RoadBlock or GuidePost? Shilpa Ajwani’s Story

Coach Saloni

Shilpa Ajwani, aged 17 at the time, was about to make her biggest decision yet.

Brilliant & wise, she wanted to create an impact on society. She dreamt of becoming a Cancer-specialist.

A few months before medical entrance tests, her father had to go through a sudden bypass surgery. Shilpa couldn’t dedicate time to her studies & was unable to sit for any entrance tests that year. Her dream was shattered.

Being a bright student, she scored 94% in her Board exams & got selected in the prestigious Economics Honors Course at Lady Sri Ram College.

Shilpa felt lost & confused – Should she let go of her long-cherished desire of becoming a doctor or drop a year & try again?

HITTING A ROADBLOCK MADE HER RECKON WITH HER DEEPER SENSE OF PURPOSE. She asked herself – What are my key #values? What #impact do I want to create? Which other profession could allow me to do that?

Shilpa picked economics & went on to become an eminent corporate #leader. Became Managing Director at just 38, turned #entrepreneur in 2019 with her strategy consulting firm Unomantra, founded SHEmantra, a #community of women-led coaching & consulting businesses in 2020.

What do you do when you hit a roadblock?