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Theme: Celebrating Diversity In Women’Hood’

This event occurred on
May 25, 2022
Chennai, Tamil Nadu

TEDxChennaiInstituteOfTechnologyWomen event is to centerstage the emerging perspectives relating to women. It is not the classical narrative of liberation and rights. It is not also about empowerment. It is about celebrating diversity in women’hood’, the diversity of roles women had helped darn themselves to in contemporary society. Women’Hood’, here, apart from its traditional understanding, departs further to incarnate itself into meaning-making schema reflecting the contemporary ethos of how woman's’ role in society is perceived, both by self and the other. It is a momentum set at a snowballing effect to create changes in perception/attitude to and has been given impetus through, both men and women located in different points in history. The ripples created a gigantic space for women to play inclusive roles. Thus marked the beginning of a new era, moving a bit away from advocating diversity to further celebrating diversity. And, women engaging diversity in their own ways thus carving a niche role for themselves. It is not happening uniformly though. It is characterised by uneven spaces ridden with inequalities and asymmetries, at times mimicking a male-centric worldview wherein womens’ agency is not recognised if not rewarded.

TEDxChennaiInstituteOfTechnologyWomen event sets to engage meaningful dialogues to centerstage contemporary discourses with only to rearrange our frame of reference, perspectives and perceptions. Diversity in Women’Hood’ includes celebrating diversity in roles that women darn themselves to perform in societies and the diversity in their differences and, also diversity in the differences that they contribute to communities. Each diversity is valued as an intangible contribution. Very valuable as our world is fuelled by intangibles like empathy, love, kindness, care, sacrifice and philanthropy. Women’Hood’ is the hallmark of this economy characterised by intangibles. The true character of diversity itself is intangible, hence valuable enough to be celebrated.

Chennai Institute of Technology
Sarathy Nagar, Kuntrathur Sriperambaddur Highway
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, 6000069
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Amrita Samant

Motherhood & Childhood photographer
A Sony Photography Artisan, A Profoto Mentor and an Ambassador of NCPAI, Amrita is a pioneer in the Maternity & Child photography Industry in India having started close to 9 years ago, when she sensed a gap in the Indian market. She started her business 'Mommy Shots by Amrita' in 2013 with set ups in India and Singapore, specialising in newborn and Baby portraiture. Bringing babies and photography together was only a natural move, given the love for the two. Amrita’s completed over 1900 shoots across ten countries and has scaled her Business with an all-womens’ team, this being her way of supporting women in the creative field, hoping to bridge the opportunity gap in a small way. While Photography is her career, she spent a significant amount of time on the stage through musical Theatre and dance, a place she was very familiar with growing up, always knowing she wanted to be an artist. When Amrita isn’t shooting, she’s trying to travel and see the world.

Anuradha Prakash

Delivery Manager, TCS
Anuradha is a sensitive, emotional, loving and caring mother-daughter-workingProfessional-and-wife. A delivery manager by profession and a speaker/mentor by passion, Anuradha is a a good mix of all attributes of a self-made woman

Archana Jayaraj

Director APAC - Partnerships and Talent at Wiley
Lawyer by qualification. Entrepreneur turned corporate leader. Employability and learning expert. Thought leader. Diversity practitioner. The everyday woman. A staunch equalist. Currently leading Partnerships and Talent for Asia Pacific region at Wiley.

Avanthika S

Avanthika S, who is currently pursuing her BE, in Computer Science at Chennai Institute of technology. She was born and brought up in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, but she does have an ancestral background from Hyderabad. Her primary goal, be it, personal or professional, is to make life better. She is working on something right now, which is to change the definition of perfect and make people ,be it women or men, feel great about themselves.

Bhavani Suresh

Doctor - Joseph hospitals
Bhavani Suresh ,a doctor by profession at Joseph hospitals. She is also the Managing committee member of Pretty Dolls Vidyalaya group of institutions.An eloquent speaker who has addressed more than 3000+women on women empowerment. She has addressed various government schools on women safety, education and women independence. She has played a pivotal role during COVID crisis by providing free online consultation linked with Chennai corporation for underprivileged sectors and has also arranged beds during critical times in many hospitals in Chennai. She has also addressed many schools on online teaching emphasizing the importance of education with COVID safety norms among school children and also promoted vaccination drives among the public.

Divyansha Kirola

Student / Author: "Elements - The Lost Medallion"
Divyansha is an outgoing vivacious person with an empathetic personality who loves socialising with others. Her teachers consider her as a mature and responsible student who aspires to be a well-rounded individual. Her friends say that she is a very caring, compassionate, and trustworthy person. She has travelled to multiple places in the world, changed schools several times, and has met many fascinating people. She believes that travelling has had a significant impact on her personality as she adapted to new situations and made friends with people from different cultures

Dr Navana Kundu

International Author Speaker Coach/ Serial Entrepreneur
She helps leaders unleash rapid Emotional Mastery to achieve their goals faster and empower every area of life that matters - relationship, finance, career, health, self-leadership. She is a Master practitioner of 20 different therapy and coaching modalities. her book Emotional Mastery - Toolkit for Success has been #1 Amazon Best Seller in USA, UAE, India in multiple categories of self-help, psychology, mental health, medical and health and has won prestigious awards such as India Authors Award, Woman Icon Bestselling Author, Excellence in Meditation Award by World Health Awards and more. She is regularly featured for her articles on emotional intelligence in The Entrepreneur, international Business Times, Thrive Global, Indian Express, Business Standard and more..

Dr Niveditha Manokaran

Sexual and Reproductive Health Clinician, Sydney
Dr. Niveditha Manokaran, a Dermatologist and Venereologist from India who work as a clinician in Sexual and Reproductive medicine and HIV medicine, Sydney. She is extremely passionate about youth sexual and reproductive health, women's health, women empowerent and mental health. She run an Instagram page, dr _nive_untaboos and a facebook page called Untaboos , which she uses as a platform to educate about STIs, mental health, women empowerment, and everything taboo!

Ishwarya Ramanathan

IAS officer, Tamilnadu Cadre
An IAS officer who has proved that hard work can bring achievements in your life. All we need to do is focus on our talents and never lose hope. She has got supportive parents who have always been very encouraging for her. In developing countries like India where women are subservient to men this lioness has proved her power and determination through the field of social service. This prudent IAS Officer was just 23 when she cracked the exam. She was able to crack the cse in her first attempt and got the post of IAS. She feels proud in making her dreams come true and her parents proud. There are so many lessons that you can learn from this lady. She is a very keen observer and is always curious about anything and everything. She believes in giving her full efforts to whatever she does. This makes her inspire more and more people.

Mariamma Charles Thekkumpurath

Pharma Project Manager
Mrs. Mariamma Charles is Project Manager with more than 14years of experience in Pharmaceutical industry. I handle product launches at International Market working with Cipla India Ltd, one of the most reputed pharma in India with a global presence. Patent Holder and Publications in cancer research. Certified Six Sigma green belt professional. Co-Creator of Udemy course “The art and science of communication”. Two times winner of Communication league by Speak and Grow public speaking platform. Winning team of Leadership KARD module 3 presentation held in November 2021. Awarded as best Social Media presence team member on LinkedIn by Eminence Business Media (EBM) group in Project Management and portfolio summit 2021

Ms Shubhangi Shivpuje Mitra

Shubhangi Mitra is a London, U.K. based practicing human rights and immigration lawyer with 18 years plus experience . She has won many awards as a businesswoman, to name a few ‘Woman changemaker of the Year’ , ‘Woman Icon of the year’, featured in 99 most influential women of India in their 2021 edition. She is a PTSD and skin cancer survivor. Her survival battle and story inspired her to be picked by one international beauty pageant , who were raising awareness on mental health on an international platform. She represented the United Kingdom as Mrs United Kingdom Classic Universe 2021-22.

Niveda Ravi

Co-founder & CEO - Bliss Natural Pads
Founder - Bliss Natural Pads - Pads made from Kenaf Fibre ( Pulicha Keerai) MADE IN 🇮🇳 A social enterprise working towards reducing 1,13,000 tonnes of Plastic sanitary pads disposed off per year in India. Spreading Sustainable Menstruation and working on Ending Period Poverty. A Final Year College Project turned Startup with just Learning from Failures and no experiences . First Generation Entrepreneur, 5 National award Winner, 10+ Innovation Awards, Patent Registered ,Only company in India FDA approved and BIOBASED Certified, Featured in Hindu, NDTV and India Today.

Prathiba Leo

Corporate Communication Specialist at IDP (IETLS)
Prathiba Leo is a Corporate Communication Expert in a corporate firm. A polyglot and an avid reader and writer by passion. Her forte lies in communicating beyond barriers and being a polyglot has helped her carve the niche in communication. She believes in creating content that makes people engrossed in her work. She truly feels that you must bring your whole self to the table if you want to thrive in today’s crazy world; your personality, your sense of humor, and most importantly, your heart. And that's exactly how she would like to summarize herself.Beyond her professional achievements of working with companies like Amazon and Walmart, she is also a Content writer, Copywriter, Language Expert and a Blogging Coach

Sonica Aron

Managing Partner- Marching Sheep
Sonica Aron is the Founder and Managing Partner of Marching Sheep, a leading HR consulting firm specializing in Strategic HR advisory, Diversity and inclusion interventions, employee health and wellness and capability building. Sonica set up Marching Sheep in 2013 with a vision of making a difference to peoples’ lives and careers, and driving respect and equality for all. As a Human Resource and D&I specialist with an experience of more than 20 years, both in the industry and consulting, she has designed one of the most evolved ‘Diversity and Inclusion’ frameworks in India with deep understanding of real issues faced by women, individuals from LGBTQ community and people with disability! Sonica has been listed among the top 10 women entrepreneurs in 2020 by Forbes India, among India’s Most Valued People in June 2021 by Forbes India, among Top Leadership Icons by Fortune and the top 100 digital influencers by Yourstory.

Srijanita Maurya

11th grader/student
Srijanita Maurya based in Uttar Pradesh, India. She is 16 and an 11th grader at Kids Kingdom Senior Secondary school. She is the Founder of two youth led Organisation named as 'The Petrichor Organisation' and 'The Animal Patronage'. She is multilingual. From being a MUN enthusiast to a Youth Animal Activist she has used her leadership skills for development of this world and spreading awareness. She loves painting and graphic designing. She is a gold medalist in Mathematics and Computer Science.

Srishti Jain Kucheria

12 Grade Student
Srishti Kucheria is a poet, artist and entrepreneur. Her open mike/poetry recital at yourquote where she raised her concerns over abuse of animals was highly appreciated. Her poems and speeches have been picked up by “The Quint” & “The Rooster News” and all her videos together have garnered over a lakh views in a short time. Her original poetry on Shri Lal Bahadur Shastriji on Facebook had gone viral. She is the vice president of Interact club of her school, affiliated with Rotary Club for all charitable and volunteering activities. She is the co-founder of "Books with a Crew", a book club that encourages reading and has an artpage and e-commerce page named "caught in colours" on Instagram. She blogs on TOOBwithPSK, a page where she raises various environmental and social concerns. She is the Secretary-General of Model United Nations, Chennai 2022. Srishti is a free-spirited girl who believes that together, there is a better world possible.

Subhalaxmi Parida

Content Creator
Subhalaxmi, a Tamil comedy content creator on Youtube, winner of Youtube NextUp - 2018 and an avid Netflix watcher. She runs three channels with a collective audience of 300K, with 75% female audience located primarily in Chennai, Bangalore & Hyderabad. Just Linking her channels here for reference purposes. 1. The Cheeky DNA - A wholesome, women - centric relatable comedy channel 2. Cheeky Vlogs - A channel about her life, lifestyle, tips, tricks, reviews, everything personal and internet friendly. 3. With Love - Subha & Vignesh - A Couple channel focusing on love and relationships with her fiance Vignesh.

Vaishnavi Jaiswal

Incoming 12th grader at Gorakhpur Public School
Vaishnavi Jaiswal (she/her) is a motivated rising senior with over three years of demonstrated research skills and success in developing innovative devices that solve current social and community problems. Actively combines science, technology, and kindness as a catalyst for social change and to make a difference in the community. An avid problem solver, who thrives in collaborating with organizations that promote climate justice, gender equality, innovation, and creativity. She started her non-profit "Salubrious Organization", in an aim to create a more gender neutral world and educate, empower and engage women, which has impacted 60,000+ girls across 12+ Countries. She has also been recognised as 2022 Global Teen Leader, Diana Award Nominee, 2021 Young Achiever, 2021 Young Activit of the Year and has been featured in Forbes, The Hindu, Times Of India and Voyage LA Mag for her social activism & innovation journey.

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