Shalini Saraswathi Motivational Speaker - Profile
Shalini Saraswathi is an adventure enthusiast, blade runner, marathoner, public speaker, and Deputy General Manager at Firstsource Solutions.
In 2012, Shalini was returning from a vacation in Cambodia - pregnant, fresh from the celebrations of her fourth anniversary, and on the brink of a promotion - when a fever changed her life. What began as a mild illness turned out to be Rickettsial with morts, a rare bacterial infection. In the months that followed, she lost her baby, survived multiple organ failure, and slipped into a coma. Four days later, she awoke to unresponsive limbs.
Shalini went on to lose all four of her limbs, becoming a quadruple amputee. The next few months were spent in the journey of self-rediscovery, learning to redefine the rhythms and routines of everyday life. Her determination and never-say-die attitude brought her to athletics.
What began as just another means to maintain fitness and general health soon turned into a passion. Shalini, supported and trained by Coach BP Aiyyappa, soon started participating in marathons. In 2016, she completed the TCS 10K marathon with a 2 hours and 3 seconds and then again in 2017 with a timing of 1 hour and 35 minutes. She continues to train, always committed to the goals of betterment and growth. She’s now a professional athlete, a 100 meter sprinter and came third in the National’s last year.
Besides running and her full-time corporate job, Shalini is an avid blogger. In the last few years, she has addressed audiences at a host of corporates including Walmart, Biocon, TESCO, Metlife, Xiomi, Firmenich, BASF, Delliote, HPCL, Ranstad, Wipro Technologies, TATA Communications, VMWare, Amdocs, Fidelity, Salesforce, L&T, Dell and RR Donnelly. She is also a speaker for the CEO, CFO & CHRO talks conducted by IMA(International Market Assessment). She wasrecently awarded the “Iconic Woman Award” by the Ladies’ Wing of the IMC Chamber of Commerce, “Rashtriya Swayam Siddha Samman” by the JSPL Group and the “Kittur Rani Chennamma Award” by the Women & Child Development Department, Government of Karnataka.
On top of it all, she also advocates for the inclusion of Persons with Disability (PwDs) on various platforms. She is an Ambassador for Adventures Beyond Barriers Foundation, a non-profit promoting inclusion of PwDs through the platform of adventure sports, and is involved with Saviour of Soul, an NGO that works with rehabilitation of sex workers and their children as well as Gender-Based Violence. On days off, she likes to dance, sing, and laugh up a riot in the company of family and friends.
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Shalini Saraswathi - Speaking Topics
Shalini Saraswathi is a top Motivational speaker, quad amputee , blade runner. Shalini is One of the highest-rated, female motivational speakers in the India. Shalini does an excellent job of tailoring the content for her audience and theme while delivering an authentic and energizing talk. The toughest of audiences still end up high fiving at the end of her presentations. Her content and stories are not only inspiring but also authentic and practical.
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Shalini Saraswathi Motivational Speaker - Testimonials
“Shalini has spoken to members of IMA’s Forums on a number of occasions. Her story is one of inestimable courage,but it is also one of great heart. It is a story beautifully told because of how truthfully it is told. Shalini has livedthrough a life changing experience, one that would have brought most lesser people down. But Shalini is justdifferent. She speaks of her life with candour and with humour; her learnings are personal but they apply to each of us. Life is put into a simpler, happier, more grateful perspective once you engage with Shalini. Her sheer zest for life,her unflinching adherence to her belief system and her open musings on spirituality at one end and India’s 20million disabled on the other are all thought provoking. One can only wish her the very, very best and hope that hermessage reaches as many people as possible”
Radha Ahluwalia, Managing Director, IMA India
Thank you for an absolutely delightful and invigorating keynote address, Shalini! The 130 managers who you spoke to feel privileged to learn from the journey you traversed… in a matter-of-fact manner; transforming yourself and taking full control & accountability of life! The vulnerability you displayed, the charisma you exuded and the
thought-through yet straight from the heart responses of not just not bowing down to adversities but emerging from it a much stronger person, were very well appreciated by the audience!
You truly are Great by Choice! Thank you for sharing your life experiences and subtly yet powerfully saying : My life, my decisions, my dreams; limbs or no limbs…
Richa Sethi, Director, Learning & Talent Management, Metlife Global Support Operations Centre
Shalini’s journey doesn’t just inspire you. It instills within you a deep sense of accomplishment. In today's society,life is a challenge in itself. Shalini inspires us to celebrate this challenge and live every second as if it were our last one.
Xiaomi India had the good fortune of hosting Shalini Saraswathi at an event recently. We had over 50 CEOs from several partner companies in attendance. By the time she was done with her speech, everyone inside the auditorium got up on their feet! It’s not every day that one gets a standing ovation from India’s top business leaders. But Shalini’s inspiring speech (complemented by her dose of humour) genuinely deserves such appreciation!
Thank you Shalini for inspiring us! Really look forward to more such associations in future. More power to you.
Manu K Jain, Managing Director, Xiomi India
On the day my legs had to be amputated, I wore a bright shade of nail polish as I went to the hospital. If my legs were going, they were going to go out in style!