Celebrating the women behind the scenes
“I just love bossy women. I could be around them all day. To me, bossy is not a pejorative term at all. It means somebody’s passionate and engaged and ambitious and doesn’t mind leading.” – Amy Poehler
And by that definition, as the driving force behind the smooth functioning of the company, we have many many “bossy” women to give credit to – from our co-founder Tasneem Fatehi to our content head Shaizia Jifri and our drama specialists Kalyani Hiwale, Priyanka Babbar, Kathryn Doshi, Srividya Srinivas and instructors Preeti Gupta, Sayali Indulkar, Annie Ambily, Kriti Tiwary,
Our team of regional managers not only works with schools within their city of residence but the entire zones – North, South and West. Working remotely with each other and the directors of the company, their mantra to manage all the coordination is to plan, prepare, prioritise and act. For Pragnya Nagarhalli, our South Regional Manager, “Working with multiple points of contact, entails working with colleagues, individuals and teams with different temperaments and working styles. The one single strategy that works across all of these differences is people skills.”
Gradually becoming the faces of the company, they aim to take small steps, one at a time, to achieve larger goals of becoming one of the leading organisations in the industry, acquiring many more partnerships and hosting conferences based on drama in education in the future.
To answer the cliche question all professional women are asked about work-life balance, Mridula Gupta, our North Regional Manager, says, “There are good days and there are bad days, and being in action at both the fronts keeps life rolling” whereas, Lubna Vartak, our West Regional Manager, has set some rules for herself and “assigned (my) working days and (my) family time and follow the same” and Pragnya prefers to be adaptable and “prioritize in terms of importance and urgency and work with routines as far as possible.”
While they inspire us immensely, they get inspired by the women around them. Mridula expresses how she looks up to her mother for being “…a simple, focused and strong-willed woman who never ceased to amaze (me) with her ‘let’s do it’ attitude and zest for life. She lived life on her own terms and impacted everyone she met, with her positivity.” While Pragnya remembers her “Grade 8 class teacher who was the first person to notice my latent skills and always encouraged me to write. My Sociology professor in college Mrs. Tendulkar who motivated us “to shoot for the moon and at least land among the stars” and my mother of course who has been there for me every step of the way.”
For all the young women out there starting out, Mridula would like to say, “Keep your intentions right, stay focused and be in action, always, everything else falls in place in due course of time. I strongly believe ‘Its all in the mind, if you think you can, you surely can!” while Pragnya points out to acknowledge and accept the support system that exists around you and Lubna wishes you all the love and luck!