Speakers for the various discussions
A pass out from JNU and married at 23, Gitanjali Banerjee never thought she would be doing what she is doing today. Yes, life has a way of surprising you, as she found after marriage and a troubling time, dealing with infertility. Post 5 miscarriages, 3 molar pregnancies, 1 failed IVF, a brush with ovarian cancer and finally successful pregnancy on second IVF attempt- I stand here in front of you to openly talk about my Infertility journey”, she found her true calling in combining this to create awareness and support for infertility.
The aim of InfertilityDost is to be the helping hand to couples who go through the problems that come with opting for IVF. Along with the social trauma and the exhausting process, InfertilityDost guides couples and provides them with a platform to share their stories with the world. This along with inspiring and helping women re-establish their self-esteem is the biggest joy for her in this venture. This is what ‘real empowerment’ according to her is.
Founder, Infertility Dost
Latika Wadhwa is the Founder of Mompreneur Circle - a 5,00,000+ community with more than 25 citywise chapters of married women and mothers who are running their business ventures successfully. With a master's degree in English and Communication Studies Latika started Mompreneur Circle with a vision to help the womenfolk to make their strong identity in the entrepreneurial world post marriage or motherhood. Today the Mompreneur Circle community has become India's most trusted community for married women and mothers for all their needs and requirements.
Latika is imparting mentorship, skill development to womenfolk,platform to connect and network with fellow mompreneurs. The community is a circle of support, strength and a symbol of financial independence for womenfolk who can showcase their business, enhance the business acumen and empower each other in their entrepreneurial journey.
Latika has also been awarded as Social Achiever's Award 2017, Women of Future Awards 2017 and nominated in ICICI Bank Women Advantage Awards 2018.
Founder, Mompreneur Circle
Neha Arora, is the founder of Planet Abled, which provides accessible travel solutions for people of all disabilities and the elderly. Neha worked with companies like HCL, Nokia & Adobe before taking the plunge to start Planet Abled. Born to parents with disabilities she faced challenges in travelling and realized no avenues were available for people with disabilities.This made her start the inclusive travel journey of Planet Abled based on Universal Design Concepts, a first of its kind in the world.
Planet Abled is the recipient of many awards including NCPECP - Mphasis Universal Design Award and India Responsible Tourism Award by Outlook Traveller and World Travel Market London. The feather in the cap is the Zero Project best innovative practice award at United Nations Vienna in 2018, to have impacted lives of people with disabilities in the world in a positive way.
In personal capacity, Neha also conducts workshops and awareness sessions in corporate and various forums for seamless amalgamation of people with disabilities in mainstream via the medium of travel. She has also been delivering sessions on Social Entrepreneurship in universities/ colleges including seminars organized by IIMs.
Founder, Planet Abled
Pallavi Pareek, a change management specialist by education and profession, is building entrepreneurial solutions for the integral issues of the society and workplaces with core focus on “inclusion”. Her current venture, UNGENDER is an advisory for CXOs to build safe and diverse organizations through strategic diversity management. Additional areas that Pallavi holds expertise is on legal compliance alignment of laws pertaining to workplace harassment and maternity benefits with internal policies, processes, infrastructure, and culture elements of a workplace. An expert in the workplace harassment laws Pallavi has engaged with over 100 workplaces and educated over 50,000 individuals on this law. “Project Jaagruk”, the non-profit arm of Ungender also trains Police Officers on gender sensitization and sexual harassment laws across Delhi. Pallavi through her product CloudTrain, was the first to devise an online solution to address the complex compliance environment of implementation issues related to the Sexual harassment of Women at Workplace Laws.
Recently, for her contribution through her entrepreneurial and social activities, Pallavi was awarded the “Women of Excellence Award, 2017” by Women Economic Forum in New Delhi.
In her work on Sexual Harassment Laws, Pallavi has launched India’s first and only online executive certificate course on Workplace Diversity and Sexual Harassment Prevention supported by National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata.
Managing Partner, Ungender
A proud intersectional feminist and reproductive justice activist, She is the co-host and co-producer of The Reproductive Justice Happy Hour podcast that covers wide-ranging feminist issues through a transnational RJ lens. Surabhi is passionate about advancing a rights-based discourse on abortion to end the shame and stigma around abortion and reproductive justice issues She believes this cannot happen without also talking openly about sex, pleasure, bodily autonomy and other cool stuff (which she gets to do at her full time job at Love Matters India!).
Surabhi loves everything pop-culture, listening to podcasts, riding the metro, and eating pizza! Surabhi has a masters degree in public health, and is currently based in New Delhi, India.
Co-host and Co-producer, The Reproductive Justice Happy Hour
Vandita is a development policy consultant, legal researcher, and gender rights facilitator. She has worked with philanthropists, government bodies and politicians towards building development based action plans, several of which have been implemented in Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, and Madhya Pradesh. She has trained 500+ young persons in social leadership and 15,000+ persons on issues related to sexual violence, gender justice, and the law. Vandita has been the Policy, Legal and United Nations Liaison Officer, at Safecity, during which time she was a member of the Policy and Strategy Group, World We Want 2030, UNDP and the Working Group on Youth and Gender Equality, IANYD, UN Women. She is a Legal Researcher at Strategic Advocacy for Human Rights and at Red Elephant Foundation while writing for various digital platforms. She has won several awards for her work in the development sector and was recently awarded the Women Economic Forum’s ‘Young Leaders Creating a Better World for All’ award, 2018, and the WeAreTheCity Rising Stars, India, an award for social impact, 2017. Vandita was featured in the ‘Press for Progress: Top 100 Trailblazers’ list by Ananke, in 2018, for her work towards gender justice.
Founder, One Future Collective