Women Listed, an initiative that aims to bring all women entrepreneurs under one roof recently hosted the 3rd edition of Celebrating Excellence: 23 Women in 2023 Awards to honour 23 remarkable women from different fields for their work and journey on January 12. Organised by FNP (Ferns N Petals) and Sipping Thoughts, the award ceremony aimed to cast a spotlight on women who have shown their prowess in diverse areas, whether it is in business, science, arts, legal, finance, social service, sports and other fields.
Gracing the occasion with her presence was renowned classical dancer, Padma Shri Shovana Narayan, a trailblazer in her field and a beacon of inspiration in the realms of achievement and contribution. Speaking on the occasion Ms. Narayan said “Every woman is a force that reverberates strength and resilience. As we gather to honor these phenomenal women achievers across diverse fields, we should celebrate their empowerment, their ability to transform challenges into opportunities. Women, are the true beacons of hope and possess an innate Shakti that can overcome any hurdles. She further added “Together we can compose a melody, achieving harmony, thus making our world rosy with possibilities."
The list of Awardees included – Harini Sivakumar - Founder & CEO at Earth Rhythm, Pallabi Ghosh - Anti-Trafficking Activist and founder of Impact and Dialogue Foundation, Dr. Radhika Batra - Founder & President of Every Infant Matters, Anoushka Jain - Founder of women-led heritage organisation Enroute Indian History, Dr. Geetika Mittal Gupta – renowned dermatologist & cosmetologist, Priya Hingorani - Senior Supreme Court Advocate, Dr. Sharmila Oswal – social entrepreneur who is known as the "Millet Woman of India," Shivaarti Bajaj - Founding Managing Partner of RSD Bajaj Global, Priyanka Gupta – Fashion Designer & founder of Summer by Priyanka, Dr. Rita Jairath, body builder and fitness trainer and the only Female IFBB Pro-League International Judge in Asia Niharika Jain Agrawal – Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Broomees, Sachee Malhotra - Founder of That Sassy Thing, and many more.
Meeta Gutgutia, Founder of Women Listed and Co-Founder FNP said "Women who make up for 48% of the country’s population are showing their strength in every field. However their contribution to country’s GDP is still limited to a mere 18%; when I read such statistics it made me wonder why is it so! That’s when I realised that one of the main problems which women professionals face is visibility. With Women Listed we want to give all such women a chance to showcase their work to a broader audience. We have listed thousands of women already and our Celebrating Excellence Award is just another way for us to showcase stories of remarkable women, felicitating them and inspiring others to come forward and enter the spotlight."
The previous editions of Celebrating Excellence Awards which was held online was attended by more than 500 women from all over the country. Some of the previous Awardees included, Asha Devi – Nirbhaya’s mother, Dr. Deepa Narayan - author of Chup: Breaking The Silence About India's Women, Shivangi Nadkarni - Co-Founder & CEO of Arrka, Poonam Barua – Global business leader and CEO WILL Forum India, Payal Chawla - Founder of JUSCONTRACTUS (an All-Women Law Firm), IAS Ira Singhal, Rudrani Chettri - Transgender activist and model, and more.