Kolkata, September 5, 2023 – The enchanting aura of empowerment filled the air at the prestigious Royal Bengal Room, City Center 1, Kolkata, on August 29, 2023, as Woman Times, the renowned international eMagazine for women, orchestrated the resounding success of the Indo-Bangla Women’s Business Conclave. A pioneering event that showcased the indomitable spirit of women entrepreneurs and innovators, the conclave was executed in collaboration with Shree Bhatter and the Lions Club of Calcutta (District 322B1). This landmark event saw the convergence of brilliant minds, eager to discuss and celebrate women’s accomplishments in various spheres of business.
The conclave, a dazzling testament to the relentless efforts of women in business, was characterized by two engaging panel discussions that addressed crucial topics affecting women entrepreneurs. The first panel, titled ‘Women Entrepreneurs and Their Struggle,’ delved deep into the challenges faced by women while navigating the dynamic world of entrepreneurship. The second panel, titled ‘Creativity and Innovation in Women-Led Businesses,’ explored the innovative strategies and creative thinking that have propelled women-led enterprises to new heights.
A luminous highlight of the conclave was the presence of Sharmila Oswal, the visionary founder of Millet Mission in India. This momentous occasion marked her first-ever visit to Bengal, where she was felicitated with the prestigious ‘IRON WOMAN’ award.
Overflowing with gratitude, Sharmila Oswal expressed her admiration for Woman Times and their relentless dedication to empowering women’s lives. “This is my first time in Kolkata or Bengal, and I have been truly inspired by the work of Woman Times. I could not resist their invitation to speak about Millet and the empowerment of women. The time is ripe for us to focus on the potential of millet,” she remarked.
There were delegates from Bangladesh as well who contributed their opinions during the panel discussions and also received International Woman of Action Awards.
The illustrious panelists who enriched the conclave with their wisdom and insights included a diverse group of accomplished women. These included CS ADV Mamta Binani, Neeta Kanoria, Debjani Mookherjee, Anju Jhajaria, Sonika Dey, Manisha Agarwal, Prof Manoshi RoyChowdhury, Mynoo Maryel, Aysha Siddika, Afasana Ferdousi, Nafiz Islam (Lipi), and Amrita Mitter. The engaging panel discussions were skillfully moderated by the experienced Vayjayanti Pugalia, who ensured that the conversations flowed seamlessly, leading to valuable takeaways for all attendees.
The culmination of the panel discussions was a heartwarming celebration of women who have left an indelible mark on society through their exceptional contributions. The International Woman of Action Awards paid tribute to outstanding women across various fields whose business ventures have significantly contributed to the nation’s growth. As the applause resounded through the hall, the Lifetime Achievement Award was bestowed upon Thankamani Kutty, the Best Actor Award graced the talented Paoli Dam, and the Best Singer Award recognized the melodious voice of Jojo Mukherjee.
A highlight that resonated deeply with the attendees was the captivating session by Mynoo Maryel, a visionary, thought leader, spiritual mentor, and UN speaker for peace and sustainability. Her insights into women’s leadership illuminated the path toward greater empowerment and collaboration, igniting a spark of inspiration in the hearts of all present.
The Indo-Bangla Women’s Business Conclave achieved several historic firsts in Kolkata, establishing Woman Times as a trailblazing brand that is redefining the narrative of women in business. As the event concluded, the sentiment of empowerment and unity lingered, leaving attendees invigorated and motivated to continue their pursuit of excellence.
With the Indo-Bangla Women’s Business Conclave, Woman Times has not only created a platform for knowledge exchange but also forged a vibrant community that is driving positive change for women in business. The reverberations of this historic event will undoubtedly be felt for years to come.