|“I wanted to make an impact in the level of Indian-American community in Chicago” says Dr. Anuja Gupta.In 2015 Anuja Gupta embarked on an ambitious project named Verandah which combines her passion & expertise in medicine and real estate. The development is an innovative retirement community catered to the custom preferences of the Indian clientele. Switching to real estate from medicine came with big challenges but it was also very empowering to conquer each challenge & keep moving ahead. Anuja was the winner of the prestigious ICAN Woman Entrepreneur Award 2017 in recognition of Verandah.
||Shital Daftari is an E-Commerce Business Owner who built her business from scratch with a very little investment and a big dream. When she started her business with an idea of renting high end Indian fashion, people doubted if the concept would work. However, she decided to follow her dreams and with her hard work, passion and grit built a very large E-commerce business that now sells on Amazon, Ebay, Walmart, Sears, Jet.com and many sites across the globe. Her company, Saris and Things not only sells Indian apparel but also sells Gold and Diamond jewelry, designer swimwear, designer shoes, Gift Items and various other luxury products.What Womens Empowerment Means to Shital: A lot of women dream big, but never take that first step to make their dreams a reality. For Shital, empowerment is all about helping women take that first step forward.
||Rita Singh is founder and President of S R International Inc. an IT Consulting Company based in Naperville. She is also Chicago Chairperson for All Ladies League, a global organization dedicated to women empowerment. Rita was the first female president and founder of the Federation of Indian Associations in Chicago which promotes Indian cultural events in Chicago. Light-heartedly known as the ‘reigning social queen’ of Chicago, Rita uses her popularity very effectively to bring successful big scale Bollywood shows to Chicago.She has been awarded for her leadership and entrepreneurial achievements by many prestigious organizations in USA and India. She was honored as icon of Bihar for Women Entrepreneurship by Chief Minister of Bihar. She was also honored by Illinois Secretary of State, Jesse White for promoting Asian culture among youths of Illinois.