International Women’s Day: “10 Women Leaders with Vision Shaping Industries and Driving Essential Growth”


Here are 10 accomplished and inspiring women from India  who have significantly altered the world’s perception of women, leaving a lasting impact. Take a moment to delve into their stories of success…

To celebrate International Women’s Day, let’s explore a compilation of 10 female leaders whose innovative visions are shaping industries, driving success, and illuminating pathways for millions around the globe. Through their remarkable journeys, they serve as beacons of empowerment and inspiration for women everywhere.

Jecintha Pillai- Director Kings International Medical Academy Pvt Ltd

While measuring the contribution of a mother can be industrious enough, here is a woman who has mothered a multitude. Born in a house, short of a roof that has nothing more than four walls and a few vessels, from the age of five she decided to shoulder a part of her mother’s responsibility by picking up the broom, sweeping dirt and cleaning floors and did her study in candlelight.  In this adverse situation she completed her college degree in Pune city, India.

She dreamt big by  Securing the role of Director of Transworld Educare and Kings International, she was instrumental in creating over thousands doctors working all across the globe. Her work won her multiple awards for her determination which transcended the gender narratives. Indubitably, she remains to be an example that Mothers are powerful beyond comparison, not just by maternity but by every parameter possible.

Falguni Nayar- CEO of Nykaa

“Don’t hesitate to embrace risks as you navigate your journey. Consider yourself fortunate to be stepping into a world that increasingly values risk-taking. In the early stages of your career, dare to take calculated risks and place bold bets on yourself. Explore various paths to discern your preferences and strengths. Challenge yourself by taking on roles that push you beyond your comfort zone.

Falguni Nayar, a seasoned businesswoman, emphasized that it’s never too late to embark on a new beginning. Nayar herself initiated her venture,, at the age of 50., reinforcing the message that regardless of external opinions, there’s always an opportunity for a fresh start. “Remember, no matter what others may say, it’s never too late to begin anew,” reiterated the CEO of Nykaa, the renowned beauty brand.

Dr. Amita Phadnis- Renowned Pediatrician, Director ONP Hospital Pune

Embodying a perfect blend of experience and innovation, Dr. Amita Phadnis has set a high standard in the field of pediatrics and neonatology. Through her work, she manifests an unparalleled dedication towards improving the quality of life of her young patients and providing them with a fighting chance at life, thereby embodying the very essence of a true healer.

In 1992, driven by her immense commitment to enhancing child healthcare, Dr. Amita Phadnis founded Neo Clinic, the first tertiary level Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in Pune. This state-of-the-art facility was equipped with a specialized pediatric ambulance, ensuring the availability of immediate and advanced care for newborns in need. The development of this unit was a transformative moment in Pune’s medical history, demonstrating Dr. Phadnis’ tireless dedication and unwavering perseverance in her field. She has spearheaded various initiatives focused on women and child health. Her mission is to uplift healthcare standards and deliver outstanding pediatric care in Pune and beyond, and she continues to strive for this goal with utmost dedication.

Sushama S. Chordiya- VP  & Secretary of Suryadatta Education Foundation

Mrs. Sushama S. Chordiya is a well-known humanitarian and social worker who works diligently to improve society and empower the underprivileged. She is a conscientious and caring daughter, wife, mother, and grandma who successfully balances work and family life. She inspires everyone she knows. Mrs Sushama Chordiya, Vice President  & Secretary of Suryadatta Education Foundation and President SWELA, is the silent but powerful driving force behind the organization’s phenomenal success since 1999. She oversees Suryadatta Group’s Institutes, ensuring smooth operations, managing accounts and finance, guiding faculty, mentoring students, organizing social events, and providing cultural guidance.

 The dedication & relentless efforts has facilitated growth of Suryadatta Group of Institutions (SGI). Mrs. Chordiya’s purpose is to provide education for everybody. She believes that everyone has enormous potential and should be encouraged, motivated, and given confidence to prove that nothing is impossible.Recently she has visited University of Oxford, Oxford U.K. She has been honored with International & National awards for her invaluable contribution in Education and Social upliftment of the society.

Anu Aga-  Former Chairperson and Non-Executive Director.

With no prior experience in business or engineering, Anu Aga unexpectedly assumed leadership of Thermax Global, one of India’s major engineering firms, following her husband’s sudden passing in 1996. Over her eight-year tenure as chair, Aga revolutionized the company’s focus on energy and environmental engineering, specializing in the production and conservation of energy through equipment like boilers, generators, and turbines. Under her guidance, Thermax Global earned recognition as one of Asia’s premier small enterprises, propelling Aga into the ranks of the world’s wealthiest female entrepreneurs

She attributed part of her success to her readiness to seek assistance, stating, “I had no qualms about admitting when I didn’t know something.” Aga offered advice to aspiring entrepreneurs and future leaders, emphasizing, “For me, success is about finding inner peace and pursuing everything with fervor. Unlike my husband’s belief, I don’t see achievement in one aspect of life as necessitating sacrifices in health or family time.”

Rajashree Parab- Key channel partner of Happyness Factory

A Personal Financial and Life Coach, Rajashree Parab is an ex-banker who helps families realize the true potential of their savings and set a discipline of goal-based investing. Her coaching and counseling  experience helps her clientele get the right mindset for a well invested life, along with tailormade financial plans suited for their life goals.

Rajashree has a vision to empower women and educate youth on personal finance and help retirees live their best second innings. She is a key channel partner with HAPPYNESS FACTORY, a  goal-based investment platform that guides 7000+ families in personal finance. A 90 minute discussion with her will definitely demystify your fears around money and assist you in designing your road map to Financial Freedom.

Deepti Chacko Bangera: Engineer & International beauty pageant winner

Deepti Chacko Bangera’s journey is one of resilience, passion, and empowerment. As an engineer by profession and a writer at heart, she embodies the fusion of intellect and creativity. A child prodigy in sports, Deepti’s exceptional achievements representing the State of Maharashtra at the National Games four times highlighted her early prowess. Yet, a setback—a back injury—led to weight gain, exposing her to the harsh realities of societal perceptions towards obesity.  Undeterred, Deepti embarked on a transformative journey, reclaiming control over her health and emerged as a beacon of inspiration in the realm of body positivity.

Her narrative shifted from victimhood to empowerment as she embraced her journey, becoming a motivational speaker who touches millions with her message of self-love and acceptance.  Her crowning moment arrived in 2021 when she was bestowed the title of Mrs. India Empress of the Nation (Plus) by DIVA Pageants, a testament to her advocacy for inclusivity and empowerment. Subsequently, representing India at the Mrs. Queen of Galaxy 2021 in Thailand, Deepti established victorious, solidifying her status as a global icon of resilience and positivity

Sangita Palshikar –The Non-executive director, SKP Bearing Industries Ltd

As the saying goes, ‘Behind every great man, there’s a great woman.’ But who stands beside her when she dares to dream? When she exhibits brilliance to take the first leap? In the growth journey of SKP Bearing Industries Ltd., SKP Bearing Industries Ltd., a trailblazer in manufacturing and exporting Needle Rollers, Cylindrical Rollers, Steel Balls, and Pins, stands out as a beacon of empowerment and gender equality. With a global presence spanning the Middle East, Brazil, Mexico, Canada, Argentina, and the recent addition of France,

Founded in 1991 as a partnership firm by Mr. Shrinand K. Palshikar and Mrs. Sangita Palshikar, SKP Bearing later evolved into a distinguished public limited entity. The company’s steadfast dedication to women empowerment is exemplified by its workforce, where an impressive 35% comprises women, ranging from interns to the leadership team.

Mrs. Sangita Palshikar earned her special mention award as ‘Outstanding Women Entrepreneurs’ in 2011, presented by the former President of India, Hon’ble Shri Pranab Mukherjee.

Pankti Agarwal- Director, Laser Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

Navigating the entrepreneurial journey demands resilience and determination, especially for women in the dynamic Indian market. Pankti Agarwal, the Director of Laser Technologies, stands as a testament to this journey, gaining invaluable insights as a female leader in a predominantly male environment. Her experiences have fueled a goal to foster change, evident not only in the boardroom but also through active participation in various CSR initiatives and advocacy for women in manufacturing.

Pankti is a proud contributor to initiatives like Womanufacturing, a platform dedicated to sharing the stories of individuals recognized as the Makers of India.’Cutting Through Stereotypes: Womanufacturing – The Rise of Women in Manufacturing. Pankti Agarwal, (LTPL) founded in 2011 has been at the forefront of cutting-edge technology. Laser Technologies Pvt. Ltd remains dedicated to women’s skilling and hiring, Pankit stands as a female leader in a predominantly male environment.On International Women’s Day, Laser Technologies unlocking boundless possibilities for a brighter and more inclusive future. Pankit’s experiences have fueled a goal not only in the boardroom but also through active participation in various CSR initiatives. Pankti is a proud contributor to initiatives like Womanufacturing, a platform to the stories of individuals recognized as the ‘Makers of India.’

Dr. Rashmi Soni Lohiya-  Renowned  Dermatologist  & Founder, Skinsure clinic

Dr Rashmi Soni Lohiya, is an expert on all matters concerned with skin and hair. After completing her MBBS from BJ Medical she pursued her MD and Post Graduate Diploma in Dermatology , this training included every aspect of skin health, skin diseases along with cosmetology, and trichology. While working her passion for further education led her pursue DNB too which added laurels to her already vast knowledge and expertise.

She then set up her dream project, Skinsure Clinic at SB Road Pune , with an intention of offering customized skin and hair treatments using the latest technology, and expertise, with the philosophy of “treatment you can trust.”

In her quest to always bring the best and latest technology to her patients, Skinsure clinic is one of its kind in Pune to offer holistic wellness treatments like fat loss, body contouring and skin tightening, using USFDA approved world class treatments like cryolipolysis and HiFU in addition to other advanced treatments like lasers, skin rejuvenation, anti aging treatments, medifacials, hair fall treatments to name a few.