Women in Business: Passion to Perseverance
June 14, 2023
Speaker: Ms Kiran Uttam Ghose, eminent Fashion Designer and Ms Priti Sureka, Wholetime Director of Emami Group, interacted with Dr Julie Banerjee Mehta, Editorial Board Member, Rising Asia Journaling and Foundation.
Venue: Hyatt Regency, Kolkata
To celebrate 25 years of BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation), Ladies Study Group and INWEC (ICC National Women's Entrepreneurship Council) came together to discuss business opportunities and cooperation amongst the 7 member countries - Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand and Sri Lanka. An enriching, engaging and empowering event was organized for women leaders in Kolkata on 14th June 2023.
There were three sessions and women leaders from different sectors were invited to discuss their views on different topics.
The first session, 'Women in Business: Passion to Perseverance', stressed on following one's passion and aiming high. Kiran Uttam Ghose, eminent Fashion Designer and Priti Sureka, Wholetime Director of Emami Group, interacted with Dr Julie Banerjee Mehta, Editorial Board Member, Rising Asia Journaling and Foundation. They touched upon the various struggles Indian women entrepreneurs face, how they rise to each challenge and about failure actually being a part of success. While Priti spoke about balance, hardwork and the importance of family, Kiran stressed on 'making something extraordinary out of ordinary'. Julie feels that women leaders have always provided a great example of excellence in all fields but lately their presence has been eroding and this can be reversed by government support.
In the second session a dynamic and empowering discussion took place amongst dinamic women entrepreneurs from the South East and South East Asian regions, and moderator, Ms. Rupali Basu, MD & CEO, Woodlands Multispecialty Hospital. Ahana Gautam, CEO & CO-Founder of Open Secret, Mandira Chhetri, CEO & Founder of 02 Himalaya, Monica Bahl, CEO of Beauty & Wellness Sector Skill Council, Sofia Firdous, Director of Metro Group, Swati Sarawagi, Director of Swarnim International School shared their industry insights and personal journeys. They discussed the challenges, exploring solutions and the possibilities of business collaborations for a stronger future.
In the last session Tanya Patnaik, Executive Director of Sambad Group, steered a very strong panel of women speakers, who highlighted the importance of women creating job opportunities and wealth. Successful women leaders from BIMSTEC countries – Selima Ahmed, MP and Founder President of Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Chhaya Sharma, Chair of Women Leadership Forum-Confederation of Nepalese Industries, Pushpa Chhetri, Founder & Director of Bodhi Media & Communication Institute (Bhutan), Gayani de Alwis, FCILT, Global Chairperson/Vice Chairperson of Women's Chamber of Industry and Commerce (Sri Lanka), Kamala Shrestha, Executive Committee Member of Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry and Daw Khin Thet Maw, Vice President of Myanmar Women Entrepreneurs' Association focused on sharing business ideas, highlighting the significance of digitisation and technology. The speakers strongly felt that women to look for ways to support each other. The panel voted for a digital portal of communication to connect businesses in the region.
The audience witnessed an afternoon filled with knowledge and opportunities. The conclave looked forward to help forge ties with various sectors and scout opportunities through which women entrepreneurs can benefit.