As a part of the weekly column, we speak to city women of varied professional backgrounds who are members of Sakal Times Platinum Women’s Club
TAKING ON CHALLENGES
Poonam Kochhar has multiple talents. Working in the Travel and Aviation industry, she has had specialised exposure in developing new markets, multi-functional sales and operational teams, strategic thinking, customer handling and key relationship management.
“I enjoy handling assignments in challenging environments that require me to straddle across various stages of a business. I have been fortunate to be entrusted with various assignments. I am a passionate communicator, a persuasive articulator and love networking with people,” says Kochhar.
Currently, she has taken up an active role in the renewable energy sector at GeWiS Renewpower Pvt Ltd, which is a turnkey clean energy solution provider. Putting across the company brief, Kochhar says, “GeWiS Renewpower emphasises on the Commercial and Industrial (C&I) space that includes multinational and Indian corporations. The focus at GeWiS is largely on cost effective and innovative onsite roof-top and ground mount solar solutions.”
Kochhar actively focuses on training and skill development of teams along with supporting new business development. She is also the executive director at The British Business Group (BBG) which is a non-profit organisation and a business platform for UK and Indian companies. “I am a passionate corporate trainer and run training programmess. I have also conducted some faculty training with leading institutes,” says she.
When asked what motivates her the most in life, she says, “Like someone said, motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire, chances are that it will burn very briefly. To feel motivated, you need to delve deeper. Motivation is allowing myself to conquer the most difficult task in an easy way. There is so much learning happening everyday, I couldn’t be more thankful for the time well spent in the service of others,” says Kochhar.
Her philosophy in life is “to be a lifelong learner, not struggle to become successful but struggle to become valuable.”
She mentions that she is indeed fortunate to be surrounded with special friends and family who inspire her to do better everyday. But her greatest inspiration has been Sir Richard Branson, who is a remarkable leader with a soaring desire to kindle the moral fibre of leadership in many lives. “I have had the honour of meeting him personally while I worked for the company Virgin Atlantic Airways. He has a great ability to think differently and willingness to learn and listen,” Kochhar says.
A ‘SILENT’ FORCE
Jyoti Chanchlani describes herself as a caring wife, loving mother and a ‘silent’ entrepreneur for whom her family comes first. She uses the word silent because she helps her daughter and her husband in their respective businesses whenever she gets time. “We own a luxury salon based in Koregaon Park — Studio Strands and also own a café at three different locations in the city,” says Chanchlani.
She completed her education from Nagpur and got married to Deepak Chanchlani in the year 1989. “Right after our marriage, we moved to Nigeria where my husband had his business. I gradually mastered the art of being a great homemaker,” she says, adding, “I’m passionate about cooking and also like to socialise apart from going out to explore new places. I love to host my friends and family over and treat them to home-cooked meals, which everyone appreciates,” she says.
Speaking about her motivation, she says, “My family and my belief in god are my motivation and strength. My family’s happiness keeps me going ahead in life. And even simplest things like the wagging tail of Romeo (my pet dog) makes me happy and takes away my stress.”
Adding about her philosophy, she says, “The only philosophy that I believe in is doing good without any expectations.”
When asked about the inspiration in her life, she says, “There is not just one person who inspires me, rather I learn from every individual that I come across. Life has been a beautiful journey and I have been blessed with an abundance of love and care from my close ones,” she says.
DOING HER BIT FOR SOCIETY
Latika Sakla is a staunch believer in giving back to society through acts of kindness. She has long been associated with different organisations so that she can reach out to people and help them in whatever way possible. “I do charity in Vishranti hospital for third stage cancer patients. They are treated by three retired military doctors. I provide food to them. I have also been working for Brahmi Sevasamaj for the last 16 years, especially for the widows. We take care of Sachhai Mata Mandir (Osiya mata) and Pramilabai Naupatlal Sakla Charitable Trust, under which we provide help for open heart surgery, as a form of seva,” Sakla says.
The founder of OYE (Open Your Eyes) Foundation, she says, “We have been awarded by Guinness World Records and Limca Book of Records for our breast cancer awareness work. OYE has been engaged in social work for many years and now has a vision to do things on a bigger scale that will impact a majority of the community globally,” adds Sakla.
While she is engaged in social work, Sakla is also enjoying personal achievements. “I am a member of Siddh Bhakti Group wherein I sing devotional songs. I am a model for fashion designer Lina Tipnis and a face model for VLCC. In the past, I have also modelled for a few famous brands,” she says.
And while she is doing all this, she is devoted to her family too. “We are a happy joint family. My husband Ravindra is a businessman who owns a real estate and construction business called RaviRaj realty. I have a son and a daughter who are doing very well in their careers and are happily married. I love to spend time with my two lovely granddaughters.”
Adding about her philosophy, she says, “Having a purpose in life is very important. Do what you are good at and what matters to you. Also make a difference to society while you are at it.”