Speaker: Mohan Gandhi Ponaganti
Profile: He started his career as an ethical hacker in college. And is a Computer science engineer with good programming skills. He knows Python and php. And worked briefly with Yahoo! and Oracle as a programmer. He claims that he accidentally went to IIM Ahmedabad for a 2 year MBA and it changed his life.He listened to Prof. Sunil Handa and decided to start an ethical hacking company, Entersoft right out of college. He ran it for 7 years and exited the company. Following which he travelled to Australia, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Israel and Europe. Tel Aviv is his dream place to do business. He started multiple ventures including https://Ofofo.io, a cyber security marketplace. Currently he is an advisor and investor in 8 awesome companies.
Speaker: Rumana Banu
Profile: Rumana Banu, a commerce and computer science graduate from Bangalore university, holds 20 years of working experience across IT, BPO, Telco & Banking Industries. She is currently working as a Senior Vice President at First Abu Dhabi Bank and is responsible for driving Transformation and Strategic Change agendas within the group COO unit and a massive promoter of employee engagement and women’s workforce development.
“You get in life what you have the courage to ask for” – Oprah Winfrey.
Do we have any idea of the dreams that little girls have? Especially little girls who come from under resourced financial backgrounds, studying in government aided and government schools, many from single parent families and many of them first generation in their families to go to school. They dream of becoming IPS officers, Korean Pop Singer, Chefs, Lecturers, Army Officers, Chartered accountants. Their dreams are powerful and big.
Each one of us have the power to let them dream and to lead them to
their dreams. HopeWorks Foundation, has brought a wonderful set of volunteers and mentors to work with young girls. Does the task of enabling young girls take wings and fly with their dreams excite you? Then, young girls are waiting to meet you , speak to you, learn from you and lean on you.
“Words have incredible power. They can make people’s hearts soar, or they can make people’s hearts sore” -Dr.Mardy Grothe
Rubina Patel walked in on a balmy Saturday morning and inspired her way into the hearts and minds of young girls. She spoke about pursuing dreams, about giving every opportunity the best we have got, to prepare ourselves for a yet unknown but beautiful future. She made them believe that they could become anything that they chose, including becoming an RJ. She gave them an impromptu training too.
Six months after the session, and enduring a pandemic that testing all of our resolve, one of the young students called priya says” i was inspired by Rubina Ma’am, whatever she told us i will always remember.” Priya a bright young student, from a single parent family, passed 12th grade and her dream is to become a lecturer. She lost her father at age 11 and her mother supports the family by working as a maid. Priya dreams of a future where she will be a lecturer and inspire many needy young girls , because someone by name Rubina Patel did the same to her. Thanks Rubina, for being HopeMaker.
The path to the future comes from the cobwebs of yesterday and the bridge-lines of today. When the webs are spun with hope, they are springy and the bridge lines supple. They go forth in many directions, confident and seeking.
Hope as a game changer for kids.
If you have all the energy, all the curiosity and the imagination of children, hope, even a ray of it, will cut clear paths to many exciting possibilities to the future. Before the energy wanes, the curiosity is killed, and imagination is stamped out of kids, a beacon is hope needs to be shined. This hope is supplied by the environment and the proximate actors in them. But when these environmental conditions are not ideal, the beacon needs to becomes a lighthouse, shining in the fog the listlessness and poorly led lives.
A sighting of a good future, even a hazy sighting sighting, with milestones and tools in hand, can make all the difference in a child’s life.
We are setting out to test this hypothesis. Will hope, meaning the ability to see multiple paths to the future and the ability to achieve them, make children’s lives better, children who many not enjoy ideal conditions of life today? Further, can hope be taught and non-magically supplied to these children, without incurring a cost they cant afford?
We are calling it HopeWorks. That’s the foundation. Our first attempt, called I-GROW is with school going girls between the ages of 13-17, just before they become adults. Join us. Support us.