Female entrepreneurship is vital for our future. Collectively we can make a change by closing the gap between men and women in the workforce.
Entrepreneurs are those adventurous, daredevils who drive deep into the pressing problems of society and try to find solutions to them, not by leaving the responsibilities in the reins of the government or business, but by trying to change systems as a whole and persuading societies to take new initiatives
India being a growing economy is a hotspot for young entrepreneurs. With a large population of more than 130 crores, businesses all over the world see it as a potential destination for establishing a start-up. For years, males dominated the business industry, leaving less or no room for females. But the trend has changed now. More and more women are jumping into the business and many have successfully established globally renowned brands. Creating job opportunities for a large number of people, the women have braved the societal pressures and stereotypes to come up with the solutions that are far more reliable and innovative.
recent years, Maharashtra has witnessed an increase in women-owned businesses in fields such as household Industry, fashion, farming, IT, manufacturing, oil, and more. The development has broken the gender stereotype where women are depicted as weaker and incapable.
These bold and fearlessly ambitious entrepreneurs are shaping the future of Maharashtra, serving as mentors to millions of women and youths.
In our Entrepreneur series today we are introducing you a very dynamic and popular Entrepreneur of Dhule who is known for her remarkable and outstanding performance in the field of Social Work who always believes in Women Empowerment. Yes we are talking about Kalpana Shah, she share her Entrepreneurial journey with Hello Mumbainews.com Correspondent Priyanka Yadav.
Kalpana Shah :
Kalpana (Dreamer) was born on 12th February in Mumbai. She completed her schooling from Mumbai & Vadodara. She did her post graduation in Commerce from M S University Baroda. She was a very active student in school & College.
She married in a Rotary family. Her Husband Pradeep is a past Assistant Governor of Dist 3060. Her late Father in Law Chandrakant was the Dist Governor of Dist 3060 in 1987-88.
From her maternal side, her Nani Prabhavati Dand was the Charter member of IWC Porbandar, as well her Nana was the Past President of Rotary Club of Porbandar in the yesteryear.
Currently her Mother is a member of Inner Wheel Club Of Bombay Downtown, Her Sister in law, Bharti is the current President of the same Club.
Her Husband Pradeep is in the Hospitality industry since last 35 years having 2 hotels viz Hotel Dreamlands & Hotel Ganapati Palace in Dhule (Maharashtra). The couple have 2 sons Deepam & Veeram . Deepam happily married to Yashica ( B Pharm) is also in the Hotel Industry after completing his graduation in Hotel Management & post graduation in Business Administration (Marketing) & Veeram is a certified Chartered Accountant.
She loves playing Garba Raas and her expertise in this field, has helped her to judge several competitions over the years. Being a nature lover, she loves trekking, cycling, swimming, and walking. She is an active member and has held executive posts in the Kutchi Dasa Oswal Samaj, Dhule. She is also on the Managing Committee of Matruseva Sangh, Dhule, and is a member of the Vanita Samaj, Dhule.
Armed with the legacy of being born in an IWC/Rotary family, and married into a Rotary family, with an ardent desire to serve humanity, and connect the haves with the have-nots, Kalpana has the ability to reach out and connect with all types of people and personalities, bringing them together on common platforms, and leading them with an admirably inclusive attitude. Always with a smile on her face, she may prima facie appear to be a pleasant ordinary lady.
From her busy life, she still finds the time for her interests and hobbies. Since her teenage, she has been actively interested and proficient in cooking. In another life, probably as a chef, Kalpana’s life motto could well have been “LIFE IS WHAT YOU BAKE IT”.
She conducts cooking and baking classes, in addition to planning menus for events at their hotels/ restaurant. She also successfully organises commercial exhibitions in their hotels, and all this, with balancing the family business of hospitality!!! GSE teams, IYE students, Foundation nominees, RYLA and many other such projects have found a welcome support and home with the Shah family.
Kalpana was the Charter President of IWC Dhule and after donning various successful responsibilities at the Club & District level, she led the District as the Chairman of IW District 306 in the year 2019-20.
With the efforts of 1400+ Miracle Makers the District has done stupendous work in Mission Mamta Orphan free India . Till the end of 2019, we have taken 300+ boys & 600+ girls in our foster care. To create awareness all the Clubs held Multiple seminars.
Under the project “Say No to Plastics ” we were able to dispense 14000+ Vegetable bags and have distributed 12000+ paper bags.
In Membership growth, we could successfully charter one new Club & 2 New Generation Clubs are in pipeline. 180 new members were inducted this year.
Her home Club IWC Dhule has created a Inner wheel Nagar a 2nd such project in Association of IW Clubs in India. The dedication ceremony was held at the hands of Incoming Association President Vasudhaji Chandrachud.
Many other projects such as creation of Water Tanks (Jackwell), Distribution of Incinerators, Vending Machines, Tree Plantations, care of orphaned Animals, Distribution of Seed balls, Adoption of 24 villages & creating necessary infrastructure in these villages, distribution of household utensils & essential goods are few notable projects done by all the 36 clubs of Dist 306.
Apart from InnerWheel District 306 awards , Kalpana has received the women Empowerment Award 2020 from Prime Time research Media Pvt ltd .
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Hello Womeniya Dhule Chapter 1 Head
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