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Role Model Series – 24th June 2011 – Ms. Rajeshwari Victor

Hosted by Exemplarr, Ms. Rajeshwari started with her family background where she was brought up like a boy rather than a girl and talked about her schoolings and college where she was a consistent topper in academics.   Then she went on to talk about her successful and rich career in Sales for 15 years. 
When she talked about her career she explained how she managed home and work. She felt that one should not let the ambition take over when managing home or vice versa and should balance both home and career well.  Also women should start making choices / prioritize while balancing home. 
When she briefed how she shifted her career from Sales to Teaching, she said she went and met people who shifted their career from corporate to entrepreneurship, politics, childhood passion, sports, social service, teaching, etc. which triggered her to write a book called ‘My Life My Choice’.   She said while choosing career it is good to look at the aspect of field in which we will fit in.  She said she took up a self assessment test by Marcus Buckingham before shifting her career which guided her to teaching line.  She also said she had reasons for taking up teaching i.e., to utilize her strengths in academics & communication & sufficient time she can spend at home as well.
She suggested women should not give up after a road block and think positively about what they are good at.  She said women should believe that they can have both family and career and it is good to network with people of both genders.
She concluded saying ‘It’s Your Life and It’s Your Choice’.
The speech was well received and the audience took part actively in the Q&A section of the session.

The evening was called to an end by Ms. Rajalakshmi of Cenza after presenting a Vote of Thanks.
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