IT BUSINESS OWNER & SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR
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.
A day in the life of Rita Singh could start at her office in Naperville, meet various dignitaries for lunch, have coffee with fellow IT business professionals and end with dinner with 10 close pals at a downtown Chicago restaurant. In between she makes time for her two up & coming teenaged daughters, Ashley & Quincy and IT professional husband, Sanjeev Singh. She seems to not only survive, but thrive on this frenetic schedule.
E-COMMERCE BUSINESS OWNER
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.
Shital has inspired many women to follow their dreams. This is what she has to say about success to other women. “The hardest part is the first step, everything else falls into place. When I started my business, I didn’t have a big plan. I just wanted to follow my dreams, and I always knew, that if I continue to do what I love, it will definitely lead to something great”.
CARDIOLOGIST & REAL ESTATE DEVELOPER
“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.
Anuja who is a mother of a 12-year old, Riya along with her Cardiologist husband, Gaurav says she is a ‘very proud Indian’ & while she comes across as a modern metropolitan power-woman there is no mistaking the deep roots of her Indian heritage. Anuja is vice-president of ISKCON Naperville Temple & advisory board member of FIA. On a lighter note, she is a self-proclaimed ‘Mumbai-Girl’ who jokes that she wished she could get paid for being a brand ambassador of her hometown Mumbai. The city is her first love and the only place that will ever feel like home. Her other hobbies including reading & a love for Chanel handbags.