Reminiscences of inspiring women
Priyanka Mehra shares her experience of meeting women on top of the advertising ladder and recalls her boss – a mentor and teacher
With Women’s Day celebrations just around the corner, I have been working on a special issue of powerful women in the media industry for exchange4media Group’s IMPACT magazine.
This gave me the opportunity to learn, read and interact with a lot of these women from the industry. I read everything - their career span, their body of work and their stories.
What I really enjoyed was the interaction I had with Elsie Nanji, Managing Partner of Red Lion when I went to her office to get her inputs. In a short while of my interaction I realised, she is a stickler for time, believes in the great potential women have and gives her best in doing something innovatively.
With her candid appeal exuding in her conversations, I enjoyed my time with her. Even our views matched on a lot of subjects, from being organized and methodical to setting priorities, being a good time manager and leading a balanced life.
Today I’m proud to be part of this industry, where so many women have set trailblazing examples and excelled in their roles. They are indeed inspirations and role models.
The women’s day special issue also brought back memories that made me think about the woman who had left a mark in my life professionally and personally. That person is my previous boss and now friend. She put her complete faith in me, and believed in me in times when I probably didn’t completely believe in myself.
It is today that I realize what a huge difference nurturing and mentoring can make and how important it is to stand by someone and say, ‘ I believe in you, go ahead and fly’. It is encouraging to hear that and it enabled me to literally achieve what I thought was impossible.
The openness, the underlying implicit bond of trust and genuine will to impart all the knowledge and experience of her lifetime to me is the way I remember and will remember working with my boss back then. I am extremely grateful for the all the training and guidance I received with its dose of love and affection.
As my favourite quote by Steve Jobs goes, “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most importantly, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
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