Meet Speaker - Major (Retd) Vandana Sharma
Major Vandana Sharma represents the face of today’s multi-talented bold Indian woman who challenges man in every field from country’s defense to corporate sector.
She served in the Indian Army as a Major for a decade, earned fame in the corporate sector, and is now helping entrepreneurs find success with her venture StartupPeopleConsulting.
Born and brought up in a defence family, Major (Retd) Vandana Sharma had loved the uniform since she was young. Her childhood was spent seeing uniforms, fighter aircrafts, and defence personnel. She often wore her father’s beret and saluted herself in the mirror. She had a dream to wear a real uniform one day. By the time she completed her graduation, the Indian government announced the Women’s Commission in the Armed Forces. Vandana’s dream soon got fulfilled when she joined the Indian Army.
Major Vandana Sharma, an ex-Army officer, is a senior industry leader, offering 20 years of rich and diverse experience across Strategy, HR, Resource Management, General Management, and Operations. Major Sharma played a back end role in the Kargil War, 1999. Her contributions include many value chain projects and people initiatives across organizations like Indian Army, Wipro, GMR Group,TNT and Myntra.
Vandana Sharma is also working on many women’s empowerment initiatives/mentorship programmes. “I have worked towards creating women-based forums in each of these organisations to ensure their voice is heard formally and informally. I have run critical learning and development programmes to encourage women to plan their financial independence, especially around their milestones and career breaks.” she says. Vandana expresses her wish for the youth of India “I want to be an inspiration to young men and women. I hope to work towards building an equal world where gender plays no role, whether it is in business, science, music, art, sports, running homes, or running government offices and countries.”