The Style Bazaar’s Business Style Awards is an award ceremony organised to acknowledge women entrepreneurs who do their business in style and have created a niche for themselves in their industry. It was a humbling coffee morning where the high-achieving women spoke about their journey, struggles, passion and most importantly expressed their gratitude to their entire support system. Sheetal Jain, the curator of the second edition of the ‘Business Style Awards mentioned, “It is thrilling and yet so overwhelming to see women across different walks of life constantly creating a niche for themselves.” The Business Style awards was conceptualised with an idea to encourage women to consider themselves important and prioritise their needs. “Most often than not, we get so entangled in our routines, responsibilities that we forget to take care of ourselves,” added Sheetal Jain. These awards are a way to honour women who care for themselves as much they do for their families and colleagues. If women have anyway taken up the front seat in all areas of life, then why not do it stylishly? The parallel motive of these awards session was to acknowledge women entrepreneurs who have constantly been grateful and appreciative of every little blessing they have had in their journey. During the awards ceremony it seemed as though there was a discovery of every achiever’s inner strength and beauty, which manifests into their style and personality in their everyday life.
The session highlighted the importance of self-care, self-regard which are achieved not just through look-books and salon sessions, but through having a dedication to workout and for some reading. The essence of these awards being that, we can love others when we have enough love for ourselves.
Style Bazaar’s panel awarded seven women across various industries including:
Aishvarrya Suresh, Singer, Model, Influencer- Aishvarrya began her journey in the entertainment industry 15 years ago. She has walked the ramp and tied-up with celebrated designers. Apart from modelling assignments she has anchored TV shows, been an Emcee, a make-up artist and a beauty columnist. Her biggest passion has been singing and performing in musical theatrical productions. Hey sheer talent and aspirations have made Aishvarrya one of the most popular influencers in the city.
Sangeetha Shankaran Sumesh, Business Coach & Author- Sangeetha is a Chartered Account and management Accountant with more than two decades of experience in leadership positions across multinationals. She is currently a coach mostly influencing financial growth and has authored two books in her area of expertise. Married to Mr. Sumesh, a mother of two, Sangeetha believes in balancing her personal, professional, social and spiritual life in pursuit of value creation.
Mital Surendira, Founder, Sankrriti- Sanskrriti a pioneer in trousseau packaging and gift wrapping has been the brain child of Mital. She has been running the organisation for more than 15 years now and has participated in more than 4000 weddings. She creates an edge in her packaging by coming up with innovating ideas, gift wrapping and customisable solutions. The first generation entrepreneur also supports NGOs like All Women Annapurna Trust and is actively involved in providing skill training for transgenders, where they get an opportunity to earn a living by creating boxes for corporate gifting.
Sugandha Mittal, Image Consultant- Sugnadha is the founder and Principle Coach of CONFIANZA finishing school, Chennai. She has been extensively trained in in prestigious schools by international master trainers in the fields of psychology, image consulting and design. A trained Kathak dancer, Sugandha likes dancing, travelling, cooking and socialising.
Ritu Khanna, Founder, Paradigm Ventures- Ritu Khanna leads in Recruitment, Board Consulting, CEO and Family Business Advisory practices. She has been consulting through her entire for the last 13 years. Apart from this, she is an active educationist who is involved in running a reputed school and college on OMR in the capacity of a board member. She is passionate about creating a social impact and advocates for women empowerment.
Varsha Aswani, Founder and Managing Trustee, Born to Win Research Foundation Trust- Varsha spearheads this NGO that aims to create a lasting change in global affairs. She is also the Chairperson of ‘All Ladies League Social Initiatives, Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry.
Babita Chopra, Social Entrepreneur– Apart from the Business Style Award, Babita has been celebrated with several community based awards that highlight her contributions to community based issues, primarily educations. Along with her sister, Babita conducts monthly sessions for ladies, under the name ‘Ladies College’ to empower them to run their small enterprises and runs Gyanshaala, religious classes for children between age age of 5-15 years. Babita has also been the contributing author of articles for INFINITHOUGHTS Magazine for over a decade.
The Business Style awards go beyond the realm of the ceremonies. These awards are intended to celebrate all women, especially aspiring entrepreneurs who are working towards making a difference in the society and also adding the edge with their personality and style.
The awardees also inaugurated this year’s Style Bazaar exhibition held at Hyatt Regency. The Style bazaar exhibition was conceptualised to celebrate women and create a platform for them to network as well as provide an opportunity for budding designers across the country to showcase their work.