WINNINGSTREE ANNUAL MEET
By TANUSRI CHAKRABORTY
WinningStree organized an Annual Meet on turning an year old at the Hotel Golden Grand, Patel Nagar, New Delhi. The event held on 29th August 2019, saw a diverse and very inclusive community of empowered and enterprising women in attendance.
WinningStree has grown in strength from 2 to more than 2K plus women in the span of an year and the growth has been tremendous. The platform has turned into a very progressive and supportive one and many many women are joining the WinningStree initiative and movement via the brands digital presence accross social media handles.
WinningStree empowers women and gives them a conducive environment to be able to grow their brands with better brand visibility via content strategies and brand promotion techniques brought exclusively for their followers. The platform also works extensively towards getting more business opportunities for their fellow strees from multiple quarters.
To commemorate the success of WinningStree, the platform brought about and curated an exclusive annual event which also saw the launch of new initiatives under the platform called “Empower Stree”! Women achievers were invited to share their inspiring stories at the forum while every attendee represented their brands.
About 68 women including, doctors, entrepreneurs, news and media house professionals, lawyers, educationists, teachers, students, brand consultants, trainers and digital marketers attended the event and made it a huge success!
The anchor for the event was Supriya Saxena, creative head and anchor from Doordarshan. She motivated the audience with her inspiring quotations and the event became more and more entertaining due to her presence.
Madam Vinnie Mathur, Associate Dean, Shiv Nadar University attended the event as the Guest Speaker and addressed the females present with her enchanting and charismatic aura while inviting them for further collaborations with her prestigious university. She also introduced her E-Cell and the plans they had for women entrepreneurs and startup innovators further.
Her presence and inspiring journey encouraged the women in business further while her intelligent students gave away brilliant presentations to the platform about futuristic plans that Shiv Nadar had in store for them and many more. Vinnie invited the entire WinningStree forum to her E-Cell initiatives in the future.
Also present as the Guest of Honor was Madam Sunita Bhasin from Swami Sivananda Memorial Institute (SSMI) who provides service to less privileged woman and children through her NGO. She provides employment and education opportunities to such women and children gifting them better lives. Her graceful and serene presence had a calming effect on the women while equally encouraging them to be able to do something towards the society.
Also present as Associate Partners were Megha Chadda and Neha Chandra from WASME House, Women’s Wing, who supported and made the event successful by sponsoring the certificates for the attendees. World Association of Small & Medium Enterprises is an organization which helps small & medium enterprises flourish and grow. With presence in almost 200 plus countries and endorsed by Govt. Of India, it was a blessing to have them on the meet.
Shreya Sabharwal, founder Square Fork, was also present. A 21 something, she proudly stood among the strees as a young achiever and inspired all the women present with her success journey and gyan or tricks. Very creative, she runs a social media agency mostly helping brands from the Food & Beverage Industry with promotional strategies over the internet.
“As a woman, it is our responsibility to encourage each other and support, so that we can confidently rise and shine. To celebrate each other’s success, we curate exclusive content and design campaigns/strategies for Winning Stree’s, which is for a female owned brand or a product that caters to women folk at home or work. I believe, with this website and the social handles, I have given voice to all my fellow strees to share their inspiring stories and with this platform we believe to inspire each other to grow together. As a community, we have gained much strength and in a span of a year my community already has 2000+ organic members. Not only this our platform has extensively worked towards getting more and more business opportunities to our fellow strees from multiple quarters apart from being able to spread a word about their businesses themselves. The upcoming Empower Stree initiative will surely be one of its kind and true to its name, Immensely Empowering!“
Sponsors from all circles, some old and some new faces joined in support and unison to make this event a grand success and to support WinningStree. One such sponsor was Sangeeta Ahuja from Urban Interiors who stood as the Standee Partner for the event. Another lady with a beautiful and generous heart and a brand herself was Vandana Nagpaul, who was the Advertising Sponsor for the event!!
No event is complete without the gifts and so was this WinningStree Annual Meet Event. To make it even grander, many brands joined hands as gifting partners including some who joined at the spot and made it a huge success and equally a positive and supportive environment for all the females present. The on the spot gifting partners for the WinningStree Annual Meet were, Mother’s Essence by Rachna Naggpal and Prasuk Organics by Monika Dhaka. The official Gifting Sponsors for the event were, Divya Agarwal from D’Desire, Raktima Mitra from World of Wonders, Smriti Dutta from The Revive Boutique, Sriparna Das Chakraborty from Aamani’s Crochet and Meenal Chatterjee from Kindle Arts and Mr. Subhash Ghosh from Onion Mantra.
Key note speakers joined hands in making it a very informative and interactive event with their mindful sessions on various women-centric topics. One such speaker was Neeru Sood who is a Management Consultant and Branding and Marketing person and spear heads the “Empower Stree” initiative under WinningStree. A lovely and kind person by heart, Neeru helped with all the ground work in relation to Empower Stree and presented it to the audiences. It was received well with a good response from the females attending the event. Empower Stree will be the training cell of WinningStree which has a huge potential to grow into a much bigger initiative someday.
Navneet Momi, the lawyer and another key-note speaker gave a very meaningful and much-needed session on IP Laws or Intellectual Property Laws. Every word she uttered was quite relevant for female entrepreneurs. Selling is a necessity if you get into business and the hindrances faced during Selling was identified well by Vandana Nagpaul who presented a session on Blind Spots in Selling! The crowd really enjoyed these powerful sessions with some brilliant takeaways from each.
A very interesting panel discussion moderated by an Award Winning Blogger Ms. Surbhi Rastogi was also presented to the audience on the topic, “How Mother’s on a Break can Build Up Successful Home Businesses”! The panelists who discussed some valid pointers for the same were, Ms. Divya Agarwal from D’Desire, Ms.Bhavna Minocha from RedCarpet-OwntheRunway, Minal Chatterjee from Kindle Arts and Richa Mongia from Live Fabulous.
Table Partners attending the event made it equally a happier and cheerful place to be in as women and shopping go hand in hand. All the Table Partners for the event displayed their beautiful stalls which were colorful and made the atmosphere very vibrant. Table Partners who participated in the exhibition were Shweta Khilwani from Potpourri, Arti Soni from Pink and Punks, Prunima Bahuguna from Triaanya’s Health Mantra, Mala Saini from EFO Store, Khusbu Khandelwal from Kaustabh Jewels and Manju Jain from Wonder Chef, Rachna Naggpal from Mother’s Essence and Monika Dhaka from Prasuk Organics.
The Cake was sponsored by Shafali Agarwal from Cakelicious and the cookies were sponsored by Charu Khanna from G2: Garima’s Gateaux. The Beverage Sponsor for the event was Madhu Mitra from DXN. The media partner for the event were Page3Now & Morning Standard. The photography partner for the event was Vikram Sagar & Rajni Minhas. The venue partner was Hotel Golden Grand and the arrangements were done by Hina Khan from AMM Holidays!
The entire clan of enterprising entrepreneurs who attended the meet, WinningStree is proud of and thankful of each one of them. It is because of them that WinningStree is where it is today and it is because of them that the event also became a success. When women support each other magnificent things are bound to happen and WinningStree is a forum made exactly on these thoughts.
Lastly but not the least, Dr. Shanjan Raj attended the meet braving her ill health and to keep her word. Such was her commitment, grit and sense of responsibility. She created and managed Earthen Decor! It was very unlikely and sad for a friend and colleague that too so young to have succumbed to her illness and pass away and it came as a shock to the entire community. The WinningStree annual meet event Shanjan’s last meet. A firm believer of women empowerment, WinningStree salutes this firm believer and worshiper of women power!
All in all it was a gala event with knowledge, fun and lot’s of Stree Josh!! Hail Streehood!!