value to her patients’ lives

Once she decided to pursue medicine, her passion for obstetrics was born. She says: “The one thing which will make you wake up looking forward to each day is a passion for your work. It is such a joyous time in most people’s lives.”

Dr. madhu chopra

founder of Studio Aesthetique, mother of Priyanka Chopra, recipient of Times Excellence award

Dr Madhu Chopra may be known as the mother of global star Priyanka Chopra Jonas but that hasn’t stopped her from carving her own niche. Trained as an ENT specialist from Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, she worked for the armed forces for a significant part of her career.  When she discovered the vast world of cosmetic surgery and the hope that it offers to millions,she was enchanted. 

Dr Madhu has traveled across the globe to learn and master the many procedures of cosmetic surgery and its ever changing technology. Leading by example from the front, Dr. Madhu excelled scholastically and has a string of illustrious academic achievements.

Very passionate and committed to bring an intense sense of ‘look good’ and ‘feel good’ aspirations amongst people and to develop a sense of well being and high self esteem to live a quality of life, Dr Madhu underwent intensive training workshops in Cosmetic and Aesthetic Dermatology from Singapore, Spain, Italy, Miami, France and today, she is perhaps one of the few doctors to have covered the entire gamut of Body, Skin and Hair Management.

In 2019, she was awarded the Times Health Excellence Award for “Excellence In Aesthetics.” 

Prasad Bidappa

Fashion stylist and choreographer, grooming expert

Prasad Bidappa is the pioneer in the Indian fashion industry since the last four decades. He is the iconic fashion guru of india. An alumni of NID Ahmedabad, he is the creator of high-profile events like india men’s fashion week, Colombo International Fashion Week, Kingfisher Fashion Awards & Mega Model Hunt.

A textile expert himself, he has presented the rajasthan heritage week since 2015. This is a project he developed for the Khadi Board for the Government of Rajasthan. This is considered to be one of the most successful Khadi & Handloom revival projects in the country.

He has presented shows in the USA, Japan, Sweden, the Middle East, Singapore, Sri Lanka and other nations. In 2019, he presented the Mahatma Gandhi sesquicentennial show at the embassy of India, Qatar.

We are currently working with various government departments to create similar handloom revival projects in various other Indian states. He works with national & international designers to present the products of India in handloomed cotton, wool, silk and khadi. This year he will present shows for the 75th anniversary of india’s independence with Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav programs.

Vandana Suri

Taxshe founder and Awardee of the World Bank SDG’s and Her 2019 contest

Vandana Suri describes herself as an :Ex Investment banker turned Cabbie by choice and loving it!”

She is the founder of Taxshe , a World Bank Award winning organization, focussing on women and child safety with a practical solution of women driving women and kids. They started off with women cabs exclusively for women and kids, and worked to mobilize and train women from the marginalized communities in professional driving skills, top it up with self defense and grooming and soft skills, and these women inturn got an employment with Taxshe, and they drove a whole lot of kids to schools and tutorials, women from offices in the evening and late night airport drives.

Pandemic threw up more challenges with women’s mobility, where women (clients) who even had cars at home, didn’t know how to drive, and faced losses of their families to the second wave for lack of knowledge of driving and waiting for ambulances. They tackled this by launching Taxshe Breakfree where women train women to drive their own cars, at their own pace. This also extended career opportunities for the drivers to become instructors now. A lot of educated women who had lost their jobs due to the pandemic, also joined in as franchise partners, and were leaders for this movement with their corporate knowledge and vision and moved into entrepreneurship. They also set up WoMB (Women in Mobility Business), where women were called from all walks of life to partner to further weave this fabric of safe mobility.

Dr. Ishinna Sadana

Parenting coach

Dr. Ishinna Sadana is a Certified Parenting Coach with a Ph.D in Human Development and M.Sc. in Human Development and Childhood Studies. She has years of experience in this field. She now runs a centre by the name of New Insights. She takes personal sessions for parents and also conducts workshops to help parents deal with the parenting challenges and connect better with their children. She has helped and guided thousands of parents with amazing results in their journey. She has a large number of parents following her on her instagram handle (270k+).

She is herself a mother to a 5 year old. She believes we all can have a fulfilling parenting experience if we know better, because when we know better we do better.

Yasmin Sait

Author || Counsellor || Life Purpose Coach

Yasmin is a metaphor for life and an engineer in matters of the heart, she connects with people through a contagious smile and genuine care. She is an undergraduate and she believes that life has taught her more than academics. ‘Yasmin says I am a graduate from the “School of life’. She spent thirty years of her professional career in the retail and entertainment industry, she carried every professional role successfully with grace and poise. She is the mother of two popular celebrities, Kubbra Sait and Danish Sait. As a single parent, Yasmin raised her children and managed their professional careers for almost a decade, which coined the word “momager”. Yasmin has appeared in commercial advertisements, short films and web series. Yasmin has a strong, collaborative, people-focused leadership quality and in her life’s journey she has brought a positive transformation in thousands of lives. She believes that having a “sense of purpose” is essential to lead a meaningful and tranquil life, irrespective of age or socio-economic status

Neha Bagaria

Founder & CEO,
JOBSFORHER

Neha Bagaria is the founder & CEO of JobsForHer, India’s largest platform to accelerate women’s careers.  JobsForHer has worked with over 2.5 million women, 8000+ companies, 1500+ mentors and 750+ reskilling partners across India to enable women to start, restart and rise in their careers. 

Neha founded JobsForHer in March 2015 after taking a 3.6-year break in her own career when she had her children.  Prior to her career break, she worked at Kemwell, a biopharmaceutical manufacturing company based in Bangalore, where she was involved in the fields of HR, Finance and Marketing strategy for their facilities in India, Sweden and the US.  Before she moved to Bangalore, Neha was the Founder & CEO of Paragon, an educational startup based in Mumbai to bring the Advanced Placement Program to India. 

Neha has graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, with honours in Finance, Marketing and Management of Information Systems.

Neha has been listed in Forbes India’s WPower Trailblazers list of 25 groundbreaking women achievers as a  game-changer and innovator who is shattering stereotypes, and was also featured as the “10 Most Impactful Women in Tech 2020” by Analytics Insight. 

Neha is an avid traveller and enjoys adventure sports like skiing, scuba diving and hiking.  She is also a closet artist and dancer. 

Dr. Varudhini Kankipati

Ph.D, counsellor,
NALSAR UNIVERSITY OF LAW

Dr. Varudhini Kankipati, Ph.D. is a practicing psychologist who specializes in individual, marriage, family and group psychotherapy, working with children, adolescents, and adults. Her experience in behavioral health and psychotherapy counselling ranges from working with individuals dealing with depression, anxiety, attention issues, addiction, abuse, grief and loss, adjustment issues, marriage and relationship issues, family developmental problems, conflict resolution to trauma and crisis management.

Dr. Kankipati is an experienced therapist with extensive knowledge of behavioral health illnesses and symptoms management through a combination of therapy and medication. She follows a holistic treatment/team approach and has much experience with CBT, Gestalt, REBT etc working in conjunction with child therapists, psychiatrists, schools’, hospitals’ and other support staff. Her treatment philosophy is influenced by her belief in the importance of treating patients through a systems perspective. In addition, she advocates and practices community based models of intervention in dealing with social issues and behavioral health issues.Dr. Kankipati received her doctorate from University of Kentucky, USA and her masters from Montfort College, India. She is currently a counsellor for NALSAR University of Law and has over 18 years of professional counselling experience in India, U.S.A and Canada, in both private and corporate settings. She has conducted workshops for organizations such as Trident Hotels, Apollo hospitals, NetEnrich, OpsRamp, Fernandez hospitals, Barosa, My Choices, Ottawa Immigration Services, New York Academy, Oakridge International school, among others.

Gouri Kapur

Makeup artist

Gouri Kapur, a multi talented figure in the fashion industry. “Beauty is her business”

Her talent doesn’t stop there.

The classic case of, “She didn’t choose creativity, Creativity chose her” 

Her creativity extends to couture, interiors, art, furniture makeovers, painting, and she continues being the best in the Fashion Industry with her exceptional Make up skills.

Urmi Kothari

founder,
Kinetic Living

Urmi Kothari is the Founder of Kinetic Living since 2012. She is an energy coach and is a fitness expert certified in more than 6 different disciplines. She is a Nike certified trainer and also a TEDX speaker. She facilitates her students and programs to BOOST their physical bodies, brain function as well as emotional resilience. This helps them turn into a fireball of energy so they can do things that make them feel truly alive. 

She is the recipient of Times Of India She unlimited entrepreneur award for her contribution in Fitness & Wellness category in august 2020.

She won the Iconic Womens’ Achiever Award in September 2021. 

Her first book on the philosophy of Kinetic Living is out this year. In 2022, She created KshaLa- a community and school of life skills that aims to redefine education and encourage like minded people to come together and explore, and experience movement, breath to access their own intuition and  to experiment with their way of creating their own kinetic life. 

Anu Prabhakar mukherjee

Kannada actress, TV show host

Anu Prabhakar is a Double graduate, MA in Sociology from Karnataka University, Dharwad. She began her acting career as a child artiste at the age of 8 in the Kannada films Chapala Chennigaraya, Swarna Samsara and Shanthi Kranthi. SHe also acted in an English children’s film ‘Mysteries of the Dark Jungle’ produced by an Italian production company. She marked her debut as a heroine in 1999 with the film Hrudaya Hrudaya opposite Shivaraj Kumar. She has acted in over 60 Kannada films.


She has won innumerable awards like the Karnataka State Govt. Award for the Best Actress, Cinema Express Best Actress Award, Best Newcomer Award, 1999-2000 from KANFIDA, Kannada Film Directors Association, Karnataka Chitra Premigala Sangha Best Actress Award, Karnataka Chitra Premigala Sangha Special Award,
She was also awarded the title ‘Kala Saraswathi’ in 2005 from his holiness Sri Sri Dr.Shanthaveera Mahaswami of Kolada Math, Bangalore.


Anu Prabhakar has hosted several tv shows like the popular game shows – ‘Baale Bangara’ and ‘Home minister’ , the hit reality show for women – ‘Srimathi Karnataka’ ,the popular chat show ’Autograph Please’ and has judged several reality shows. Was Brand Ambassador for Children’s Movement for Civic Awareness, a programme initiated by Hubli Dharwad Municipal Corporation.

NIRUPA SHANKAR

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, BRIGADE ENTERPRISES LTD.

Nirupa is an Executive Director at Brigade Group, one of India’s leading real estate developers. She has spent the past 13 years of her career overseeing the company’s Hotel, Office and Retail portfolios. 

Nirupa has the serial entrepreneurial bug in her and has successfully conceptualised multiple award winning F&B outlets such as HIGH Ultra Lounge, Glass Kitchen & Bar, and the Art Café in Bangalore.  

She set up Asia’s first real estate accelerator called Brigade Real Estate Accelerator Program (REAP) an initiative to mentor high-tech start-ups in real estate in 2016.

She launched Brigade’s flexible workspaces brand called – BuzzWorks in 2019.

Prior to joining Brigade Nirupa worked as a Senior Business Analyst with Ernst & Young LLP in the New York and North Carolina offices. She has bachelor’s in Economics from the University of Virginia and a Masters of Management in Hospitality from Cornell University.  She graduated on Deans List and as Vice President of her class.

Nirupa is passionate about writing. Her articles are regularly published in the news and trade journals. Nirupa is a regular speaker at various top tier forums, conferences and think tanks. She is also a two time TEDx speaker. 

Nirupa has won multiple awards and has been recognised as a CNBC Young Turk and Economic Times (ET) 40 under 40.

She is a fitness enthusiast regularly participates in triathlons. She reads autobiographies and plays poker to unwind. Nirupa is the mother of two daughters.

Avni Gandhi

Transformation Coach

Avni Gandhi (Varma) is the founder of Transform WIth Avni, a coaching school in elevated lifestyle expertise and wellness. Her integrated approach on mind, body, and soul has bagged her Global awards such as Rising Star of India and Karamveer Puraskar. She has been on board as the  grooming and wellness partner with reputed pageants such as Femina and Mrs World. Her niche shines through her modalities such as Clinical hypnotherapy, Advance NLP and grooming, aiding her clients to transform inside out.

Avni is also the co-founder of a women’s only invite based community for 40 plus women called “Live the good life”.

Avni is a proud and doting single mother of 2 lovely daughters Mehek, aged 19 ,  who is pursuing her education in the UK and Muskaan, aged  14,  who is currently in her 10th grade.

DR. CHYTRA ANAND

FOUNDER AND CEO – KOSMODERMA AND CHief innovator of SKINQ

Dr Chytra V Anand is an internationally renowned Celebrity Cosmetic Dermatologist, Serial Entrepreneur and philanthropist, Working mom, and Innovator. She is the Founder & CEO of the well-known chain of Kosmoderma Clinics and SkinQ which is India’s first Dermatologist Formulated Active skincare brand for Indian Skin.

Dr Anand is popularly known as Dr Fix It / Beauty Doc by her patients who travel from other cities and countries to seek her expertise. She is sought after for her advanced and developed sense of aesthetics by patients and other doctors.  Her skill in dealing with all skin types is well known and her impressive client list comprises prominent personalities from various walks of life, including – Fashion, Films, Corporates, Industrialists, and Socialites.

 She is an expert in Cosmetic Dermatology Therapies from acne, scars to pigmentation and anti ageing. She is constantly invited as a speaker on expert panels at various conferences, nationally & internationally. She has trained over 5000 doctors in Aesthetic Medicine procedures and is credited with pioneering Aesthetic Medicine & Cosmetic Dermatology training in India. Dr Anand lectures extensively across the world on Botox, Fillers, Glamorisation, Skincare and Lasers. She has done over 250 international lectures & workshops.

 Awarded “Rising Star” for Dermal Fillers by the World Congress of Dermatology body. The first Indian Dermatologist to receive this award and the Michael Geroux Lectureship award. Recognized as 100 Most Impactful Healthcare Leaders (Global Listing) by World Health & Wellness Congress & Awards.

 Dr Chytra has numerous publications and textbooks on Cosmetic Dermatology.

Voted by Elle magazine as top dermatologist to have on speed dial in India.

She was invited in 2015 by Govt of Karnataka to be part of the Medical and Health Education board, where she was credited with bringing a syllabus change.

Simrun Chopra

Nutritionist

Deep Health Coach and the Founder of Nourish with Sim, uses evidence-based methods to help you achieve your health goals. Her philosophy follows the principle of ‘Mindful eating’ and developing a sustainable lifestyle that can be followed by anyone independent of the profession. She combines the melding of exercise that constitutes only 30 mins of your day and realistic eating habits to create a balanced health & fitness-oriented approach that is easy to implement. She is supported by her large community of 1,00,000+ women from around the world who join Simrun on their journey to become strong and empowered.

Vasanthi Hariprakash

Radio Jockey, Anchor, TV Journalist, Founder of PickleJar

Vasanthi Hariprakash is an award-winning radio anchor and TV journalist, a public speaker and a podcast host. Her career this far has taken her through The New Indian Express, Radio City FM, All India Radio, NDTV 24×7 and a South Asia series documentary on the BBC World News. She is presently the Founder-Editor of Pickle Jar that tells stories of a changing India and helps organisations tell their stories, via video, text and podcasts. She was nicknamed Bangalore’s Sunshine Girl by her listeners over a decade back for being the voice of Bangalore’s primetime show Good Morning Bangalore. Vasanthi is also the host of The Dosa King, an 8-part True Crime genre podcast made by team Sikhya of the acclaimed Bollywood producer Guneet Monga’s team. From being invited by Rangashankara in 2013 to say Shakespeare stories for children to being a mythology sutradhar telling tales on stage of ‘Janani: Goddesses of India’ in Kannada and English, building and saying stories of impact have been a part of her life’s journey. For her indepth election reporting and focus on women in remote areas of Karnataka, Vasanthi was given the UNFPA-backed Laadli award in 2020 for Gender sensitivity in Journalism. In 2007, she won the India Radio Excellence Award for being ‘English RJ of the Year’ nationwide. Vasanthi is a classical music singer, recites Sanskrit shlokas, hums half-tunes from films, but loves telling full stories.

Mrin Agarwal

Founder,
Finsafe India Private Limited

Mrin has more than 25 years of experience in wealth management and has worked with Citibank, Deutsche Bank and Birla Sunlife. She has extensive experience in investment advisory and banking, debt and stock markets. 

Mrin founded Finsafe, a financial education organisation in 2014, focused on equipping Indians with strategies to handle their money based on goals, growth, and safety. The company has already impacted over 1,00,000 people in the last 7 years of its journey. Mrin is also the co-founder of Womantra, a financial awareness program for women, professionals or otherwise.  

She has won the CNBC Grand Jury Prize for work done towards financial education & inclusion in the UTI CNBC Financial Advisor Awards 2015 & 2017. Mrin has been interviewed by Zee Business, CNBC, ET Now, Bloomberg Quint, Moneycontrol, Radio One & Hubbis. She regularly contributes articles to print (including monthly columns in Mint, Moneycontrol, Deccan Herald), Business Standard, Economic Times and Online media. She has been a judge on the Zee Business show “Hunt for India’s smart investor 2015” and “Sensex ka sultan”. Mrin has also been the treasurer at FICCI-FLO, Bangalore chapter and is a Sheroes Mentor.

Mrin’s relentless passion for financial education is aimed at addressing India’s financial literacy gap and transforming the economy through empowering people to make informed choices

Shona Rajput

Founder,
TavasBeyondYoga

A former Mrs. India, actor and model, Shona found her solace with Yoga. Shona is a passionate fitness enthusiast who loves to teach various ways of being physically and mentally fit. Influenced by her life experiences , teachers, peers, environment and her travel, she aims to bring a unique sense of empowerment in each of her classes. Her teaching provokes positive thoughts and helps the student heal mentally and get fit physically . Her classes are always challenging not just physically but mentally as well as they boost the Dopamine.

PAVITHRA YS

Founder and Managing Director of Vindhya e-Infomedia

Ms. Pavithra YS, Founder and Managing Director of Vindhya e-Infomedia – an Impact Sourcing BPO since 2006, sets the strategic direction for the company and its portfolio of services to its customers, while nurturing a strong leadership team to drive her vision of employing and empowering Persons with Disabilities (PWD), Women & People from the BPL families, rural & disadvantaged sections of the society.
Vindhya e-Infomedia Pvt Ltd was founded in the year 2006 by Ms. Pavithra along with Mr. Ashok Giri D, to bring business and impact together. Vindhya is a socio-economic venture whose employee base majorly consists of people with disabilities (PWD’s) and rural youths.


Today Vindhya is the preferred BPO offering end-to-end solutions to many Global and Indian customers of various sectors including Banking, Telecom, E-commerce, Health care sectors, Insurance, HR, Government and IT. Vindhya also adds the social responsibility value to all its customers by being diverse and inclusive. Vindhya has been recognised at both National & International platforms for its unique service being rendered to the society adopting the “for-profit” model.
Ms. Pavithra is a Chevening Fellow, from Oxford University and a Motivational Speaker addressing various bodies and platforms including the TEDx platform. Some of therecognitions received by Ms. Pavithra are, Leader of the Year award as part of Vijayalakshmi Das Entrepreneurship Award 2021, I Women Global Awards 2020, Jankidevi Bajaj Puraskar by IMC Ladies’ Wing in 2019, o n e o f the winners of “100 women achievers Award”under the initiative of the Ministry of Women and Child Welfare and Facebook, one ofthe “12 Transforming Women of India “by Niti Aayog in 2016, Most Motivational Women Entrepreneur of the year – by CNBC-TV18 & 1000 petals, in 2016. .
She is also a Founder Trustee at India Inclusion Foundation which focuses on the development of PWDs and inclusion in the country.

Dr. Suresh Gowda

Senior consultant – Paediatrics and NeonatologY, Motherhood Hospitals

Dr. Suresh Gowda comes with 15 years of experience in the field of Pediatrics & Neonatology. He has handling various positions in the department of Paediatrics and Neonates in United Kingdom & Bangalore. As a highly trained expert, Dr Suresh has worked at Morriston Hospital, Swansea ABMU LHB, Fife Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, Kirkcaldy, Royal London Hospital, London, NIMHANS Deemed University, Bangalore, GGSM Hospital, Mysore, JSS Medical College Hospital, Mysore, Bradford Royal Infirmary and St Luke’s Hospital.

His expertise lies in handling premature babies, total body cooling for the management of hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, managing a wide repertoire of neonatal conditions including extreme prematurity, persistent pulmonary hypertension, meconium aspiration syndrome, congenital and acquired sepsis, IUGR babies, congenital cardiac conditions, infants of substance abusing mothers, medical management of neonatal surgical problems including diaphragmatic hernia, tracheooesophageal fistula, gastroschisis and exomphalos. Dr Suresh is a well renowned Pediatrician at Motherhood Hospitals and has skilfully managed children with retinoblastoma , acute leukaemia, and acute sickle cell crisis & pain control. He has been a part of prestigious courses and conferences in India and abroad; and has been a part of the NEST team (Neonatal Enhanced Skills Training) and NLSTEPSS (North London Convulsive Status Epilepticus in childhood Surveillance Study).

Pavitra Chalam

Founder & Director
CurleyStreet Media

Pavitra Chalam is an award-winning documentary filmmaker based in Bangalore. Her films on issues of social importance have received critical acclaim across the world. She is the founder of CurleyStreet Media. She has directed over 200 films and has been a part of the industry for over 15 years. Pavitra’s journey into the world of film started in 2003, where as a part of the Youth Initiative for Peace in Pakistan, she made her film debut with ‘Bus’ – a cinematic exposition on the shared ideals of the youth of both nations. A trip to the World Youth Congress in Morocco followed in quick succession, where Pavitra contributed to the creation of the Casablanca Declaration presented to the United Nations. Building on this international experience, Pavitra traveled across Europe in 2004 as an Ambassador for a U.N project on social change. She used film as a medium to ignite the minds of young people in France, Spain, Germany, UK and Ireland. 

Pavitra received her degree from the New York Film Academy in 2006 and is now a known alumnus of the academy. Her thesis at the New York Film Academy ‘Anamika – Her Glorious Past’ was selected for the Sixth IAAC Film Festival, 2006 in New York and the Indian Film Festival, Los Angeles in 2007. Anamika is a film on the Devadasi tradition. 

Pavitra received the Ability Media International (AMI) Award in London in 2010 for Khushboo, a film about children with complex needs. In 2012, Pavitra directed ‘Indelible’, the story of seven people with Down syndrome living in India. She was awarded the Asia-Pacific Award for ‘Outstanding Documentary Talent’ at the DocWeek film festival in Adelaide for Indelible in 2014. She was also honored by the Government of India as one of 25 women achievers/ambassadors for social change. CurleyStreet Media was voted in the top 100 creative companies to work for in India. 

In January 2019, Women In Film [Los Angeles] announced the recipients of their 33rd annual Film Finishing Fund. Pavitra Chalam received the grant for Rooting for Roona, a film she co-directed with Akshay Shankar. As the recipient of the Stella Artois grant, it is the only film from India among the year’s grantees. Pavitra and Akshay were flown to Sundance from the 24th to the 28th of January, 2019 to receive the grant and attend sponsorship events, media interviews and meet with producers and distributors. Past recipients of the Fund have gone on to win Academy, Emmy, Sundance, Berlin Film Festival and Peabody Awards. The Stella Artois grant supports female filmmakers who are using the power of film to impact change. The film had its World Premiere at IDSFFK and was awarded the Audience Award for Best Short Film at the South Asian Film Festival of Orlando. Rooting for Roona was acquired by Netflix and was released worldwide on October 15th, 2020. It is now available on the platform in 190 countries and in a wide variety of languages.In September, 2019, Pavitra and Akshay founded The Mums Word, which is a first of its kind Instagram platform for and by mothers in India. The aim is to create an insightful and empathetic platform for women to be candid about the mess, vulnerability, pain and small wins of motherhood. As of March, 2022, The Mums Word has almost 100,000 followers on Instagram making it one of the leading platforms in the country on Motherhood.

Meghna Yadav

Child Psychologist and Family Counsellor, KLAY Preschools

With a master’s in Child Psychology from San Jose State University, California , Meghna has worked in the field of early child education for more than two decades. Her success stories include the launch of Read and Reflect Program and Parent Academy for over 10,000 parents.
Having a strong background in child development, her research interests include developmentally appropriate practices, parenting in today’s world and developmental milestones in child growth and development. Experienced in the counseling of families and preschool functioning with renowned organizations in USA, Singapore and India , Meghna plays an important role in Parent partnership initiatives in Klay. After a long work life in the corporate sector, Meghna is now also a family counsellor, for parents across India.

Dr. Suhasini Inamdar

Senior Consultant – Gynaecology , Motherhood Hospitals

Dr Suhasini Inamdar has nearly 30 years of experience in field of Obstetrics, Gynaecology, Laparoscopic Surgery, and Infertility. She is currently associated with Motherhood Hospitals as an expert in dealing with high-risk pregnancies, bad obstetrics history, fertility problems, Polycystic Ovarian Disease (PCOD) and Hysterectomies. She has experience in post graduate teaching for MRCOG and DNB; and has many research papers to her name. Dr Inamdar’s motivation is to help women holistically by overcoming difficulties during their adolescence, pregnancy, peri and post menopause so that they can lead a comfortable and healthy life.

Sandhya Mendonca

founder & chief editor,
Raintree Media

Sandhya Mendonca is an author, a journalist turned media entrepreneur, and a cultural evangelist. Sandhya is the founder & chief editor of Raintree Media and the founder/ festival director of India’s first multi-arts women’s cultural festival, Under the Raintree. And she’s a Mom

Shwetambari Shetty

Co-founder,
Tribe Fitness Club
  • 3rd fittest women in India – competing in Crossfit open 2017
  • featured on Tata Sky Fitness show (for a year)
  • Hosted a Fitness Radio show on Indigo (for a year),
  • author of Get Moving published by Penguin Books
  • Two times Tedx Speaker
  • currently Fitness Expert at the largest fitness chain of India – Cult.Fit

Wanitha Ashok

Fitness Coach

Online Fitness Coach, Get Fit India initiator , Youth Icon, Motivational Speaker, Media Presenter, Author, fitness Influencer. She is known as Bangalore’s Fitness Queen and is one of the leading fitness experts in India. This Youth icon is a Global Fitness Fluencer is been Influencing people to make lifestyle changes for an healthier life from two decades now.
” Get Fit India ” is her mission which she initiated 18 years ago and she is leaving no stone unturned to get her country fit and healthy. She is also a Motivational Speaker for fitness and conducts workshops for corporates and organisations.

*Apart from this is a media presenter for fitness on television, radio and print.
*She currently writes a column for The New Indian Express
• She has released two easy to follow Home workout DVD
• Has authored a bilingual Fitness Book called “ You have an excuse I have an exercise ”
• A Vigilante who supports various causes.
• She is a Recipient of many national and International Award for community services.
To name a few –
“Naada Kempegowda Award ” which is the the second highest civilian honor of Karnataka.
“Karnataka Rathnashri Award “
“Ditta Mahile Award” by BBMP
“Iconic women leader of the decade in Health and more.

Her favourite saying is “Make your trip to planet Earth a memorable one ” and lives by it

Bindu Subramaniam

co-founder and CEO of SaPa, TEDx speaker

Bindu Subramaniam is an entrepreneur, singer/songwriter and educator. She is the co-founder and CEO of SaPa and the lead vocalist of SubraMania and the Thayir Sadam Project. She has been named an icon of South India 2021-22 by Femina magazine and won the 2022 Women Who Lead National Award for CEO of the Year – Art & Music. In 2021, Bindu received four awards: she was named among Business World’s 40 under 40, Business World Disrupt’s top women achievers, AdGully’s top women disruptors, and the Indian Achiever’s Club’s 40 under 40, and was named among GQ’s 25 most influential young Indians.

Bindu has been described as a “Bangalore woman educating children differently” by Femina and a “third- generation prodigy” by the Hindustan Times.

She has delivered multiple TEDx talks, has a regular column with The New Indian Express, and writes for the Economic Times HR, The Hindu, Education World, and other outlets.

She has a PhD in Music Education, an MPhil, a master’s certificate in songwriting and music business, a diploma in Montessori education, BaLLB, LLM and completed the Stanford Seed Transformation Program.

Dr.Anuradha H S

Director, Chief Consultant Paediatrician, Teen Health specialist & Parenting Coach

Dr.Anuradha H S, is the Director, Chief Consultant Paediatrician, Teen Health specialist & Parenting Coach  at Tots to teens healthcare, Bangalore, India a centre that provides complete in house health solutions from birth till youth. Dr.Anuradha has more than 25 years of experience in caring for children & teens. Her qualifications include an MBBS and DNB In Paediatrics & Post graduate Diploma in Adolescent Paediatrics

She has collaborated with Professor Dr. Pierre Andre Michaud WHO Consultant  & Dr.Anne Emanuelle, Director, Youth Department, Lausanne University, Switzerland to train professionals in adolescent health at international level and was a teen spirit columnist for Bangalore mirror and Mumbai mirror 2014-2016 . She is a Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator and a Certified Child &Teen counsellor. She is a fitness enthusiast & believes that the key to a woman’s health & happiness lies in self care and believing that you’re worth it. She loves to  reach out to  help mothers in dealing with the challenges of  motherhood by creating educational videos & reels on social media.