Name: Dr. Shruti Kapoor
Home city/ country: New York/ USA
Current Occupation: (student, current job, etc.): Founder, CEO Sayfty
Time I wake up: 6am
First thing I do in the morning: Write my journal. Three pages of free flowing thoughts.
My typical breakfast: A cup of chai (tea) & oatmeal with nuts and fruits or egg and toast
Here's what my morning commute is like: I work from home, so luckily no commute for me.
I spend most of my day doing: Working on Sayfty. Building partnerships, replying to emails, communicating and guiding my team, on social media interacting with our followers, attending meetings, writing articles, meeting new people. I recently gave talks at the UN, World Merit 360 and now I am preparing for two exciting upcoming conferences.
After work or school, I like to: I like to spend all my time with my 7month old daughter, Diya. I play with her, feed her, go out for a walk with her, read her books, cuddle her in my arm, smother her with as much love and attention as I can possible give her.
A fun night for me includes: Watching a movie with my husband, good food, wine and dessert.
Time I go to sleep: Around midnight
Last thing I do at night: Brush my teeth, take off my lenses and just lie in bed with my eyes closed, watching my breath till I fall sleep
My favorite thing to do for fun: Since I became a mom is to play with my 7 month old daughter and be in her company.
My biggest fear right now: I have limited time and I won’t be able to balance work at Sayfty and give enough time to my daughter, Diya. I don’t want to miss out on Diya’s growing years and learning stages so I try to balance as much as I can and keep reminding myself that this time with her is precious and will never come back. There will be another year for Sayfty.
My biggest hope right now: Is that Violence Against Women becomes a thing of the past. That all genders raise their voices loud and clear against violence against women. That we learn to support the survivors and not blame them. That we open our eye, ears and hearts to listen and support each other.
Someday I'd like to: Make Violence Against Women a thing of the past. Read about it in history books.
The biggest challenge I have overcome so far: Switching careers. I am a trained Economist who has spent a majority of my life studying, teaching or working in the field of Economics. Switching over to entrepreneurship is new. Founding and running Sayfty is exciting but also very challenging and I am learning every single day. Some days are rewarding, others not. It’s a learning process every day.
The biggest challenge I hope to overcome: To stop doubting my abilities and be myself. To believe in my self, my potential and my journey, each of which is unique and mine alone.
Being a woman is wonderful because: I am able to bring life on this earth. My life has changed after the birth of my daughter, Diya and I am truly grateful for that.
Being a woman is a challenge because: I never think being a woman is a challenge. However for me personally, right now my challenge is to raise my two babies Sayfty and Diya well. Each one requires unconditional love, care and attention.
What's one thing people don't understand about your culture that you'd like to clarify to the international community? That India is not just a land of snakes, elephants and charmers. We are the land of opportunity, of love, of culture and passion. Yes, violence against women is a problem in India, but it’s also a global pandemic. So stop looking at India like it’s the most dangerous place to be in or visit. The country is vibrant and rich in culture and one must experience it in his/her lifetime.
What's your favorite meal or recipe that is a specialty of your culture? I love chai (Indian tea with lots of ginger, milk and sugar). I make it daily. I also enjoy a good home cooked simple Indian meal like lentils and rice (Daal Chawal). It’s my comfort food.
If you could ask the Mogul community anything, what would it be? Let’s support each other in our endeavors. Speak up and voice our opinions to make this world a better place to live in.
I am a Mogul because: I believe in the power and potential of women. Collectively we can and will empower each other. I’ll close with an African quote “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together”.
Dr. Shruti Kapoor is the Founder of Sayfty, an organization that educates, equips and empowers women and girls against violence. The White House recently selected her as a nominated change maker for the WomenOfState Summit. Dr. Kapoor has received several awards including the International Women of [...]