I am often asked: “What do you do?” and I say: “That is a tough question. Please refer to the About Section of my Facebook profile” or I send them my LinkedIn profile.
Some people found it funny or amusing and some found it as a lack of focus in life. Well, I knew the reality and I was sometimes overwhelmed due to personal struggles and lack of time to do it all. But then thanks to my best friend and a +Acumen course by Sarah Robb O’Hagan, I was able to get more clarity on the what and how of my various fields of work.
Triangle Leader at Lifebushido, a virtual US-based company founded by Steve Kantor, a Harvard grad, where I head the triangles, a 30-day recruit process mandatory to apply and work at the company. I get to talk, guide and learn from people across the world, both US, and Globals recruits. We financially empower women in technology to work part-time and focus on their unique talents through the Billion Dollar Agent Systems.
Catalyst (volunteer coach) on +Acumen courses, the world’s school for social change like Social Entrepreneurship 101, Design Kit, Human-centered design, Storytelling for Change, a Corps member of virtual invitation-only global community of action-oriented changemakers consisting of their most dedicated students and community members and a Launch Team member on their Udemy courses.
Local Expert for Kolkata in the OSU Project under “WOMEN IN STEM ROADSHOW” (WSR) program 2017-2018, U.S. Mission India Public Diplomacy Grants Program, U.S Department of State, headed by Dr.Sultana Nahar, a senior scientist at OSU. The aim of this initiative is to encourage and promote STEM studies among disadvantaged and minority females in India- Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Kurnool, Patna and Aligarh.
Challenge (1): How might we improve educational outcomes for children and youth—particularly girls— in emergency situations? (Sponsored by A MIKTA initiative delivered with Australian Aid, in partnership with AECOM and GKI)
Challenge (2): How might we better prepare all learners for the needs of tomorrow by reimagining higher education?
(Sponsored by USA Funds, ASU GSV Summit, Georgia Tech, and Level Education from Northeastern University)
Sub-Committee Member of Girl’s Section of Calcutta Muslim Orphanage, the oldest orphanage of the country established in 1892, which was visited in 2004 by the Honourable Ex-President of India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam for the inauguration of its school building. I started as a volunteer for 3+ years doing various activities with primary school children like playing educative games and teaching through stories and English through poems and songs, and with primary and secondary students like counseling through activities and discuss topics on hygiene, friendship, love etc.
In 2016, after doing several +Acumen courses, I started reviewing the documents of the girls, observing the place and people better and proposed a project, created content with monitoring and evaluation templates called “Her Well-Being” to solve some major challenges that were being faced through counselling, a residential house system with duties addressing major problems faced and tuition teacher training to start with. It proved to be effective as students started sharing openly and expressed interest in the activities. Moreover, few females I trained from high school and college was involved in problem-solving and acted as the role model for these girls.
Head of CSR Youth Team at Sanjha Chulha, a successful restaurant with 4 outlets in the city where we have taken up the challenge of Hunger Free Kolkata through our FOOD ATM Initiative that became very popular and got lots of media coverage, corporate support and support from renowned social circles like Rotary, Round Table and others. I Mentor the youth who are involved and help plan strategy to have more youth from schools and colleges join the team. I identified two of the leaders in the team during the Ideathon by Global Shapers Kolkata where I was a mentor for the event.
Mentor at DREAMS, a social initiative for promoting and developing resources for teaching STEM to the Visually Impaired, starting in Surat with a team consisting of Dr.Manish Jain and Mrs.Meghnaa Surana from Surat, Praachi Jain from Japan, Arjavi Bahety from Singapore and 3 teens- Mudit, Ananya and Krish from Surat, who participated in the Diamond Challenge in the US for Teen Entrepreneurs.
Influencer and Speaker at KNUTS, a talent management agency, a platform where the “stories meet the stage.” My profile falls into the category of Voices of Women, Voice of Words and The Changemakers. I will be sharing my story of the “triumph of the will” as they have described and to “give good a chance.”
Mentor at Aspire, based in UK and with offices in USA too, founded by Dr. Sam Collins, our vision is “To empower ‘M.A.D.’ (Making A Difference) women the world over to be leaders for business, economic and social change. For the sake of a world where women and men are empowered and authentic leaders to enable equality, justice, balance, and success.”
Speaker at Indian Speakers Bureau, which is “India’s leading bureau which provides their clients a comprehensive list of some of the world’s most exceptional and renowned Indian and international speakers, celebrities, performers, bureaucrats, global influential achievers for keynote, meetings, knowledge-based training programmes, workshops, events, seminars and conferences anywhere around the globe. Being based out of India, our reach is global and requirement immense. Our clients include Indian, International and fortune 500 companies. We cater to diverse industries, regions, culture, and organizations.”
Volunteer at Sri Aurobindo Bhavan-Kolkata where we organize and conduct events for children in July and January. The children’s literary and cultural events like drawing competition, elocution, storytelling, dance, and quiz occur in July and annual sports day in January. Schools across Kolkata participate with enthusiasm and get opportunities to showcase their talents in different fields.
Mentor and Ambassador at Jobs For Her, India’s largest online portal for women returnees. It is a platform that offers resources and the “journeys of women who are devoted to their families and committed to their careers.” I aspire to empower more women in India through my work and my mentoring to rejoin the workforce and be assets to their families and country by being money smart.
Trainer at CELLO-Write to Win, a unique experiential learning initiative for (1) Middle school on “Secrets To Great Handwriting” and for (2) High school on “Making Exams Stress Free.” I interacted with students from grades 4, 5 and 6 in one session and with students from grades 7, 8 and 9 in the second session in the schools across Kolkata.
Freelancer Teacher at Word Munchers, it is a creative writing and language development service provider that focuses on bespoke and diverse skills to assist students, adults and corporate fulfill their language enrichment and creative writing requirements. I am passionate about teaching critical thinking and public speaking through productive songs and interactive, fun learning activities.
Mentor at Telemachus 2019 of Global Thinkers Mentors Forum, a “global platform bringing together a diverse network of thought leaders and creating meaningful networking and conversations around global challenges and trends. GTF’s mission focuses on three areas: fostering accountability in leadership, promoting women’s empowerment and creating opportunities for young people to develop. GTF is also a bridge-builder, and an organisation that promotes public-private sector partnerships and opens conduits for collaboration and stakeholder engagement. Here the mentors are individuals who have a very successful track record in fields such as:
Governance & Public Policy, Accountable Leadership, Business, Entrepreneurship, Media, Innovation, Technology, Academia. They also represent nine countries and four continents.” It is an honour to be a global mentor alongside dignitaries globally.
Expert at SpeakIn, a global expert platform to connect individual clients, business houses as well as big corporations with the world’s most relevant experts, at the back of strong research and compliance standards.
Trainer at Dell Aarambh in West Bengal, an outreach program for schools in India. “Aarambh is a pan-India PC for Education initiative engineered to enhance learning using the power of technology; it is designed to help parents, teachers and children find firm footing in Digital India. This initiative seeks to connect parents, teachers and students and provide them the necessary training so that they can better utilise the PC for learning, both at school and at home.”
“Creativity, critical thinking and complex problem solving are the three most desirable skills for today’s ‘Digital Indians’, and Aarambh is our effort to hone these three skills with the help of technology.”
Learning Partner with Emami for SMART PARENTING, Parenting Right sessions- intervention in the parenting of first-generation learners with the following goals:
- Help be a smart parent to raise a smarter kid.
- Ways of collaboration between teachers and parents for smart parenting.
- Role of parents at home for smart parenting.
- The balance between parent centric and child-centric parenting.
Founder and Director at Madiha Ahmed (OPC) Pvt Ltd working in the fields of media, communication and development, for capacity building in the education and social sectors.
Member at “The International Alliance of Women (IAW) is an international NGO comprising 41 member organizations involved in the promotion of women’s human rights, of equality and of the empowerment of women. The IAW has general consultative status at the UN Economic and Social Council and is accredited to many specialized UN agencies, has participatory status with the Council of Europe and is represented at the Arab League, the African Union and other international organizations.”