Educationist Dr. Karan Gupta awards women achievers

At a spectacular event, Educationist and Activist, Dr. Karan Gupta, awards Sushmita Sen and other women achievers with the 'I Am Woman' award

Karan Gupta Education Foundation (KGEF) is a non-profit NGO that helps underpriveleged children and words towards empowerment of women. At the annual I Am Woman event organized by KGEF and IE Business School, women achievers from different fields were celebrated and awarded.

At the 3rd edition of the I Am Woman awards, hosted by IE Business Schooland the Karan Gupta Education Foundation, women achievers from different fields were celebrated and awarded.

"KGEF works towards the education of underpriveleged students and women empowerment. We conduct skill development workshops for students and make them employable," says Dr. Karan Gupta, MD (India) of IE Business School and founder of KGEF.

"I Am Woman as an event was started three years ago, but we have been helping the cause of women empowerment and women in business for decades. At I Am Woman we celebrate the inspiration of women and offer them a platform where they can share their inspiring stories", adds Dr. Gupta. Introducing the KGEF Army, Dr. Gupta and his army of volunteers plans to teach self defence to children to empower them to fight off predators.

Sushmita Sen, the Chief Guest, was awarded the Woman of Substance award. "Consistency paves the way to solutions and then problems' got a problem. Mistakes are powerful tools of learning important life lessons, it's a class we want to graduate not repeat," states Sen, who had the audience listening and catching on to every word that she said.

The event started with an introduction from Dr.Amber Wigmore, Head of Talent Management at IE Business School who also served as the compere for the evening. The first panel of women at the event had Taj group and IE alumna Leah Tata, Philanthropist and Artist Michelle Poonawalla, Entrepreneur Bhavna Jasra, and Designer and Entrepreneur Falguni Shane Peacock. The women spoke about the challenges that women face in business and discussed how women entrepreneurs should or should not think like men.

RJ Malishka Mendonsa and Advocate Abha Singh then had a strong discussion on social issues that women face today and how to change the perception of women in society. Activists Jyoti Dhawale and Preethi Srinivasan moved the 400+ people in the audience with their heart rendering stories and how they are now changing the society. Trying to encourage Preethi, a quadriplegic, Actress Madhoo Shah who was also a compere at the event broke out into an impromptu song from her film Roja with the audience joining in. Dr. Karan Gupta introduced Jyoti Dhawale, an HIV+ woman and gave her a hug and asked the audience to make sure to hug Jyoti at the end of the event to show that HIV does not spread through hugging.

At the end of the event, all the women were bestowed with the I Am Woman women empowerment award.

At the event were spotted I Am Woman 2016 winners Reshma Merchant, Kiran Bawa and Maheka Mirpuri. Farah Khan Ali, who recently launched her Magnum brand and who was the winner of the I Am Woman 2017 award, was present at the event and presented an award to Michelle Poonawalla. Shobha Kamra, the Vice President of the Fellowship of the Physically Challenged and Dr. Kamal Gupta, Chairman of LLIM were also present at the event with Dr. Kamal Gupta presenting an award to Leah Tata. A star filled event, other guests and celebrities included Sheeba Sabir, Vikas Bhalla, Aditi Govitrikar and Arzoo Govitrikar.

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