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Celebrating Women Entrepreneurs with Phoenix Kessaku

There’s so much being said about women – their strife, their skills, their freedom, and their flawless ability to balance that fine line between family and work. And while the praises keep coming in, Phoenix Kessaku took it one step ahead by celebrating them.

On Dec 7th, Phoenix Club One welcomed 80 women entrepreneurs from FICCI Flo, an organization that has been at the forefront of promoting entrepreneurship and excellence among women for over 33 years. From among the nation’s leading fashion designers, chocolatiers, artists, and others, we were proud to welcome Manjari Jalan, Zeba Kohli, Anisha Bhandary, Anjali Sharma, Namrata G, and Rashi Cutlerywaala among other guests. The lovely ladies registered at the venue, post which they were invited to visit mock-flats – a replica of one the many beautiful homes by Phoenix.

Because no occasion is complete without a helping of fine food, a healthy range of pan-Asian appetizers including charred broccoli and cheddar quiche, tofu and sesame sliders, and teriyaki pita bao, were served. Virgin mojitos and orange julep drinks weren’t far behind. The vibrant environment along with scrumptious food paved the way for guests to connect and engage with each other.

In the light of inspiring entrepreneurs, Phoenix Residences invited Ms Pinky Lilani who is an author, food guru, motivational speaker, and one among the 100 most powerful women in UK according to BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour Power List; the Founder and Chairman of Women of the Future Programme, the Asian Women of Achievement Awards, and Global Empowerment Award. She is also internationally recognized for her effortsin addressing and uplifting women in the society.

Ms. Lilani drew from years of experience and expertise to impart business anecdotes and advice to the thriving entrepreneurs who had gathered. She spoke on ‘The power of kindness and collaboration for business and personal success’. Ms. Lilani strongly emphasized on the need to pursue one’s dreams with a headstrong attitude. She spoke on the importance of having a thirst for doing new things, exploring new avenues and conquering challenges. The enigmatic lady also imparted practical advice on how women entrepreneurs could supplement their dreams by working hard and collaborating with fellow women entrepreneurs for personal and professional support. The talk followed a Q&A session with Ms. Lilani.

After a thoroughly engaging talk, the guests were served luncheon that consisted helpings of Som Tam Thai and Ceaser’s salad, accompanied with a side of assorted bread and condiments. Mains consisted an assortment of Thai and Continental dishes. The bustling noon was peppered with interesting conversations over a range of subjects, one of them being Ms. Lilani’s tryst with twitter – recounting it to be her most recent adventure on social media. “I even got quite a bit of followers,” she laughed.

Anita Roddick, Founder of Body Shop said, “Nobody talks about entrepreneurship as a survival, but that’s exactly what it is and what nurtures creative thinking”. The women entrepreneurs of Bangalore returned home armoured with fresh insights and new-found inspiration. And we can’t wait to see them take the world by storm.

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