Being a Strong-willed Educator: A New Chapter in Entrepreneurship
Women in business have come a long way from being the hesitant entrepreneurs they used to be. Don’t believe it? Meet Sunita Bohora. Sunita is the Co-Founder of New Era English School and the Nalanda Academy Nashik. With currently over 3600 students, her school has been selected among the Top 10 most innovative schools of India by The Week magazine. HerMoneyTalks decided to take a peek into the life and journey of Sunita. We weren’t disappointed.
It doesn’t take long for Sunita to open up. “The most important attribute that help women become independent is the mindset. If a woman has depth of conviction in her goals and has a do or die approach, then strong survival instincts emerge. Being a woman is a strength because it comes with compassion, empathy, flexibility, endurance and the natural ability to multi-task.”
Sunita’s confidence is buttressed by her accolades which speak about her stellar credentials. Presently, she also serves as Secretary in the National Apex Board of Jain International Trade Organization Ladies Wing. Apart from being a gold medalist in M.A English, she has done advanced ESOL Certification from Trinity College, London. She has received American Red Cross Training from New York and have also completed Aerobics Instructor Training in the US.
A strong-willed woman, a role model for other women
When she founded the New Era English School, she had delivered her first baby. Naturally, she had time constraints and family responsibilities on the other hand. Not one to give up so easily, she practiced efficient time management techniques and set up a unique system. With the right team to ensure the growth of their institution, Sunita was successful in achieving all their targeted milestones.
As an initiative towards extending more opportunities to women in the workspace, her organization decided to have women teachers only. She also firmly opines that instead of doing charity in temples, we can mentor, guide, and promote women in business.
The most important attribute that help women become independent is the mindset. If a woman has depth of conviction in her goals and has a do or die approach, then strong survival instincts emerge.
The Founder President of Women Entrepreneur’s Group of Nashik named ‘ASTITVA”, Sunita is a visionary. Her selfless contribution to vulnerable women around her is beyond words. When she returned to India in 1997, she explored options to make a difference and create an identity for herself.
Sunita thus started a Kindergarten to Std. X school in Nashik with a mission to provide quality education to students from the low income category. Her philosophy was based on the principles of “No Capital Fees, No Donations”. This had a tremendous impact on the lives of the working class. She aims to tackle the ever expanding generational disconnect between the teachers and students with her innovative strategies.
Why financial independence matters
Being financially independent and self sufficient means a lot for Sunita. According to her, when women in business are not financially independent, their self-esteem and confidence go down. Their mental well-being and health get affected, landing them into a phase of financial and emotional struggle.
My self- esteem and morale got boosted along with my mental well-being as I started to earn for myself.
“My self- esteem and morale got boosted along with my mental well-being as I started to earn for myself,” confides Sunita. In her opinion, when a woman achieves financial independence, it provides her resources to make decisions and makes her stronger than before. A torch-bearer to all struggling women, Sunita always makes the time to help women entrepreneurs come to speed.
An educator’s parting note for all women
Sunita urges women in business to inculcate an enthusiastic mindset to conquer everything that they dream of. In her view, the best way to acquire this mindset is by surrounding themselves with five professionals who can be their inspiration. She advises women to leverage such connections to continue to unlearn and relearn and keep ahead of the curve.
Sunita believes that successful women leaders can lead to an enormous social change, and so do we.
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