Woman Entrepreneurship - Opportunities & Challenges

I was invited to be a part of a panel discussion on the topic of Women Entrepreneurship at the MCM, DAV college, Sector 36 on the 26th of Feb 2011. We were expected to talk of our initial days, and our work-home balance etc. etc. and what opportunities and challenges present themselves as you go along…and of course any advise one could give to the young ones.

Chhavi came along to attend and did a smart thing by video recording part of the talk, so I don’t have to write too much about what I spoke.  The people at the college were so enthusiastic, that the lady welcoming us had done more research on the topic and had pretty much covered all the points under the sun regarding women entrepreneurship, so there wasn’t a whole lot of gyan that the panelists could share other than their own stories. Here’s the first 9 minutes of my talk…

Points that I touched upon after the bit in the video, (another 4-5 minutes):

1. As a working woman, support is essential and you need it all the time, even from your kids whatever age they may be

2. Hard work never killed anyone, and you should take the risk, the younger one is the harder you can work

3. If you are a working woman, and balancing work-home life, AND by choice, don’t go around with a holier-than-thou attitude and look down upon women who don’t work. You chose to work, you’re not doing anyone a favor.

4. Never feel guilty, you’re doing a great job, and it IS possible to balance it all. Your family must understand how important your work life is to you, they must give you space to grow as a professional or entrepreneur and if you neglect them once in a while, don’t worry, they’ll live.

Overall, it was fun.. was treated like royalty, met Blossom Kochhar, who was on the panel as well, sweet lady… great skin… got a little bored with the Q&A, it was as if the teachers told the students what to ask, so there were no natural questions, other than this one from a professor who asked me how I convinced my Dad to let me go to college of art, instead of doing the regular stuff… I don’t even remember how I convinced him now, but I think it was on the basis of who won the pigheadedness competition, and I think I out-lasted him there :-)

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  • Anuja
  • April 7, 2011 at 12:32 AM

Hi Anuja, nice to read your message, thank you. If you're out to do the right things in life, you should also be able to convince your parents, they'll hear you out, and see your point of view if you're logical, respectful and convincing :-) You may want to also see an earlier post here, may be helpful.


  • Anuja
  • April 7, 2011 at 12:27 AM

Thanks Gurinder, you're fabulous for my ego :-)

  • Anuja
  • April 7, 2011 at 12:34 AM

Chhavi.... likewise my dear!

  • Chhavi Firani
  • April 6, 2011 at 2:27 PM

Anuja, thanks for giving me the opportunity to be a part of the event. I loved the experience, and am glad that I was able to record your talk, I am sure it is very motivating for your Blog viewers to hear you share your experiences.

I am so glad and proud to be associated with you on so many different levels :-).

  • Anuja sharma
  • April 4, 2011 at 9:56 PM

respected mam,
i am anuja,20 years old from kota(rajasthan).i am studying BBA final year from kota itself.i have attended many motivational and entrepreneurial seminars but not as good as yours.i can connect myself to the story you told while starting on your carrier.self dependency,inner motivation,earning lots of money,many dreams yet to be accomplished.alas..!i couldnt get the exposure what i wanted to experience.the main thing was i couldnt trespaas the limitations my parents maintained for me.would like to learn many things from you.

i am very much determined,self disciplined,carrier oriented,motivated and have the eager to learn much more and more in life.i hope you could help me with this.will be waiting for your response.
with regards
anuja sharma

  • Gurinder
  • March 6, 2011 at 7:25 PM

You are able to connect to the audience beautifully. I loved hearing you :-)

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