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International Women’s Day Interview: Chetna Vasishth, Owner of ‘ChetChat’

International Women’s Day 2018 Special Interview Series

Name: Chetna Vasishth      
City: Mumbai, India
Occupation: Owner of ‘ChetChat’ the largest online digital chat show in the career space

ST: Please tell us briefly about you.

Chetna: As a Chat Show Host, Trainer, Director, Movie Maker and passionate educationist I founded one of the largest Indian digital chat shows called ChetChat. This is a unique chat show providing career guidance and entrepreneur success stories targeted primarily to the country’s youth. With over a 145 interviews, the channel has garnered more than 30,000 subscribers and over 1.7 million views.

My journey so far

I completed my post graduate studies from XLRI, Jamshedpur and became a corporate banker.  I worked with some of India’s largest MNC banks for the first ten years of my professional career. The birth of my son saw me take a break from the corporate world.  I then set up and ran a training company for the next 10 years. This firm trained bankers from more than 10 banks, both within India as well as overseas.

ST: Who is a woman that inspires you the most and why?

Chetna: Professionally I draw inspiration from Oprah Winfrey, the way she has fashioned her life helping others and crusading humanitarian causes despite all she went through.

ST: How are you celebrating this year’s International Women’s Day?

Chetna: I am currently producing a video for all young women and girls illustrating the major ‘women only’ scholarship opportunities that are available for them around the world. This will lucidly explain how they can apply for them and take a step towards fulfilling their dreams.

ST: What is the most important message you want to send out to all the women around the world on this occasion?

Chetna: I would like all young women to believe in their strength. They have all the talent and ability within, but sometimes they look to others for approval. I would like all young women to love themselves, and take one confident step after another towards their dreams. The whole world will follow you once you are on the right path.

ST: What according to you is ‘women empowerment’?

Chetna: To me it is recognising the power that we have within us and to trust that power. To rely fully on ourselves and keep moving in the direction of our dreams without waiting for external support. True women empowerment is about women providing strength to everyone around them because that is the real power we have.

ST: What would you say are the main challenges facing women at present in India?

Chetna: The most beautiful part of being a woman is that we feel equally satisfied with nurturing a family as we do with building a career. And the challenge lies in trying to balance them. Since we have both instincts in equal measure we usually feel incomplete if we fulfil only one of them at the cost of the other. Men on the other hand are genetically predisposed to prioritising their career over their family goals, so they don’t generally face this internal conflict.

ST: Where do you want to see yourself in next 5 years?

Chetna: I see ChetChat being the largest talk show in India both on the digital space and on Television, encompassing a wide array of topics under the umbrella of careers.

Chetna Vasishth    

(This interview is a part of ‘International Women’s Day interview series ’)


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