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
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."
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."
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."
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