My professional background
I began my career with Fabindia ($65 million turnover in 2008) where I fell in love with the brand for its vision of promoting craftsmanship of rural India and traditional handicraft work, to customers all over the world. Post Fabindia, working with EVOLV (Rs.100 crore turnover -2010) I honed my merchandising and retail operational skills. From this I moved to the digital sphere with Cbazaar (the world's largest ethnic-wear e-commerce) where I was handling merchandising, e-commerce management, digital branding and content marketing. Currently I'm pursuing a Senior Management Program at IIM Calcutta to broaden my understanding of the emerging business environment and to better understand quantitative and qualitative skills. Having built up my skill sets over the last 10 years in the fashion industry, I chose to launch ROSSBELLE in 2016. Being the REGIONAL CO-ORDINATOR of FASHION REVOLUTION INDIA - South brought about the realisation that the fashion industry is extremely unethical, unsustainable and exploitative in nature. The last three years have been a culmination of my efforts and vision and passion of making sustainable living a reality!
How to work with me
What I can offer
My Entrepreneurial journey has taken shape through 10-plus years of experience and "deep practice" invested in caring, curiosity and ability to bring people together through my daily business and personal interactions. As an effective leader who's crafted a purposeful and powerful life, my involvement in a constantly evolving environment of career and social experiences have required a level of creative adaptation in order to move beyond limiting circumstances and challenges.
Through thoughtful and introspective collaboration, I can help you gain focus on your vision and purpose, guiding you on your soul's journey. You will gain a greater sense of awareness, clarity and decisive action that will leave you feeling energized, engaged and more fulfilled in all areas of your daily routine.
Advisory expertise - 1)Market entry strategy for India (What not to do!), 2)Organisation strategy, 3)People management, 4)Brand Architecture 5)Business development, Distribution strategy 6)New market / segment conceptualisation 7) Mindful Leadership
My expectations for a successful mentoring relationship
As a potential mentee, you must be inspired, energised and engaged in your commitment and growth as an entrepreneur. You must be focused on your vision, conduct yourself professionally and be willing to be held accountable for your personal growth. You are open to thoughtful and introspective collaboration. A positive growth driven mindset serves as your guidepost to creating the daily habits necessary in realising a balanced, thriving, successful business and personal life.
How entrepreneurs can prepare before we start
Define the purpose (WHY) very clearly Articulate the vision Explain what the company stands for Define what is impact of the idea / venture.
Get to know yourself. What do you want in your career? What don’t you want? If you don’t have any answers to these questions, then do some brainstorming first with family, friends, and colleagues to map out a rough idea of what you have accomplished, what you are passionate about, and where you want to go. What strengths and interests do you have that you want to utilize or explore more? What obstacles and frustrations do you encounter? How satisfied are you with your career direction, education, professional development, and personal life?
Get to know your mentor. It’s not hard to search for information on someone these days. You can search for them on social media platforms including Twitter and LinkedIn, browse their institution’s website for an official profile, or look for their publications. Knowing the mentor’s background can help you formulate specific questions about their experiences and find out what resources or networks might be available to you through the mentor. Furthermore, having shared values is a key component of a successful mentorship, so dig a little to find common ground with your mentor and weave it into the conversation to strengthen your relationship.
Be humble and open minded. Be willing to consider constructive feedback and unfamiliar options. Take notes on why the mentor thinks another destination might be better for you, a different geographic area or institution, a different specialty, a different grant, or a different mentor. Expect that some advice may seem a bit challenging or contrary to your current approach. You can always reconsider or reject the ideas later, but in the moment be an active listener by paraphrasing your mentor’s suggestions and bring up specific ways you can incorporate at least 1–2 ideas that you like the most. This also allows for clarification to ensure you are both on the same page.
Be the captain. You determine when to start, stop, and sail. A mentor might check in with you from time to time, but don’t depend on that. You direct the rudder; you stand at the helm. Set your own schedule for when to send an email to report your progress or request a follow up meeting. Don’t wait for permission to speak up about an idea or to ask for feedback, but rather be direct and straightforward as issues arise. Also, remember it’s okay to say no to the mentor’s suggestions and to part ways if your needs change. You, not your mentor, decide where your career goes, and hopefully the mentor can provide you with some directions, maps, and almanacs to help you chart your own path.
Bring a notebook and pen (or digital devices are fine too). Have some questions written down to stay on track during the meeting, because tick tock tick tock right?Respect each other’s time and keep the conversation moving with a list of topics you want to discuss. Towards the end of the meeting, use the notebook to write down actionable tasks and a follow up timeline. Also, take note of what advice the mentor gave you that really stood out as thought provoking or inspiring.