Fortune brought my way the opportunity to become a part of the ‘10,000 women entrepreneurs community’, selected globally by Goldman Sachs. Drown in my work; careworn by the everyday tasks that seemed Herculean…it was like driving through heavy fog, straining my eyes to seek the signs that will assure my progress towards my desired success. Suddenly, the 10,000 Women Entrepreneur certification program emerged like a lighthouse and I was called to attend the business and management course designed and offered at a 100% scholarship by Goldman Sachs in association with Birla Institute of Management & Technology, Noida.
Destiny smiled. I couldn’t help remembering my application from 20 months back – completed, sealed and addressed waiting to be couriered. I was in middle of the mind-boggling process of diversifying my business, my precious daughter was not even two years old…and most importantly even after 6 years of managing a self sufficient business and years of senior management experience with world’s best companies, I was in the process of rediscovering my missing confidence that almost all new mothers have to undergo. Still I had faith that I will connect with this global network – and I did ! Ironically, I applied online and my 20 month old application is still in the drawer of my desk.
Guided by the amazing, empathetic and highly organized team of BIMTECH, orchestrating the entire program – I entered their peaceful campus on the morning of 11th Feb 2013. For the next six days each of the attendees of the program were simply amazed at every step – we felt important, assure of ourselves and entirely at home…thanks to each and every member of the organizing committee at BIMTECH, Noida.
Nine hours each day of finance, strategy and market research; six days of informative sharing with women entrepreneurs from different sectors but same phase of life; a week of core-shaking, highly motivating yet bluntly truthful interactions with the country’s best faculty…and I learnt that we all are seafaring in different boats but our sails are in the same state of struggle and we all feel that the winds always rage in the opposite direction. And here are the top three not-so-technical things that I learnt during this week –
- Scarcity of Funds – you want an office to meet your clients, but you don’t realize that Skype can help you meet more clients than any office can. We all complain of not having enough money! And we need money to buy things or intellect which we think we need to expand. We learnt how we can utilize our existing resources in the optimum way…and surprise! We realized we can survive and grow without external funding.
- People Don’t Take Me Seriously – ‘you are dressed in your crumpled kurtas but you want to be recognized as an entrepreneur’ (no offense intended)…and this is not coming from me as a visual communication expert but it was stated by a senior faculty of financial strategy.
- Team Matters – women are always better as individual performers…but during the six day session, I saw a tremendous synergy developing within the group and we realized that alone we can walk towards our destination but with synergy we can conquer our destined success!
So…here’s to all the multi-tasking, dynamic, enterprising women who are carving a niche for themselves with their creativity, zeal and passion to serve !