Among Our Top 100 Women Achievers from India we are so glad to have interacted with Ms. Abha Maryada Banerjee! Read on to know her success story, inspiration and a lot more..
About ABHA MARYADA BANERJEE : She is India’s first internationally acclaimed woman motivational speaker, rated as one of the Top Ten Life, Business and Success Coaches in Asia Pacific. Abha’s expertise lies at teaching Individual achievement, Leadership in Motion, Human Peak Performance and Emotional Intelligence. As one of the key women Leadership Educators, she consults extensively with Blue Chip Companies and C Suite executives on Diversity cum Inclusion, Creativity cum Culture and Corporate Cultural Branding. She is working on an East West model of business efficiency based on human performance within a cultural context. She introduced Mental Strength and peak performance coaching for Indian Olympians. As the Peak Performance/Mental Strength Coach for the Olympic Athletes (2012 Olympics), India received berths at the London Olympics and eventual medals at the Commonwealth Games. Having worked with many high performance individuals, she is the recipient of the Women Icon Award 2017, Women of Excellence Award, 2017and Brand Builder of the year 2017 for excellence in Leadership Education, Top Asia Business Award, 2016 and REX KARMAVEER GOLD CHAKRA Award,2016 (initiated by the UN and International Confederation of NGO’s). These awards have been conferred for her outstanding work of social impact, starting a mental freedom movement and democratising personal development education.
Abha is the India Good Will Ambassador for the BETI ZINDABAD gender equality campaigns of Action Aid, a UN agency that works towards making gender equality a reality.
She is the producer and host of the web series on Leadership called BREAKOUT where she interviews Global Influencers and Game Changers who have managed to merge human and business excellence by challenging the status quo. Her eventful and courageous journey has been chronicled as a story in Indian and International Books.
Fondly known as Asian Oprah and the Asian Woman Motivator, Abha is a lawyer by profession, having practiced business law for over 10 years. Her successful stint at law prepared her for following her vision and setting foot in the field personal development. She re-trained and re-educated herself for this field at the age of 34. Described as charismatic, passionate, driven, an open dynamic pack of energy and tons of courage, Abha is a strong lady with a lofty mind. To continuously develop her own person, she stays engaged in her creative side indulging in theatre, acting, writing, poetry, calligraphy, sketching, food and family.
In her own words, “I think I must be a growth activist or a growth addict or a growth obsessed humanist – or all of these. We must all strive to make a difference so that the gap between theory and practical is sealed.” She is also recognized as one of America’s Premier Experts for her contribution to the field of personal development and leadership and has appeared on the Brian Tracy Show in the US. She is the author of the bi-lingual poetry compilation on self-search and personal leadership called MARYADA ‘In Rendition’.
What or who has been your motivation behind your success?
Having a different DNA with the massive vision to bring about a parallel system of education and Swami Viveknanda are the motivators that started off my journey as a Motivational Speaker. An unconventional pair of people as parents who inspired by their own big and small achievements, their upbringing which brought possibilities and whose encouragement incited basic human heroism into my life.
My early years were full of social restrictions as being outspoken and someone who had an opinion on things that mattered brought about a constant struggle to stay relevant. Many reprimands and criticism later, I realized opinions mattered to those who were positively affected by it. Then began the journey to make that difference to those who were to be affected positively. After reaching out to so many people for support, I was left with my husband and children as the support system. Without them, it would not have been possible.
How has been your journey? How easy or tough it’s been to achieve your goals!
It has been an emotional roller coaster, scary and exciting at the same time. With no end in sight with just a vision to create a space in which everyone has the ability to achieve a rightful place for living their potential. It has been an uphill task. It was very tough because acceptance of becoming self critical and improving sounds like we are calling people wrong. This is not true, improvement and growth is a way of life and I wanted to put down the method. Persistent focus and getting back up after so many failures has been very gratifying to see lakhs of people men and women taking on a profession and speaking their souls.
Moving from being a successful lawyer to create a new professional field has taken a good 18 years of my life. Persistence, Resilience, Immense courage was needed to break into the space which refused to provide a job for what I wanted to do. So I created that space for myself and also for all those people who could have benefitted from the work.
Who is your role model in Life?
First, it was my super inspirational parents and now my ever curious children, who keep showing the path ahead. It is they who have turned me into a role-model by default inspiring me to work very hard, honest and purpose driven.
Tell us something exclusive about yourself? What you love to do other than your work?
I have special abilities to put together many disciplines, cross connect and function. There are many things I do without ever having learnt them. This is God gift. I also have a very strong creative side, am an actor, singer, humorist, published poet, a devoted family person, love to be at home cooking with the children.
Since I was a kid, I never dressed as per fashion because normal fashion never inspired me, so I created a lot of my own dresses. I still design my own clothes, design my jewellery and hair styles too. I never dress normal J Have taught this to a lot of people as part of my creative workshops.
My family tells me I am long lost sister of Swami Vivekananda J
Your Inspiration in Life?
The Changed lives that I see before my life. A life long purpose now to influence a million people by the work.
Where do you see yourself five years from now!?
Having influenced more than a million people with a parallel education system running in different countries.
On a lighter side do you love travelling which is your most cherished destination and the reason you chose it!
Yes, I am..have travelled extensively to over 25 countries so far..Love that number on my portfolio. My favorite destinations are the United States/Canada for their convenience of travel and magnificent enlarged land scape.
Europe and Turkey for their Architecture and history.
Singapore, HongKong for the Shopping
India for our splendid culture and reality lifestyle
Indonesia/ Bali/ Spain for the Indian Ocean and Mediterranian Sea
Your One Liner for All other Women Aspirants?
Two of my favorites
“Life comes just once..Live it Queen Size..”
“Become the value-driver! Excellence reveals integrity, Mediocrity the lack of it, Dishonesty the absence of it..”
Your Message to our readers…
A wo/man who has not travelled physically or in the mind has lost the biggest opportunity of life..To learn and grow..Keep moving first in the head and then wherever you want to go..Achieve as much as you can because then you open doors for others.
There is no need to underplay but play right..First they throw you out and then they will call you to remind you, they were once known to you. This is how it plays out..
Staying on the path is the most important part, there will be road blocks, use each one to understand how to go around it. Once learnt you can cross every road block.