Atalanta Diaries Breakthrough Women in Conversation with Enma Popli

Enma Popli

Atalanta Diaries, a place to listen to insightful conversations with breakthrough women across disciplines & geographies to explore the ebb & flow of their unique journeys. A passion project created & curated by Enma Popli, a certified executive coach, an entrepreneur, HR Advisor & mentor, currently based in Houston, USA. Every episode of AD will open the door to meet one such breakthrough woman, listen to her courageous journey, learn how she overcame challenges along the way, and be inspired to achieve your own greatness & rightful place at the table. www.enmapopli.com read less

Episode 10: Dona Kay Rule - Barreling through Rodeos: Lessons from a Cowgirl
20-01-2023
Episode 10: Dona Kay Rule - Barreling through Rodeos: Lessons from a Cowgirl
Dona Kay Rule is a cowgirl, wife, mother and grandmother and at an age when most rodeo champions decide to retire, Dona decided to jump right in and now 65 year old Dona is among the top barrel racers in the world and has qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) four times. Dona Kay travels with her horse Valor and Rosie. It’s hard to say who is more famous, Valor, Dona Kay, or Rodeo Rosie, a miniature Australian Shepherd. I was fortunate to meet Dona at the National Final Rodeo in Vegas where my husband hosted a breakfast for the team they sponsored. I instantly gravitated towards Dona's humility and positive demeanor and invited her to be my guest at Atalanta Diaries to share her inspiring journey and Dona was very gracious. The year gone by has been Dona’s best rodeo season so far, even though it hasn’t been the easiest. At the 2021 NFR she was struggling with hip pain and soon after setting a new arena record at 13.96 seconds she made the decision to have surgery. Within 7 weeks of a total hip replacement, Dona loaded up her great horse, High Valor, and headed to Canada, won the 2nd at the Calgary stampede and proceeded to lock in the No. 2 position in the WPRA World Standings. This trio has put smiles on the faces of rodeo fans across North America since she qualified for her first Wrangler NFR in 2019. Key themes emerging out of our conversation: Leadership lessons from horsemanshipBuilding trust and team loyaltyVulnerability and understanding what’s importantBeing deliberate about preparation and visualizingRecognize your callingWhat does success mean to you. It doesn't necessarily have to do with youDo it right and do it right when nobody's looking www.enmapopli.com
Episode 9 : Manisha Girotra: The Unstoppable Investment Banker and CEO
13-01-2023
Episode 9 : Manisha Girotra: The Unstoppable Investment Banker and CEO
Manisha Girotra is Chief Executive Officer of Moelis & Company in India. She was previously Chairperson and Country Head for UBS in India, with a career spanning 30 years with UBS in Hong Kong, Mumbai, Delhi and London and with Moelis in India. She was the youngest CEO of a global investment bank in India at the age of 32. Manisha has advised over US$ 500 Bn of mergers and acquisitions and equity and debt fundraisings through her career. Some of the landmark transactions include Vodafone US$ 12 Bn acquisition of Hutch’s telecom business, and US$ 65 Bn merger of HDFC-HDFC Bank. Manisha is on the Global Board of Naspers and Prosus, a US$ 200 Bn market cap technology investor. She is also on the Boards of Ashok Leyland and Mindspace Business Parks REIT. Manisha graduated in Economics from St Stephen's College, Delhi and was awarded the Dr. Manmohan Singh Gold Medal for academic excellence for her Masters Degree from the Delhi School of Economics. Manisha is passionate about encouraging the younger generation of women to move forward in the corporate world and is a strong proponent of female education and mental wellness. She supports education of the girl child through Not for profit,  ‘Nanhi Kali’ and two Balwadis (small primary schools) in Uttar Pradesh. Among many laurels, Manisha was honored as a Young Global Leader in 2010 by the World Economic Forum. She has been named one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Business in India by Business Today for the past six years. Key themes emerging out of our conversation: Bringing your authentic self to workFalling in love with workInclusive leadershipBoys club vs sisterhoodApproach to failure and setbacksGrowth mindset
Episode 7: Dusica H Lukac: The Resilient and Self aware Fintech Founder
16-12-2022
Episode 7: Dusica H Lukac: The Resilient and Self aware Fintech Founder
Dusica H Lukac is Partner and Managing Director of DL Capital Partners. She crossed from Money Street to Tech Street after decades in investment banking and millions under management and M&A deals. Dusica has worked with multiple PE/VC funds and other institutional investors, and technology companies in the growth stage founded her own companies and invested as an angel, as well as Non-Executive Director or Advisor in multiple boards. Her core expertise is Financial services and Fintechs. Apart from emerging technologies, she has a keen interest in financial innovations. She also provides focused Transaction advisory, and her team fondly calls her Transaction Diva. In 2018 Dusica was awarded as best Fintech Consultant in CEE, and in 2019 she took part in a blockchain panel at Cannes Film Festival. Apart from working and living in 5 countries and speaking 5 languages, Dusica loves traveling. …and chanced upon an app which made her realize the current count is 78. Some insights from this episode: If things are not going your way, recognize and accept it and while you're waiting, gain some new skills because one day, you will get out of the challenge and have an extra skill.The biggest illusion is that life is just going in one direction, which is up. Life is like pockets of enormous happiness and all in between.Success comes in waves; resilience, persistence, and how you use your energy and what you do in downtime as well as uptime matters.One of the important things when you come to negotiations is that you do not bring your own luggage to the room, or else you will never be able to see the reality.IQ is the supporting function of emotions because actually we make choices based on our emotional reactions, and that is the key to our decision-making. If you can combine analytical risk management skills, which are going very fast, with a high awareness of where the emotional reaction is coming from, you actually combine the best of both worlds.Sometimes people don't like us because they just don't like us, and sometimes they do. Whether they do or don't, just focus on your job and what you can achieve. It's not your job to change the world by arguing with the world. Change the world by doing what you are doing.
Episode 6: Swati Shetty: The Courageous Producer
09-12-2022
Episode 6: Swati Shetty: The Courageous Producer
Swati Shetty is a producer based in Los Angeles and the Founder & Director of Samosa Stories. She is a Pharmacist and MBA by education. Swati began her entertainment career at StarTV, followed by Disney. Earlier, as President of Balaji Motion Pictures, Swati put together a successful slate of films, starting with The Dirty Picture, the first-ever female-driven film that had extraordinary success at the box office. She also produced Umrika, a drama that won India's first Sundance award (2015). Prior to launching her own company, Samosa stories, Swati was Executive Vice President at Imagine Entertainment and moved to the US in 2016 as Netflix's first employee from India. Her most recent success is the release of the much-loved Netflix Original movie, The Wedding Season. In this episode, Swati shares her courageous leadership journey as a film producer, her experience working and living in the US, and how she creates a brave and beautiful life for herself. Some insights from this episode: People with a wrong sense of power love it when others are afraid. They love to make people afraid. Don't fall for that because life doesn't begin and end with one episode.We are all global citizens. We could be anywhere, the environment around us could change, we just need to be open to adapt.It is not necessary that because somebody is older they have more wisdom, or because we are older than someone we are wiser than them.Everything doesn't need to be hard. If you know that something's worth it and you wanna go after it, definitely do it , but not everything needs to be that hard.Hire people smarter and better than you only then will you learn and grow.
Episode 5: Dr. Ettie Zilber: Change, Chance and Challenge: A Generational Leadership Journey
25-11-2022
Episode 5: Dr. Ettie Zilber: Change, Chance and Challenge: A Generational Leadership Journey
Ettie has served as an educator and school leader at international schools in Israel, Singapore, China, Guatemala, Spain, and the USA and has also served as Adjunct Professor for various universities. She has served as Secretary on the Board of the Academy of International School Heads and ECIS and participated on the Advisory Council for AAIE. As a consultant to internationally mobile communities, she is passionate about sharing her experience, research, and strategies with communities worldwide and assisting them to thrive in a multicultural and multilingual world. After retiring from full-time work in international schools, Ettie devoted her time to Holocaust Education and published a book about her family's Holocaust experiences. She teaches about the Holocaust in schools, universities, and community centers in the USA and internationally. Ettie has been married for 48 years and has 3 wonderful children and 3 delightful grandchildren, who all share her passion for the big wide world. Some insights from this episode: Being different is special. You are unique, and it's a tremendous skill. You fit in almost everywhere you can. You can fit yourself in because you know you. You are already aware of how to survive in these different cultures.If you want to assimilate into the majority culture, just let yourself go, and you will assimilate. But if you want to maintain your home culture, your traditions, which many minorities have, you have to work for it.If somebody gives you a task, just say yes. You can figure out how later.Not everybody is going to love you. If you want to get into leadership, you have to develop a thick skin.If you see a path as a leader and want to have a family, you need to make sure you have support. Whether it's from your partner or whether you hire somebody to be that support at home.Sometimes it's not just a matter of the amount of work you do; it's about communication, networking, putting yourself out there, and being visible. Grab the book A Holocaust Memoir of Love & Resilience: Mama's Survival from Lithuania to America by Dr. Ettie Zilber
Episode 4: Claude Pellerin: The Multi-sensory Artist and Restaurateur
18-11-2022
Episode 4: Claude Pellerin: The Multi-sensory Artist and Restaurateur
Claude Pellerin, owner of ‘The French Lady’,  a charming French restaurant in Birmingham, Michigan  was born in Nord-Pas-de-Calais.  Claude is well-versed in the diverse cuisines from her home country, and  provides authentic tastes of France. Cooking, baking and entertaining are her passions and she prepares each meal from scratch with not just love and care, but with technique and expertise. Claude is a classically trained harpist who has performed internationally, and had a musical career that spanned decades. Talented and hardworking, Claude is selfless and goes out of her way to make people feel welcome, at home, and appreciated and holds herself, her food, and her restaurant to consistently high standards. After spending some years of her twenties in Boston, she moved back to France, always knowing deep down that she wanted to be in the States. Her menu has names of the women who crafted her cuisine: her grandmother Germaine, her mother Danièle, sisters Agnès and Estelle, and Lucie, and many more. Taking pride in respecting tradition and family heirloom to the letter, Claude doesn’t shop in wholesale houses but prefers local stores and farms, choosing quality and love over profit and standardization. Her biggest joy is in connecting with people. Some insights from this episode: The French Lady is her brain child, her tribute to her grandmother. She didn't want any investor to come and tell her to make ‘burgers’, because that's what sells.She has no recipes in writing. They are all in her head. She sees a movie of her grandmother making it and just reaches out to the right ingredient when it's time to put it.She learnt patience from her mother and became a gifted chef because of her grandmother. You don't throw food, it's a sin. You transform leftovers into something else and create a feast with nothing because you don’t waste.She and her son complete each other, she brings tradition and he brings technique. They never want to work against each other, instead want to support each other.She hires for passion and attitude, not for skill and training, because then it will not be the Claude way and gets difficult and frustrating.
Episode 3: Seema Iyer: The Untraditional People Custodian
11-11-2022
Episode 3: Seema Iyer: The Untraditional People Custodian
With a Masters Degree in Demographics from University of Berkeley, California, Seema is an HR Executive with over 25 years of progressive HR experience in the technology and space industry and has played a key role in Building, Transforming and Restructuring Organizations for Success through Organizational Innovation. She started her career with Sun Microsystems where she spent more than a decade and moved on to take on HR leadership positions at SAP, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, SSL and most recently as CHRO of MetricStream in California. Positioned in non-traditional and transformative roles, Seema is recognized and respected for building trust across the enterprise and being a strong voice of HR at the executive table. Seema actively participates in Home of Hope and Bitiya, nonprofits focused on the education and wellbeing of young girls. Seema currently resides in the Bay Area. Insights from the episode: Don't reinvent the wheel, it's worth researching where else has it been done before, who else has done it before and can I use those learnings to create something different.Put yourself out there and showcase your work, Just the work itself isn't going to carry itself.Take a step back and evaluate, you don't have to chart your career only when you are at cross roads or on hindsight.Be deliberate about finding a hobby. If you put your mind to it, you can stretch yourself.Ask for help, sometimes work will come first. Stop feeling guilty, you cannot have it all.
Episode 2: Madhura DasGupta Sinha: The Visionary on a Journey to Inspire 1 Million Women
05-11-2022
Episode 2: Madhura DasGupta Sinha: The Visionary on a Journey to Inspire 1 Million Women
Madhura DasGupta Sinha is a business leader and advocate for women’s economic justice and rights. She was a banker for 25 years holding leadership positions in IDFC, Standard Chartered and ANZ Grindlays Bank. Madhura was one of the 12 women across India to be awarded the British Chevening Scholarship in 2003. On the cusp of turning 50, Madhura founded her unique start up, Aspire For Her, with a mission to create a generation of financially independent women. Since its birth on Women’s Day, 2020, the rapidly growing community at Aspire For Her has become a movement for women, in India and across the world, getting together members, supporters and mentors to unleash the trillion dollar potential in the Indian economy. Under her stewardship, Aspire For Her has been conferred awards from UN Women and International Advertising Association. Madhura’s vision for Aspire For Her is to impact over a million women and add 5 billion US dollars to India’s GDP by 2025. Some insights from this episode: Financial independence is the cornerstone of all other forms of independence; emotional, mental, physical, and key to all joys as well. If you are financially independent you can actually walk out of distress in your life.There is a need to have conversations with women of all ages, starting as young as when they are sixteen to actually seed the thoughts in their young minds, to never ever give up on their career.It is not an US vs Them. If we unleash the trillion-dollar potential, both men and women will be beneficiaries.Mentoring is powerful and fulfilling. As a mentor you give a lot, but you also learn yourself and grow as a human being.Two key factors that help in a corporate journey as well as life's journey, perseverance and resilience.
Atalanta Diaries - The Why Story
12-10-2022
Atalanta Diaries - The Why Story
Hi! I am Enma, thank you very much for taking the time to listen in. Over the years as a curious traveler of life, I went through different roles - entrepreneur, trainer and now an executive coach across multiple geographies. On this journey I have had the opportunity to meet some amazing women. Every one of them shared a unique story of passion, resilience, and success overcoming challenges in their own unique way. Their stories kept me up, thinking and imagining…… I woke up - inspired, excited and motivated. At the same time, I was coaching young women who were sometimes despondent about challenges they were facing, looking to be inspired or just needed that little push to seize the day. To get broader validation, I conducted research among aspiring women professionals. Questions ranged from, “how do we build presence and exercise influence” to the more powerful observation, “Men have to state whereas women have to convince”. It was evident that there was much to learn from women who had walked the path and created their own course. No matter which discipline you looked at - there were many unsung hidden stories of women that were amazing and inspiring. I am driven to find these hidden stories, collate them and now with the technology of podcasting, share them with you. I named my podcast Atalanta Diaries, after the Greek mythological figure Atalanta. She was abandoned as a child by her father, an Arcadian king because he wished to have a son. She grew up in the forest to become a huntress and was the only woman amongst the famed Argonauts in their quest for the Golden Fleece. Atalanta Diaries, I hope will be a place to have meaningful conversations with breakthrough women where we explore the ebb and flow of their unique journeys. A place where we can learn and connect beyond the limitations of the audio file. Do give me your feedback and your suggestions on other Breakthrough Women you would like me to invite on Atalanta Diaries. Thank you again and happy listening. To connect with Enma or learn more you can visit, www.enmapopli.com