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Ideal Insurance presents “Women Entrepreneurs – The Game Changers”
10th January 2014, Kolkata: Today, more women are breaking free from the traditional, gender-specific roles and venturing into the business world. They are not only holding high corporate positions but are also successful women entrepreneurs. So keeping this in mind, Ideal Insurance organized a workshop - “Women Entrepreneurs – The Game Changers” to assist the women in their endeavor. The objective was to guide the women to overcome business stress and challenges, make them learn how to consolidate and scale-up a business and acquire multitasking skills for a balanced lifestyle.
A group of speakers such as - Prof. Parimal Merchant (Director - FMB, S P Jain Institute of Management & Research), Ms. Richa Sharma (Former Mrs. India International), Ms. Manju Sethia(Owner Mon Art Galleria and Krazy for Chocolates), Ms. Atreyee Borooah Thekedath (Founder, Web.Com (India) Pvt. Ltd)and Mr. Rahul Agarwal (Founder, Director of Ideal Insurance) were present to speak and share their experience to motivate the woman entrepreneur.
Mr. Parimal Merchant spoke about ‘How to Manage Business Growth and Meet Family Expectations’. Ms. Richa Sharma shared her experience of her journey from being a small town girl to winning the international pageant; she stated that ‘If you believe in your dream it might come true but if you believe in yourself it will come true’. Being a versatile woman of today, Ms. Manju Sethia stated that ‘It’s never too late to do the Right Thing’. Ms. Atreyee Borooah Thekedath spoke on ‘Different aspects of My Life’, she gave insights about representing India at G20 YES held at Nice, France. Mr. Rahul Agarwal spoke on how financial planning is a very essential thing for the growth of any kind of business because ‘After all Money Matters!’
Mr. Rahul Agarwal (Founder, Director of Ideal Insurance) also added, “We are very proud to be hosting such a prestigious workshop. This workshop will help many women entrepreneurs to get the correct exposure and experience required for the cut-throat competitive world of today. Having such great speakers amongst us is a great honour and we look forward to hosting many such programs in the future.”
About Mr. Parimal Merchant
Mr. Parimal Merchant is well qualified in the fields of B.Com, B.G.L., and AICWA. With the experience of 34 years in Capital Markets he is also associated with S P Jain Institute of Management & Research, Mumbai as a teacher and consultant for past 20 years. Mr. Merchant is specialised for coordinating a program for Family Managed Business for past 15 years. He is an acknowledged authority on Family Business and has given several talks on the Issues of Family Managed Business. He is actively involved with Humanist movement for last 30 years. He has contested MLA as well as MP elections to promote participation of educated youth in active politics. He has actively participated in World March for Peace and Non-violence. He is a national council member for World Center for Humanist Studies.
About Ms. Atreyee Borooah Thekedath
Atreyee Borooah Thekedath After completing her MBA, has worked in Hewlett Packard Pte Ltd. in Singapore before setting up her own Software Development Company in Assam in 1999. Currently, she is the Director at Baruanagar Tea Estates Pvt. Ltd and Baruakhat Tea Company Pvt. Ltd. which are producers of high quality Assam tea. In 1999, Atreyee launched Web.Com (India) Pvt. Ltd., an ISO 9001:2008 certified Software Development Company in Assam which is today one of the leading software development companies in Northeast India catering to a vast cross section of clientele ranging from large PSUs to Government departments to Socio voluntary organizations to private companies in Northeast India and abroad. She was also nominated for the prestigious Fortune / U.S. State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership Program in May 2012 and was mentored by IBM Corporation at their head quarters in Armonk, New York for a month.Atreyee was one of the 23 entrepreneurs selected from across the country to represent India in the G20 YES held in Nice, France in November 2011 and again she was selected to be a part of the Indian delegation to the G20 YES in Moscow in June 2013.In August 2012, Atreyee was felicitated by NEDFi (North-eastern Development Finance Corporation) as a “Young Achiever”. She was also selected and sponsored by National Small Industries Corporation as part of a team of entrepreneurs visiting Celje, Slovenia in September 2009. She has also been featured in two books titled "Women Achievers of Assam" and “Assamese Women: The Path breakers” brought out by the Women’s Study Cell of a leading Girls’ College in Assam. Atreyee is the Past National Chair of Arts, Sports & Culture in Yi and the Past Chair of the Young Indians (Guwahati Chapter). She is currently Head - Eastern Region, Regional Management Team of Yi.
About Ms. Manju Sethia
Manju Sethia Still calls herself a housewife and is a mother of 3 children and is now a grandmother too. She started her cakes and cake decoration classes about 15 years ago and subsequently other cuisine classes too. In the middle of all this she diverted into dealing in Indian contemporary art and opened an art gallery called Mon Art Gallerie. Which she still runs with the help of her daughter. 3 years ago, Manju started Krazy for Chocolates; the first outlet was thrown open at the Forum Mall. She now has 4 outlets in all. Baking and cooking has been her chilldhood passion and Manju feels it’s in genes as her entire family are all foodies and brilliant at cooking.
About Ms. Richa Sharma
Richa Sharma was crowned Mrs. India International 2011 in the pageant finals held on 28th May 2011 at the prestigious 14th Street Playhouse of Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta, USA in a well contested finale. She also went ahead to represent India in the national pageant in Chicago in July
2011. Mrs. India International promotes the family values of respect, compassion, honesty and tolerance. Being a Primary School Teacher and mother of a nine year olddaughter, extended her ray of hope to the less privileged children. She has been attached with few NGO’s in Kolkata. Today, she is one of the well known model and also the Brand Ambassador for the Cutis Studio.
About Mr. Rahul Agarwal
The young and dynamic entrepreneur - Mr. Rahul Agarwal is the Founder Director of Ideal Insurance. While pursuing his Graduation, he qualified as India’s youngest Charted Financial Analyst (CFA) and also ventured into the Insurance Business in the year 2001, by joining Max New York Life as an Insurance Agent and became the youngest MDRT for MNYL at the age 20. He later completed his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from S.P. Jain Institute of Management, Mumbai. The lack of organized players and a vast untapped market in the insurance sector motivated him to initiate a brokerage firm, Ideal Insurance Brokers Private Limited. Mr. Agarwal has also launched the “only” health insurance consulting website that solely delves into all the verticals and age groups of health insurance – 121 policy. Recently, Mr. Agarwal’s project “Dedicated Health Portal – www.121policy.com” has been declared as the winner of FIPS (Financial Inclusion and Payment System) 2013 awards. He is also the Regional Director, (Kolkata) of Business Network International (BNI). Apart from insurance he has forayed into the business of mobile phones, real estate development and property broking. Under his real estate vertical he plans to construct more than 3 million sq ft this year.
About Ideal Insurance
Ideal Insurance Pvt. Ltd is a Pan-India Insurance Management company with more than 150 employees. They provide Insurance Based Risk Solutions to both – Individuals and Corporate. Having an “Insurance Broking” license, they can deal with every insurance company and offer entire range of insurance products - Heath, life, Fire, marine, infrastructure, credit, etc. They insure Assets worth more th