Thursday, 13 October 2011

'Small town people have the proverbial fire in their belly'


In May this year, Stuti Jalan was part of the Fortune and US State Department Global Women's Mentoring Program 2011 where she rubbed shoulders with the likes of Chelsea Clinton, Marissa Mayer, Barbara Walters and Nicole Kidman among others.
Earlier this month, Jalan participated in the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit in California an exclusive 'by invitation only' event that saw women CEOs of some of the most prominent fortune 500 companies sharing their learnings.
Among those invited were Indra Nooyi of PepsiCo, Ellen Kullman of DuPont and Pat Woertz of ADM and the likes of Tyra Banks Arianna Huffington economist and author and Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook.
Jalan runs Crosshairs Communications, a public relations company that counts amongst its clients some of the top lifestyle brands in the country.
She was invited for this summit after she was selected for the Fortune and US State Department Global Women's Mentoring Program in 2011.
For the 30-year-old Jalan who started her office out of a single desk and a computer she shared with two of her first colleagues in Mumbai, this has been an exceptionally long journey.
But Stuti Jalan's story doesn't start in Mumbai. It begins in Rajgangpur, a small industrial town in Orissa over 400km away from the state's capital, Bhubaneswar.
Stuti Jalan shares her journey.

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