I'm often asked this question - How do I do it all? or How do I manage work and parenting? In today's episode I share my tips and strategies that help me stay on top of my schedule and get things done. I break it down step by step. I don't aim for perfection instead aim to get it right at least 80% of the time. It's always going to be a work in progress, and my mantra is progress over perfection.
Running a business isn’t just about calling the shots from behind the lenses.Sometimes, in fact majority of the times, you – the entrepreneur - need to share the limelight with your brand.Why?As a start-up or newbie entrepreneur, you need a robust marketing strategy to increase the reach of your brand. And, a cornerstone of that strategy is to portray a healthy hand off between the principles, mission, and vision of the brand as well as the entrepreneur. That's where visibility comes in.
“We’re too powerful to not have a say in this world”. Meet Prasha Dutra, a Women in STEM Coach, TEDx speaker, and die-hard F.R.I.E.N.D.S fan. Prasha helps women in STEM believe in themselves so they can take their next steps with confidence.
On today’s podcast, Prasha shares fascinating concepts like energising and de-energising and a three-step check to improve time management while discussing overcoming challenges that women in STEM face.
With over 15 years of being in the STEM ecosystem, Prasha brings expertise, step by step growth techniques and a fresh perspective to the table for her community & coaching clients, spanning from finding clarity in their careers, to finding time for their families and dreams, and getting connected with relatable role models.
My biggest takeaway from this episode:
1. A cliche, but believe in yourself! Self-confidence is key. Act confident and make yourself believe it.
2. Take time to truly understand yourself and watch everything fall into place.
About : Prasha has been featured on the TEDx stage, and is the founder of her own podcast & online conference, Prasha’s signature coaching style makes women take control of their confidence, time both inside and outside of STEM careers. Her clients/customers/community love Prasha because of her upbeat attitude, her well-formulated take on personal growth, and unshakeable commitment to helping women in STEM believe in their brilliance and thrive in their career and life!
In the pulsating world of styling and fashion, how we look and the attitude we wear, takes us where we want to go. In this episode, we are joined by celebrity stylist and fashion entrepreneur Akanksha Savanal, Founder of inclusive fashion brand - A Curve Story.
Akanksha noticed a vacuum in the fashion industry where curvy women,femme, and non-binary individuals do not have enough options to truly represent themselves. Her clothing brand A Curve Story was born in 2019. The brand focuses on aesthetics and wearability while on a mission to dismantle the “ideal body type” narrative set by the society and fashion industry. Tune in to listen to Akanksha’s journey in the industry, her favorite celebrities to work with, problems the unrealistic body standards cause and tips to boost confidence.
About: Akanksha started her styling journey when she was just 18 and has a diploma in fashion design in Mumbai and has done a series of well synchronized courses from London College of Fashion; She pursued, breathed and lived Fashion & style since my formative years! After completing a formal education, She went on to work as an assistant to a renowned stylist in the industry. She has worked with Bollywood fashion icons such as Ranveer Singh, Priyanka Chopra, Ayushmann Khurana, and many others.
Her accessible and inclusive clothing brand A Curve Story was born in 2019. to make fashion accessible, inclusive, and inter-sectional. It celebrates every body type and carries stylish outfits from sizes UK 8-30. A Curve Story- stands for all things natural, being comfortable in your own skin, body positivity and inclusivity.
With her brand, Akanksha is on a mission to dismantle the “ideal body type” narrative that marginalizes people in bodies that deviate from the unrealistic standards set by society and the high-fashion industry.
In this episode I share the common marketing mistakes that small business owners make (me included) and which in turn leads to wasted time,money, effort and energy.
I also share how to avoid making this mistake and I hope to those who are listening this helps.
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In this episode features Sujata Setia, an internationally renowned and published storytelling photographer and founder of But Natural Photography based in the UK as she discusses heavy topics like her battle with mental health and her career journey towards success.
“You go down with depression or you take action and face the pain.” Creativity has always fueled Sujata. Sujata talks about her battle against bipolar depression and how she transformed the pain into art.
Sujata has set countless trends in the photography world with her images and unique visual language. She is well-known, for being the first photographer to bring babies and furry animals into a single frame to create remarkably heartwarming images. Her “Generations” series capturing the undying love between elderly couples and that of grandparents and grandchildren has gone viral globally. Sujata gives some us remarkable photography and marketing skills like how telling a story true to you is the best form of marketing to organically grow. She also speaks on the importance of “preparing for success” and having a tribe.
About : Sujata is the first-ever baby photographer of Indian descent to represent the country in global summits such as the Click Family Conference in Brazil, BabyF in Spain, Congreso Smile in Argentina, Baby & Kid Romania and Portugal to name a few.
For the past 7 years, Sujata has travelled globally to 20+ countries (including US, Australia, Dubai, China, Israel, India, Belgium, Mexico, France, Germany, Argentina, Brazil, Italy, Portugal, Switzerland, Ireland, Romania, Canada, Austria and Poland ) to teach photography to over 3000+ students (enthusiasts and professionals alike) and continues to educate and contribute to the collective growth of this industry. Her works are often compared with Norman Rokwell’s illustrations and if you are looking at them right now... you might confuse them to be paintings. Sujata is also a professor of photography at EFTI, one of Europe’s premier photograph institutese, based in Spain. She is on the jury for many international photography awards. Her works have been published in Forbes, Huffington Post, CNN, The Daily Mail, ABC NEWS, New York Post, CTV NEWS, RTL TV, TIMES NOW, THE HINDU, MUMBAI MIRROR, Buzzfeed, Vanity Fair and Good Housekeeping Magazine to name a few.
With patrons such as Vanessa Bryant, Adriana Lima and HuffPost to name a few, Sujata’s works enjoy a dedicated social media engagement from over 250, 000 followers.
Follow her on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/butnaturalphotography/
Also see more of her images on her website here
Alexa Carlin is an in-demand public speaker, author of Adaptable, TV personality, and founder &CEO of Women Empower X (WEX), the premier community for women entrepreneurs. Alexa uses her infectious energy and courageous spirit to empower women to turn their obstacles into opportunities and pursue their dreams
Life’s obstacles offer two distinct directions: They can push you backwards or fuel you forward. The choice is up to you. At 17, Alexa Carlin became CEO of her first company, designing jewelry that made a difference, one bracelet at a time. But at 21, she was induced into a medical coma and given a one-percent chance to live. In Adaptable, she shares the stories of her journey, offering powerful insights into hope, courage, and life’s challenges.
Alexa encourages and inspires readers to use their own challenges not as a reason to abandon dreams, but as a springboard from which to thrive.
Adaptable is now available for pre-order on kindle.
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In today’s episode, join the gorgeous Rosemin and me as she talks about how her creative flair for making doll clothes led her to become Tom Ford’s assistant and work for some of the world’s biggest luxury brands like Gucci & Juicy Couture. Rosemin talks about her family, her personal style, Presenting and media, her love for travelling and her life mantra!
My takeaways from our Conversation:
- Build a strong Work ethic
- Show up for your dreams
- Take the opportunities that come your way and make the most of it.
About Rosemin - After graduating from London College of Fashion (University of the Arts), Rosemin entered the fashion world under the tutelage of fashion maestro Tom Ford. As European PR director for juicy couture, she was an integral member of the brand’s core team and played a vital role in their diversification outside of the US. She was instrumental in dressing famous faces such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna, Queen Rania, Kate Moss, Kate Winslet, Jemima Khan, Sienna Miller, Jude Law, Thandie Newton, Charlotte Casiraghi and Princess Beatrice among others, in Juicy Couture’s iconic loungewear. She founded RR & CO Bespoke Luxury Management in 2007, the first PR showroom in the region. The agency focuses exclusively on the luxury sector for fashion, beauty, skincare and jewellery. As a well-established fashion insider, the biggest brands in luxury have trusted Rosemin to represent their presence in the Middle East for over a decade now. Her impeccable style, a chic fusion of elegance and grace coupled with the confidence she projects both on stage as well as within more intimate settings, have earned her global appeal. She is a well regarded Digital Influencer and Brand Ambassador for some of the world's leading iconic brands.
Starting a business can an exciting and busy but also can be challenging and filled with surprises which may be unpleasant. If you are just getting started in your Business, in this episode I share the 10 things to know and plan for before you start. Preparedness is the Ultimate confidence builder.
When Noah built the ark it wasn’t raining. Make it easy for you to succeed from the get go by planning ahead. Stealth and speed is important but a bit preparation will seal the deal.
Building a tribe or a community isn't easy and not everyone can pull it off. But Malini has managed to do just that with her 75K strong Facebook group and the "Girl Tribe by Miss Malini" app. Malini has a unique and wonderful energy and voice, she is deeply passionate about her work and the issues she is championing.
Meet BusinessMAKER, Malini Agarwal a.k.a MissMalini is the Founder & Creative Director of MissMalini Entertainment, a leading media lifestyle brand that creates highly engaging, multi-platform content geared towards India's Internet Generation. She is India's first and most famous Digital Influencer, having pioneered Indian lifestyle blogging with her website MissMalini.com in 2008. Today MissMalini Entertainment content reaches 30 million people a month every across their owned channels, with over 10 million direct social media followers. Her passion and efforts are now spent using her reach and influencer to launch social initiatives that facilitate cultural change. Most prominent of these is her invite-only & Facebook group exclusively for women called ‘Malini’s Girl Tribe’, a supportive community of 67,000 + women, as well as her Positive Masculinity community, a co-ed group for all to discuss the way towards a more socially progressive and world. By creating safe spaces for women, a myriad of topics and modern issues are discussed openly every day. Malini also launched #IgnoreNoMoreOnline, a campaign that empowers not just women, but also men to help them protect themselves against online trolls and abuses all over the internet.
Listen in to our incredible conversation with this superstar.
Shaili Chopra leads by example, going after her dreams fearlessly, creating impact & change,living on purpose by sharing stories that need to be heard, giving voice to the voiceless while building a powerful women's channel. She is an inspiration to many including me.
Listen in to Shaili share her journey and how she is creating impact.
About Shaili - Shaili Chopra is the founder of SheThePeople.TV, India’s biggest platform for real stories of real women. She is a Stanford Draper Hills Fellow. One of India’s top television editor-presenters, Shaili has a prolific journalism career, which has now furthered her into entrepreneurship, allowing her to use her news skills to create meaningful content for the web. With SheThePeople, she is redefining the role of women and creating efforts to help them live on their own terms, via new skills, platforms to speak and build a sisterhood network. In her last role, she was the Senior Editor and Lead Anchor at ET NOW, Economic Times Business News Channel and earlier with India’s largest tv network NDTV. In March 2016 Shaili was announced one of India’s Top 50 Most Influential Women in Media, Marketing and Advertising by IMPACT Magazine. She received the Woman of Influence Award by Beyond Diversity Foundation in 2017. Shaili received India’s highest honour in journalism, the Ramnath Goenka Award for Best in Business Journalism. She also won the Media Foundation Best Business Anchor Award for 2010 and, in the same year, the Federation of Indian Industry (FICCI) gave her the Young Women’s Achiever Award for her contribution to media. She also won the News Television Award for the Best Reporter in India in 2007.
Every Business should focus on delivering great Customer Experience.Retaining a customer and getting repeat Business is as important as acquiring a new customer. And the cost to acquire is always higher than the cost to retain.
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In this episode I speak to Sneha Mohan, Founder & Mentor, Global Women’s Entrepreneurship Network (GWEN) about Empowering Women through Entrepreneurship.
Sneha has 15 years experience in corporate training, entrepreneurship and content writing. She completed her M.A. in Creative Writing from Kingston University, London. Her calling to be a writer was deafening so she quit her 9 to 5 job in 2007, to write her first novel. However, her career, inadvertently took a turn towards entrepreneurship. She started Word Quotient, a content writing company and ran it successfully from 2007-2013 in Bangalore and London. With motherhood, she chose to take a 3 year sabbatical. In 2017, she was driven to start Global Women’s Entrepreneurship Network, through which she encourages women across all sections of society to choose entrepreneurship and provides the support to sustain that decision through education and community. She is still working on her first novel.
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In this episode I speak about how to figure out what types of focus problems that are impacting your productivity and how to fix it. I share a few hacks and tools to help you.
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In this solo episode I talk about Productivity, what it is and what it is not, what are the factors that lead to productivity and how to identify what is impacting your productivity. Listen in and if you like what you hear subscribe and leave me a review/rating if you like it.
In our latest episode Sindhya joins me from New York to share her journey and how she is building a beauty tech startup, fundraising, writing and more. Listen to this fascinating conversation and share your feedback.
About: Sindhya is currently the CEO & Founder of Skin Dossier, a hyper-personalization beauty tech startup. She is also a Contributing Writer for TechCrunch, Crunchbase and BeautyMatter where she writes about consumer tech, beauty tech, the startup ecosystem and solutions for diversity. Previously, she was Co-founder & CEO of SkinGenie, the world's first beauty tech company offering AI & DNA-based personalization. Sindhya is an award-winning marketing, strategy & innovations beauty executive with 20 years of experience working at top global beauty companies such as L'Oreal, L Brands, J&J and Zirh. She has also worked as an Adjunct Marketing Professor at Berkeley College. She is currently a Founder Fellow with OnDeck and a Venture Partner for NextGen Venture Partners and the Global Wellness Institute.
In this episode I interview Mindfulness Mentor, Speaking Coach, Product Manager at CNN, Upasna Gautam. She joins me from Austin, Texas, USA to talk about Mindfulness for Career Success, we talk about how to practice mindfulness everyday.
About - Upasna is the Product Manager on the Digital News and Platforms team at CNN where she develops and optimizes the technological infrastructure that powers the domain and delivers breaking news to the world. Prior to her Product Management role at CNN, Upasna worked in organic search and data analytics for a decade, and has architected and managed the organic search strategies for many enterprise properties such as PCMag, Mashable, Ford Motor Company, Valvoline, Mars Corporation, Mars Pet Food, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, and Kimberly-Clark.
Upasna lives her passion for teaching through processing complex technological topics and distilling them down to their simplest forms so that they can be understood by anyone. She has presented her thought leadership on search optimization and product management at several tech conferences. The highlight of her speaking career was in May 2019, when she delivered her TED talk, titled Optimizing for the Next Billion.
Upasna is also a Speaker Coach at Shine Bootcamp, a professional speaker accelerator for women and non-binary people. In addition to the nerdy goodness of her full-time position and conference speaking, Upasna is a mindfulness and meditation teacher, avid hiker, yogi, and self-proclaimed gastronomist.
Find her on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/upasnagautam/
In this solo episode I talk about what it takes to build Resilience and what's the secret behind building it. Resilience is the ability to go through a period of extreme stress and still be able to get through it and continue to move ahead with life with a positive and hopeful look. It isn't a quality that only a few have or one is born with. It can be built and planned for.
Now more than ever we are aware that we all need to strengthen our resilience muscle to get through the dramatic changes and curve balls that life throws at us.
This was a conversation that I enjoyed with Shivangi Walke. Because I it resonated with me on so many levels. My lovely guest who joins me from Switzerland is not only articulate but also creating massive impact through her platform Thrive with Mentoring.
Shivangi is a Master Trainer, Leadership Branding Coach, and Founder of the vibrant non-profit organization Thrive with Mentoring - a global women’s mentoring network active across 8 countries that have catalyzed thousands of mentoring relationships.
She brings over 17 years of corporate leadership experience, encompassing the leadership of HR and L&D teams globally. The foundation on which she excelled across all her roles is her ability to lead and influence teams across industry sectors and seniority levels - using her skills to influence and hold crucial conversations.
Known for her compelling drive, Shivangi has trained and coached leaders and management teams in over 40 countries globally for organizations such as Google, Johnson and Johnson, Airbus, Pfizer, Syngenta, and Swiss Re.
The words most often used by leaders to describe their interaction with Shivangi are 'evocative, dynamic and transformational'.
My guest this week is a multi talented business storytelling coach, Mentor, Facilitator, Speaker and Founder at Tsol a Leadership Consultancy based in Hong Kong.
Soundari shares how to use humanize your brand, be authentic in this dynamic and virtual world of our and build connectedness at the workplace. Having worked for over 20 years in the areas of Finance, Operations, Banking and Entrepreneurship with Unilever, ANZ and now, TSol, Soundari has an insider’s view on the challenges that organisations and teams face and this drives her passion while working on various consulting and capability building projects.
As a Business Storytelling coach, Soundari helps leaders and teams use the organic power of stories in a business context to bring humanity to the workplace. She has run programs, spoken in conferences,panel discussions and in universities on Business Storytelling, Personal Branding - Online and Offline,Thriving in the New Normal, Networking and more.
She is a Visiting Faculty at Plaksha University and has conducted sessions at IIM, Kozhikode.
Listen to this conversation for insightful takeaways.
In this episode I speak to Dipika Trehan, Founder - The H.O.W foundation an Corporate Diva.
Listen in as she talks about how to get through obstacles, being gritty and breaking through glass ceilings.
In this episode I talk to Nonita Kalra about the BTS of content creation of Iconic Magazines, chasing your dream, leading your team with compassion and integrity. Nonita is some one I deeply admire and respect and she a work ethic that is impressive. Listen in and take a lot of notes.
Nonita’s consultancies have included a special beauty project with Godrej Consumer Products Ltd -- working on building a new brand (2013). In 2015, she consulted with the Fashion Design Council of India for two fashion weeks.
Nonita has also written columns for The Indian Express, The Economic Times, the DailyO website and
She is currently Editor-in-Chief, Tata CLIQ
In today’s episode, I’m sharing strategies that will help you stay positive especially at this time as we go through the second wave in India. It is easier said than done, but beyond telling ourselves to stay positive I’m sharing specific actions you can take to stay mindful, present, grateful, and positive while dealing with anxiety.
Leave me a review if like this episode and follow me on Instagram @successwithsavitha for more tips and resources.
In this Episode my accomplished and multiple award winning guest Shalini Vadhera talks about Women investing in businesses, entrepreneurship and Beauty.
Shalini Vadhera is an inspiring serial global entrepreneur who uses her internationally renowned beauty and lifestyle platform to send an empowering message to women all over the world. Her rise from jewelry and fashion entrepreneur, celebrity make-up artist, best selling author of Passport To Beauty, favorite guest of Dr. Oz, Today, The Doctor's and The View, to the founder of a multi-million dollar global cosmetics company is nothing short of remarkable.⠀⠀⠀⠀
Vadhera is the Founder of Power Beauty Living Foundation which she launched globally at the United Nations in 2016. She's the Founder and CEO of Passport To Beauty, a beauty brand that brings the world best beaut secrets to your doorstep. and Ready Set Jet, a mission driven brand that intersects innovative products with community and impact. Vadhera is globally recognized for her innovative formulations and unique packaging design.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Vadhera has been awarded The Mahatma Gandhi Leadership Award at The British House Of Lords, The Woman of Excellence Award, The Oprah Beauty O~ward and The Jewel Of India Award from the Prime Ministers office.
In this episode with Mitali talks about why you should publish a book if you want build your brand, establish your expertise and build credibility. If you have ever thought of writing a Business Book then you must listen to this conversation as she breaks it down step by step.
Ghostwriter turned business book expert, Mitali Deypurkaystha, aka 'The Authority Creator,' transforms coaches, consultants & speakers into thought leaders by becoming published authors within 90 days. Featured on ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox, she’s helped her clients generate over $5 million in additional business revenue. As the recipient of coaching and mentoring for weight issues, addiction, mental health, business, and career, she has made it her life’s mission to help coaches, consultants and speakers succeed. Her favorite business book is Start With Why by Simon Sinek.
You can get her new book via https://www.thefreedommasterplan.com/
and connect with her on Linkedin via https://www.linkedin.com/in/mdeypurka...
In this Episode with Vanshika Goenka @vanshikagoenka Founder @kool_kanya we have a really interesting conversation around starting up a business, what it takes to create a platform, growing during a pandemic and what you want to keep in mind if you plan to build a community or create a platform.Let me give you a clue - It has to do with knowing and understand your audience well.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Vanshika’s energy and passion shines through as she speaks about her vision for this platform. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
About Vanshika - In 2017, while she was doing market research for a sanitary pad company. she looked up from her report and looked around, and suddenly realized that she was in a room full of men discussing how to design a better sanitary pad – a product that was only used by women. It hit her then that if places designing feminine products also do not have women, what would be the case in seemingly male dominated professions.
She started digging into this skewed gender ratio in the Indian workplace and surveyed over 300 Indian women, discussed their pain points on their career paths. What she discovered was that while most women had similar journeys, they still found themselves alone in navigating their career journeys. As such, she was determined to start a community of women who help each other create the careers they love. And Kool Kanya was born.
Apart from the company the she has founded, another great passion for her is walking on the road to self-discovery and to be on a path to become a better version of herself every day.
She is a strong weightlifter and a trained Kathak dancer. She loves social media and is keenly interested in product development with empathetic technology that adds value to this world.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
If you want to build your Personal Brand in an authentic way then you must add storytelling to your skill sets.Listen to this conversation with Neeraja Ganesh, a master storyteller herself for how to do this. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Neeraja Ganesh is a thought leader associated with reputed training organization in India - Inroads Leadership development and Quinnergy Leadership Academy. She has served as the Director – Relationships at National Education Society of Karnataka.Having spent 25 years in the IT industry managing large teams. She decided to switch her career from IT to work in the space of gender diversity. She headed the JobsForHer Foundation for 18 months, is a Keynote speaker,she writes articles, has been featured on chat shows & podcasts, and been invited to review books of leading authors. She has won many awards.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
For International Women's Day in a special feature on the Podcast we have special guest Ankita Chaturvedi and she shares her message on"Embracing Body Positivity, Beauty at all sizes and Building Unbreakable Self-belief & Confidence"⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Ankita Chaturvedi , Founder of @corallistablog is an Engineer-turned Entrepreneur, a Content Creator, Beauty Influencer and Trained Makeup Artist from the MakeUp Forever Academy, Paris. Her journey started in January 2011 with a tiny WordPress Blog as a B.Tech student at IIT-Bombay. Over the next few years, her passion turned into a full-time profession. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Today, in the 10th year of her career as a First Generation Content Creator in India, she has a dedicated community of 1 Million+ Followers on YouTube & Instagram.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
In our Launch Episode 1 we have the incredible Masoom Minawala @masoomminawala share her tips and strategies for How to grow on the gram, create consistent content, her own challenges and how she has tackled them and a behind the scenes look at what goes into the making of brand Masoom.
Masoom pioneered the Indian blogging industry in 2010 & went on to represent India globally as an Influencer & digital entrepreneur after moving to Europe in 2018. In 2014, she launched one of India’s first fashion e-commerce portals called Style Fiesta. As a content creator, she has worked with over 100+ brands including Louis Vuitton, Dior, and Bvlgari to create digital content and connect them with an audience of 18 million+ users. She has been featured in leading publications such as Vogue, Cosmopolitan, and Social Samosa and has had the privilege of representing India at the Cannes Film Festival red carpet in 2019 and share her story during a talk at TEDxYouth@Wilrijk in Belgium.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀