#FabFriFeature: Akshita Sachdeva (Boston)

We are proud to highlight Akshita Sachdeva from Boston, MA, as our Fab Friday Feature this week!  Read up on her success tips for women in business.

  • Your name?: Akshita Sachdeva
  • What is your business?: Griwaditi : automated, non-invasive and easily accessible screening tool for cervical cancer. It is a social enterprise with a vision to save lives of women from Cervical Cancer particularly in low-resource countries.
  • Name three things that a female entrepreneur needs to be successful and fabulous in business?: Ability to innovate, charisma to lead and break stereotypes.
  • Entrepreneurship isn’t for everyone – what are three things that you love about being your own boss?: ‘Entrepreneurship is being your own boss’ is a misconception in itself. Entrepreneurship is about being responsible for and answerable to all the stakeholders who bestow their trust upon you. Entrepreneurship is less about owning a farm and more about ensuring that the farm yields best products in terms of quality and quantity and those products serve the right purpose.
  • Who was your mentor/inspiration to strike out on your own?: Roopam Sharma, the 22-years old Chronic innovator who innovates for the betterment of the society has always been the inspiration that gave rise to Griwaditi. His innovations that solve the society’s biggest problems by making use of technology inspired me to pursue my dream of tackling Cervical Cancer and it’s under his mentorship that Griwaditi turned from a Research Project to a vision as big as what it is now.
  • What was the biggest challenge when you went from working for a company to working for yourself?: After being offered lucrative jobs, my family and surroundings expected me to pursue them. Convincing them to pursue my dream of Griwaditi was the biggest challenge for me.
  • How do you stay motivated? : My vision to inspire and empower women to take charge of their own lives in terms of career, health and well-being by taking up nonconventional technological roles keeps me motivated.
  • What are your tips for those who come up against blockades as an entrepreneur? : Break through Gender Stereotypes; Follow your heart; and Don’t give up.
  • Can you give some tried and true advice about building a following?: Let your work speak for you because ‘Actions speak louder than words’. You just need to be capable to dream, build and live. Success and people will automatically follow.
  • When do you feel the most fulfilled?: Enjoying home-cooked meal with family makes me feel most-fulfilled. Even entrepreneurs have the right to enjoy family time. It helps release all stress and motivates you to achieve more.
  • What do you think is the biggest misconception people have about being an entrepreneur?: Most people think that – ‘Entrepreneurship is just about an idea’. In reality, an innovative idea is just the first stepping-stone. Entrepreneurship is about bringing together a strong team that believes in that idea, works passionately to turn that idea into reality and strives hard to ensure consistency at work at all times – both good and bad.
  • What are your “must-haves” to keep your business going strong? : Creativity to innovate, passion to build, presence to inspire, charisma to lead, ability to network and vision to empower mankind.
  • If your personality could be captured in pair of shoes, what would they be? : Sandals that are comfortable inside and fashionable outside.
  • Why do you think it’s important to women to maintain “feminine” in business? What advantages can this bring?: Females tend to think more rationally and patiently when it comes to important decisions rather than being impulsive and landing on conclusions. Moreover, since, products, services and businesses are meant to be used by both men and women, it’s very important to have women’s perspective included in the design and development phases.
  • What does being “sexy” mean to you?: ‘Sexy’ is not just sensual. ‘Inspiring, motivating and thought-provoking’ is the ‘new sexy’. So, ‘being new sexy’ means being true to myself, breaking stereotypes, following my heart, doing good for society and empowering mankind.
  • What are three ways that your business makes money?: Philanthropic grants, e-commerce and retail.
  • What money management tips to you have for female entrepreneurs?: Spend less on ‘looking sexy’ and more on ‘being sexy’; and ‘being sexy’ has nothing to with the dresses you wear or accessories you put on. When your business creates a positive impact on the society, the poise in your voice and the charm in your eyes will suffice.
  • What are your top three tips to be wealthy… in heels?: Look simple, invest time, money and sincere efforts in your business & stay result-oriented.
  • What does “success” look like to you? : Success is when someone you never met comes to you and says – “Thank you for bringing a positive change in my life”.
  • What does “being wealthy” mean to you?: For me, being wealthy in terms of time is being able to spend quality time with dear ones and being wealthy in terms of money means to have enough money to invest in causes and businesses that empower society and mankind.
  • Company URL: http://www.griwaditi.com
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/akshita.sachdeva.31
  • Twitter : https://twitter.com/Akshita2405
  • Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/akshitasachdeva24
  • Your Email: akshita.sachdeva1994@gmail.com