Shaili Chopra at the Digital Women Awards, 2022

SheThePeople Founder, Shaili Chopra, in her keynote address at the 2022 Digital Women Awards, expressed her gratitude to the sisterhood and shared the platform’s current stance and future. Chopra recalled why she started this platform, how it has evolved over the years as a movement, and what women need.

Shaili Chopra began the journey of the Digital Women Awards eight years ago, and since then the event has gotten bigger and better, with more and more women. She also mentioned that this awards feature was the first women’s event held in Bombay. Fellowship in 2018. Starting with an anecdote, Chopra said before taking the stage, someone asked her about the event’s main guest. She replied, “Who is the main guest? At SheThePeople, at the Digital Women Awards, the main guest is that part of the room,” pointing to the audience sitting there. She expressed her gratitude to the people who have supported her and the organization for so long and continue to believe in them to make things happen.

Keynote: Rajiv Anand, Deputy Managing Director, Axis Bank

Shaili Chopra at the Digital Women Awards, Opening Remarks 2022

Chopra shared her experiences as an entrepreneur and recalled interviewing actress and entrepreneur Lara Dutta. In which Dutta confessed that she now wanted to focus on her entrepreneurship and take off her celebrity hat for a while. Dutta also said that female entrepreneurs seek inspiration from above, from someone who has been very successful. In contrast, inspiration is right next to them, sitting on a flight or coin, and all they have to do is push and strike up a conversation.

Watch Lara Dutta’s interview here.

Are women bad at networking?

She further explained that women are often told that they are bad at networking. She said many women complain that they can’t network because they don’t have time. Chopra suggests we need to break the stereotype and make time for networking. Networking doesn’t necessarily mean having a drink after work, but you can also talk to other people in your field over breakfast.

Chopra thanked the audience and supporters for taking the platform to such a height.

Round table on fundamental equality in the workplace

SheThePeople focuses on women’s health

Chopra shared that by conversing with women, she found the missing link that led her to start Gytree. She found that women needed a place to express their doubts about their health or learn more details about many health issues. To help women get to know their bodies and slowly figure out if something is wrong, the platform (SheThePeople) launched their YouTube channel focused on women’s health. She encouraged women to ask more questions.

Shaili Chopra concluded the conference by saying, “women are looking for role models but need male champions”. She asked men to encourage the women around them and help them get where they need to be by getting out there and standing up for themselves.

Suggested Reading: Digital Women Awards 2022: Consistency is Key, and Networking is Net Worth in Business

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