Women's Leadership Program

The Embassy of India Student Hub is organized a Women's Leadership Program, in the last quarter of 2020, for students in India and the United States to realize their inner potential through activity-based projects, and develop a sense of responsiblity as global citizens. The program instilled a sense of belongingness amongst the fellow participants and created a conducive milieu for the leaders within them to thrive. Additionally, it helped them build the foundation of their journeys on values, love, and the inherent divine feminine.

This program was developed and tested by 5 faciliators who were a part of the Hub's Summer Volunteer Program. The activities carried under the program allowed participants to challenge their perspectives, learn and unlearn the preconceived notions about their inherent ability and explore empowerment in their everyday life.

MEET THE COHORT

Himani Mor

Born and brought up in Haryana, Himani is currently pursuing an MBA in Sports Management. She is a student athlete and is a part of the Franklin Pierce Tennis team. Himani is also the founder of a sport clubs in Haryana, where she and her family supports young emerging athletes such as herself.

Himani is the student representative from Rindge campus on the DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) council. She believes that everyone belongs to one race i.e humanity. It is us, humans, who created divisions, and we are the one who can breakthrough boundaries which separate us on the basis of color, gender, and ethnicity.

About the program: "It was a great experience and I loved being a part of such an amazing group of young women who taught me a lot in such a short period of time. The facilitators were very friendly, and I felt more like a family while interacting with them. We created an environment of learning and fun."

Kritika Gupta

A doctoral student in the Department of Nutrition and Hospitality Management at The University of Mississippi, Kritika is passionate about child nutrition, school wellness policies, science communication, and mental health. Her current research project aims to understand the resilience capacity of school nutrition programs in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic. She was a speaker at Soapbox Science Philadelphia 2020 where she presented Hunger, Obesity, Food Availability, and Food Wastage–The Imbalanced Diet. She received the 2018 AcSIR-Kalam Fellowship and 2016 Swami Vivekanand Youth Award. Kritika believes the field of nutrition allows her to juggle roles as leader, advocate, and therapist. The more she advances in “this beautiful field of science,” the more she realizes “the unmatched potential it has.”

About the program: "The Women's Leadership Program helped me understand and prioritize the causes I care about. I always knew I have had passion for causes but during WLP I understood why I care about certain causes and issues of the society more than the others."

Meghna Sathe

From Indore, Meghna wants to learn more, achieve more, understand more, help more, love more and this quest helps her meet new people, and grab new opportunities. She is a recent graduate with a Master's in Information Systems from University of Utah.

She is very passionate about quality healthcare for all and financial independence for women. With her technical, analytical and biology background, she wishes to transform healthcare with use of data. When she is not working, Meghna loves to bake, cook, go on hikes, read, practice singing, volunteering and participating in community events.

About the program: "The program was highly instrumental in realizing blessings through the gratitude journal we submitted each week and solidifying the purpose in life through the final project. Overall a great learning experience."

Padma Shneha

Originally from Chennai, Padma is an aspiring data scientist. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Data Analytics from the University of Central Florida. She enjoys reading, playing tennis, watching Netflix, and singing. Her life goal is to help everyone find their purpose. As a part of the Women's Leadership Program, she developed "Know Your Money" - a program that helps people educate themselves on finances.

About the program: "The Women's Leadership Program was one of the best programs I've participated in. It helped me develop confidence and I was able to discover myself."

MEET THE FACILITATORS

Abhisri Nath

Abhisri hails from Assam, but has grown up in various parts of India. Hence, she has learnt to appreciate diversity and tolerance. It is the stories from various nooks and corners, places, people and situations that bring a smile to her face. She wishes to keep discovering more such stories. Abhisri is an undergrad student from Oberlin College majoring in Political Science.

Abhisri has been a volunteer with the India Student Hub since July 2019. She co-developed and implemented a 10-week Women's Leadership Program aimed at equipping young women with skills to think beyond themselves and become purposeful leaders who inspire and motivate those around them with integrity and empathy. Abhisri is part of organizing team for Women's Film Festival 2021.

Aditi Thapar

As a child, Aditi once took a clock apart to understand how the individual components worked together to make it tick - in the literal sense. She continues to bring this sense of inquisitiveness to all her projects and can assemble seemingly disparate pieces of information into an integrated, cohesive story. Aditi is a Ph.D. candidate in Public Policy & Management at the Ohio State University. Although she has been a lifelong NRI, she was born in New Delhi.

As a volunteer with the India Student Hub, Aditi co-developed and implemented a 10-week Women's Leadership Program aimed at equipping young women with skills to think beyond themselves and become purposeful leaders who inspire and motivate those around them with integrity and empathy. She also supported the research on C-PTSD training and treatment. Currently, Aditi is co-developing and leading the "Climate & You - Climate Action Program" for the 2021 Spring Volunteers.

Pooja Bailey

Born and raised in Bangalore, Pooja graduated with a Master of Science in Hospitality and Business Management from the University of Delaware. Pooja enjoys collecting stories and creating indelible memories. As a seasoned hotelier, she is passionate about meeting people from different cultures and is forever curious about food and how it operates as a universal language to express cultural identities.

As a volunteer with the India Student Hub, Pooja co-developed and implemented a 10-week Women's Leadership Program aimed at equipping young women with skills to think beyond themselves and become purposeful leaders who inspire and motivate those around them with integrity and empathy. She also supported the research on C-PTSD training and treatment. Pooja is part of the organizing team for Women's Film Festival 2021.

Sukanya Kulkarni

With roots in Pune, Sukanya grew up in various parts of India and hence, goes by her life mantra - adaptability is the secret to survival. She loves to hop onto every/anything that relates to painting, art and craft. Sukanya is a Mechanical Engineer by choice and an artist at heart. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Engineering Management from Northeastern University in Boston.

Sukanya co-developed and implemented a 10-week Women's Leadership Program aimed at equipping young women with skills to think beyond themselves and become purposeful leaders who inspire and motivate those around them with integrity and empathy. Her most significant accomplishment is focused on the quality network of eternal friends.