By Anuradha Dutta, Kolkata, Jan 15 IBNS | 10 months ago

Insurance agency, Ideal Insurance recently hosted the workshop, 'Women Entrepreneurs-The Game Changers', to provide guidance to women entrepreneurs on skills required to overcome work stress and challenges, consolidate and scale-up a business and maintain balance between professional and personal life, here.

Professor Parimal Merchant, Director of Family Business Managed Program conducted at SP Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR), Mumbai discussed the topic, 'How to Manage Business Growth and Meet Family Expectation?'.

Merchant said, "The corporate sector in India has become much more supportive to women employees, than it used to be in the past."

"Women in India, however, have to struggle in the social front where they are expected to continue their role of caregivers," he added.

Professor Merchant said, "If the husband cannot do without 'hot chapatis' and the neighbours continue to ridicule a woman who leaves her children in the care of her mother-in-law, corporates can do little."

Manju Sethia, owner of 'Mon Art Gallery' and 'Krazy for Chocolates' said, "It is never too late to do the right thing."

Sethia, who started her own business fifteen years ago and is a grandmother has a different opinion.

"In the present scenario when the crimes against children have increased so much, a mother cannot really be at peace when she has left her child behind," she said.

Facilities like creche in the office can be of great help and the such provisions are present in many organisations in the western countries, she suggested.

Sethia had to mange her business singlehandedly, but was able to succeed because of the hold she had over her subject.

"I earned the love and respect of my workers because of my knowledge. A woman must have more than 100% confidence in her field to succeed," she said.

The other speakers at the workshop were Atreyee Borooah Thekedath, owner Web. Com; Richa Sharma, Mrs. India International and Rahul Agarwal, founder director of Ideal Insurance.

(Posted on 15-01-2014)

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