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FICCI Ladies Organization was set up with a view to encouraging ladies to exploit to the maximum their own human potential as entrepreneurs, business women and lady professionals and serve the community and nation at large through activities of social welfare on the cultural and social fronts.

FLO also believes that successful women must be recognized not only because they deserve appreciation but it also encourages other women to face all odds and emerge victorious and confident.

Every year FLO recognizes the achievements of women who have excelled in their own fields and are icons of inspirations for the society.
FLO AWARDS 1983-2012
Outstanding Woman Entrepreneur: Mrs Beena Jain
Outstanding Woman Social Worker: Mrs Arunaben Desai
Outstanding Woman Professional: Dr (Mrs) Rani Siromoney
Outstanding Social Welfare Institution for Woman: The Shradhanand Mahila Ashram
Outstanding Woman Entrepreneur: Mrs Shahnaz Hussain
Outstanding Woman Social Worker: Mrs. V. Veerammal
Outstanding Social Welfare Institution for Women: Bal Rashmi Society
Outstanding Social Welfare Institution for Women: Mrs. A.C. Krishna Rao
Outstanding Woman Professional: Mrs Adit Syam
Outstanding Social Welfare Institution for Women: Shramasahkar Mahila Sangha Ltd.
Outstanding Woman Entrepreneur: Mrs. Rita Singh
Outstanding Woman Social Worker: Mrs Donna Fernandes and Ms Renana Jhabvala
Outstanding Woman Professional: Mrs. D. Lakshmi and Dr. (Mrs.) Rugmini Sankaran
Outstanding Woman Professional: Mrs. Lakshmi G Menon
Outstanding Woman Social Worker: Mrs Jayalakshmi
Outstanding Woman Entrepreneur: Ms Jayashree Ashwinkumar
Outstanding Woman Social Worker: Mrs Latha Pandey and Prof (Mrs) Shaila Dwarkadass Lohiya.
Outstanding Woman Entrepreneur: Mrs Rajeswary Ramakrishnan
Outstanding Woman Professional: Mrs Sangeeta Agarwal
Outstanding Woman Entrepreneur: Mrs N Anitha U Kamath
Outstanding Social Welfare Institution for Women: Kasturba Gandhi Kanya Gurukulam
Outstanding Woman Professional: Mrs Padma Madhuranath
Outstanding Woman Entrepreneur: Ms Sushila Devi Tikmany
Outstanding Woman Social Worker: Ms Swaraj Lata Goel
Outstanding Woman Professional: Akhila Srinivasan
Outstanding Institution for Women Welfare: Pratidhi
Outstanding Woman Entrepreneur: Ms Manju Jalota
Outstanding Woman Social Worker: Mrs Neeta Bahadur
Outstanding Woman Professional: Dr Seepana Padmaja Rao
Outstanding Woman Social Worker: Ms. Runa Banerjee
Outstanding Women Entrepreneur: Ms Surender Kumar
Outstanding Woman Professional: Ms Ruzan Khambatta
Outstanding Institution for Women Welfare: Lupin Human Welfare & Research Foundation
Outstanding Woman Entrepreneur: Dr Villoo Morawal
Outstanding Woman Social Worker: Harmala Gupta and Dr. Gowri Chandrakasan
Outstanding Women Professional: Prof. (Ms) Vijaya Khader
Outstanding Institution for Woman Welfare: Shri Bhagini Mitra Mandal
Outstanding Woman Entrepreneur: Mrs. Sudha Gupta
Outstanding Woman Social Worker: Ms. Vijayam Kartha

Silver Jubilee Awards: Women of Excellence

Arpana Caur - Painter
Madhu Jain - Fashion Designer
Penaz Masani - Singer
Sharmila Tagore - Actor
Shobha Deepak Singh - Choreographer

Anurradha Parsad - Media
Madhu Jain - Madhushree Pvt. Ltd.,Textiles
Manju Borah - Film Producer
Rajni Bector - Cremica Limited, Bakery
Sulajja Firodia Motwani - Kinetic Engineering

Chanda Kochhar - ICICI Bank
Maya Mirchandani - Media
Naina Lal Kidwai - HSBC Bank
Pinki Anand - Lawyer

Public Service:
Aruna Dalmia - Akshay Pratishthan
Ashima Goyal - Economist
Rashmi Singh - Samajik Suvidha Sangam Society
Shashi Uban Tripathi - IFS & UPSC Member
Shovana Narayan - IRS
Vandana Shiva - Environmentalist

Social Work:
B K Asha - Head of Brahmkumaris
Kamla Tewari - Medical
Nirmala Fenn - National President YWCA
Rita Sarin - The Hunger Project (NGO)
Dr. Shanta Sinha- Magasasay award winner
Outstanding Woman Professional: Dr Vandana S Bhatt
Outstanding Woman Social Worker: Ms Devika Singh
Outstanding Woman Social Worker: Mrs. Asha Gupta
Outstanding Woman Entrepreneur: Ms Meenakshi Jain
Awards for Outstanding Women Philanthropists:Priti Adani
                                                                                        Minal Bajaj
                                                                                        Sangeeta Jindal
                                                                                        Kalpana Morparia
                                                                                        Meera Sanyal
FLO Awards for visually challenged women achievers: Dr. Kanchan Gaba
                                                                                                   Ms Preeti Monga
                                                                                                   Ms Monica Sharma
Felicitation and Presentation of Awards to Outstanding Achievers of FICCI FLO 2013-14
11.15 am to 12.30 pm
Chair: Archana Garodia Gupta

As FLO celebrates 30 years of its existence, FLO commemorated this august occasion, by felicitating 30 members, for their achievements, from the different walks of life; such as- Business Excellence; Social & Humanitarian; Public Service; Professional Excellence; Politics; Media; Education; Visual & Performing Arts; Fashion & Literature

This initiative was conceptualized with the objective of recognizing the achievements of FLO members, who are the greatest assets of the organization. The nomination process was opened up to pan-India members and the Awards received an overwhelming response from Delhi and 10 chapters.

The jury for the awards comprised of three Past Presidents of FLO - Ms Usha Krishna, Ms Namita Gautam & Ms Anuradha Goel. It was a very challenging and difficult choice for the Jury members for selecting 30 members out of the illustrious applicants. FLO is indeed privileged to have such illustrious entrepreneurs & professionals as members.

Shri Shekhar Gupta, Editor-in-Chief -India Express was the Chief Guest at the Felicitation Ceremony.

Picasa link: Interstate Meet: Dec 20- Felicitation of 30 Outstanding Achievers




In 1995, Sudevi launched Kanpur's first Finishing and Hobby School - The Image Workshop on the lines of a Swiss Finishing School, but tuned to Indian sensibilities.

In 2005, she moved to Delhi and set up The Image Workshop successfully. With creativity in abundance, a chance request from a friend gave her exposure to the world of packing. A small beginning has now become the country's biggest brand in trousseau packing- MAGNIFICENCE. Working in a highly unorganised market, she trained uneducated women and created vendors from a pool of crafts persons that she identified. This in turn has created livelihoods.


Madhu Chitkara is the co-founder of Chitkara Educational Trust. She first established Chitkara Institute of Engineering and Technology (CIET) in Punjab, affiliated to the Punjab University. Success with CIET gave her confidence to start professional colleges in other disciplines such as architecture, pharmacy, management, healthcare, hospitality management, journalism, mass communication and education. Today the trust has two Universities and an International school under its wings, due to her vision, dedication, skill and hard work.

She has ensured that education is affordable to all and accessible to the underprivileged, girls and students from rural areas. All admissions are strictly on merit.


Veena Dass is the doyen of Japanese Culture in India. She has been a pioneer in exposing Indians and helping them appreciate various aspects of Japanese culture like ikebana, origami, bonsai, and doll making in India. Having lived in Japan, she has studied extensively the Ikenobo , Ohara and Sogetsu Schools of Ikebana . She has been teaching and propagating the art of Ikebana since the early sixties. She has been visiting, teaching and giving demonstrations and conducting workshops in India and abroad, which have been very well received.


Nina Gill sells high fashion accessories and garments under her own label "Nina Gill" worldwide with companies incorporated in Paris and India. She has been associated with garment exports since 1976. With large scale factories in Noida and Gurgaon, she has been the pioneer in introducing embroideries from India to couture houses such as Gianni Versace, Giorgio Armani, Yves St Laurent and many others. Ms Gill is highly determined to remain a socially-conscious employer.


In the 1990s, when no one had thought that IT could bridge the gap between citizens and the government, Harjinder Kaur made it possible through her project Twins in Andhra Pradesh. In 2000, when the project was showcased to President Bill Clinton on his visit to India, he said " I wonder if this could be replicated in the US". She is MD & CEO of Comvision (India) Pvt. Ltd., an e-governance company and MD & CEO of Comvision Q Free Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd., a tolling & intelligent transport Solutions Company.


Deepmala Mohan is a renowned Sufi & folk music singer. Trained in Hindustani Classical music, she has given numerous performances in India and abroad and also performed for many charitable and social organizations. She has worked hard in reviving the dying form of folk music in the interiors of India.Deepmala is a member of various Government Boards like the Indian Film Censor Board and, has received several prestigious awards for her outstanding talent.


Inspired by Ralph Nader, a well Know Consumer Activist in the US, Rajyalakshmi chose the unconventional path of Championing consumer rights in India, at a time when there was little awareness of this field. She is the only person to have served in all three tiers of the consumer forum- the district forum, the state forum and the national forum and delivered many landmark judgments that have shaped the jurisprudence of consumer protection laws in the country. Her book "Consumer is King" has been translated into 12 regional languages.

She is an active member of many chambers of commerce and NGOs and travelled to Kargil after the war and Cuddalapore after the tsunami to help affected families. Currently, Rajyalakshmi has been appointed by the Reserve Bank of India in a six member committee to give a report on consumer services in banks.


Lipika has been practicing Interior Design for the past two decades.

She undertakes large projects like Hotels and Showrooms and with her Companies Lipika Sud Interiors pvt ltd and Art 'n Aura, she has designed several prestigious projects in India and abroad.

She is a visiting faculty for several Educational Institutions and has been on the jury for major national and international design awards. Currently she is President of the Guild of Designers and Artists.

Lipika has won many awards for her excellent work in interior design.




Alumni of the prestigious School of Planning and Architecture, Vandana started her career as an architect working on affordable housing and researching on mud architecture. Restless in her artistic pursuits, she experimented with painting in different mediums successfully. Not satisfied, she translated many books into Braille and made audio cassettes of books for a talking library for the blind.

For the past 18 years she has been associated as a Trustee, Mentor and designer with Manav Sadhna, Gramshree and Grassroots- an NGO in Ahmedabad. She designs, trains and assists in manufacturing products made by women and children.




Chytra is an internationally renowned Cosmetic Dermatologist and a sought after speaker in the International Lecture circuit. Trained in the UK and the US, Chytra's dream was to start a chain of world standard skin and laser clinics in India. She is the founder and CEO of Kosmoderma Clinics and Medispas. In 2007, she founded the International Academy of Aesthetic Medicine to trains doctors in the field of Cosmetic Dermatology.

She writes articles for various mainstream publications like Times of India, Femina, DNA etc, and appears on Television channels as an expert speaker.


Mrs. Snehal Mantri, a rare woman in the field of real estate dominated by men, has been leading the marketing at Mantri Developers. In just 14 years, Mantri Developers has delivered over 6,000 homes and built over 10 million square feet. She is also instrumental in setting up the Indus Community School in Bangalore, for children from BPL families. The school has many facilities like cricket and soccer grounds, an amphitheatre, and every student from grade 1 onwards is given a Laptop.




Minali studied fine arts at the Sir J.J. School of Arts and is a Fine Arts Consultant. Her firm Art Approach is an art advisory offering a full range of art consulting services to her clients ranging from sculptures, paintings to mixed media. Her passion lies in creating designs and sculptures using different types of material including recycled material.

Taking art out of galleries, she has created Art Installations at public places to connect people and create awareness of various social issues. Recently she depicted a waterfall using plastic bottles to bring awareness over their misuse and at the Rub-Expo she used rubber products for creating designs. Minali has won many awards for her work.




Shalini Biswajit is a painter and sculptor, and also director of Forum Arts Gallery. At Forum, Shalini delivers a holistic art experience - art exhibitions, art consultations, art education and art therapy. Shalini has exhibited widely in India and abroad. Her paintings and sculptures can be seen at public collections all over Tamilnadu, like the Madras Race Club, Madras club, Savera Hotel, Apollo Hospitals and ABN Amro Bank. Her sculptures have commissioned and installed at Kongu Engineering College and the IT highway in Tamilnadu. Shalini has curated close to 100 shows and has illustrated a children's book.Shalini is also an avid trekker.


Rehane's designs have put Chennai on the Fashion map. In 1996, Femina awarded her the prestigious "Designer of the Year" award. In 1998, she opened her flagship store "Rehane" in Chennai. In 1999, she added another feather to her cap when she was chosen to lend her design innovations in the field of surface ornamentations and avant garde embroidery to a niche market of international buying houses. A believer that fashion should be accessible to all, her Pret a Porter collection retails in stores like Westside and Lifestyle.Rehane's collections which are synonymous with a blend of Indian heritage and European haute couture now retail in high fashion stores across the Middle East , South East Asia, Europe, USA and India.


Radha Parthasarthy is a crafts activist and as member and then Vice President of Crafts Council of India for 6 years, she was actively involved in reviving languishing craft, fund raising and in the education of artisans 'children.She adopted her family's Village Thandalam, poverty stricken and arid, and turned it around by training the village women and providing them a platform to make and sell food products like idli powder, etc. Today, its annual turnover is a whopping 64 lakhs. Dilapidated temples have been restored, the school has been rebuilt and total sanitation provided in the Village.

Radha, with her huge efforts have made Thandalam into a Model village with street lights, water pumps and cement roads and given a new life to the villagers they couldn't dream of.


23 years ago, in 1990 Geetha set up her own manufacturing unit of power electronic products. A known expert in her field and as 1st generation women entrepreneur, she has received many awards for her work, both in India and Abroad.She is also external faculty for many Schools & Colleges and has been invited as a speaker for numerous Conferences. She is actively connected with several Chennai based Chambers of Commerce and Industry. Geetha is also active in social work promoting woman empowerment and education of the girl-child. She is a well known Counselor for women related issues, has organized TV programs, written a book on --entrepreneurship and Financial Planning for women and many articles on vital social issues.


Srilakshmi is a skilled handicrafts teacher and active social worker. She has set up innumerable centres and trained girls and women in handicraft, especially as a means of livelihood. She has set up centres in her own capacity as entrepreneur, for private and government institutions and for NGOs. She even trained families affected by the tsunami.

Currently, she is the secretary of Andhra Mahila Sabha, Luz, which runs five subsidiary units like a vocational training institute, working women's hostel, primary school and IPD Ortho dept.

Srilakshmi has held many leading positions in NGOs and institutions and won awards for her work.




J. Mohanasundari is the Managing Director of Sharp Electrodes Pvt Ltd & Proprietrix of Kayjay Sharp Trendys, companies manufacturing welding electrodes & mini monobloc pumps. Taking over the business after the sudden demise of her husband, she surmounted the many obstacles she had to face to make the business successful.

Both companies are ISO 9001:2008 accredited companies and export nearly 90% of their production. Her Companies have received many awards for their performance and High quality both in India and Abroad.




Rekha Lahoti is the owner of Kalakriti Art Gallery in Hyderabad and runs the Krishnakriti Art and Culture festival, a five day event, where many celebrated and young artists are invited to work.
All the proceeds from the festival's sale of art have gone into scholarships to almost 300 students who were underprivileged but exceptionally talented in fields such as engineering and medicine.
She is trained as a fashion designer and also runs "Sarang", her signature boutique in Banjara Hills. She has designed for Mrs. India, contesting for the Mrs. World Pageant in L.A.


Having found her niche in education, Ratna specialized in child education and founded CHIREC - Children's Recreation Centre. Starting with a summer camp which proved to be a resounding success, she went on to establish a Higher Secondary school which has changed the face of education in Hyderabad. A day boarding school with latest facilities, it has a fleet of 77 buses which speaks volumes for its size and popularity. Ratna, other than her above achievements has also started a Students Exchange Program and set up Finishing Schools under the name 'Chrysalis'




Alka is the founder of Aegis Jobs Pvt Ltd, an HR solutions and Placement firm, famous for finding the right person for the right job. Aegis is also engaged in corporate training, immigrations, campus placements and custom HR services.

Recipient of many prestigious awards like Beti Shristi Ratna, Youth Icon Of Rajasthan and listed as one of the most significant personalities in Rajasthan by India Today, Alka's real passion lies in Badminton. She has represented the State of Rajasthan in six nationals and is the Joint Secretary Jaipur Badminton Association and core member for events of Rajasthan Badminton Association.


NIsha has been working for the last 15 years to help children with learning disorders in Jaipur. She has promoted Vatsalya Legacy, now a team of 23 educators working with almost 21 schools in Jaipur and 10 schools in other cities to train teachers to educate special children. Till date, she has trained 6800 teachers of various schools and counseled almost 10,000 parents and students. Her students are today successful musicians, teachers, businessmen and artists.


Dr Gunjan Jain started her career in the field of infertility in 1990, a hitherto unknown and upcoming super - specialty field in gynaecology. She trained in USA and Germany and she became the first female infertility expert to open her own IVF centre in northern India - "Jain Fertility & Mother Care Hospital" at Jaipur. She has helped more than 10,000 couples so far. She was awarded the " Rajiv Gandhi Award" by Prime Minister in 1999 for her work in the field of infertility and IVF.


Kulsum Malik spent her childhood in deprived circumstances, but is today the owner of a chain of 12 beauty parlours and beauty training institutes in Jaipur, created by her business ccumen, and sheer hard work. She also owns a Herbal Cosmetics Factory. The owner and director of Kaya Kalp Herbal Ltd, Kulsum is not just a beautician and teacher, but also a messiah for scores of young girls from under-privileged backgrounds who learnt the means to earn a respectable livelihood from her. She trains poor girls and deaf and dumb girls for free, to set them up in a good career




Shraddha Aggarwal is the founder and owner of the Tiara Group. Tiara group launched Tiara Jewels in 2001, a successful brand of diamond jewellery. In the short span of 4 years the group diversified successfully into garments and interior design.

Besides having business acumen, Shraddha is a lady of many talents.- an artist who has held many solo exhibitions, an avid tennis player and a spiritual therapist. She is also activity in community outreach programmes, being associated with "Outreach" and "All Bengal Women's Association".


Leena Kejriwal, Photographer and Installation Artist, specializes in Books, History and Human stories. Her seminal work "Calcutta: Repossessing the City" was launched as a bestselling book in 2007. She has also contributed to other books and publications.

Her works have been exhibited internationally in cities like Berlin and Tehran. They have also been published in leading magazines across the globe. An active participant in the NGO Apne Aap working against trafficking, she uses her photographs as a tool to champion the cause.




Rajini Bector needs no introduction. Her company Cremica has become a household name in India competing with multinationals. Working against all odds, she started making ice-creams and baking cakes as a hobby. Today the Ludhiana based Cremica group sales are over Rs 650 Crores and it is valued at over Rs 700 crores.

Rajini is a strong social activist committed to social causes like women's empowerment, rural development, and generation of employment opportunities for the backward and unemployed. She has employed and trained 1500 women to stand on their own and worked with children of special needs and destitute women.


Mrs. Mridula Jain started Shingora shawls in 1987 with eight handlooms. The exports and sales of company grew from Rs. 8 lacs in the first year to over Rs. 70 crores today. She was a pioneer of Shawl export from India, and got the very important reservation act for Shawl manufacturing only in the handloom sector amended, so that shawls could be woven on Power Looms and Electronic Looms also, which opened up shawl export from India.

She is currently a member of the Steering Committee of Handloom & Handicraft Sector for 12th Five Year Plan in the Planning Commission.




A business management graduate from Boston University, Tanushree has worked previously in MNCs like Fidelity and Morgan Stanley in the US. At the age of 23, she launched Eclectic Northeast, now the most popular English magazine of the region, which focuses on issues concerning the North East. It has a current readership of 3.1 lakhs in India and abroad. She also brings Global thought leaders such as Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel laureate and Lord Meghnad Desai as speakers to the North East.


Jahnabi Phookan converted what could have been a disadvantage into an advantage- by starting travel companies and promoting Ecotourism, river cruises and hospitality in the virgin area of the Northeast. Her Companies, Jungle Travels India and Assam Bengal Navigation Company, are now internationally recognized and have won many awards. Lonely Planet Awards positioned her Company's Diphlu River Lodge second to Oberoi's Vanya Vilas. Jahnabi brought Fabindia into Assam. She has promoted the local handicrafts of the region by providing the artisans a platform for their products under her brand name Konyak and also opened a store for wooden furniture under the name The Home Treasury. Along with her team & business partner, she manages five stores in two towns of Assam besides the Travel Companies.
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