Meet London based Dr.Shubangi Shivpuje Mitra, Entreprenuer,Partner Director Chess Solicitors U.K. (Law Firm ) ,FOUNDER – MRFA FOUNDATION U.K.read her Sucess story here on IWD

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Meet London based Dr.Shubangi Shivpuje Mitra, Entreprenuer,Partner  Director Chess Solicitors  U.K. (Law Firm ) ,FOUNDER – MRFA FOUNDATION U.K.read her Sucess story here on IWD

 

Today is International Women’s Day.
Hello Mumbai Editor-In-Chief Aleem Shaikh & Entire Team Wishes All Women Happy Women’s Day.

Every year, March 8 is celebrated as International Women’s Day across the world to promote women’s rights and honour their achievements across the political, economic, social and cultural spheres.

This day is a reminder of the grit and determination of women all across the world.
There is no force more powerful than a woman’s determination to rise.

Every life begins with a woman. Respect and encourage every woman for what she is. Women, are always respected, loved and appreciated.

Theme for today’s International Women’s Day 2022 is…
“Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow.”

In Our Entrepreneur of the Year 2024 Series in this Episode we are introducing before you a very dynamic and visionary woman who believes in hard work and because of her good work, she is very popular in Uk and London Yes, we are talking about Dr.SHUBHANGI SHIVPUTE MITRA

PARTNER. DIRECTOR- CHESS SOLICITORS U.K. (LAW FIRM) based in London UK FOUNDER – MRFA FOUNDATION U.K. (NGO) She is a 2xTEDxSpeaker , Lawyer, Entrepreneur. International beauty pageant winner – MRS U.K. CLASSIC UNIVERSE. We hope her Sucess story will inspire you

Let’s have a look at her successful journey…

Hello Mumbai News :

Hello DR Shubhangi Shivpuje Mitra , Thankyou for joining the interview with us today.

Dr.Shubhangi Shivpuje Mitra :

Thank You Aleem Ji for such a Wonderful Opportunity.

Hello Mumbai News:
Who is DR SHUBHANGI MITRA ? What’s your soul story ?

Dr.Shubhangi Shivpuje Mitra :

DR SHUBHANGI SHIVPUTE MITRA
PARTNER. DIRECTOR- CHESS SOLICITORS U.K. (LAW FIRM) based in London UK FOUNDER – MRFA FOUNDATION U.K. (NGO)
She is a 2xTEDxSpeaker , Lawyer, Entrepreneur. International beauty pageant winner – MRS U.K. CLASSIC UNIVERSE 2021.
By profession Shubhangi is a practicing solicitor with over 15 years experience, specializing in immigration, human rights, corporate commercial law . She is an Indian and U.K. qualified lawyer and a solicitor, holds a dual practicing certificate under Supreme Court of India and law society of England and Wales. She is a managing partner and Director of chess solicitors U.K. She has won many awards as a businesswoman to name a few: Women Changemaker of the Year and Women Icon of the Year. She was featured in “99 Influential Women of India, 2021 edition”,
Her passion and keen interest in diverse fields makes her a mental health advocate, woman empowerment activist, philanthropist and a beauty pageant coach.
Her background:
Ms. Mitra was born in a small village in Maharashtra, India, to a middle-class conservative family. Education and ambitions were her passport to shine on the global map. She did her law degree and schooling from India.
Believing in knowledge is power, she completed her solicitor’s degree from BPP law U.K., masters in corporate finance from prestigious LONDON BUSINESS SCHOOL. U.K. Fighting the adversities and cultural difficulties, she carved her way to become a successful businesswoman in London U.K.
Her strength is that she sees and seizes every opportunity that comes in her life, turning them into ventures. She is passionate about diversified streams like mental health advocacy, humanitarian work, children welfare, women empowerment, international beauty pageant coaching, and social work in different causes through fundraisings, awareness programs, and collaborations.
She is also a PTSD and Cancer survivor.
Born, died, and reborn in the same life, Shubhangi is very passionate about social work, and has chosen people over profit after her mental health and cancer battles. She runs her charity foundation MRFA FOUNDATION working for various social causes. She is on a mission and vision to inspire and build healthier communities through collaborative networks worldwide through her charity foundation and philanthropic work and trying to make the world a little better place.
She has won many national and international awards, recognitions .
She has been awarded Ambassador for Peace by the United Nations affiliated organization in the U.K.
Felicitated in the house of parliament, U.K. amongst top 25 inspiring Indian women of 2023 with special DD awardee.
For her Exemplary social work, In 2022-23 she was awarded an Honorary “Doctorate in Humanitarianism “by Global International Alliance & People of Choice Award Program United States of America. She currently holds honorary advisory positions in various organizations and institutions.
She is celebrating diversity in womanhood
through her various roles as a lawyer, womenpreneur , mental health advocate, women empowerment activist, international beauty pageant coach, and activist in the rehabilitation of women and children of domestic violence and abuse, as well as human trafficking victims through the MRFA Foundation.

Hello Mumbai News :

What Inspired to start your legal firm?

Dr.Shubhangi Shivpuje Mitra :

My journey as a solicitor in the UK was not easy , though I was qualified on paper, however due to my age and no experience in the UK, no UK firms were ready to give me an opportunity.
But I was very passionate about law , to pursue my legal passion and a career. One fine day I left my well paid job in central London. I knocked on different doors for around six months , finally a mid size firm gave me an opportunity to work with them as an unpaid intern. I needed one opportunity which I seized. In two years from an unpaid internship I became a partner in the firm and thus an award winning business woman.
I have to thank my firm’s partner Arnab, who had a similar mission and vision, to grow in business and serve the clients. It has been a long journey, from immigration law we exhaled in different streams and areas of law, implementing a unique business model making it a successful legal business practice.

Hello Mumbai News:

What Challenges have you faced as a Woman Entrepreneur in Uk and according to you What challenges women Entrepreneurs face ?

Dr.Shubhangi Shivpuje Mitra :

Me or any woman entrepreneur especially if you are a migrant, As a start-up, you might have lofty ideas, but advice from people who’ve walked the walk is precious.
Initially for me it was always funding, competition in the market, being a woman of color and an immigrant, establishing the firm as a successful business practices when you don’t have any godfather/mother you face cultural , language barriers ,
Knowing all digital legal practices , getting acquainted with all the ad hoc tools for business was not easy.
Limited networks and access to mentors
Because there are fewer female founders, women are less likely than men to know other entrepreneurs or to have access to mentors, or professional support networks. This presents a challenge to women looking to learn from their peers.
Balancing work and family responsibilities can be particularly challenging for women, as societal expectations and limited support systems can hinder their ability to dedicate sufficient time and energy to their businesses.
Additionally, women may face a lack of representation and mentorship in traditionally male-dominated industries, making it harder to break through the glass ceiling and establish networks.
Decisions on when to expand, and when to seek investment, can seem overwhelming, There are so many elements to a business that you won’t have thought about. Women-led firms still receive less investment than men – better networking can help women make more successful bids for funding.
I have always placed immense value on the principles of hard work, client satisfaction & care , collaboration, and innovative thinking as integral components of personal and professional success. Have always maintained pragmatic approaches for entrepreneurial endeavors, optimistic attitude, allowing myself to overcome obstacles and thrive in the competitive world of business. Believing in yourself and your abilities, being the leader doesn’t mean how much you have gained from venture , being a successful entrepreneur means equipping your team with the right skills and knowledge, When they flourish you will be rewarded. Women entrepreneurs face many obstacles. Despite this, they keep striving and breaking barriers, When you realize that each upset isn’t the end of the world.

Hello Mumbai News
Where Does your Inspiration come from?

Dr.Shubhangi Shivpuje Mitra :

I always consider myself a student, there is so much to learn & get inspired from. You may draw inspiration from your own life or from the struggle of role models to fight against difficulties in life. Take a moment or two to look around you and appreciate what you can see with open eyes , personal and inspirational stories always makes me a keen learner.
Looking at the world through open eyes can be a powerful source of creative inspiration.
Sometimes in some difficult moments I didn’t have any role models so I became my own role model.

Hello Mumbai News :

The turning point in life that changed your life. Your journey from a successful businesswoman to international beauty pageant winner/coach & a philanthropist.
As a philanthropist & MIssion in SOCIAL WORK.
At the peak of my legal career , A small accident caused a brain injury leaving me partially paralytic , stammering and I was thrown into the deepest dark battles of mental health. Was it less , the Weak immune system caused a rarest type of skin cancer. After Four painful surgeries , finally death blinked and life welcomed me back with open arms.
The struggle of 3 years was real, it made see through myself, surviving deadly skin cancer and mental health battles and getting a new reincarnated life.”The life I live, I fondly call, is born, died, and reborn in the same life, An ending says you are given another chance to make a new beginning. Every story has an end, but in life, every ending is a new beginning. Before my illness I was merely playing the role of a lawyer and an entrepreneur, living for myself. But my illness made me understand when “ I” is replaced with “WE” even when illness becomes wellness. The new life made me understand my “why”.? It made me see my purpose, my mission, and my vision. I chose PEOPLE OVER PROFIT.“
With a new reincarnated life my perspective changed, being a victim of societal stigma and mental health I became VOICE TO VOICELESS choosing PEOPLE OVER PROFIT .
Working in different social causes through my charity foundation MRFA FOUNDATION.
INTERNATIONAL BEAUTY PAGEANT WINNER
The conventionally beautiful persona means who is attractive and means to fall within common beauty standards or to have features that society as a whole deems desirable. The definition of beauty is alway different for me.
Having skin grafting scars all over my body, I call myself a scarred queen. After my recovery from my illnesses, I was seeking a platform to raise awareness, believing in serendipity , I accepted the challenge of breaking the myths of beauty and body image. Fortunately I got the platform in uk to compete, and going forward represented the United Kingdom in the prestigious international Mrs classic Universe pageant.
Honestly speaking standing in between conventional pageant queens , I was not sure if I was going to win, but my comeback story made me get second runners up position. Making my JANMABHUMI INDIA & KARMABHUMI UK Proud.
From there my journey in pageantry started , as a pageant coach and director of an international pageant , the goal was finding more personas like Shubhangi ‘s who has a story , looking for transformation and needs a platform to raise an awareness in their causes, the mission is to create inspiring role models within the community.

Hello Mumbai News :
How you balance your professional and personal life .& can you share some tips for women Entrepreneurs to maintain balance between work and family life .

Dr.Shubhangi Shivpuje Mitra :
There is no magic formula for balancing work and family life. But it doesn’t have to be complicated.


Start working on a personal and professional balance that works for you. When I feel like I’m not doing enough, I remind myself that we all see our fair share of challenges and no one is perfect.
When required and needed I take a brain break , I take a time out for myself, go outdoors and visit places. Switch off mobiles before going to bed and switch on after an hour of waking up when I am done with my morning chores , meditation and routine. Stay away from distractions and unwanted social gatherings, discussions , social media , learn to say no.
Setting priorities and boundaries, communicating effectively, making use of flexible work arrangements, practicing self-care, and seeking support when needed, women can achieve a balance that works for them and their loved ones. Remember balance is a dynamic process and may look different from one day to the next. Be flexible, Patient and don’t be harsh about yourself.

Hello Mumbai News
What advice would you give to someone who is an aspiring Women Entrepreneur?

Dr.Shubhangi Shivpuje Mitra :

Finding Your Passion, Find what truly excites you and drives your entrepreneurial spirit. Your passions and interests provide the foundation for a successful business venture. Identify areas where your skills and hobbies align with market demand. Gather a team of like minded like valued professionals, keep open approach and do not hesitate to ask for help,
In a nutshell: Find your passion. The most successful startups are founded by people passionate about what they do., Know your market. Get your finances in order, Prepare to make sacrifices, Find a mentor,
Tune up your business knowledge, Be a planner, equip yourself with industry specific skills training and tools.

Hello Mumbai News
Women who Inspire you.

Dr.Shubhangi Shivpuje Mitra :

Any women or men who have taught me or will teach me , whose stories resonate with me and provide valuable lessons on resilience, perseverance, and kindness. Personal stories of triumph are powerful sources of inspiration.

Hello Mumbai News :

What are 4 Key things that you have learned as an Entrepreneur in 2023.

Dr.Shubhangi Shivpuje Mitra :

You need to Wear several hats same time, Learn to say NO, Team building and networking & It is always not about money.

Hello Mumbai New:

Where our readers can find you and keep in touch with you.

Dr.Shubhangi Shivpuje Mitra :
I am available on Facebook , instagram and linked in.

Hello Mumbai News :

Memorable day or Moments of 2023?

Dr.Shubhangi Shivpuje Mitra :

I actually have two key moments
first Receiving an honorary doctorate in humanitarianism for my social work and second Felicitation in UK HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT, receiving special DD award & nominated as top 25 inspiring Indian women in UK for 2023.

Hello Mumbai News
Rapid Fire:

Dr.Shubhangi Shivpuje Mitra :
Favourite actor: Tom Hanks
Favourite actress: Meryl Streep
Favourite Food: Indian veg food
Favourite place: Banaras & Haridwar.
Favorite Quote: BE A VOICE NOT AN ECHO.

Hello Mumbai News :
What if you were given the power to change one thing from the world, what would you change?

Dr.Shubhangi Shivpuje Mitra :
Any kind of discrimination, against race, ethnicity, religion, most importantly discrimination between man and woman.

Hello Mumbai News
What’s your philosophy of life

Dr.Shubhangi Shivpuje Mitra :

Nothing in life is permanent, Let it all go & See what stays. The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.

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