Celebrating Women Change-Makers With A Special Edition Of Women Economic Forum Awards 2018

by Shrutee K/DNS 

New Delhi: The newly opened urban luxe hotel in Aerocity, Aloft New Delhi Aerocity, held up to its uniqueness by starting off its seasons’ events with a star studded gala gathering in honor of an exclusive edition of the Women Economic Forum (WEF) Awards 2018. A noted global movement, WEF offers a compelling platform worldwide to bring together a rich confluence of inspiring women leaders and achievers from all walks of life. 
The special edition of WEF Awards 2018 witnessed over 200 leaders and entrepreneurs from across India. The evening was graced with the presence of Ms. Neerja Birla wife of industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla and founder of Mpower, a mental health initiative. Bina Modi hosted a celebratory gathering at Nook - the trendy all day dining restaurant at Aloft that serves an array of regional and global cuisines.

The awards celebrated women and men in the categories of Women and Leaders of the Decade for the iconic achievers, as well as in the category of Exceptional Women of Excellence for the rising stars and young entrepreneurs, from diverse fields like fashion, design, leadership, gender journalism, mental health awareness, corporate leadership, retail, sports, community outreach et al.  Speaking for the Women Economic Forum, Dr. Harbeen Arora, Founder and Global Chairperson said, "We are dedicated to bringing ever more visibility to the enriching contributions of inspiring women and men worldwide and thus celebrate and uphold the spirit of togetherness and goodness as it manifests in society through business, enterprise and leadership in all walks of life.” 

Dr. Arora expressed gratefulness for the empowering support from Aloft Aerocity, led by a remarkable GM who is an icon of inspiration and a role model herself. General Manager, Aloft Aerocity Ms. Suman Gahlot, said she was delighted in bringing WEF to Aloft. She said, "Aloft New Delhi Aerocity greatly upholds the spirit of uniqueness, diversity and community, and nowhere are these more manifested than in the work and oeuvre of the Women Economic Forum (WEF) in terms of women empowerment.”
Women/Leaders of the Decade Awardees included: 
Ms. Bina Modi, Founder, ‘Ego’ chain of restaurants, ‘Dessange’ Luxury salons 
Ms. Ritu Beri, Fashion Designer; President, The Luxury League, Delhi, India
Ms. Neerja Birla, Founder & Chairperson of Mpower, India
Nina Lekhi, MD & Chief Design Curator, Baggit, India
Ms. Dinaz Madhukar, Sr Vice President, DLF Luxury Retail, India
Exceptional Women/Leaders of Excellence Awardees included: 

Dr. Moitreyee Goswami, Founder, Zucate Mind Solutions Private Limited, India

Mr. Sanjay Dutta, Owner, Looks Salon Chain, India 

Ms. Smita Sharma, Photojournalist, India

Ms. Reshma Budhia, Managing Partner, TOSS the COIN, India

Ms. Tamanna Sharma, Director, Earthling First, India

Ms. Rashi Narang, Founder & Creative Director, Heads Up For Tails, India

Ms. Suhela Khan, Programme Coordinator, UN Women 

Ms. Nida Sheriff, Activist, Filmmaker & Writer, India

 Ms. Neha Arora, Founder, Planet Abled, India

About Aloft New Delhi Aerocity : Located in Aerocity, one of New Delhi’s busiest and most cosmopolitan business destinations, the Aloft New Delhi Aerocity offers a vibrant and stylish atmosphere and is conveniently connected to major hubs in the city. ‘Different by Design’, Aloft was created keeping in mind the needs of the next-generation traveler, bringing together tech and design to enhance the experience and provide innovations.  The hotel’s 253 guestrooms are designed with a bold and contemporary tonality reflective of the brand’s philosophy.  The urban design encompasses open spaces providing an environment of informality and opportunity for personal engagement. For more information, please visit www.alofthotels.com and follow along on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
About ALL and WEF : The conference arm of the global network ALL Ladies League (ALL), the Women Economic Forum (WEF) is an international conference platform enabling women and leaders from all walks of life worldwide to expand business opportunities and enhance personal influence through networking across borders while being inspired by some of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs, authors, speakers, ambassadors, thought leaders and celebrities. With connections to 100,000 members and inspiring women across 150 countries, ALL & WEF are the fastest growing networks for fostering change through entrepreneurship and leadership, in a spirit of #SheforShe, with outreach toward #SheforHe and #HeforShe. It is a movement of Gender Equality without Gender Divisiveness. It is a Non-profit with a philanthropic vision and collaborative spirit. www.wef.org.in ; www.aall.in  


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