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Malini Saba talks about balancing her roles of being a businesswoman and philanthropist, her passion for writing and love for cooking.

A self-made businesswoman and an ardent philanthropist, Malini Saba is truly a multitasker.

She started Saba Industries in the 90’s when the industry was dominated by men. “It was a man’s world when I began my career and I would never have been given the opportunity to lead a company. Thus, I put my savings together and started it. It evolved over time and now we have over 2,000 employees in eight countries. This journey has not been easy and through it all we have had failures and down turns.  But it has been a great journey,” shares Saba, who comes from a middle-class family and whose father was ailing when she was in high school. Holding herself strong, she studied Psychology and did her PhD in the field. “It was not an easy road but it made me stronger and made me understand the value of education and money.”

In 2002, she launched The Saba Family Foundation to serve as the umbrella organisation for all her philanthropic works. The foundation’s three areas of focus are healthcare, education and human rights. Saba believes that with money and power comes responsibility. “It is not there for us to abuse. I strongly feel that when God entrusts us with large amounts of money, through our hard work we must give back and make a difference to this world. I chose to do that.  I want to be able to make a difference and improve the lives and public policy for women and children. Women’s issues have always been in the forefront for me. Despite modernisation of societies, we still hold women to a different standard —their voices and cries are not heard and not taken seriously. This has to change.”

Saba has also penned The Abbreviated Cook — a book of quick and easy recipes. “Writing is a passion for me and cooking is therapeutic. I enjoy feeding my family and I believe we pass love through our food,” shares Saba, who is currently in the middle of writing another book.

After a long day of work, she comes home to her husband, child, cats and dogs.

“They are the most important part in my life. When I am not traveling, I make it a point to drop and pick up my child from school, do the grocery shopping for dinner that night and come home and make dinner with a glass of good wine. That is my normal routine. I make sure I always read to my daughter every night and talk to her about life, universe and why we are all here. This I do without fail even when I am traveling, Facetime is awesome for that. I want to give her an understanding of the world and life. I believe it’s important for parents to talk to their kids. It’s not about the amount of time you spend with them. When you do spend time with them, you have to give them 100 per cent of your time —meaning no phone, no computer, no one else talking to you. Just you and the child. That quality time is priceless.”

This article originally posted here @ THE ASIAN AGE.

Published : Oct 12, 2018, 12:23 am IST
Updated : Oct 12, 2018, 12:23 am IST

Publication:          Asian Age

Headline:              Making Difference

Language:            English

E-paper Link:       http://onlineepaper.asianage.com/asianage-epaper.aspx?id=DEL#page2

Edition:                 Delhi

Online Coverage linkhttp://www.asianage.com/life/more-features/121018/making-a-difference.html

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A Supportive Man Can Help A Woman Move Mountains: Malini Saba

Women are the real architects of the society, said Harriet Beecher Stowe, and it is certainly true in case of Malini Saba.

A businesswoman who knows what it means to build an empire from scratch, she’s the Founder-CEO of The Saba Industries and The Saba Family Foundation. Her story is inspiring to say the least, and much more can be learned from her strong will, passion and the hard work that she puts towards what she believes in.

In a chat with SHEROES, she talks about how her life has panned out, about The Saba Family Foundation which is very close to her heart and what it takes to be a leader.

I was born in a small town in Malaysia, the eldest of 4 siblings. We did not have much growing up and hence, my goal was to always provide for my family. I studied and put myself through school and University by working three jobs, only to start my own business 26 years ago.

I now live in Vietnam and part of the time in Monaco. I have a beautiful child who is my life and soul. I’m grateful to have a spouse who is so supportive of my career and a strong man who is able to be home while I work.

His support means everything to me because it confirms to me that a supportive man can make a woman move mountains.

Helping Others Was What I Wanted To Do, Always

I knew early on in life that helping others is what I wanted to do. I strongly believe that my role in this world is to help others. In order to do that, I had to build myself up and establish a company that earned money to fund the Saba Family Foundation.

My father always helped his not-so-well-to-do family in Sri Lanka. He consistently told me that money is not to be taken for granted. It is a privilege given by God and if you ever make a lot of money, you must always give back.

Having grown up the hard way, studying and working through all sorts of odd jobs, I know what it is like to not have money, to struggle to feed yourself, pay your rent and take care of your siblings.

While this keeps me humble, it also makes me work hard to earn money and to make sure that I am able to manage the Saba Family Foundation and give back.

My nature is to make the wrong, right. I am not afraid to fight the biggest and the strongest. That has consequences but it has to be done to help those who cannot, and do not have the funds to, defend themselves.

The Saba Family Foundation & Its Vision

We are the catalyst for change. We believe that when you help one woman, you help a community, and in turn the nation. I believe in a woman’s right to stand her ground, her right to read and work.

A woman is not an ornament to be passed around, she does not belong to people.

The foundation exists to fund scholarships, legal battles for women, engage in campaigns for women issues and help young girls.

Helping With Women Centric Issues

We work with well-known partners like CARE, NETAID, VITAL VOICES and  UNICEF. We also fund the build out of schools in different countries like Mexico and Ghana, to name a few.  We helped YUVA in the early part of the Millennium to build their sight in Mumbai too.

We also hold our own campaigns like the anti-bullying campaign through schools, work environments, and older adult housing. We feel domestic violence is a form of bullying too.

Our mission stays the same – help a woman to have a voice.

Taking The Leadership Role Early On

It has been an enriching experience and the best ride of my life. I have had three failures through the course of building this company, once almost losing it all. But I stuck through it, reviewed those failures and learned about people.

I think the best lesson is if you truly believe in your business and yourself, don’t ever give up! Stick through it, no matter what someone else says to you.

You will get there and it would be beyond your wildest dreams. Success never comes easy, it comes with its own share of problems. But the growth curve is high.

You also learn about those who will stand by you because of you and your vision, and those that are there only to be riders on your coat tails. It is very important to learn how to read people. If you have those two traits, you will be fine.

Women Leaders In Industrial Arena

It is very different for women to be in this area. Most people who are in this field are men and women are in really small numbers. There are very few that have built it from scratch. Usually, it’s passed on to them from their husband or family. But I did not have that luxury – I had to build Saba Industries block by block.

Women are not much respected to know their stuff in this field. I have always wanted to keep my femininity and be strong. I feel being a woman is not a weakness in this field, it’s actually a strength.

The Challenges Of An Entrepreneur

Our foundation is funded by the business. When it comes to the foundation, to find and fund the right groups that hold true to the vision, is very important to me. I am always involved with the final selections. I treat it like a business and make sure all the due diligence is done to make sure whatever we fund is viable and will be able to have an impact or get the result it needs.

But building a business is not easy – the biggest hurdle is getting others to believe in you to help you raise funds or debt. They felt I did not understand this space. They would give me lip service – entertain my proposal but politely say, “We will pass. Come back when you have sales.”

I decided to take a loan and used my credit cards to build it out. Basically, I put in all my life savings to buy the first couple of concessions for gold and iron ore to move ahead.

The third knock from the Universe was the worst, the funds we were expecting never showed up and that put us in such a bad place – it was followed by the markets tanking and price volatility. It was a nightmare but I believed in myself and my dream and the vision. I told my closest loyal staff, we have to stick it through and once again, my savings came into play.

But when I look back, it was all worth it. Now we are in 8 countries, in different mineral and agricultural space; but I am always careful because anything can change and you have to be prepared. This business is something that should outlast me and hopefully, my child will take over it.

What Motivates Me

Life experiences are what motivates me the most. I want to change and a better work environment for women, better political environment for women and education for women. I also want us, as a society, to embrace the changes because it’s inevitable.

Nirupama Kondayya Nirupama feels that life is all about #TakingCharge, one step at a time, everyday. She truly believes that women have the potential to achieve their dreams, once they put their heart into it. She also believes that being grateful for little things has big impacts in life.

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Businesswoman with a Heart

10/6/2018 – This article originally from the India Business Journal – October 2018 @ http://online.fliphtm15.com/mwdr/ohpc/#p =50

You may download the entire article here (PDFIndia Business Journal – October 2018. or
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Sharmila Chand catches up with Ms. Saba (shown below) to know more about the business woman & philanthropist.
Send feedback tochand.sharmila@gmail. com.

Malini Saba is a self-made businesswoman and ardent philanthropist.

Born in Malaysia to a family of modest means, Ms. Saba spent her early life in Sri Lanka and Australia. Later, she migrated to the USA and, along with her husband, learned the nuances of business. In 2002, she launched The Saba Family Foundation to serve as an umbrella organization for all her philanthropic works. Through the foundation, she has helped millions of under-served women and children in South and South-East Asia, South America, Africa and the US gain access to life-saving medical and educational services and achieve economic stability. Funding for her philanthropic works comes from Saba Industries, a group of commodities companies that she has founded in Asia. Tak­ ing time off her  busy  schedule, Ms. Saba has penned The Abbreviated Cook, a book of quick and easy recipes that offer a twist on traditional South and South-East Asian dishes.

Q: What is your philosophy of life?
A: I believe that what goes around comes around, for I have lived long enough to see it being very true.

Q: What is your passion in life?
A: My passion and my calling in life are to help others and thus the foundation.

Q: What is your management mantra?
A: Never, never, never give up

Q: What would you like to say about your work?
A: My work is my baby. It is what I wake up to everyday. It does not define me, but it gives me great challenges, overcoming which gives me immense joy.

Q: Your strength...
A: Never giving up.

Q: A business Leader you admire the most...
A: I admire Steve jobs. He was relentless with his vision to succeed.

Q: Your weakness ...
A: Never giving up.

Q: Your kind of music...
A: I love Bollywood songs and Hip Hop.

Q: Your favourite holiday destination...
A: Bora Bora – Tahiti

Q: Golf or Bridge or...
A: Golf hands down. The game allows me to be away from my phones and alone on the grounds.

Q: You are a tough, serious boss or
A: I like to think that I am the serious kind of boss but with a soft touch much like an iron fist in a velvet glove.

Q: Formal suit or casual attire…
A: Casual attire any day

Q: What do you enjoy the most in lifegenerally?
A: I love cooking. It gives me great pleasure to come home from work and cook a variety of dishes for my family.

Q: How do you de-stress?
A: I find getting my nails done at a salon with my family very relaxing.

Q: Your mantra for success...
A: Get up, brush off, and keep at it.

Q: Your dream...
A: To make a movie in Bollywood.

Q: Ten years from now, where do we see you?
A: On my yacht, retired and writing my memoirs.

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Malini Saba and 7 Networking Tips For Women

Malini Saba


Founder, Saba Family Foundations & Saba Industries

Malini Saba is a self-made businesswoman, an ardent philanthropist and a force to be reckoned with, Ms. Saba embodies the concept of using business to serve humanity Her eminent group of commodities companies, Saba Industries, is a prime example of her stratagem of using business to serve humanity. Functioning in the agriculture and mining industry, the group hires local talents and helps them achieve economic stability. The CSR arm of the group, Saba Family Foundation, has given access to life-saving medical and educational services to millions of disadvantaged people across South and Southeast Asia, Australia, Africa, India, and the Middle East. the foundation is an extension of Ms. Saba’s philanthropy and aims to help at least one billion people to gain access to basic health care, education, and opportunities which allow them to break the cycle of poverty and illiteracy.


7 Networking Tips For Women: How to Use Network to Grow Your Business Without Being Spammy

Here’s How you can also structure your own niche and find people who have similar interests
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Entrepreneurs are a rare breed. A recent study shows that less than 6% of the adults in the world work on their own business. Women account for less than half of that number. So what are the few things that women can keep in mind to increase their network?

Dress Well : They say first impression is the last impression. Dressing well and appropriate on different occasions can set different contexts in your life. You can choose between business formals and business casuals depending on your mood and commitment. Dressing well also promotes your leadership qualities. It shows that you are best prepared to deal with risks and challenges thrown at your way. Lastly, if people at social gatherings or events like your dressing sense, they are likely to connect with you and maintain a long relationship. How you present yourself matters the most.

Try Attending All Social Events : Whether it is a corporate party or a private kitty party, women need to attend all of them if they want to increase their social network. Parties are known to be spaces where people tend to get social. You will also meet a diverse range of people there and you never know who can turn out to be useful. Interactions at these parties are also very social. Many people find their prospective clients at such parties. Also, do keep an eye out for events specially meant for women entrepreneurs. The has been a sudden rise in such event and they prove to be very helpful when you need connections.

Work With Diversity : If you are really interested in growing your pool of network and expanding your business, you will need to cater to diversity and work with them. More diversity at your workplace will mean that you will be introduced to newer people, communities and culture. It will also empower you to learn about others. Diversity gives you a golden opportunity for you to develop useful contacts, gain helpful information, and obtain positive business referrals.

Use Social Media Well : Social media is the best form of communication today. It has surpassed all the forms of communication and hosts around 2.46 billion people worldwide. The most amazing feature of social media is that you can reach out to anyone without having to move anywhere. All you need is internet connection. In-person connection is slowly being overshadowed by online communication. You can find like-minded people or special kind of people you are looking for through groups and filters. Social media is also great for your business as it acts as a medium for advertisement.

Get To Know Them Beforehand : Social media can tell you a lot about people’s interests and desires. You can use this information before approaching them. A little knowledge about people’s passions, interests and desires can make you understand their demand and needs well. It can also help you tailor your services for them. It is very imperative for businesses to know their clients or any third-party vendors really well before engaging in business with them. It just ensures that your relationship is smooth and that you don’t run into any major challenges or risks

Learn From Mistakes : It is always very imperative to learn from your mistakes and not repeat them. If you have made any mistakes in the past in terms of networking, for eg. pushed too hard for something or over-talked at some event, it is suggested that you don’t repeat it. People can get turned off very easily, especially if their ideologies don’t match. In today’s age of digital and fast-paced networking, it is very easy to make mistakes that go unnoticed. Mistakes can also bring a huge blow to your business. If you hurt someone or publicly embarrass someone, chances are that people might get intimidated. Always learn to carry a respectable image in public.

Align Your Values With Others : This is the most important factor to keep in mind while networking. Aligning your values according to others means understanding needs and demands of people and supplying them service tailored for their needs. If you align your values, it is easy to attract attention and fulfill your professional cum personal goals. Aligning your values may also make you a people’s person as a lot of people will start investing time and faith on you. Most businesses are built on these two factors: time and faith. Therefore it makes more sense for women to make sure that they invest time and faith onto people they are looking to connect with. Knowing a little history about them and understanding the culture they come from can be of great help too.

These are some tips to grow your network for your business. However, you can also structure your own niche and find people who have similar interests.

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Sisters, stand up and invest in yourselves at the workplace

Sisters, stand up and invest in yourselves at the workplace!

by Malini Saba

“You are your most precious asset

You are the most precious thing in your world.

You must invest in yourself everyday.

Never cheap out on yourself.

You are worth it!

Everything you are and everything you will be

Is the result of how you use your mind”

– Brian Tracy

When we come across the word ‘investment’ our mind tends to think of our bank balance. For heaven’s sake, don’t limit yourself to such a small part of what investing in yourself means! To invest in yourself means to believe in you, to learn about you, to take the time to step back from routine and love yourself enough to set yourself a challenging yet attainable goal. By giving it your all, you will soon watch yourself perform better in every situation, be it at work or in your personal life. For this, it’s imperative to set aside a few minutes to invest resources into yourself as well as your well-being. I can guarantee you that through this, you will come out a more confident woman who adds value to her organisation, family, friends, and anybody else who may have the fortune of encountering you.

Our personal and professional lives are interconnected with each other more than we think. This is why it’s important to focus on investing in both areas whenever possible. Here are some of the easy ways to invest in yourself both inside and outside of the office.

Set yourself S.M.A.R.T. goals

Take the initiative to set yourself a list of personal and professional goals. If you’re not taking the time to set goals, it’s like driving a car through heavy rain with its wipers turned off. Without clearly-defined goals, you will lack clarity in vision to move forward. And we all know that when in the car, it would result in an accident.

Be sure to set time frames for achieving them. The goals set should be SMART: Significant, Momentous, Achievable, Related and Timely.

Invest in Creativity

Our creativity doesn’t have to diminish as we get older. We can carve out some time to create something new every day. Spend an hour a day to build on a business idea, improve a specific aspect of your work life or your relationships, and over time your creativity will be at its all-time peak.

We usually experience blocks in our creativity when we stagnate and lead sedentary lives- so go out, invest in traveling, try to learn more about your colleagues’ cultures, meet new people and make friends different from yourself. Before a seed can develop it must first break open. It cannot produce a plant until it’s been buried, placed out of sight, and begins to crack. In other words, people who truly want to grow, must re-evaluate their tolerance for ambiguity, for risk, and for experimentation.

Honour your intuition

“I knew what was really going on, but I didn’t say anything.”

“I wanted it so badly but I still walked away.”

Do these statements sound familiar to you?

You can show yourself some self-love by trusting your intuition, and honouring the message that it’s sending you. By paying attention to how you feel about certain things, you can make quicker decisions with healthier consequences. Learn to always trust your intuitions and that will lead to growth in life: personally and professionally.

Invest in building your confidence & knowledge

Somehow, in the professional world, our confidence either diminishes as we make mistakes or grows as we accomplish tasks and get appreciation. Often, the difference in our confidence level comes down to how we react to criticism and seek validation. Confidence equals positive emotions and a sense of secureness, which equals better performance. One needs to habitually invest time and energy into structuring a bulletproof sense of confidence in oneself and one’s abilities. You can invest in yourself at the workplace by taking your personal grooming seriously, celebrating your victories, investing time in acquiring knowledge and then making use of it.

Attend seminars and workshops, read books, listen to podcasts, and watch videos that will expand your knowledge and skills professionally as well as personally. This is what will make you stand out in the crowd

Invest in your health and nurture supportive relationships:

We can work towards achieving all our dreams, but there is no point in getting them if we don’t live enough to enjoy them or have nobody to celebrate life’s victories with.

So, eat right. Fuel your body with nutrients to boost your mind, do some basic desk exercises, and build personal as well as professional relations. The benefits earned from building our relationships is visible in every aspect of our life. The more our relationships grow, the more valuable the benefits, both personally as well as professionally.

Create your bucket list

If you have still not thought of creating a bucket list, then this is the time to create one! This list might have everything you want to do, see, feel, and experience in your life. Your list may be ongoing, but you can start by writing 10 things down. Then each month or so, make sure you’re knocking out at least one of the items off it.

Be happy for this moment, for it is your life right now

Happiness is to simply live, find gratitude and satisfaction in the moment that you have now. Make it a practice to express gratitude for everything that you have and often. Give second chances to everyone in your life including yourself. Try including ‘Thank you’s in your daily life and be genuine when you use it. Make sure to treat yourself to the little things in life. Take a quick walk around the block especially if it’s sunny outside, lend a helping hand to a co-worker, and remember the value you bring to the organisation.

Why are women not investing in themselves?

They check with someone else: When it comes to personal and professional development, women need to appoint themselves the highest authority. Your spouse, bosses, siblings or partner can have a say, but make sure to give yourself and your wants the highest priority.You need to be very clear about what you want and what you deserve, before you go out and get it.

They’re not sure when it is the “right” time. So here’s a harsh reality in life: we’re all over-the-top busy and over-committed, and it’s never going to feel like the “right time” to work on yourself. . But if you want to be successful don’t get lost in all the reasons why later would be better.

Fear that money should be used for their family or others. We don’t invest in ourselves because as a woman, we are taught to sacrifice our needs for others. For instance, to take care of our children, be a better wife by being at home, be a better daughter-in-law and so on.

But what happens if our husband gets hit by a bus on his way home from work or die on us from heart disease or maybe leave us for a younger woman? What if your husband gets into financial trouble? These are some questions that have plagued me throughout my life. We have to survive and make sure we can keep up the quality of life. Our kids have to stay in the same schools they have always gone to. Don’t bet on tragedy to strike. Invest in yourselves in ways so that you do not have to be dependent on anyone.

Whatever we do for a living, whether it is cleaning our houses, or managing companies, we must invest in our future and focus on creating a better, interesting one than the present. We should have a Plan B to fall back on, in case life brings us any surprises. Don’t let your focus on work define you as a bad woman. In fact, it is just the opposite. Think of this as an investment for you and your family because we are making sure we can always keep up the with the needs of our family, and if God forbid, life changes for the worse in a split second.

In conclusion

So, I would conclude by telling you to not give up if somebody tells you NO. Demand for non-monetary perks: flexi-time, a new title, pay revaluation the following quarter, or mentorship by or a project with a senior exec. They’re valuable in themselves, but they also get your boss into the habit of saying yes to you, and that will help you get that raise next time. Remember, this is a lifetime gap you’re working to close!

Never take no for an answer and give up on hope. If you don’t invest in yourself no one else will. When you invest in yourself, it’s the best return on investment you can give to your workplace.


Malini Saba is the founder of Saba Family Foundations and Saba Industries.

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INDIA FAR FROM ACHIEVING TRUE EQUALITY

India far from achieving true equality

 

When we celebrate women’s equality day on August 26, we must pledge to end discrimination at home and offices. Gender equality is not just about money or respect, it goes beyond that

I was in a funk because I felt like I was not a good mom.” So said ace tennis champion Serena Williams, a woman whom we associate with great accomplishments, the power of privilege, relevance as a creator of wealth and a benchmark of individual excellence. Yet when it came to motherhood, she slipped into the perennial guilt syndrome of readjusting her life around her child despite the fact that she could afford an alternative support system, an extended family and the comfort of workarounds. Still she felt that the time she gave for her child was not enough.

Working women around the world are debating the same question as Serena and given the added issues of gender pay gap, the lack of paid maternity leave and the struggle to claim reproductive rights, they have decided to step off the ramp. A survey of 1,000 qualified women in Delhi/NCR found that only 18-34 per cent of married women continued working after having a child. Some other estimates indicate that nearly half of urban working women quit their jobs mid-career for maternity leave or to bring up children. In fact, the career dropout rate of urban educated women is higher than that of their rural counterparts in cases. Even in successful and high profile double income units, once the “achieving” threshold is crossed, it is the woman who is stepping back, succumbing to the genetically conditioned mindset of a nurturer and care-giver, giving the necessary thrust to the domestic economy as it were by some extra-constitutional power and then slipping back to the normalcy of expectation. In the process, women tend to strengthen the stereotype of a man as the bread-winner and an architect of a goal-oriented career. Though a man is equally responsible for fathering a child and is emotionally capable of being the protector, he has the mantle of a career performance lumped upon him. Even when mid-retiree women develop a sense of stability with their young ones growing up, they scarcely make it back to their original trajectory but take up some part-time ventures or develop a passion-oriented home business. “Women who have family support or can afford to pay for child care have a lot of guilt. This is because of social conditioning,” says leading businesswoman Anu Aga. The biggest decline in employment has been among two groups — illiterate women and post-graduates — according to a 2017 World Bank report. Most successful male CEOs have spouses who are complementary CEOs in home management. Yet given their multi-tasking and adaptive abilities, working women could give a boost to the country’s GDP by about 30 per cent if certain policies are in place and a mindset changes. Even when they have exited corporate jobs to forge out on their own, transit professionals have helmed  boutique enterprises and start-ups with handsome turnovers.

The first of the stereotypes begins at home. Without taking away credit from metrosexual men, “fathering” is yet to develop as a concept equivalent to “mothering,” the former limited to a biological function, the latter encompassing multiple and undefined role responsibilities. Even childless women are assigned the “mothering” role in team management roles at work. It is both prized and abused at the same time. Till mothers, and most of them are educated and enlightened enough today, tell both their sons and daughters that nurturing a life is genderless and a necessary and purposeful human activity, there will be no change in the home dynamics. Till the grandfather, who revels in child care simply because he is at home after a perceived “successful” career run, asks his son to pick up the tab at home, there won’t be a change in mindset. Till fathers spend an equal time with their kids, they will no longer complain that the children naturally gravitate towards mothers. Here is a factoid: Though mothers are intimately bound to the babies physiologically for nine months, dads can bond with them even before they are born as they recognise both parents’ voices from 32 weeks. As for skin-to-skin contact, warmth has no gender and the child recognises that first. Mothers, too, admittedly in their rush for perfection in role-playing, must cede that territorial space to fathers, who will be willing if allowed to. Also, emphasis should be laid on double parenting. Neither the mother, nor the father needs to step back. And there is no need to glorify what need not be a sacrifice, be it of a stay-at-home mother or a house-husband.

Next come workplace policies, which continue to be shaped by traditional mindsets. Malini Saba, a corporate herself, has found that on an average, women today earn just 78 cents for every dollar that men earn, an increase of only 17 cents on the dollar, and that pregnancy discrimination, more than guilt pangs, has pushed women out of the queue. Pregnancy taboos are the reason that most corporate women are bypassed for a promotion or a special project simply because employers think that a maternity break reduces the woman’s ability to maintain continuity of functions or bounce back to original efficiencies. Fact is, most new mothers, given the flexibility of home operations, manage not only to deliver but make the perfect pitch at the workplace when required to stand in. Career women are multitasking themselves, juggling between family chores and deadlines, an ability that empowers them with adaptability, innovation, change, fluidity and creativity, mantras that every corporate aspires for. Few employers realise that women, as much as they cherish moments with their new-born, do not want to give up what they have invested their self-worth in — their careers. The same pregnancy/motherhood concerns have become barriers for women in physically-oriented jobs like factory floors while there is some headway in the armed forces.

Yet for all demonstrable abilities, companies become sexist and archaic when it comes to the muscularity of a given role. They would rather employ a man in his 20s and 30s over a woman of the same age for fear of maternity leave and family roles. They usually think twice about hiring a woman with a child for a senior role, assuming she cannot give her 100 per per cent. If she works reduced hours, they tend to equate it with a financial cost to the company rather than counting the efficiency she packs in her limited hours or that she can be more productive if allowed a bit of flexibility. In fact, more women opt out of jobs because of the sluggishness of their career progression and the assumption that they will be passed over. They may be considered super operators but will always be a step behind the big chair. They yield to the unhappiness at work rather than the imperatives of home duties.

Most importantly, if all offices introduced child care services or crèches where mothers could check in on their young ones, the immense relief would automatically lead to more focus at work. We must realise that this is a tiny cost to pay considering that societally care-giving or home-making is an unpaid acknowledgement.

Couple this with balanced education; for example women continue to figure extremely low, not higher than 20 per cent, in engineering and other disciplines of merit and excellence. Far too many girls are still making a “manageable and practical” choice of humanities rather than tough specialties. We don’t need role models of women fighting against the odds and conquering the unthinkable in unheard of circumstances. We need everyday examples of girls challenging prescribed choices and mainstreaming themselves instead so that they can stand shoulder to shoulder on the factory floor.

It is a myth that a woman’s biological processes or a familial orientation is an impediment to a realization of her many talents. Women never bring their family issues to work because they have always had to prove they can do as much as a man if not better. Which is why they are more committed, sorted, detailed and specific. If corporate India wants to acquire the edge, then it must help rid mothers of their guilt syndrome, consider them assets and creators rather than liabilities and pro-creators.

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Bullying Of Students: Here’s What To Do About It

Have you ever wondered what to do about being bullied?
This article will explain what it is and what we can do about it.

Our article also published on BW business India.

There are two types and four styles by which students can be bullied or can bully others. The two means of bullying include direct (e.g., by a student or a group or Adult who target less powerful students as the victim and that occurs in the presence of a targeted student) and indirect (e.g., mental prohibition from students groups or spreading rumors.

Can you recall the nursery jingle “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”? Observably that was not and is not the reality and can never be especially in the case of Bullying that takes place at schools. Bullying is a behavior that is purposeful and contains an imbalance of power or strength. It is a behavior that is physical, verbal, or relational. While boys may bully others by more physical means; girls often bully by social rejection. Bullying has been a part of the workplace and School for a long period. More recently through technology & social media bullying has extended its reach. Cyberbullying is the example which takes place online and via cell phones.

There are two types and four styles by which students can be bullied or can bully others. The two means of bullying include direct (e.g., by a student or a group or Adult who target less powerful students as the victim and that occurs in the presence of a targeted student) and indirect (e.g., mental prohibition from students groups or spreading rumors. In addition to these two modes, the four types of bullying include broad categories of physical, verbal, relational (e.g., efforts to harm the reputation or relationships of the targeted youth), and damage to property.

Occurrence

More than one out of every five (20.8%) students report being bullied according to a report from National Centre for Educational Statistics.

Most bullying happens in middle school. The most common kinds are verbal and social bullying.

83% of students who bully others online also bully others in person.

84% of students who were bullied online were also bullied in person.

Who are at Risk? 

Usually, children who are bullied have one or more of the following risk factors:

Professed as different from their peers, such as being underweight or overweight, having short height, wearing glasses or different clothing, new to a school, or being not able to have materials that kids consider as ‘Cool”.

Seen as weak or unable to protect themselves.

Depressed, concerned, Uneasy or with low self-esteem.

Failing an exam/class or securing fewer marks.

Less popular than others or like to live with the small group of friends.

Do not get along well with others or are generally punished by teachers.

Though, if a child has all these risk factors, it doesn’t mean that they will be bullied.

Where Bullying Occurs?

Bullying can happen at any number of places, situations, or locations. At times that place can be online or through a cell phone. Bullying that occurs using technology (including but not limited to cell phones, chat rooms, instant messaging, email, and social media posts) is considered electronic bullying and is viewed as a context or location.

Mostly Bullying takes place in the playgrounds, school buses, cafeteria, in restrooms, hallways, and locker rooms.

Disconnect Between Adults 

It is found that most often there is a disconnect between students and an adult understanding for a case of bullying. Adults often don’t know how to react when they do identify a case of bullying. Considerably only about 20 to 30% of students who are bullied inform adults about it.

Promising Prevention Strategies

Staff and students should try and notice when a child is bullied or left out during the games, Lunchtimes etc. This involves the efforts of everyone in the school environment—teachers, Principal, administrators, counselors, non-teaching staff (such as bus drivers, nurses, school resource officers, cafeteria workers, and school librarians), parents, seniors, and students. They should be trained in bullying anticipation and involvement and how to respond if they observe bullying & its prevention.

Also, a group can be formed to coordinate the school’s bullying prevention activities. The work of that group can be to motivate staff, students, and parents; prevent rules, policies, and activities; and ensure that the efforts continue over time. A student advisory group can be formed to focus on bullying prevention and provide valuable suggestions/ feedback to adults.

Bullying and Suicide

The relationship between Bullying and suicide is somehow coinciding in many cases in schools and colleges. Much psychological research says that bullying leads to isolation, depression, low self-esteem and in return suicidal behaviors is found in individuals. The major variety of people who are bullied do not become suicidal. Some youth, such as LGBTQ youth, are at increased risk for suicide tries even where bullying is not a factor.

Anti-bullying Laws

It is vital to be aware of the laws made to control bullying in India so that the problem is nipped in the bud.

 Laws in Schools

Former HRD minister formed a committee of experts to analyze Bullying in school and to prevent it. Following is the CBSE School Bullying Protection Law guide:-

If any student is found Bullying or ragging it will be given a written notice and can even result in rustication for that particular ward.

Putting a notice on Notice Board that if any students are found bullying will be liable for strict action

A Committee member to prevent bullying it shall include the vice principal, a senior teacher, doctor, counselor, parent-teacher representative, school management representative, and legal representative and peer educators.

Laws in Colleges

The government of India in order to stop/prevent bullying has created a guideline called “UGC Regulations on Curbing the Menace of Ragging in Higher Education Institutions, 2009” which is applied to all the colleges or higher education institutions and are as follows:

FIR: The victim can avail thirteen provisions under Indian Penal Code and can register an FIR (first information report) in the police station under the area where the crime has taken place. The person can apply various Indian sections of Laws, such as:
Section 294– Obscene acts and songs
Section 339– Wrongful restraint
Section 340– Wrongful confinement
Section 341– Punishment for wrongful restraint
Section 342– Punishment for wrongful confinement
Section 506– Punishment for criminal intimidation

 Extreme Violence

When there is a case of extreme bullying or ragging that includes extreme violence:
Section 323– Punishment for voluntarily causing hurt
Section 324– Voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means
Section 325– Punishment for voluntarily causing grievous hurt
Section 326– Voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means

 In a case where a victim has lost his/her life

Section 304– Punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder
Section 306– Abetment of suicide
Section 307– Attempt to murder
Though, these UGC anti-ragging measures and the laws of IPC are not applied to schools.

 Cyber-bullying Laws

If the student is been a victim of cyberbullying it can file a complaint under the Indian Penal Code. Under the I.T. Act, 2000 the victim can apply for two kinds of offenses Section 67 of punishment of information which is obscene and breaches of confidentiality.

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Malini Saba – Success Story

A True Success Story

Saba Industries Incorporated, is known for its strong holdings in Mining and Agriculture. The company produces iron ore, Gold, Bauxite, Palm oil and Rice. Malini dove into the commodity space believing that we all need raw material. Although Saba Industries has grown exponentially, it still remains a family-owned business.

Saba graduated from high school and later graduated with a degree in Psychology. After many failed relationships, she married and had children. Saba is an ardent entrepreneur and started her business in the 1990’s and still stands at the helm as the CEO of the company.

Saba’s net worth, as estimated to be over $1.5 billion dollars (USD). Among her several philanthropic contributions are donations to Australian Outback doctors, San Francisco Arts Academy, India’s Artists, and Children’s Hospital in Cambodia. Saba also owns farms that specialize in organic farming.

She has been awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year, Philanthropist of the year, Kalpana Chawla award, the Mother Theresa Award and the Federation Peace award for her global Philanthropic work.

She contributes to different causes through her philanthropic initiative Saba Family Foundation.

Hard work, discipline and a keen sense of business is what makes her one of the most successful contemporary business woman.

The Iceberg Ilusion

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Understanding Employees – Important for Success

Why understanding your employees is important for Success.

By Rajeshwari Sajosh

I wanted to interview Saba to understand her views on Management and what she thought about hiring more women in her field.

Her feedback was enlightening. She has some strong views on management and gender equality in the workplace.

She had four areas which she focused on beginning with :

Unite, Don’t Direct

There’s a fine line between a leader and a manager. For one, a leader inspires employees to follow her lead and pursue her goals. A manager, on the other hand, leads by instruction and directives. This is why Malini Saba finds one more successful than the other:
In my experience, encouraging a team-oriented culture that is focused on uniting employees behind a shared sense of purpose and a common goal is more effective than offering directives. If you and your leadership team are on the same page with this approach, it is much easier to engage employees throughout the firm to meet those collective goals.  

Tailor the Experience

The first step in achieving gender equality in the workplace is understanding and supporting the fact that men and women work differently. Most importantly, Saba encourages women to find opportunity in everything:

As employers, we need to accept that women and men operate differently in the workplace and set up development and training programs that are designed to target high potential employees in both groups. As women, we need to remind ourselves to have an ‘opt in’ attitude. Career downturns happen to everyone and we must remember to treat them as opportunities to change how we work or try something new. That is what shows our true mettle.

Invest in professional development

When it comes to increasing female executive leadership, Malini  reminds employers to create equal and ample opportunities for women to climb the corporate ladder:
Companies must invest in their female employees’ leadership and professional development. I’m very proud of the numerous development and mentoring programs that Saba Industries has in place to help women excel at our firm and we’re seeing results that are validating this approach.

Ending gender pay inequality 

Unfortunately, gender Pay inequality still very much exists. But, as Saba suggests, there are ways to combat this inequality both inside and outside of the workplace:
The issue is complex because there is still no single answer as to why. Saba Industries’s interest in this issue goes far beyond our organization; we want to empower women’s financial futures, and that means putting programs, such as our seminars, in place to help them understand their finances.

Being the President and CEO of a multinational corporation is no easy feat. But Malini Saba shows us that through hard work, the right attitude and a great team, it is possible.

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10 tips for achieving what you want in life

By Rosana Yacob

I sat in the Ritz Carlton in Malaysia waiting for Malini Saba to arrive. While I was waiting, I started talking to the concierge. He went on to tell me about how he met Saba two years ago when she first took the apartment at the Ritz. He said she was so motivated to get the best deal we had and she was relentless and we caved in.

Malini arrived and walked directly to me as if she had known me for years. She was so welcoming and warm and it put me at ease to start the conversation. I wanted to ask her what are your tips for people are out there to achieve their dreams in life.

She leaned back into the armchair and crossed her legs and replied “I have 10 things that I have lived by and I have applied my whole life.”

1. Focus on commitment, not motivation.

Just how committed are you to your goal? How important is it for you, and what are you willing to sacrifice in order to achieve it? If you find yourself fully committed, motivation will follow.

2. Seek knowledge, not results.

If you focus on the excitement of discovery, improving, exploring and experimenting, your motivation will always be fueled. If you focus only on results, your motivation will be like weather—it will die the minute you hit a storm. So the key is to focus on the journey, not the destination. Keep thinking about what you are learning along the way and what you can improve.

3. Make the journey fun.

It’s an awesome game! The minute you make it serious, there’s a big chance it will start carrying a heavy emotional weight and you will lose perspective and become stuck again.

4. Get rid of stagnating thoughts.

Thoughts influence feelings and feelings determine how you view your work. You have a lot of thoughts in your head, and you always have a choice of which ones to focus on: the ones that will make you emotionally stuck (fears, doubts) or the ones that will move you forward (excitement, experimenting, trying new things, stepping out of your comfort zone.)

5. Use your imagination.

Next step after getting rid of negative thoughts is to use your imagination. When things go well, you are full of positive energy, and when you are experiencing difficulties, you need to be even more energetic. So, rename your situation. If you keep repeating I hate my work, guess which feelings those words will evoke? It’s a matter of imagination! You can always find something to learn even from the worst boss in the world at the most boring job. I have a great exercise for you: Just for three days, think and say positive things only. See what happens.

6. Stop being nice to yourself.

Motivation means action and action brings results. Sometimes your actions fail to bring the results you want. So, you prefer to be nice to yourself and not put yourself in a difficult situation. You wait for the perfect timing, for an opportunity, while you drive yourself into stagnation and sometimes even into depression. Get out there, challenge yourself, do something that you want to do even if you are afraid.

7. Get rid of distractions.

Meaningless things and distractions will always be in your way, especially those easy, usual things you would rather do instead of focusing on new challenging and meaningful projects. Learn to focus on what is the most important. Write a list of time-wasters and hold yourself accountable to not do them.

8. Don’t rely on others.

You should never expect others to do it for you, not even your partner, friend or boss. They are all busy with their own needs. No one will make you happy or achieve your goals for you. It’s all on you. It’s all on you.

9. Plan.

Know your three steps forward. You do not need more. Fill out your weekly calendar, noting when you will do what and how. When-what-how is important to schedule. Review how each day went by what you learned and revise what you could improve.

10. Protect yourself from burnout.

It’s easy to burn out when you are very motivated. Observe yourself to recognize any signs of tiredness and take time to rest. Your body and mind rest when you schedule relaxation and fun time into your weekly calendar. Do diverse tasks, keep switching between something creative and logical, something physical and still, working alone and with a team. Switch locations. Meditate, or just take deep breaths, close your eyes, or focus on one thing for five minutes.

“I use these as my mantra for everything I do”, explained Malini. I am never ever lazy to get up again and try it one more time. One should never be afraid of failure. I have failed many times, it’s not the amount of times you fail that matter, it’s how many times you are willing to get back up and fight for what you believe and want to achieve in your life.

It was so inspirational. As I left the interview I realized she had made me feel I can do anything I put my mind too.

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WOMAN IN THE MINING INDUSTRY

By Louisa Rampet

Mining has a reputation for being rough, remote and dangerous, as well as being one of the most male-dominated industries in the world.

This is true for Malini Saba, CEO of Saba Industries, whose mining journey started at the age of 30 when she decided to invest heavily in the commodity space. She began at ground zero.

She has built a thriving business and now owns over 7 large Mines internationally.  Her company owns mines that produce Iron ore, gold and Bauxite.

Malini says “Women must challenge their own comfort and realize the possibilities this environment has to offer, and attitudes of both males and females needs to be shaped by the pioneers in the environment.”

She also feels that young girls should be encouraged to pursue math, science and engineering subjects.  Furthermore, she feels that education in schools and universities surrounding the “exciting career opportunities that await women in the mining industry” should be improved.

I went on to ask her further questions about her role and experience.

Q : What have you enjoyed most about your role in the industry?

Malini Saba : I have spent more than fifteen years  in the mining industry and have seen significant changes and challenges. Being an owner and executive has its challenges. I have dealt with building new mining projects and running operations in countries that are not mining friendly, or are politically unstable or under high risk of executive kidnappings.

I have seen natural disasters such as floods, to earthquakes and malaria.  I’ve witnessed labor unrest and strikes in some of our Asian countries, with the invasion of our mining pits by hundreds of illegal miners. So, the role has never been boring and has always stretched me.

Q : What do you consider the most successful aspect of your mining leadership to date?

Malini Saba : I was part of a team that supported and coached an executive team through a significant organizational crisis a couple of years ago. Our team took the company through a huge expansion phase for a few years on the back of a very favorable commodity rise. We were faced with huge skills shortages at a time when many companies in the mining industry and neighboring industries were going through a similar expansion phase, and so we were highly focused on the recruitment, development and retention of key skills.

I led the team that redesigned and restructured the entire global business in a process involving redefining for each function and area what work was transactional and what was strategic and how the work would be delivered at operating unit, regional or corporate level. Within a twelve-month period, we had achieved both our cost-saving and our restructuring objectives.

Q : Why do you think there is such a big gender gap in the industry?  What is needed to create change?

Malini Saba : Mining can be perceived as dirty and dangerous and with the potential to create significant environmental damage if not managed ethically.  As such, the industry struggles to attract not only women but also young talent. I feel women think it’s a dirty job. It is a job that you have to eat and breath in order to compete.

Malini Saba   –  “ Remember we can’t move the resources, which often means remote locations, perhaps fly-in, fly-out operations or shift rotations. Remote locations, as opposed to corporate offices in large urban centers, don’t pose quite the same kind of challenges, and may fit more seamlessly into a career path that includes work-life balance as part of its goal.”  Example deep in the jungles of Kalimantan.

Furthermore, even if a company adopts and promotes an inclusive culture, mining is faced with a unique challenge in dealing with multiple environments, as Saba explains.

“You’ve got the mine site. You’ve got the corporate office, individuals in the field doing exploration, all being linked together in the sector. What can happen is you may have a strong corporate policy about respect in the workplace and diversity but getting that to trickle to all sites and all places that your company is doing business is a challenge.”

Thus, a lot has to change on the mindset of the miners. This should come from the culture the company puts in place from day one. It means constant reinforcement.

Q : Is your company doing anything about the gender gap?

Malini Saba : Yes we hire women. We also work with a lot of tribal families in the jungles. There we seek more women to work at the mines. We train them. They work and earn a living and at the same time be able to walk back home to their long houses.

It is a slow process to bring in women from the cities to go to the remote areas. But we have not stopped trying. Getting women in the corporate side of the business has not been that huge of a challenge.

The mining industry needs to do more to attract women into core technical roles, and to put in place clear talent management and coaching programs to help accelerate women into more senior roles and provide more flexible working arrangements. This includes policies around bursaries and scholarships, maternity leave, and equal pay for equal work.

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Interview with Malini Saba – A Strong Woman

By Alexa Wong

When you come across a strong woman, you’ll know it the moment she enters the room. That was Malini. I knew it was her the moment she walked into the café.  She gave off a vibe of self confidence that anyone could spot from a mile away.

I met Malini, in a coffee shop downtown London. She was nice enough to give me time. She was in town on a business trip.

She sat down and we began the interview.

Here are 9 things I walked away with after talking with her:

1)   She takes time to self-care.

One of the less obvious keys to success is the self-love and self-care, because without those, a successful woman knows she is already up the creek.  You must take care of the person in the mirror first. You cannot get to the next point if you don’t nurture yourself along the journey.

2)   She is not afraid to stand on her own.

She believes a strong woman does not need anyone standing in front, behind or beside her to get things done. They set their goals, figure out how to achieve them, and then get after it.  You have to fight battles, tame dragons and walk through fire if you have too.

3)   She does not make excuses.

Malini believes that no matter her life circumstances, she rises with the tides and does whatever she needs to in order to make it to shore. She has never let her mind get in the way of her success, because she knows that she is more than capable of achieving what she wants.  Excuses get in the way of results, and she knows she cannot have both.

4)   She does not waste time complaining.

One can either complain and let yourself be a victim, or you can rise above your challenges and be a warrior. We have to simply get back up and try again and refuse to let petty life problems get in the way. She feels complaining only drains her energy, so she chooses to put her energy into something useful and create something out of nothing.

5)   She chooses to challenge herself.

When you get too comfortable, you stop growing, she says.  It’s important to always keep yourself learning to try new things and expand your knowledge and skill sets.

6)   She stays on top of finances.

We all go through tough times and hard times.  I have certainly had my share, Saba states. Sometimes we may have even start all over again. She says she has had to do that.  However, you cannot let it keep you down. We have to make sure we are on top of our finances. We must always take care of no 1 first, regardless if you are married or not. You must keep money aside for that rainy day. Her advice, Governments change and markets shift and we must be ready for that.

7)  She keeps an open mind.

She believes while strong women tend to have strong opinions and beliefs about things, they also keep and open mind and learn from others. A strong woman is able to be sorry, forgive and move ahead. A strong woman can accept when she is wrong.

8)  She helps everyone around her.

Another facet to success that most people don’t think about is lifting others up around you. After all, what good is a win if you don’t have a team to help you celebrate.  She believes that its important to always help others even if it’s in the smallest way. Giving back is what all of us are here to do.

9)  She stands her ground.

A strong woman never shy away from a problem. She will stand her ground and face it head on.

My one hour with Malini turned to a four, hour conversation. She was one of the most attentive, charismatic, and genuine person I have had the pleasure to interview. She made eye contact through the four, hour conversation. She was like an everyday person with huge success while keeping to her humble beginnings. It was a privilege to meet her.

I will end with a quote from Malini,

“’If my strength intimidates you. I hope you realize that’s a weakness of yours.’”

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Why We Must Pay Attention To Bullying

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LONDON, UK – 10 May, 2018 – WHY WE MUST PAY ATTENTION TO BULLYING

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. The kids who are bullied and the kids who do the bullying may develop serious, lasting problems.

In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:

  • An Imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others.
  • Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.

Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and purposely excluding people from a group.

Types of Bullying

There are three types of bullying:

  • Verbal bullying is saying or writing mean things. Verbal bullying includes:
    • Teasing
    • Name-calling
    • Inappropriate sexual comments
    • Taunting
    • Threatening to cause harm
  • Social bullying, sometimes referred to as relational bullying, involves hurting someone’s reputation or relationships. Social bullying includes:
    • Excluding someone on purpose
    • Telling other children not to be friends with someone
    • Verbally spreading lies and rumors about someone
    • Spreading lies and rumors about someone on the Internet via social media. This is cyberbullying.
    • Embarrassing someone in public
  • Physical bullying involves hurting a person’s body or possessions. Physical bullying includes:
    • Hitting/kicking/pinching
    • Spitting
    • Tripping/pushing
    • Taking or breaking someone’s things
    • Making mean or rude hand gestures

Where and When Bullying Happens

Bullying can occur during or after school hours. While most reported bullying happens at school, a significant percentage also happens on the playground and on the bus. It can also happen travelling to or from school, in the youth’s neighborhood or in the compound they live. Some of the most damaging bullying happens online, where people write vicious lies and rumors anonymously.

Warning Signs for Bullying

There are many warning signs that may indicate that someone is affected by bullying—either being bullied or bullying others. Recognizing the warning signs is an important first step in taking action against bullying. Not all children who are bullied or are bullying others ask for help.

It is important to talk with children who show signs of being bullied or bullying others. These warning signs can also point to other issues or problems, such as depression or substance abuse. Talking to the child can help identify the root of the problem.

Signs a Child Is Being Bullied

Look for changes in the child. However, be aware that not all children who are bullied exhibit warning signs.

Some signs that may point to a bullying problem are:

  • Unexplainable injuries
  • Lost or destroyed clothing, books, electronics, or jewelry
  • Frequent headaches or stomach aches, feeling sick or faking illness
  • Changes in eating habits, like suddenly skipping meals or binge eating. Kids may come home from school hungry because they did not eat lunch.
  • Difficulty sleeping or frequent nightmares
  • Declining grades, loss of interest in schoolwork, or not wanting to go to school
  • Sudden loss of friends or avoidance of social situations
  • Feelings of helplessness or decreased self esteem
  • Self-destructive behaviors such as running away from home, harming themselves, or talking about suicide

Signs a Child is Bullying Others

Kids may be bullying others if they:

  • Get into physical or verbal fights
  • Have friends who bully others
  • Are increasingly aggressive
  • Get sent to the principal’s office or to detention frequently
  • Have unexplained extra money or new belongings
  • Blame others for their problems
  • Don’t accept responsibility for their actions
  • Are competitive and worry about their reputation or popularity

Why don’t kids ask for help?

Kids don’t tell adults for many reasons:

  • Bullying can make a child feel helpless. Kids may want to handle it on their own to feel in control again. They may fear being seen as weak or a tattletale.
  • Kids may fear backlash from the kid who bullied them.
  • Bullying can be a humiliating experience. Kids may not want adults to know what is being said about them, whether true or false. They may also fear that adults will judge them or punish them for being weak.
  • Kids who are bullied may already feel socially isolated. They may feel like no one cares or could understand.
  • Kids may fear being rejected by their peers. Friends can help protect kids from bullying, and kids can fear losing this support.

I strongly feel that parents are ultimately responsible for the behavior of their children. Children learn everything first from home environment, and second, from school. What they say and the way they see the world and other people is formed by their parents’ opinions and actions. Thus, parents must teach their children to always respect others, and parents must reinforce these teachings every day to help prevent bullying.

Media Contact:
Wendy Tanaka
Sitrick And Company
+1(415) 369-8447

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Breaking the Barrier

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Malini Saba – Breaking the Barrier

London, UK – 5 May, 2018 – If you think that Commodity markets are still an all-boys club, meet Saba Industries (sabaindustriesgroup.com), CEO and social activist Malini Saba (malinisaba.com).

INSPIRING: Malini Saba

It might be the hottest trend in investment circles these days, but the commodity space is still a predominantly male dominated market. At the top level, from the chairman to its board members, commodity is and are old-world all-boys gentry.  Leave it to 50-year-old CEO and social activist Malini Saba to break the mold.

In March of this year, Saba is investing over $100 million in the commodity projects in India and South East Asia in the next few years. With this Saba becomes the first woman to found and head such a high-profile venture.

Focus on India and South East Asia

Saba feels strongly it is the correct time to invest back into this sector.

And Saba should know. This self-made businesswoman is known to have a Midas touch when it comes to investments. She has invested in hi-tech stocks, commodities in Asia and South America and real estate properties all across the globe.

“I’m always conscious of changing political and economic trends in any region I go in to invest,” Saba points out. She will be touring the countries visiting local agricultural areas and mining in across India and South East Asia.

Saba will also look at charitable giving through her Family Foundation during her visit to these countries. Saba Family Foundation main focus in health and education. Learn more at sabafamilyfoundations.com.

Media Contact:
Wendy Tanaka
Sitrick And Company
+1(415) 369-8447

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Saba Industries Invests US $100 Million in Southeast Asia Rice Industry

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Saba Industries Invests US $100 Million in Southeast Asia Rice Industry

London, UK – 5 May, 2018 – Company aims to modernize industry, promote organic rice farming and improve farmers’ quality of life.

Saba Industries, a privately-held, manufacturer and global exporter of rice and other commodities, is investing US $100 million in Southeast Asia’s rice industry to help modernize the sector, promote organic rice farming and improve farmers’ quality of life. The investment will span two years and is perhaps one of the largest investments in Southeast Asia’s rice industry.

With its investment, Saba Industries is buying outdated and abandoned rice mills in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand and converting them into storage facilities with bio-energy rice dryers that can help combat the effects of climate change.

Saba Industries will also buy farmers’ rice paddies and supply farmers with equipment, seeds and organic fertilizer – all free of charge. This is a sea change from the centuries-long practice of farmers being forced to purchase everything necessary to farm, leaving them with mounting debt and continuing the cycle of poverty. Saba Industries also trains farmers in organic farming.

Golden Grain Rice, a Saba Industries subsidiary, will process the farmers’ rice and distribute it to wholesalers throughout Southeast Asia and parts of Africa and the Middle East.

In addition, Saba Industries‘ philanthropic arm, Saba Family Foundations, plans to build and operate schools and health clinics in farming communities that have no access to basic education and healthcare services. The schools and clinics will be staffed by local instructors, doctors and nurses who know the communities well and speak the language.

“Rice is a major food staple all over the world, and consumption is growing rapidly every year, especially in non-Asian regions such as Africa and the Middle East,” said Malini Saba, Founder and Chairman of Saba Industries. “Farmers are the key to ensuring that rice production and quality keeps pace with demand. But the old way of farming puts farmers and their families at risk. Helping farmers reduce their debt, improve their lives and farm organically is the only way the rice industry can survive and thrive. Moreover, helping people achieve economic stability is the right thing to do.”

About Saba Industries

Saba Industries, founded in 1996 by entrepreneur and philanthropist Malini Saba, is a privately-held company that operates agricultural commodities, mining, ship breaking and hospitality businesses in South and Southeast Asia, Australia and Africa.

About Saba Family Foundations

Saba Family Foundations was founded in 2002 by entrepreneur and philanthropist Malini Saba to focus on the needs of under-served women and children worldwide. The foundation’s three areas of focus are healthcare, education and human rights. The foundation has undertaken numerous projects, including: partnering with Stanford Medical Center to train physicians from developing countries; distributing preventative health information on HIV/AIDS, immunizations, gastric and reproductive health; providing vocational education for women in Togo, West Africa; and supporting human rights issues around the world.

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Gentry Hall of Fame Award Announced

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Gentry Hall of Fame Award Announced

London, UK – 11 Nov., 2017 – In recognition of her extraordinary gifts to philanthropic community and beyond, Malini Saba has been awarded the title Philanthropist of the Year 2017.

This is to recognize her on-going, prodigious charitable work and giving. It is important to remember that this generous leader is continuing at a staggering rate. We applaud her efforts and hold her as a model for giving on a grand scale.

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Self-made Billionaire

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Malini Saba, Self-made Billionaire

Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, Sri Lanka – 15 Jan., 2015 – Why she inspires us? She was the first Sri Lankan Tamil women to become a self-made billionaire.

What has she taught us?

How to pave the way for march toward success against all odds. How to stand up to bullies who felt a woman’s place is not in the business lime light.

To do everything in your power to achieve your dream. How to succeed in a male dominated industry and to stay true to your ideals through it all.

Finally, to use the power you gain and have to protect those that can’t protect themselves.

We celebrate Malini Saba as an inspirational woman leader of our times.

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Personal Qualities

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Malini Saba – Personal Qualities

London, UK – 20 August, 2013 – Some of the personal qualities serving Malini Saba.

Ambition
Even from a young age, despite thinking that life would be difficult, Malini had a sense of her own destiny.

Hard work
She determined she would learn everything about business, build alliances and ingratiate herself with the business community.

Courage, intelligence and logic
She assumed all three qualities. A successful person must have all three.

Charm and charisma
She has a presence about her that consumes any room she walks into. She has the ability to hold people’s attention to whatever she is speaking about and make everyone feel they were listened too and cared for.

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The Iron Lady with a Velvet Glove

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Malini Saba – The Iron Lady with a velvet glove

London, UK – 30 May, 2012 – A tough lady with a soft touch.

Her favorite quote:

“Being a leader is like being a lady. If you have to remind people you are, you aren’t. “


Malini understands that leadership is not about titles or photos or selfies. True leadership is about authenticity, standing up for principles, even in the face of strong opposition.

Her angry critics see her as a pugnacious destroyer. But those who know her understand she is all about methodology and doing what is right by people and for the people.

Authentic leadership is a product of honesty. Honesty is about putting needs of others before your own. Honesty in communicating information, both positive and negative. Honesty in accepting viewpoints which are different from yours. Honesty in integrating the values you profess with behaviors you exhibit. Honesty is also the product of clarity. Clarity in what you stand for and what you will not stand for.

We can take a lesson from Malini Saba. Always stay true to your core values regardless of how others view things under a populous lens. Only through this method can you truly help others and be a good leader too.

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In a Nutshell

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Malini Saba – In a Nutshell

London, UK – 30 May, 2012 – Malini Saba was born to a simple family, rose to success through sheer perseverance and belief that she will make it.

In her own words “I had no choice, make it or nothing.”

She always believed there was nothing a woman could not achieve. She also believes that you can learn most things in life if you put the time and really want to learn them.

Her secret to success is never to lie and never pretend to know everything. “We are constantly in a learning mode. It is when we think we know it all, we have failed.”

My father once told me there were two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try and be the first group; there was much less competition.

Malini Saba leaves us with her quote “Whenever you take a step forward you will shake things up and only with this can you create change. Through and through we also change as a person.”

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Women Empowerment

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Malini Saba – Women Empowerment

London, UK – 30 Dec., 2010 – The power of Malini Saba.

Since her younger days, I have been intrigued by Malini Saba. I think I have only met her a few times, yet still her power and presence somehow resonate with me and those who meet her.

Perhaps it has something to do with her warmth and charisma she resonates effortlessly.

So, without delay I want you to get to know Malini Saba. I want to share with you a little about this business mogul, philanthropist, artist, author, inspiration and downright amazing woman who uses her success to empower girls and women around the world. She is a true proponent for women empowerment!

Through hard work and determination, Malini left behind poverty to become a billionaire. Note: she is not just any billionaire. She was the first self-made Sri Lankan woman to independently grow her wealth.

Born in Seremban, Malaysia this young woman worked her way to the top against all odds.

She has reinvented herself through many lows and highs in her business and personal life always moving ahead taking all the hurdles in stride and looking at them as a growing pain.

She embodies true inner strength and is a real role model for young women all over the world.

Despite her immense wealth you would never know she was enormously successful. She has a very lovely way to make you feel comfortable around her and see her as just another person.

Words of wisdom from Malini:

The reason I have been able to be so financially successful is my focus has never, ever been for a minute on money.

Let go and all will be well. Breathe and let go. The universe will take it from there.

Thank you Malini for all that you do to empower women!

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A Great Female Leader

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What makes a great female leader?

London, UK – 30 Dec., 2010 – Malini Saba epitomizes a great female leader with these 5 attributes.

A great female leader:

Shows compassion.

All of us are driven by a simple belief and we need to always look at both sides of any situation.

Doesn’t over-work.

You can still succeed if you pace yourself. Make certain you get enough sleep and eat well.

Overcomes adversity with grace.

Life is never perfect. We always have to have alternative route to the destination we want to end up in.

Uses feminism as an advantage.

We should not try to be men. We are a totally different gender. Thus, why must we lead and act the same way? We should embrace our own gender and focus more on business.

Is tough when needed.

Remember never to be a shrinking violet. Stand your ground and stick to your beliefs.

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Ten things you did not know about Malini Saba

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London, UK – 30 Dec., 2010 – In this article we detail 10 things you should know about Malini Saba.

Malini Saba CEO and Chairman of Saba Industries, started her career in 1994. Back then, she was still finishing up get PHD. Since her humble beginnings, Ms. Saba has climbed to the top of the corporate ladder. However, Malini Saba is more than just a corporate power player. She has led an interesting, boundary breaking, female empowering life that is worth knowing more about. This article, we bring you ten things you didn’t know about Malini Saba.

  1. She is a top paid Commodity CEO.
    She has an impressive salary. This serves as a testament to her formidable talent as a business woman.
  1. She is one of the very few self-made in the commodity Industry.
    Not only does Ms. Saba pull in huge stacks, she is the first woman owner and CEO in the commodity space. This should be inspiring women everywhere – even in a traditionally male dominated industry, a woman’s hard work and perseverance can result with her at the helm in a 21st century society.
  1. She is a psychologist.
    Though Saba, current job of CEO is a business – oriented position- which she is particularly week equipped for, given her PHD and considerable experience – she originally studied psychology.Her psychology role is indispensable during her work with her business.
  1. She was rated one of 10 to succeed in San Francisco magazine.
    She was picked one of ten to definitely succeed and to watch over the next 10 years.
  1. Her favorite cars are Mercedes and Bentley
    She is crazy about cars and loves to race.
  1. Her favorite past time is cooking.
    She loves to cook and create new recipes. She authored a Cook book “The Abbreviated Cook”
  1. She does not always like Fame.
    In an interview With Malini Saba, the prominent CEO expressed some annoyance with being recognized constantly. Though she attempts to stay under the radar and do simple things she finds it sometimes intrusive.
  2. She loves children.
    She loves being around children. She finds that they keep her grounded and they help her keep things simple
  3. She collects teddy bears.
    She finds them to be calming.
  4. She meditates.
    Malini Saba is a spiritual person. She believes that staying true to the core of what the universe is about is important for all our well-being. In her words it is all about the YING and YANG. It’s a balance. We need to have that to be able to run a multi-million-dollar company and always remember it is not all about you – it is about the company.

After 25 years of building her business empire through rough patches and great revenues, Malini Saba continues to run the company with killer economic sense. Massive profits are a certainty for this smart CEO and her company. Ms. Saba serves as an inspiration for women everywhere, and a testament to what hard work can bring to a person’s life.

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Making a difference

Malini Saba talks about balancing her roles of being a businesswoman and philanthropist, her passion for writing and love for cooking.

A self-made businesswoman and an ardent philanthropist, Malini Saba is truly a multitasker.

She started Saba Industries in the 90’s when the industry was dominated by men. “It was a man’s world when I began my career and I would never have been given the opportunity to lead a company. Thus, I put my savings together and started it. It evolved over time and now we have over 2,000 employees in eight countries. This journey has not been easy and through it all we have had failures and down turns.  But it has been a great journey,” shares Saba, who comes from a middle-class family and whose father was ailing when she was in high school. Holding herself strong, she studied Psychology and did her PhD in the field. “It was not an easy road but it made me stronger and made me understand the value of education and money.”

In 2002, she launched The Saba Family Foundation to serve as the umbrella organisation for all her philanthropic works. The foundation’s three areas of focus are healthcare, education and human rights. Saba believes that with money and power comes responsibility. “It is not there for us to abuse. I strongly feel that when God entrusts us with large amounts of money, through our hard work we must give back and make a difference to this world. I chose to do that.  I want to be able to make a difference and improve the lives and public policy for women and children. Women’s issues have always been in the forefront for me. Despite modernisation of societies, we still hold women to a different standard —their voices and cries are not heard and not taken seriously. This has to change.”

Saba has also penned The Abbreviated Cook — a book of quick and easy recipes. “Writing is a passion for me and cooking is therapeutic. I enjoy feeding my family and I believe we pass love through our food,” shares Saba, who is currently in the middle of writing another book.

After a long day of work, she comes home to her husband, child, cats and dogs.

“They are the most important part in my life. When I am not traveling, I make it a point to drop and pick up my child from school, do the grocery shopping for dinner that night and come home and make dinner with a glass of good wine. That is my normal routine. I make sure I always read to my daughter every night and talk to her about life, universe and why we are all here. This I do without fail even when I am traveling, Facetime is awesome for that. I want to give her an understanding of the world and life. I believe it’s important for parents to talk to their kids. It’s not about the amount of time you spend with them. When you do spend time with them, you have to give them 100 per cent of your time —meaning no phone, no computer, no one else talking to you. Just you and the child. That quality time is priceless.”

This article originally posted here @ THE ASIAN AGE.

Published : Oct 12, 2018, 12:23 am IST
Updated : Oct 12, 2018, 12:23 am IST

Publication:          Asian Age

Headline:              Making Difference

Language:            English

E-paper Link:       http://onlineepaper.asianage.com/asianage-epaper.aspx?id=DEL#page2

Edition:                 Delhi

Online Coverage linkhttp://www.asianage.com/life/more-features/121018/making-a-difference.html

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A Supportive Man Can Help A Woman Move Mountains: Malini Saba

Women are the real architects of the society, said Harriet Beecher Stowe, and it is certainly true in case of Malini Saba.

A businesswoman who knows what it means to build an empire from scratch, she’s the Founder-CEO of The Saba Industries and The Saba Family Foundation. Her story is inspiring to say the least, and much more can be learned from her strong will, passion and the hard work that she puts towards what she believes in.

In a chat with SHEROES, she talks about how her life has panned out, about The Saba Family Foundation which is very close to her heart and what it takes to be a leader.

I was born in a small town in Malaysia, the eldest of 4 siblings. We did not have much growing up and hence, my goal was to always provide for my family. I studied and put myself through school and University by working three jobs, only to start my own business 26 years ago.

I now live in Vietnam and part of the time in Monaco. I have a beautiful child who is my life and soul. I’m grateful to have a spouse who is so supportive of my career and a strong man who is able to be home while I work.

His support means everything to me because it confirms to me that a supportive man can make a woman move mountains.

Helping Others Was What I Wanted To Do, Always

I knew early on in life that helping others is what I wanted to do. I strongly believe that my role in this world is to help others. In order to do that, I had to build myself up and establish a company that earned money to fund the Saba Family Foundation.

My father always helped his not-so-well-to-do family in Sri Lanka. He consistently told me that money is not to be taken for granted. It is a privilege given by God and if you ever make a lot of money, you must always give back.

Having grown up the hard way, studying and working through all sorts of odd jobs, I know what it is like to not have money, to struggle to feed yourself, pay your rent and take care of your siblings.

While this keeps me humble, it also makes me work hard to earn money and to make sure that I am able to manage the Saba Family Foundation and give back.

My nature is to make the wrong, right. I am not afraid to fight the biggest and the strongest. That has consequences but it has to be done to help those who cannot, and do not have the funds to, defend themselves.

The Saba Family Foundation & Its Vision

We are the catalyst for change. We believe that when you help one woman, you help a community, and in turn the nation. I believe in a woman’s right to stand her ground, her right to read and work.

A woman is not an ornament to be passed around, she does not belong to people.

The foundation exists to fund scholarships, legal battles for women, engage in campaigns for women issues and help young girls.

Helping With Women Centric Issues

We work with well-known partners like CARE, NETAID, VITAL VOICES and  UNICEF. We also fund the build out of schools in different countries like Mexico and Ghana, to name a few.  We helped YUVA in the early part of the Millennium to build their sight in Mumbai too.

We also hold our own campaigns like the anti-bullying campaign through schools, work environments, and older adult housing. We feel domestic violence is a form of bullying too.

Our mission stays the same – help a woman to have a voice.

Taking The Leadership Role Early On

It has been an enriching experience and the best ride of my life. I have had three failures through the course of building this company, once almost losing it all. But I stuck through it, reviewed those failures and learned about people.

I think the best lesson is if you truly believe in your business and yourself, don’t ever give up! Stick through it, no matter what someone else says to you.

You will get there and it would be beyond your wildest dreams. Success never comes easy, it comes with its own share of problems. But the growth curve is high.

You also learn about those who will stand by you because of you and your vision, and those that are there only to be riders on your coat tails. It is very important to learn how to read people. If you have those two traits, you will be fine.

Women Leaders In Industrial Arena

It is very different for women to be in this area. Most people who are in this field are men and women are in really small numbers. There are very few that have built it from scratch. Usually, it’s passed on to them from their husband or family. But I did not have that luxury – I had to build Saba Industries block by block.

Women are not much respected to know their stuff in this field. I have always wanted to keep my femininity and be strong. I feel being a woman is not a weakness in this field, it’s actually a strength.

The Challenges Of An Entrepreneur

Our foundation is funded by the business. When it comes to the foundation, to find and fund the right groups that hold true to the vision, is very important to me. I am always involved with the final selections. I treat it like a business and make sure all the due diligence is done to make sure whatever we fund is viable and will be able to have an impact or get the result it needs.

But building a business is not easy – the biggest hurdle is getting others to believe in you to help you raise funds or debt. They felt I did not understand this space. They would give me lip service – entertain my proposal but politely say, “We will pass. Come back when you have sales.”

I decided to take a loan and used my credit cards to build it out. Basically, I put in all my life savings to buy the first couple of concessions for gold and iron ore to move ahead.

The third knock from the Universe was the worst, the funds we were expecting never showed up and that put us in such a bad place – it was followed by the markets tanking and price volatility. It was a nightmare but I believed in myself and my dream and the vision. I told my closest loyal staff, we have to stick it through and once again, my savings came into play.

But when I look back, it was all worth it. Now we are in 8 countries, in different mineral and agricultural space; but I am always careful because anything can change and you have to be prepared. This business is something that should outlast me and hopefully, my child will take over it.

What Motivates Me

Life experiences are what motivates me the most. I want to change and a better work environment for women, better political environment for women and education for women. I also want us, as a society, to embrace the changes because it’s inevitable.

Nirupama Kondayya Nirupama feels that life is all about #TakingCharge, one step at a time, everyday. She truly believes that women have the potential to achieve their dreams, once they put their heart into it. She also believes that being grateful for little things has big impacts in life.

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Businesswoman with a Heart

10/6/2018 – This article originally from the India Business Journal – October 2018 @ http://online.fliphtm15.com/mwdr/ohpc/#p =50

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Sharmila Chand catches up with Ms. Saba (shown below) to know more about the business woman & philanthropist.
Send feedback tochand.sharmila@gmail. com.

Malini Saba is a self-made businesswoman and ardent philanthropist.

Born in Malaysia to a family of modest means, Ms. Saba spent her early life in Sri Lanka and Australia. Later, she migrated to the USA and, along with her husband, learned the nuances of business. In 2002, she launched The Saba Family Foundation to serve as an umbrella organization for all her philanthropic works. Through the foundation, she has helped millions of under-served women and children in South and South-East Asia, South America, Africa and the US gain access to life-saving medical and educational services and achieve economic stability. Funding for her philanthropic works comes from Saba Industries, a group of commodities companies that she has founded in Asia. Tak­ ing time off her  busy  schedule, Ms. Saba has penned The Abbreviated Cook, a book of quick and easy recipes that offer a twist on traditional South and South-East Asian dishes.

Q: What is your philosophy of life?
A: I believe that what goes around comes around, for I have lived long enough to see it being very true.

Q: What is your passion in life?
A: My passion and my calling in life are to help others and thus the foundation.

Q: What is your management mantra?
A: Never, never, never give up

Q: What would you like to say about your work?
A: My work is my baby. It is what I wake up to everyday. It does not define me, but it gives me great challenges, overcoming which gives me immense joy.

Q: Your strength...
A: Never giving up.

Q: A business Leader you admire the most...
A: I admire Steve jobs. He was relentless with his vision to succeed.

Q: Your weakness ...
A: Never giving up.

Q: Your kind of music...
A: I love Bollywood songs and Hip Hop.

Q: Your favourite holiday destination...
A: Bora Bora – Tahiti

Q: Golf or Bridge or...
A: Golf hands down. The game allows me to be away from my phones and alone on the grounds.

Q: You are a tough, serious boss or
A: I like to think that I am the serious kind of boss but with a soft touch much like an iron fist in a velvet glove.

Q: Formal suit or casual attire…
A: Casual attire any day

Q: What do you enjoy the most in lifegenerally?
A: I love cooking. It gives me great pleasure to come home from work and cook a variety of dishes for my family.

Q: How do you de-stress?
A: I find getting my nails done at a salon with my family very relaxing.

Q: Your mantra for success...
A: Get up, brush off, and keep at it.

Q: Your dream...
A: To make a movie in Bollywood.

Q: Ten years from now, where do we see you?
A: On my yacht, retired and writing my memoirs.

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Malini Saba and 7 Networking Tips For Women

Malini Saba


Founder, Saba Family Foundations & Saba Industries

Malini Saba is a self-made businesswoman, an ardent philanthropist and a force to be reckoned with, Ms. Saba embodies the concept of using business to serve humanity Her eminent group of commodities companies, Saba Industries, is a prime example of her stratagem of using business to serve humanity. Functioning in the agriculture and mining industry, the group hires local talents and helps them achieve economic stability. The CSR arm of the group, Saba Family Foundation, has given access to life-saving medical and educational services to millions of disadvantaged people across South and Southeast Asia, Australia, Africa, India, and the Middle East. the foundation is an extension of Ms. Saba’s philanthropy and aims to help at least one billion people to gain access to basic health care, education, and opportunities which allow them to break the cycle of poverty and illiteracy.


7 Networking Tips For Women: How to Use Network to Grow Your Business Without Being Spammy

Here’s How you can also structure your own niche and find people who have similar interests
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Entrepreneurs are a rare breed. A recent study shows that less than 6% of the adults in the world work on their own business. Women account for less than half of that number. So what are the few things that women can keep in mind to increase their network?

Dress Well : They say first impression is the last impression. Dressing well and appropriate on different occasions can set different contexts in your life. You can choose between business formals and business casuals depending on your mood and commitment. Dressing well also promotes your leadership qualities. It shows that you are best prepared to deal with risks and challenges thrown at your way. Lastly, if people at social gatherings or events like your dressing sense, they are likely to connect with you and maintain a long relationship. How you present yourself matters the most.

Try Attending All Social Events : Whether it is a corporate party or a private kitty party, women need to attend all of them if they want to increase their social network. Parties are known to be spaces where people tend to get social. You will also meet a diverse range of people there and you never know who can turn out to be useful. Interactions at these parties are also very social. Many people find their prospective clients at such parties. Also, do keep an eye out for events specially meant for women entrepreneurs. The has been a sudden rise in such event and they prove to be very helpful when you need connections.

Work With Diversity : If you are really interested in growing your pool of network and expanding your business, you will need to cater to diversity and work with them. More diversity at your workplace will mean that you will be introduced to newer people, communities and culture. It will also empower you to learn about others. Diversity gives you a golden opportunity for you to develop useful contacts, gain helpful information, and obtain positive business referrals.

Use Social Media Well : Social media is the best form of communication today. It has surpassed all the forms of communication and hosts around 2.46 billion people worldwide. The most amazing feature of social media is that you can reach out to anyone without having to move anywhere. All you need is internet connection. In-person connection is slowly being overshadowed by online communication. You can find like-minded people or special kind of people you are looking for through groups and filters. Social media is also great for your business as it acts as a medium for advertisement.

Get To Know Them Beforehand : Social media can tell you a lot about people’s interests and desires. You can use this information before approaching them. A little knowledge about people’s passions, interests and desires can make you understand their demand and needs well. It can also help you tailor your services for them. It is very imperative for businesses to know their clients or any third-party vendors really well before engaging in business with them. It just ensures that your relationship is smooth and that you don’t run into any major challenges or risks

Learn From Mistakes : It is always very imperative to learn from your mistakes and not repeat them. If you have made any mistakes in the past in terms of networking, for eg. pushed too hard for something or over-talked at some event, it is suggested that you don’t repeat it. People can get turned off very easily, especially if their ideologies don’t match. In today’s age of digital and fast-paced networking, it is very easy to make mistakes that go unnoticed. Mistakes can also bring a huge blow to your business. If you hurt someone or publicly embarrass someone, chances are that people might get intimidated. Always learn to carry a respectable image in public.

Align Your Values With Others : This is the most important factor to keep in mind while networking. Aligning your values according to others means understanding needs and demands of people and supplying them service tailored for their needs. If you align your values, it is easy to attract attention and fulfill your professional cum personal goals. Aligning your values may also make you a people’s person as a lot of people will start investing time and faith on you. Most businesses are built on these two factors: time and faith. Therefore it makes more sense for women to make sure that they invest time and faith onto people they are looking to connect with. Knowing a little history about them and understanding the culture they come from can be of great help too.

These are some tips to grow your network for your business. However, you can also structure your own niche and find people who have similar interests.

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Sisters, stand up and invest in yourselves at the workplace

Sisters, stand up and invest in yourselves at the workplace!

by Malini Saba

“You are your most precious asset

You are the most precious thing in your world.

You must invest in yourself everyday.

Never cheap out on yourself.

You are worth it!

Everything you are and everything you will be

Is the result of how you use your mind”

– Brian Tracy

When we come across the word ‘investment’ our mind tends to think of our bank balance. For heaven’s sake, don’t limit yourself to such a small part of what investing in yourself means! To invest in yourself means to believe in you, to learn about you, to take the time to step back from routine and love yourself enough to set yourself a challenging yet attainable goal. By giving it your all, you will soon watch yourself perform better in every situation, be it at work or in your personal life. For this, it’s imperative to set aside a few minutes to invest resources into yourself as well as your well-being. I can guarantee you that through this, you will come out a more confident woman who adds value to her organisation, family, friends, and anybody else who may have the fortune of encountering you.

Our personal and professional lives are interconnected with each other more than we think. This is why it’s important to focus on investing in both areas whenever possible. Here are some of the easy ways to invest in yourself both inside and outside of the office.

Set yourself S.M.A.R.T. goals

Take the initiative to set yourself a list of personal and professional goals. If you’re not taking the time to set goals, it’s like driving a car through heavy rain with its wipers turned off. Without clearly-defined goals, you will lack clarity in vision to move forward. And we all know that when in the car, it would result in an accident.

Be sure to set time frames for achieving them. The goals set should be SMART: Significant, Momentous, Achievable, Related and Timely.

Invest in Creativity

Our creativity doesn’t have to diminish as we get older. We can carve out some time to create something new every day. Spend an hour a day to build on a business idea, improve a specific aspect of your work life or your relationships, and over time your creativity will be at its all-time peak.

We usually experience blocks in our creativity when we stagnate and lead sedentary lives- so go out, invest in traveling, try to learn more about your colleagues’ cultures, meet new people and make friends different from yourself. Before a seed can develop it must first break open. It cannot produce a plant until it’s been buried, placed out of sight, and begins to crack. In other words, people who truly want to grow, must re-evaluate their tolerance for ambiguity, for risk, and for experimentation.

Honour your intuition

“I knew what was really going on, but I didn’t say anything.”

“I wanted it so badly but I still walked away.”

Do these statements sound familiar to you?

You can show yourself some self-love by trusting your intuition, and honouring the message that it’s sending you. By paying attention to how you feel about certain things, you can make quicker decisions with healthier consequences. Learn to always trust your intuitions and that will lead to growth in life: personally and professionally.

Invest in building your confidence & knowledge

Somehow, in the professional world, our confidence either diminishes as we make mistakes or grows as we accomplish tasks and get appreciation. Often, the difference in our confidence level comes down to how we react to criticism and seek validation. Confidence equals positive emotions and a sense of secureness, which equals better performance. One needs to habitually invest time and energy into structuring a bulletproof sense of confidence in oneself and one’s abilities. You can invest in yourself at the workplace by taking your personal grooming seriously, celebrating your victories, investing time in acquiring knowledge and then making use of it.

Attend seminars and workshops, read books, listen to podcasts, and watch videos that will expand your knowledge and skills professionally as well as personally. This is what will make you stand out in the crowd

Invest in your health and nurture supportive relationships:

We can work towards achieving all our dreams, but there is no point in getting them if we don’t live enough to enjoy them or have nobody to celebrate life’s victories with.

So, eat right. Fuel your body with nutrients to boost your mind, do some basic desk exercises, and build personal as well as professional relations. The benefits earned from building our relationships is visible in every aspect of our life. The more our relationships grow, the more valuable the benefits, both personally as well as professionally.

Create your bucket list

If you have still not thought of creating a bucket list, then this is the time to create one! This list might have everything you want to do, see, feel, and experience in your life. Your list may be ongoing, but you can start by writing 10 things down. Then each month or so, make sure you’re knocking out at least one of the items off it.

Be happy for this moment, for it is your life right now

Happiness is to simply live, find gratitude and satisfaction in the moment that you have now. Make it a practice to express gratitude for everything that you have and often. Give second chances to everyone in your life including yourself. Try including ‘Thank you’s in your daily life and be genuine when you use it. Make sure to treat yourself to the little things in life. Take a quick walk around the block especially if it’s sunny outside, lend a helping hand to a co-worker, and remember the value you bring to the organisation.

Why are women not investing in themselves?

They check with someone else: When it comes to personal and professional development, women need to appoint themselves the highest authority. Your spouse, bosses, siblings or partner can have a say, but make sure to give yourself and your wants the highest priority.You need to be very clear about what you want and what you deserve, before you go out and get it.

They’re not sure when it is the “right” time. So here’s a harsh reality in life: we’re all over-the-top busy and over-committed, and it’s never going to feel like the “right time” to work on yourself. . But if you want to be successful don’t get lost in all the reasons why later would be better.

Fear that money should be used for their family or others. We don’t invest in ourselves because as a woman, we are taught to sacrifice our needs for others. For instance, to take care of our children, be a better wife by being at home, be a better daughter-in-law and so on.

But what happens if our husband gets hit by a bus on his way home from work or die on us from heart disease or maybe leave us for a younger woman? What if your husband gets into financial trouble? These are some questions that have plagued me throughout my life. We have to survive and make sure we can keep up the quality of life. Our kids have to stay in the same schools they have always gone to. Don’t bet on tragedy to strike. Invest in yourselves in ways so that you do not have to be dependent on anyone.

Whatever we do for a living, whether it is cleaning our houses, or managing companies, we must invest in our future and focus on creating a better, interesting one than the present. We should have a Plan B to fall back on, in case life brings us any surprises. Don’t let your focus on work define you as a bad woman. In fact, it is just the opposite. Think of this as an investment for you and your family because we are making sure we can always keep up the with the needs of our family, and if God forbid, life changes for the worse in a split second.

In conclusion

So, I would conclude by telling you to not give up if somebody tells you NO. Demand for non-monetary perks: flexi-time, a new title, pay revaluation the following quarter, or mentorship by or a project with a senior exec. They’re valuable in themselves, but they also get your boss into the habit of saying yes to you, and that will help you get that raise next time. Remember, this is a lifetime gap you’re working to close!

Never take no for an answer and give up on hope. If you don’t invest in yourself no one else will. When you invest in yourself, it’s the best return on investment you can give to your workplace.


Malini Saba is the founder of Saba Family Foundations and Saba Industries.

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INDIA FAR FROM ACHIEVING TRUE EQUALITY

India far from achieving true equality

 

When we celebrate women’s equality day on August 26, we must pledge to end discrimination at home and offices. Gender equality is not just about money or respect, it goes beyond that

I was in a funk because I felt like I was not a good mom.” So said ace tennis champion Serena Williams, a woman whom we associate with great accomplishments, the power of privilege, relevance as a creator of wealth and a benchmark of individual excellence. Yet when it came to motherhood, she slipped into the perennial guilt syndrome of readjusting her life around her child despite the fact that she could afford an alternative support system, an extended family and the comfort of workarounds. Still she felt that the time she gave for her child was not enough.

Working women around the world are debating the same question as Serena and given the added issues of gender pay gap, the lack of paid maternity leave and the struggle to claim reproductive rights, they have decided to step off the ramp. A survey of 1,000 qualified women in Delhi/NCR found that only 18-34 per cent of married women continued working after having a child. Some other estimates indicate that nearly half of urban working women quit their jobs mid-career for maternity leave or to bring up children. In fact, the career dropout rate of urban educated women is higher than that of their rural counterparts in cases. Even in successful and high profile double income units, once the “achieving” threshold is crossed, it is the woman who is stepping back, succumbing to the genetically conditioned mindset of a nurturer and care-giver, giving the necessary thrust to the domestic economy as it were by some extra-constitutional power and then slipping back to the normalcy of expectation. In the process, women tend to strengthen the stereotype of a man as the bread-winner and an architect of a goal-oriented career. Though a man is equally responsible for fathering a child and is emotionally capable of being the protector, he has the mantle of a career performance lumped upon him. Even when mid-retiree women develop a sense of stability with their young ones growing up, they scarcely make it back to their original trajectory but take up some part-time ventures or develop a passion-oriented home business. “Women who have family support or can afford to pay for child care have a lot of guilt. This is because of social conditioning,” says leading businesswoman Anu Aga. The biggest decline in employment has been among two groups — illiterate women and post-graduates — according to a 2017 World Bank report. Most successful male CEOs have spouses who are complementary CEOs in home management. Yet given their multi-tasking and adaptive abilities, working women could give a boost to the country’s GDP by about 30 per cent if certain policies are in place and a mindset changes. Even when they have exited corporate jobs to forge out on their own, transit professionals have helmed  boutique enterprises and start-ups with handsome turnovers.

The first of the stereotypes begins at home. Without taking away credit from metrosexual men, “fathering” is yet to develop as a concept equivalent to “mothering,” the former limited to a biological function, the latter encompassing multiple and undefined role responsibilities. Even childless women are assigned the “mothering” role in team management roles at work. It is both prized and abused at the same time. Till mothers, and most of them are educated and enlightened enough today, tell both their sons and daughters that nurturing a life is genderless and a necessary and purposeful human activity, there will be no change in the home dynamics. Till the grandfather, who revels in child care simply because he is at home after a perceived “successful” career run, asks his son to pick up the tab at home, there won’t be a change in mindset. Till fathers spend an equal time with their kids, they will no longer complain that the children naturally gravitate towards mothers. Here is a factoid: Though mothers are intimately bound to the babies physiologically for nine months, dads can bond with them even before they are born as they recognise both parents’ voices from 32 weeks. As for skin-to-skin contact, warmth has no gender and the child recognises that first. Mothers, too, admittedly in their rush for perfection in role-playing, must cede that territorial space to fathers, who will be willing if allowed to. Also, emphasis should be laid on double parenting. Neither the mother, nor the father needs to step back. And there is no need to glorify what need not be a sacrifice, be it of a stay-at-home mother or a house-husband.

Next come workplace policies, which continue to be shaped by traditional mindsets. Malini Saba, a corporate herself, has found that on an average, women today earn just 78 cents for every dollar that men earn, an increase of only 17 cents on the dollar, and that pregnancy discrimination, more than guilt pangs, has pushed women out of the queue. Pregnancy taboos are the reason that most corporate women are bypassed for a promotion or a special project simply because employers think that a maternity break reduces the woman’s ability to maintain continuity of functions or bounce back to original efficiencies. Fact is, most new mothers, given the flexibility of home operations, manage not only to deliver but make the perfect pitch at the workplace when required to stand in. Career women are multitasking themselves, juggling between family chores and deadlines, an ability that empowers them with adaptability, innovation, change, fluidity and creativity, mantras that every corporate aspires for. Few employers realise that women, as much as they cherish moments with their new-born, do not want to give up what they have invested their self-worth in — their careers. The same pregnancy/motherhood concerns have become barriers for women in physically-oriented jobs like factory floors while there is some headway in the armed forces.

Yet for all demonstrable abilities, companies become sexist and archaic when it comes to the muscularity of a given role. They would rather employ a man in his 20s and 30s over a woman of the same age for fear of maternity leave and family roles. They usually think twice about hiring a woman with a child for a senior role, assuming she cannot give her 100 per per cent. If she works reduced hours, they tend to equate it with a financial cost to the company rather than counting the efficiency she packs in her limited hours or that she can be more productive if allowed a bit of flexibility. In fact, more women opt out of jobs because of the sluggishness of their career progression and the assumption that they will be passed over. They may be considered super operators but will always be a step behind the big chair. They yield to the unhappiness at work rather than the imperatives of home duties.

Most importantly, if all offices introduced child care services or crèches where mothers could check in on their young ones, the immense relief would automatically lead to more focus at work. We must realise that this is a tiny cost to pay considering that societally care-giving or home-making is an unpaid acknowledgement.

Couple this with balanced education; for example women continue to figure extremely low, not higher than 20 per cent, in engineering and other disciplines of merit and excellence. Far too many girls are still making a “manageable and practical” choice of humanities rather than tough specialties. We don’t need role models of women fighting against the odds and conquering the unthinkable in unheard of circumstances. We need everyday examples of girls challenging prescribed choices and mainstreaming themselves instead so that they can stand shoulder to shoulder on the factory floor.

It is a myth that a woman’s biological processes or a familial orientation is an impediment to a realization of her many talents. Women never bring their family issues to work because they have always had to prove they can do as much as a man if not better. Which is why they are more committed, sorted, detailed and specific. If corporate India wants to acquire the edge, then it must help rid mothers of their guilt syndrome, consider them assets and creators rather than liabilities and pro-creators.

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Bullying Of Students: Here’s What To Do About It

Have you ever wondered what to do about being bullied?
This article will explain what it is and what we can do about it.

Our article also published on BW business India.

There are two types and four styles by which students can be bullied or can bully others. The two means of bullying include direct (e.g., by a student or a group or Adult who target less powerful students as the victim and that occurs in the presence of a targeted student) and indirect (e.g., mental prohibition from students groups or spreading rumors.

Can you recall the nursery jingle “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”? Observably that was not and is not the reality and can never be especially in the case of Bullying that takes place at schools. Bullying is a behavior that is purposeful and contains an imbalance of power or strength. It is a behavior that is physical, verbal, or relational. While boys may bully others by more physical means; girls often bully by social rejection. Bullying has been a part of the workplace and School for a long period. More recently through technology & social media bullying has extended its reach. Cyberbullying is the example which takes place online and via cell phones.

There are two types and four styles by which students can be bullied or can bully others. The two means of bullying include direct (e.g., by a student or a group or Adult who target less powerful students as the victim and that occurs in the presence of a targeted student) and indirect (e.g., mental prohibition from students groups or spreading rumors. In addition to these two modes, the four types of bullying include broad categories of physical, verbal, relational (e.g., efforts to harm the reputation or relationships of the targeted youth), and damage to property.

Occurrence

More than one out of every five (20.8%) students report being bullied according to a report from National Centre for Educational Statistics.

Most bullying happens in middle school. The most common kinds are verbal and social bullying.

83% of students who bully others online also bully others in person.

84% of students who were bullied online were also bullied in person.

Who are at Risk? 

Usually, children who are bullied have one or more of the following risk factors:

Professed as different from their peers, such as being underweight or overweight, having short height, wearing glasses or different clothing, new to a school, or being not able to have materials that kids consider as ‘Cool”.

Seen as weak or unable to protect themselves.

Depressed, concerned, Uneasy or with low self-esteem.

Failing an exam/class or securing fewer marks.

Less popular than others or like to live with the small group of friends.

Do not get along well with others or are generally punished by teachers.

Though, if a child has all these risk factors, it doesn’t mean that they will be bullied.

Where Bullying Occurs?

Bullying can happen at any number of places, situations, or locations. At times that place can be online or through a cell phone. Bullying that occurs using technology (including but not limited to cell phones, chat rooms, instant messaging, email, and social media posts) is considered electronic bullying and is viewed as a context or location.

Mostly Bullying takes place in the playgrounds, school buses, cafeteria, in restrooms, hallways, and locker rooms.

Disconnect Between Adults 

It is found that most often there is a disconnect between students and an adult understanding for a case of bullying. Adults often don’t know how to react when they do identify a case of bullying. Considerably only about 20 to 30% of students who are bullied inform adults about it.

Promising Prevention Strategies

Staff and students should try and notice when a child is bullied or left out during the games, Lunchtimes etc. This involves the efforts of everyone in the school environment—teachers, Principal, administrators, counselors, non-teaching staff (such as bus drivers, nurses, school resource officers, cafeteria workers, and school librarians), parents, seniors, and students. They should be trained in bullying anticipation and involvement and how to respond if they observe bullying & its prevention.

Also, a group can be formed to coordinate the school’s bullying prevention activities. The work of that group can be to motivate staff, students, and parents; prevent rules, policies, and activities; and ensure that the efforts continue over time. A student advisory group can be formed to focus on bullying prevention and provide valuable suggestions/ feedback to adults.

Bullying and Suicide

The relationship between Bullying and suicide is somehow coinciding in many cases in schools and colleges. Much psychological research says that bullying leads to isolation, depression, low self-esteem and in return suicidal behaviors is found in individuals. The major variety of people who are bullied do not become suicidal. Some youth, such as LGBTQ youth, are at increased risk for suicide tries even where bullying is not a factor.

Anti-bullying Laws

It is vital to be aware of the laws made to control bullying in India so that the problem is nipped in the bud.

 Laws in Schools

Former HRD minister formed a committee of experts to analyze Bullying in school and to prevent it. Following is the CBSE School Bullying Protection Law guide:-

If any student is found Bullying or ragging it will be given a written notice and can even result in rustication for that particular ward.

Putting a notice on Notice Board that if any students are found bullying will be liable for strict action

A Committee member to prevent bullying it shall include the vice principal, a senior teacher, doctor, counselor, parent-teacher representative, school management representative, and legal representative and peer educators.

Laws in Colleges

The government of India in order to stop/prevent bullying has created a guideline called “UGC Regulations on Curbing the Menace of Ragging in Higher Education Institutions, 2009” which is applied to all the colleges or higher education institutions and are as follows:

FIR: The victim can avail thirteen provisions under Indian Penal Code and can register an FIR (first information report) in the police station under the area where the crime has taken place. The person can apply various Indian sections of Laws, such as:
Section 294– Obscene acts and songs
Section 339– Wrongful restraint
Section 340– Wrongful confinement
Section 341– Punishment for wrongful restraint
Section 342– Punishment for wrongful confinement
Section 506– Punishment for criminal intimidation

 Extreme Violence

When there is a case of extreme bullying or ragging that includes extreme violence:
Section 323– Punishment for voluntarily causing hurt
Section 324– Voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means
Section 325– Punishment for voluntarily causing grievous hurt
Section 326– Voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means

 In a case where a victim has lost his/her life

Section 304– Punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder
Section 306– Abetment of suicide
Section 307– Attempt to murder
Though, these UGC anti-ragging measures and the laws of IPC are not applied to schools.

 Cyber-bullying Laws

If the student is been a victim of cyberbullying it can file a complaint under the Indian Penal Code. Under the I.T. Act, 2000 the victim can apply for two kinds of offenses Section 67 of punishment of information which is obscene and breaches of confidentiality.

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Malini Saba – Success Story

A True Success Story

Saba Industries Incorporated, is known for its strong holdings in Mining and Agriculture. The company produces iron ore, Gold, Bauxite, Palm oil and Rice. Malini dove into the commodity space believing that we all need raw material. Although Saba Industries has grown exponentially, it still remains a family-owned business.

Saba graduated from high school and later graduated with a degree in Psychology. After many failed relationships, she married and had children. Saba is an ardent entrepreneur and started her business in the 1990’s and still stands at the helm as the CEO of the company.

Saba’s net worth, as estimated to be over $1.5 billion dollars (USD). Among her several philanthropic contributions are donations to Australian Outback doctors, San Francisco Arts Academy, India’s Artists, and Children’s Hospital in Cambodia. Saba also owns farms that specialize in organic farming.

She has been awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year, Philanthropist of the year, Kalpana Chawla award, the Mother Theresa Award and the Federation Peace award for her global Philanthropic work.

She contributes to different causes through her philanthropic initiative Saba Family Foundation.

Hard work, discipline and a keen sense of business is what makes her one of the most successful contemporary business woman.

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Understanding Employees – Important for Success

Why understanding your employees is important for Success.

By Rajeshwari Sajosh

I wanted to interview Saba to understand her views on Management and what she thought about hiring more women in her field.

Her feedback was enlightening. She has some strong views on management and gender equality in the workplace.

She had four areas which she focused on beginning with :

Unite, Don’t Direct

There’s a fine line between a leader and a manager. For one, a leader inspires employees to follow her lead and pursue her goals. A manager, on the other hand, leads by instruction and directives. This is why Malini Saba finds one more successful than the other:
In my experience, encouraging a team-oriented culture that is focused on uniting employees behind a shared sense of purpose and a common goal is more effective than offering directives. If you and your leadership team are on the same page with this approach, it is much easier to engage employees throughout the firm to meet those collective goals.  

Tailor the Experience

The first step in achieving gender equality in the workplace is understanding and supporting the fact that men and women work differently. Most importantly, Saba encourages women to find opportunity in everything:

As employers, we need to accept that women and men operate differently in the workplace and set up development and training programs that are designed to target high potential employees in both groups. As women, we need to remind ourselves to have an ‘opt in’ attitude. Career downturns happen to everyone and we must remember to treat them as opportunities to change how we work or try something new. That is what shows our true mettle.

Invest in professional development

When it comes to increasing female executive leadership, Malini  reminds employers to create equal and ample opportunities for women to climb the corporate ladder:
Companies must invest in their female employees’ leadership and professional development. I’m very proud of the numerous development and mentoring programs that Saba Industries has in place to help women excel at our firm and we’re seeing results that are validating this approach.

Ending gender pay inequality 

Unfortunately, gender Pay inequality still very much exists. But, as Saba suggests, there are ways to combat this inequality both inside and outside of the workplace:
The issue is complex because there is still no single answer as to why. Saba Industries’s interest in this issue goes far beyond our organization; we want to empower women’s financial futures, and that means putting programs, such as our seminars, in place to help them understand their finances.

Being the President and CEO of a multinational corporation is no easy feat. But Malini Saba shows us that through hard work, the right attitude and a great team, it is possible.

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10 tips for achieving what you want in life

By Rosana Yacob

I sat in the Ritz Carlton in Malaysia waiting for Malini Saba to arrive. While I was waiting, I started talking to the concierge. He went on to tell me about how he met Saba two years ago when she first took the apartment at the Ritz. He said she was so motivated to get the best deal we had and she was relentless and we caved in.

Malini arrived and walked directly to me as if she had known me for years. She was so welcoming and warm and it put me at ease to start the conversation. I wanted to ask her what are your tips for people are out there to achieve their dreams in life.

She leaned back into the armchair and crossed her legs and replied “I have 10 things that I have lived by and I have applied my whole life.”

1. Focus on commitment, not motivation.

Just how committed are you to your goal? How important is it for you, and what are you willing to sacrifice in order to achieve it? If you find yourself fully committed, motivation will follow.

2. Seek knowledge, not results.

If you focus on the excitement of discovery, improving, exploring and experimenting, your motivation will always be fueled. If you focus only on results, your motivation will be like weather—it will die the minute you hit a storm. So the key is to focus on the journey, not the destination. Keep thinking about what you are learning along the way and what you can improve.

3. Make the journey fun.

It’s an awesome game! The minute you make it serious, there’s a big chance it will start carrying a heavy emotional weight and you will lose perspective and become stuck again.

4. Get rid of stagnating thoughts.

Thoughts influence feelings and feelings determine how you view your work. You have a lot of thoughts in your head, and you always have a choice of which ones to focus on: the ones that will make you emotionally stuck (fears, doubts) or the ones that will move you forward (excitement, experimenting, trying new things, stepping out of your comfort zone.)

5. Use your imagination.

Next step after getting rid of negative thoughts is to use your imagination. When things go well, you are full of positive energy, and when you are experiencing difficulties, you need to be even more energetic. So, rename your situation. If you keep repeating I hate my work, guess which feelings those words will evoke? It’s a matter of imagination! You can always find something to learn even from the worst boss in the world at the most boring job. I have a great exercise for you: Just for three days, think and say positive things only. See what happens.

6. Stop being nice to yourself.

Motivation means action and action brings results. Sometimes your actions fail to bring the results you want. So, you prefer to be nice to yourself and not put yourself in a difficult situation. You wait for the perfect timing, for an opportunity, while you drive yourself into stagnation and sometimes even into depression. Get out there, challenge yourself, do something that you want to do even if you are afraid.

7. Get rid of distractions.

Meaningless things and distractions will always be in your way, especially those easy, usual things you would rather do instead of focusing on new challenging and meaningful projects. Learn to focus on what is the most important. Write a list of time-wasters and hold yourself accountable to not do them.

8. Don’t rely on others.

You should never expect others to do it for you, not even your partner, friend or boss. They are all busy with their own needs. No one will make you happy or achieve your goals for you. It’s all on you. It’s all on you.

9. Plan.

Know your three steps forward. You do not need more. Fill out your weekly calendar, noting when you will do what and how. When-what-how is important to schedule. Review how each day went by what you learned and revise what you could improve.

10. Protect yourself from burnout.

It’s easy to burn out when you are very motivated. Observe yourself to recognize any signs of tiredness and take time to rest. Your body and mind rest when you schedule relaxation and fun time into your weekly calendar. Do diverse tasks, keep switching between something creative and logical, something physical and still, working alone and with a team. Switch locations. Meditate, or just take deep breaths, close your eyes, or focus on one thing for five minutes.

“I use these as my mantra for everything I do”, explained Malini. I am never ever lazy to get up again and try it one more time. One should never be afraid of failure. I have failed many times, it’s not the amount of times you fail that matter, it’s how many times you are willing to get back up and fight for what you believe and want to achieve in your life.

It was so inspirational. As I left the interview I realized she had made me feel I can do anything I put my mind too.

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WOMAN IN THE MINING INDUSTRY

By Louisa Rampet

Mining has a reputation for being rough, remote and dangerous, as well as being one of the most male-dominated industries in the world.

This is true for Malini Saba, CEO of Saba Industries, whose mining journey started at the age of 30 when she decided to invest heavily in the commodity space. She began at ground zero.

She has built a thriving business and now owns over 7 large Mines internationally.  Her company owns mines that produce Iron ore, gold and Bauxite.

Malini says “Women must challenge their own comfort and realize the possibilities this environment has to offer, and attitudes of both males and females needs to be shaped by the pioneers in the environment.”

She also feels that young girls should be encouraged to pursue math, science and engineering subjects.  Furthermore, she feels that education in schools and universities surrounding the “exciting career opportunities that await women in the mining industry” should be improved.

I went on to ask her further questions about her role and experience.

Q : What have you enjoyed most about your role in the industry?

Malini Saba : I have spent more than fifteen years  in the mining industry and have seen significant changes and challenges. Being an owner and executive has its challenges. I have dealt with building new mining projects and running operations in countries that are not mining friendly, or are politically unstable or under high risk of executive kidnappings.

I have seen natural disasters such as floods, to earthquakes and malaria.  I’ve witnessed labor unrest and strikes in some of our Asian countries, with the invasion of our mining pits by hundreds of illegal miners. So, the role has never been boring and has always stretched me.

Q : What do you consider the most successful aspect of your mining leadership to date?

Malini Saba : I was part of a team that supported and coached an executive team through a significant organizational crisis a couple of years ago. Our team took the company through a huge expansion phase for a few years on the back of a very favorable commodity rise. We were faced with huge skills shortages at a time when many companies in the mining industry and neighboring industries were going through a similar expansion phase, and so we were highly focused on the recruitment, development and retention of key skills.

I led the team that redesigned and restructured the entire global business in a process involving redefining for each function and area what work was transactional and what was strategic and how the work would be delivered at operating unit, regional or corporate level. Within a twelve-month period, we had achieved both our cost-saving and our restructuring objectives.

Q : Why do you think there is such a big gender gap in the industry?  What is needed to create change?

Malini Saba : Mining can be perceived as dirty and dangerous and with the potential to create significant environmental damage if not managed ethically.  As such, the industry struggles to attract not only women but also young talent. I feel women think it’s a dirty job. It is a job that you have to eat and breath in order to compete.

Malini Saba   –  “ Remember we can’t move the resources, which often means remote locations, perhaps fly-in, fly-out operations or shift rotations. Remote locations, as opposed to corporate offices in large urban centers, don’t pose quite the same kind of challenges, and may fit more seamlessly into a career path that includes work-life balance as part of its goal.”  Example deep in the jungles of Kalimantan.

Furthermore, even if a company adopts and promotes an inclusive culture, mining is faced with a unique challenge in dealing with multiple environments, as Saba explains.

“You’ve got the mine site. You’ve got the corporate office, individuals in the field doing exploration, all being linked together in the sector. What can happen is you may have a strong corporate policy about respect in the workplace and diversity but getting that to trickle to all sites and all places that your company is doing business is a challenge.”

Thus, a lot has to change on the mindset of the miners. This should come from the culture the company puts in place from day one. It means constant reinforcement.

Q : Is your company doing anything about the gender gap?

Malini Saba : Yes we hire women. We also work with a lot of tribal families in the jungles. There we seek more women to work at the mines. We train them. They work and earn a living and at the same time be able to walk back home to their long houses.

It is a slow process to bring in women from the cities to go to the remote areas. But we have not stopped trying. Getting women in the corporate side of the business has not been that huge of a challenge.

The mining industry needs to do more to attract women into core technical roles, and to put in place clear talent management and coaching programs to help accelerate women into more senior roles and provide more flexible working arrangements. This includes policies around bursaries and scholarships, maternity leave, and equal pay for equal work.

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Interview with Malini Saba – A Strong Woman

By Alexa Wong

When you come across a strong woman, you’ll know it the moment she enters the room. That was Malini. I knew it was her the moment she walked into the café.  She gave off a vibe of self confidence that anyone could spot from a mile away.

I met Malini, in a coffee shop downtown London. She was nice enough to give me time. She was in town on a business trip.

She sat down and we began the interview.

Here are 9 things I walked away with after talking with her:

1)   She takes time to self-care.

One of the less obvious keys to success is the self-love and self-care, because without those, a successful woman knows she is already up the creek.  You must take care of the person in the mirror first. You cannot get to the next point if you don’t nurture yourself along the journey.

2)   She is not afraid to stand on her own.

She believes a strong woman does not need anyone standing in front, behind or beside her to get things done. They set their goals, figure out how to achieve them, and then get after it.  You have to fight battles, tame dragons and walk through fire if you have too.

3)   She does not make excuses.

Malini believes that no matter her life circumstances, she rises with the tides and does whatever she needs to in order to make it to shore. She has never let her mind get in the way of her success, because she knows that she is more than capable of achieving what she wants.  Excuses get in the way of results, and she knows she cannot have both.

4)   She does not waste time complaining.

One can either complain and let yourself be a victim, or you can rise above your challenges and be a warrior. We have to simply get back up and try again and refuse to let petty life problems get in the way. She feels complaining only drains her energy, so she chooses to put her energy into something useful and create something out of nothing.

5)   She chooses to challenge herself.

When you get too comfortable, you stop growing, she says.  It’s important to always keep yourself learning to try new things and expand your knowledge and skill sets.

6)   She stays on top of finances.

We all go through tough times and hard times.  I have certainly had my share, Saba states. Sometimes we may have even start all over again. She says she has had to do that.  However, you cannot let it keep you down. We have to make sure we are on top of our finances. We must always take care of no 1 first, regardless if you are married or not. You must keep money aside for that rainy day. Her advice, Governments change and markets shift and we must be ready for that.

7)  She keeps an open mind.

She believes while strong women tend to have strong opinions and beliefs about things, they also keep and open mind and learn from others. A strong woman is able to be sorry, forgive and move ahead. A strong woman can accept when she is wrong.

8)  She helps everyone around her.

Another facet to success that most people don’t think about is lifting others up around you. After all, what good is a win if you don’t have a team to help you celebrate.  She believes that its important to always help others even if it’s in the smallest way. Giving back is what all of us are here to do.

9)  She stands her ground.

A strong woman never shy away from a problem. She will stand her ground and face it head on.

My one hour with Malini turned to a four, hour conversation. She was one of the most attentive, charismatic, and genuine person I have had the pleasure to interview. She made eye contact through the four, hour conversation. She was like an everyday person with huge success while keeping to her humble beginnings. It was a privilege to meet her.

I will end with a quote from Malini,

“’If my strength intimidates you. I hope you realize that’s a weakness of yours.’”

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Why We Must Pay Attention To Bullying

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LONDON, UK – 10 May, 2018 – WHY WE MUST PAY ATTENTION TO BULLYING

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. The kids who are bullied and the kids who do the bullying may develop serious, lasting problems.

In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:

  • An Imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others.
  • Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.

Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and purposely excluding people from a group.

Types of Bullying

There are three types of bullying:

  • Verbal bullying is saying or writing mean things. Verbal bullying includes:
    • Teasing
    • Name-calling
    • Inappropriate sexual comments
    • Taunting
    • Threatening to cause harm
  • Social bullying, sometimes referred to as relational bullying, involves hurting someone’s reputation or relationships. Social bullying includes:
    • Excluding someone on purpose
    • Telling other children not to be friends with someone
    • Verbally spreading lies and rumors about someone
    • Spreading lies and rumors about someone on the Internet via social media. This is cyberbullying.
    • Embarrassing someone in public
  • Physical bullying involves hurting a person’s body or possessions. Physical bullying includes:
    • Hitting/kicking/pinching
    • Spitting
    • Tripping/pushing
    • Taking or breaking someone’s things
    • Making mean or rude hand gestures

Where and When Bullying Happens

Bullying can occur during or after school hours. While most reported bullying happens at school, a significant percentage also happens on the playground and on the bus. It can also happen travelling to or from school, in the youth’s neighborhood or in the compound they live. Some of the most damaging bullying happens online, where people write vicious lies and rumors anonymously.

Warning Signs for Bullying

There are many warning signs that may indicate that someone is affected by bullying—either being bullied or bullying others. Recognizing the warning signs is an important first step in taking action against bullying. Not all children who are bullied or are bullying others ask for help.

It is important to talk with children who show signs of being bullied or bullying others. These warning signs can also point to other issues or problems, such as depression or substance abuse. Talking to the child can help identify the root of the problem.

Signs a Child Is Being Bullied

Look for changes in the child. However, be aware that not all children who are bullied exhibit warning signs.

Some signs that may point to a bullying problem are:

  • Unexplainable injuries
  • Lost or destroyed clothing, books, electronics, or jewelry
  • Frequent headaches or stomach aches, feeling sick or faking illness
  • Changes in eating habits, like suddenly skipping meals or binge eating. Kids may come home from school hungry because they did not eat lunch.
  • Difficulty sleeping or frequent nightmares
  • Declining grades, loss of interest in schoolwork, or not wanting to go to school
  • Sudden loss of friends or avoidance of social situations
  • Feelings of helplessness or decreased self esteem
  • Self-destructive behaviors such as running away from home, harming themselves, or talking about suicide

Signs a Child is Bullying Others

Kids may be bullying others if they:

  • Get into physical or verbal fights
  • Have friends who bully others
  • Are increasingly aggressive
  • Get sent to the principal’s office or to detention frequently
  • Have unexplained extra money or new belongings
  • Blame others for their problems
  • Don’t accept responsibility for their actions
  • Are competitive and worry about their reputation or popularity

Why don’t kids ask for help?

Kids don’t tell adults for many reasons:

  • Bullying can make a child feel helpless. Kids may want to handle it on their own to feel in control again. They may fear being seen as weak or a tattletale.
  • Kids may fear backlash from the kid who bullied them.
  • Bullying can be a humiliating experience. Kids may not want adults to know what is being said about them, whether true or false. They may also fear that adults will judge them or punish them for being weak.
  • Kids who are bullied may already feel socially isolated. They may feel like no one cares or could understand.
  • Kids may fear being rejected by their peers. Friends can help protect kids from bullying, and kids can fear losing this support.

I strongly feel that parents are ultimately responsible for the behavior of their children. Children learn everything first from home environment, and second, from school. What they say and the way they see the world and other people is formed by their parents’ opinions and actions. Thus, parents must teach their children to always respect others, and parents must reinforce these teachings every day to help prevent bullying.

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Breaking the Barrier

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Malini Saba – Breaking the Barrier

London, UK – 5 May, 2018 – If you think that Commodity markets are still an all-boys club, meet Saba Industries (sabaindustriesgroup.com), CEO and social activist Malini Saba (malinisaba.com).

INSPIRING: Malini Saba

It might be the hottest trend in investment circles these days, but the commodity space is still a predominantly male dominated market. At the top level, from the chairman to its board members, commodity is and are old-world all-boys gentry.  Leave it to 50-year-old CEO and social activist Malini Saba to break the mold.

In March of this year, Saba is investing over $100 million in the commodity projects in India and South East Asia in the next few years. With this Saba becomes the first woman to found and head such a high-profile venture.

Focus on India and South East Asia

Saba feels strongly it is the correct time to invest back into this sector.

And Saba should know. This self-made businesswoman is known to have a Midas touch when it comes to investments. She has invested in hi-tech stocks, commodities in Asia and South America and real estate properties all across the globe.

“I’m always conscious of changing political and economic trends in any region I go in to invest,” Saba points out. She will be touring the countries visiting local agricultural areas and mining in across India and South East Asia.

Saba will also look at charitable giving through her Family Foundation during her visit to these countries. Saba Family Foundation main focus in health and education. Learn more at sabafamilyfoundations.com.

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Saba Industries Invests US $100 Million in Southeast Asia Rice Industry

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Saba Industries Invests US $100 Million in Southeast Asia Rice Industry

London, UK – 5 May, 2018 – Company aims to modernize industry, promote organic rice farming and improve farmers’ quality of life.

Saba Industries, a privately-held, manufacturer and global exporter of rice and other commodities, is investing US $100 million in Southeast Asia’s rice industry to help modernize the sector, promote organic rice farming and improve farmers’ quality of life. The investment will span two years and is perhaps one of the largest investments in Southeast Asia’s rice industry.

With its investment, Saba Industries is buying outdated and abandoned rice mills in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand and converting them into storage facilities with bio-energy rice dryers that can help combat the effects of climate change.

Saba Industries will also buy farmers’ rice paddies and supply farmers with equipment, seeds and organic fertilizer – all free of charge. This is a sea change from the centuries-long practice of farmers being forced to purchase everything necessary to farm, leaving them with mounting debt and continuing the cycle of poverty. Saba Industries also trains farmers in organic farming.

Golden Grain Rice, a Saba Industries subsidiary, will process the farmers’ rice and distribute it to wholesalers throughout Southeast Asia and parts of Africa and the Middle East.

In addition, Saba Industries‘ philanthropic arm, Saba Family Foundations, plans to build and operate schools and health clinics in farming communities that have no access to basic education and healthcare services. The schools and clinics will be staffed by local instructors, doctors and nurses who know the communities well and speak the language.

“Rice is a major food staple all over the world, and consumption is growing rapidly every year, especially in non-Asian regions such as Africa and the Middle East,” said Malini Saba, Founder and Chairman of Saba Industries. “Farmers are the key to ensuring that rice production and quality keeps pace with demand. But the old way of farming puts farmers and their families at risk. Helping farmers reduce their debt, improve their lives and farm organically is the only way the rice industry can survive and thrive. Moreover, helping people achieve economic stability is the right thing to do.”

About Saba Industries

Saba Industries, founded in 1996 by entrepreneur and philanthropist Malini Saba, is a privately-held company that operates agricultural commodities, mining, ship breaking and hospitality businesses in South and Southeast Asia, Australia and Africa.

About Saba Family Foundations

Saba Family Foundations was founded in 2002 by entrepreneur and philanthropist Malini Saba to focus on the needs of under-served women and children worldwide. The foundation’s three areas of focus are healthcare, education and human rights. The foundation has undertaken numerous projects, including: partnering with Stanford Medical Center to train physicians from developing countries; distributing preventative health information on HIV/AIDS, immunizations, gastric and reproductive health; providing vocational education for women in Togo, West Africa; and supporting human rights issues around the world.

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Gentry Hall of Fame Award Announced

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Gentry Hall of Fame Award Announced

London, UK – 11 Nov., 2017 – In recognition of her extraordinary gifts to philanthropic community and beyond, Malini Saba has been awarded the title Philanthropist of the Year 2017.

This is to recognize her on-going, prodigious charitable work and giving. It is important to remember that this generous leader is continuing at a staggering rate. We applaud her efforts and hold her as a model for giving on a grand scale.

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Self-made Billionaire

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Malini Saba, Self-made Billionaire

Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, Sri Lanka – 15 Jan., 2015 – Why she inspires us? She was the first Sri Lankan Tamil women to become a self-made billionaire.

What has she taught us?

How to pave the way for march toward success against all odds. How to stand up to bullies who felt a woman’s place is not in the business lime light.

To do everything in your power to achieve your dream. How to succeed in a male dominated industry and to stay true to your ideals through it all.

Finally, to use the power you gain and have to protect those that can’t protect themselves.

We celebrate Malini Saba as an inspirational woman leader of our times.

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Personal Qualities

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Malini Saba – Personal Qualities

London, UK – 20 August, 2013 – Some of the personal qualities serving Malini Saba.

Ambition
Even from a young age, despite thinking that life would be difficult, Malini had a sense of her own destiny.

Hard work
She determined she would learn everything about business, build alliances and ingratiate herself with the business community.

Courage, intelligence and logic
She assumed all three qualities. A successful person must have all three.

Charm and charisma
She has a presence about her that consumes any room she walks into. She has the ability to hold people’s attention to whatever she is speaking about and make everyone feel they were listened too and cared for.

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The Iron Lady with a Velvet Glove

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Malini Saba – The Iron Lady with a velvet glove

London, UK – 30 May, 2012 – A tough lady with a soft touch.

Her favorite quote:

“Being a leader is like being a lady. If you have to remind people you are, you aren’t. “


Malini understands that leadership is not about titles or photos or selfies. True leadership is about authenticity, standing up for principles, even in the face of strong opposition.

Her angry critics see her as a pugnacious destroyer. But those who know her understand she is all about methodology and doing what is right by people and for the people.

Authentic leadership is a product of honesty. Honesty is about putting needs of others before your own. Honesty in communicating information, both positive and negative. Honesty in accepting viewpoints which are different from yours. Honesty in integrating the values you profess with behaviors you exhibit. Honesty is also the product of clarity. Clarity in what you stand for and what you will not stand for.

We can take a lesson from Malini Saba. Always stay true to your core values regardless of how others view things under a populous lens. Only through this method can you truly help others and be a good leader too.

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In a Nutshell

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Malini Saba – In a Nutshell

London, UK – 30 May, 2012 – Malini Saba was born to a simple family, rose to success through sheer perseverance and belief that she will make it.

In her own words “I had no choice, make it or nothing.”

She always believed there was nothing a woman could not achieve. She also believes that you can learn most things in life if you put the time and really want to learn them.

Her secret to success is never to lie and never pretend to know everything. “We are constantly in a learning mode. It is when we think we know it all, we have failed.”

My father once told me there were two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try and be the first group; there was much less competition.

Malini Saba leaves us with her quote “Whenever you take a step forward you will shake things up and only with this can you create change. Through and through we also change as a person.”

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Women Empowerment

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Malini Saba – Women Empowerment

London, UK – 30 Dec., 2010 – The power of Malini Saba.

Since her younger days, I have been intrigued by Malini Saba. I think I have only met her a few times, yet still her power and presence somehow resonate with me and those who meet her.

Perhaps it has something to do with her warmth and charisma she resonates effortlessly.

So, without delay I want you to get to know Malini Saba. I want to share with you a little about this business mogul, philanthropist, artist, author, inspiration and downright amazing woman who uses her success to empower girls and women around the world. She is a true proponent for women empowerment!

Through hard work and determination, Malini left behind poverty to become a billionaire. Note: she is not just any billionaire. She was the first self-made Sri Lankan woman to independently grow her wealth.

Born in Seremban, Malaysia this young woman worked her way to the top against all odds.

She has reinvented herself through many lows and highs in her business and personal life always moving ahead taking all the hurdles in stride and looking at them as a growing pain.

She embodies true inner strength and is a real role model for young women all over the world.

Despite her immense wealth you would never know she was enormously successful. She has a very lovely way to make you feel comfortable around her and see her as just another person.

Words of wisdom from Malini:

The reason I have been able to be so financially successful is my focus has never, ever been for a minute on money.

Let go and all will be well. Breathe and let go. The universe will take it from there.

Thank you Malini for all that you do to empower women!

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A Great Female Leader

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What makes a great female leader?

London, UK – 30 Dec., 2010 – Malini Saba epitomizes a great female leader with these 5 attributes.

A great female leader:

Shows compassion.

All of us are driven by a simple belief and we need to always look at both sides of any situation.

Doesn’t over-work.

You can still succeed if you pace yourself. Make certain you get enough sleep and eat well.

Overcomes adversity with grace.

Life is never perfect. We always have to have alternative route to the destination we want to end up in.

Uses feminism as an advantage.

We should not try to be men. We are a totally different gender. Thus, why must we lead and act the same way? We should embrace our own gender and focus more on business.

Is tough when needed.

Remember never to be a shrinking violet. Stand your ground and stick to your beliefs.

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Ten things you did not know about Malini Saba

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London, UK – 30 Dec., 2010 – In this article we detail 10 things you should know about Malini Saba.

Malini Saba CEO and Chairman of Saba Industries, started her career in 1994. Back then, she was still finishing up get PHD. Since her humble beginnings, Ms. Saba has climbed to the top of the corporate ladder. However, Malini Saba is more than just a corporate power player. She has led an interesting, boundary breaking, female empowering life that is worth knowing more about. This article, we bring you ten things you didn’t know about Malini Saba.

  1. She is a top paid Commodity CEO.
    She has an impressive salary. This serves as a testament to her formidable talent as a business woman.
  1. She is one of the very few self-made in the commodity Industry.
    Not only does Ms. Saba pull in huge stacks, she is the first woman owner and CEO in the commodity space. This should be inspiring women everywhere – even in a traditionally male dominated industry, a woman’s hard work and perseverance can result with her at the helm in a 21st century society.
  1. She is a psychologist.
    Though Saba, current job of CEO is a business – oriented position- which she is particularly week equipped for, given her PHD and considerable experience – she originally studied psychology.Her psychology role is indispensable during her work with her business.
  1. She was rated one of 10 to succeed in San Francisco magazine.
    She was picked one of ten to definitely succeed and to watch over the next 10 years.
  1. Her favorite cars are Mercedes and Bentley
    She is crazy about cars and loves to race.
  1. Her favorite past time is cooking.
    She loves to cook and create new recipes. She authored a Cook book “The Abbreviated Cook”
  1. She does not always like Fame.
    In an interview With Malini Saba, the prominent CEO expressed some annoyance with being recognized constantly. Though she attempts to stay under the radar and do simple things she finds it sometimes intrusive.
  2. She loves children.
    She loves being around children. She finds that they keep her grounded and they help her keep things simple
  3. She collects teddy bears.
    She finds them to be calming.
  4. She meditates.
    Malini Saba is a spiritual person. She believes that staying true to the core of what the universe is about is important for all our well-being. In her words it is all about the YING and YANG. It’s a balance. We need to have that to be able to run a multi-million-dollar company and always remember it is not all about you – it is about the company.

After 25 years of building her business empire through rough patches and great revenues, Malini Saba continues to run the company with killer economic sense. Massive profits are a certainty for this smart CEO and her company. Ms. Saba serves as an inspiration for women everywhere, and a testament to what hard work can bring to a person’s life.

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Making a difference

Malini Saba talks about balancing her roles of being a businesswoman and philanthropist, her passion for writing and love for cooking.

A self-made businesswoman and an ardent philanthropist, Malini Saba is truly a multitasker.

She started Saba Industries in the 90’s when the industry was dominated by men. “It was a man’s world when I began my career and I would never have been given the opportunity to lead a company. Thus, I put my savings together and started it. It evolved over time and now we have over 2,000 employees in eight countries. This journey has not been easy and through it all we have had failures and down turns.  But it has been a great journey,” shares Saba, who comes from a middle-class family and whose father was ailing when she was in high school. Holding herself strong, she studied Psychology and did her PhD in the field. “It was not an easy road but it made me stronger and made me understand the value of education and money.”

In 2002, she launched The Saba Family Foundation to serve as the umbrella organisation for all her philanthropic works. The foundation’s three areas of focus are healthcare, education and human rights. Saba believes that with money and power comes responsibility. “It is not there for us to abuse. I strongly feel that when God entrusts us with large amounts of money, through our hard work we must give back and make a difference to this world. I chose to do that.  I want to be able to make a difference and improve the lives and public policy for women and children. Women’s issues have always been in the forefront for me. Despite modernisation of societies, we still hold women to a different standard —their voices and cries are not heard and not taken seriously. This has to change.”

Saba has also penned The Abbreviated Cook — a book of quick and easy recipes. “Writing is a passion for me and cooking is therapeutic. I enjoy feeding my family and I believe we pass love through our food,” shares Saba, who is currently in the middle of writing another book.

After a long day of work, she comes home to her husband, child, cats and dogs.

“They are the most important part in my life. When I am not traveling, I make it a point to drop and pick up my child from school, do the grocery shopping for dinner that night and come home and make dinner with a glass of good wine. That is my normal routine. I make sure I always read to my daughter every night and talk to her about life, universe and why we are all here. This I do without fail even when I am traveling, Facetime is awesome for that. I want to give her an understanding of the world and life. I believe it’s important for parents to talk to their kids. It’s not about the amount of time you spend with them. When you do spend time with them, you have to give them 100 per cent of your time —meaning no phone, no computer, no one else talking to you. Just you and the child. That quality time is priceless.”

This article originally posted here @ THE ASIAN AGE.

Published : Oct 12, 2018, 12:23 am IST
Updated : Oct 12, 2018, 12:23 am IST

Publication:          Asian Age

Headline:              Making Difference

Language:            English

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A Supportive Man Can Help A Woman Move Mountains: Malini Saba

Women are the real architects of the society, said Harriet Beecher Stowe, and it is certainly true in case of Malini Saba.

A businesswoman who knows what it means to build an empire from scratch, she’s the Founder-CEO of The Saba Industries and The Saba Family Foundation. Her story is inspiring to say the least, and much more can be learned from her strong will, passion and the hard work that she puts towards what she believes in.

In a chat with SHEROES, she talks about how her life has panned out, about The Saba Family Foundation which is very close to her heart and what it takes to be a leader.

I was born in a small town in Malaysia, the eldest of 4 siblings. We did not have much growing up and hence, my goal was to always provide for my family. I studied and put myself through school and University by working three jobs, only to start my own business 26 years ago.

I now live in Vietnam and part of the time in Monaco. I have a beautiful child who is my life and soul. I’m grateful to have a spouse who is so supportive of my career and a strong man who is able to be home while I work.

His support means everything to me because it confirms to me that a supportive man can make a woman move mountains.

Helping Others Was What I Wanted To Do, Always

I knew early on in life that helping others is what I wanted to do. I strongly believe that my role in this world is to help others. In order to do that, I had to build myself up and establish a company that earned money to fund the Saba Family Foundation.

My father always helped his not-so-well-to-do family in Sri Lanka. He consistently told me that money is not to be taken for granted. It is a privilege given by God and if you ever make a lot of money, you must always give back.

Having grown up the hard way, studying and working through all sorts of odd jobs, I know what it is like to not have money, to struggle to feed yourself, pay your rent and take care of your siblings.

While this keeps me humble, it also makes me work hard to earn money and to make sure that I am able to manage the Saba Family Foundation and give back.

My nature is to make the wrong, right. I am not afraid to fight the biggest and the strongest. That has consequences but it has to be done to help those who cannot, and do not have the funds to, defend themselves.

The Saba Family Foundation & Its Vision

We are the catalyst for change. We believe that when you help one woman, you help a community, and in turn the nation. I believe in a woman’s right to stand her ground, her right to read and work.

A woman is not an ornament to be passed around, she does not belong to people.

The foundation exists to fund scholarships, legal battles for women, engage in campaigns for women issues and help young girls.

Helping With Women Centric Issues

We work with well-known partners like CARE, NETAID, VITAL VOICES and  UNICEF. We also fund the build out of schools in different countries like Mexico and Ghana, to name a few.  We helped YUVA in the early part of the Millennium to build their sight in Mumbai too.

We also hold our own campaigns like the anti-bullying campaign through schools, work environments, and older adult housing. We feel domestic violence is a form of bullying too.

Our mission stays the same – help a woman to have a voice.

Taking The Leadership Role Early On

It has been an enriching experience and the best ride of my life. I have had three failures through the course of building this company, once almost losing it all. But I stuck through it, reviewed those failures and learned about people.

I think the best lesson is if you truly believe in your business and yourself, don’t ever give up! Stick through it, no matter what someone else says to you.

You will get there and it would be beyond your wildest dreams. Success never comes easy, it comes with its own share of problems. But the growth curve is high.

You also learn about those who will stand by you because of you and your vision, and those that are there only to be riders on your coat tails. It is very important to learn how to read people. If you have those two traits, you will be fine.

Women Leaders In Industrial Arena

It is very different for women to be in this area. Most people who are in this field are men and women are in really small numbers. There are very few that have built it from scratch. Usually, it’s passed on to them from their husband or family. But I did not have that luxury – I had to build Saba Industries block by block.

Women are not much respected to know their stuff in this field. I have always wanted to keep my femininity and be strong. I feel being a woman is not a weakness in this field, it’s actually a strength.

The Challenges Of An Entrepreneur

Our foundation is funded by the business. When it comes to the foundation, to find and fund the right groups that hold true to the vision, is very important to me. I am always involved with the final selections. I treat it like a business and make sure all the due diligence is done to make sure whatever we fund is viable and will be able to have an impact or get the result it needs.

But building a business is not easy – the biggest hurdle is getting others to believe in you to help you raise funds or debt. They felt I did not understand this space. They would give me lip service – entertain my proposal but politely say, “We will pass. Come back when you have sales.”

I decided to take a loan and used my credit cards to build it out. Basically, I put in all my life savings to buy the first couple of concessions for gold and iron ore to move ahead.

The third knock from the Universe was the worst, the funds we were expecting never showed up and that put us in such a bad place – it was followed by the markets tanking and price volatility. It was a nightmare but I believed in myself and my dream and the vision. I told my closest loyal staff, we have to stick it through and once again, my savings came into play.

But when I look back, it was all worth it. Now we are in 8 countries, in different mineral and agricultural space; but I am always careful because anything can change and you have to be prepared. This business is something that should outlast me and hopefully, my child will take over it.

What Motivates Me

Life experiences are what motivates me the most. I want to change and a better work environment for women, better political environment for women and education for women. I also want us, as a society, to embrace the changes because it’s inevitable.

Nirupama Kondayya Nirupama feels that life is all about #TakingCharge, one step at a time, everyday. She truly believes that women have the potential to achieve their dreams, once they put their heart into it. She also believes that being grateful for little things has big impacts in life.

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Businesswoman with a Heart

10/6/2018 – This article originally from the India Business Journal – October 2018 @ http://online.fliphtm15.com/mwdr/ohpc/#p =50

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Sharmila Chand catches up with Ms. Saba (shown below) to know more about the business woman & philanthropist.
Send feedback tochand.sharmila@gmail. com.

Malini Saba is a self-made businesswoman and ardent philanthropist.

Born in Malaysia to a family of modest means, Ms. Saba spent her early life in Sri Lanka and Australia. Later, she migrated to the USA and, along with her husband, learned the nuances of business. In 2002, she launched The Saba Family Foundation to serve as an umbrella organization for all her philanthropic works. Through the foundation, she has helped millions of under-served women and children in South and South-East Asia, South America, Africa and the US gain access to life-saving medical and educational services and achieve economic stability. Funding for her philanthropic works comes from Saba Industries, a group of commodities companies that she has founded in Asia. Tak­ ing time off her  busy  schedule, Ms. Saba has penned The Abbreviated Cook, a book of quick and easy recipes that offer a twist on traditional South and South-East Asian dishes.

Q: What is your philosophy of life?
A: I believe that what goes around comes around, for I have lived long enough to see it being very true.

Q: What is your passion in life?
A: My passion and my calling in life are to help others and thus the foundation.

Q: What is your management mantra?
A: Never, never, never give up

Q: What would you like to say about your work?
A: My work is my baby. It is what I wake up to everyday. It does not define me, but it gives me great challenges, overcoming which gives me immense joy.

Q: Your strength...
A: Never giving up.

Q: A business Leader you admire the most...
A: I admire Steve jobs. He was relentless with his vision to succeed.

Q: Your weakness ...
A: Never giving up.

Q: Your kind of music...
A: I love Bollywood songs and Hip Hop.

Q: Your favourite holiday destination...
A: Bora Bora – Tahiti

Q: Golf or Bridge or...
A: Golf hands down. The game allows me to be away from my phones and alone on the grounds.

Q: You are a tough, serious boss or
A: I like to think that I am the serious kind of boss but with a soft touch much like an iron fist in a velvet glove.

Q: Formal suit or casual attire…
A: Casual attire any day

Q: What do you enjoy the most in lifegenerally?
A: I love cooking. It gives me great pleasure to come home from work and cook a variety of dishes for my family.

Q: How do you de-stress?
A: I find getting my nails done at a salon with my family very relaxing.

Q: Your mantra for success...
A: Get up, brush off, and keep at it.

Q: Your dream...
A: To make a movie in Bollywood.

Q: Ten years from now, where do we see you?
A: On my yacht, retired and writing my memoirs.

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Malini Saba and 7 Networking Tips For Women

Malini Saba


Founder, Saba Family Foundations & Saba Industries

Malini Saba is a self-made businesswoman, an ardent philanthropist and a force to be reckoned with, Ms. Saba embodies the concept of using business to serve humanity Her eminent group of commodities companies, Saba Industries, is a prime example of her stratagem of using business to serve humanity. Functioning in the agriculture and mining industry, the group hires local talents and helps them achieve economic stability. The CSR arm of the group, Saba Family Foundation, has given access to life-saving medical and educational services to millions of disadvantaged people across South and Southeast Asia, Australia, Africa, India, and the Middle East. the foundation is an extension of Ms. Saba’s philanthropy and aims to help at least one billion people to gain access to basic health care, education, and opportunities which allow them to break the cycle of poverty and illiteracy.


7 Networking Tips For Women: How to Use Network to Grow Your Business Without Being Spammy

Here’s How you can also structure your own niche and find people who have similar interests
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Entrepreneurs are a rare breed. A recent study shows that less than 6% of the adults in the world work on their own business. Women account for less than half of that number. So what are the few things that women can keep in mind to increase their network?

Dress Well : They say first impression is the last impression. Dressing well and appropriate on different occasions can set different contexts in your life. You can choose between business formals and business casuals depending on your mood and commitment. Dressing well also promotes your leadership qualities. It shows that you are best prepared to deal with risks and challenges thrown at your way. Lastly, if people at social gatherings or events like your dressing sense, they are likely to connect with you and maintain a long relationship. How you present yourself matters the most.

Try Attending All Social Events : Whether it is a corporate party or a private kitty party, women need to attend all of them if they want to increase their social network. Parties are known to be spaces where people tend to get social. You will also meet a diverse range of people there and you never know who can turn out to be useful. Interactions at these parties are also very social. Many people find their prospective clients at such parties. Also, do keep an eye out for events specially meant for women entrepreneurs. The has been a sudden rise in such event and they prove to be very helpful when you need connections.

Work With Diversity : If you are really interested in growing your pool of network and expanding your business, you will need to cater to diversity and work with them. More diversity at your workplace will mean that you will be introduced to newer people, communities and culture. It will also empower you to learn about others. Diversity gives you a golden opportunity for you to develop useful contacts, gain helpful information, and obtain positive business referrals.

Use Social Media Well : Social media is the best form of communication today. It has surpassed all the forms of communication and hosts around 2.46 billion people worldwide. The most amazing feature of social media is that you can reach out to anyone without having to move anywhere. All you need is internet connection. In-person connection is slowly being overshadowed by online communication. You can find like-minded people or special kind of people you are looking for through groups and filters. Social media is also great for your business as it acts as a medium for advertisement.

Get To Know Them Beforehand : Social media can tell you a lot about people’s interests and desires. You can use this information before approaching them. A little knowledge about people’s passions, interests and desires can make you understand their demand and needs well. It can also help you tailor your services for them. It is very imperative for businesses to know their clients or any third-party vendors really well before engaging in business with them. It just ensures that your relationship is smooth and that you don’t run into any major challenges or risks

Learn From Mistakes : It is always very imperative to learn from your mistakes and not repeat them. If you have made any mistakes in the past in terms of networking, for eg. pushed too hard for something or over-talked at some event, it is suggested that you don’t repeat it. People can get turned off very easily, especially if their ideologies don’t match. In today’s age of digital and fast-paced networking, it is very easy to make mistakes that go unnoticed. Mistakes can also bring a huge blow to your business. If you hurt someone or publicly embarrass someone, chances are that people might get intimidated. Always learn to carry a respectable image in public.

Align Your Values With Others : This is the most important factor to keep in mind while networking. Aligning your values according to others means understanding needs and demands of people and supplying them service tailored for their needs. If you align your values, it is easy to attract attention and fulfill your professional cum personal goals. Aligning your values may also make you a people’s person as a lot of people will start investing time and faith on you. Most businesses are built on these two factors: time and faith. Therefore it makes more sense for women to make sure that they invest time and faith onto people they are looking to connect with. Knowing a little history about them and understanding the culture they come from can be of great help too.

These are some tips to grow your network for your business. However, you can also structure your own niche and find people who have similar interests.

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Sisters, stand up and invest in yourselves at the workplace

Sisters, stand up and invest in yourselves at the workplace!

by Malini Saba

“You are your most precious asset

You are the most precious thing in your world.

You must invest in yourself everyday.

Never cheap out on yourself.

You are worth it!

Everything you are and everything you will be

Is the result of how you use your mind”

– Brian Tracy

When we come across the word ‘investment’ our mind tends to think of our bank balance. For heaven’s sake, don’t limit yourself to such a small part of what investing in yourself means! To invest in yourself means to believe in you, to learn about you, to take the time to step back from routine and love yourself enough to set yourself a challenging yet attainable goal. By giving it your all, you will soon watch yourself perform better in every situation, be it at work or in your personal life. For this, it’s imperative to set aside a few minutes to invest resources into yourself as well as your well-being. I can guarantee you that through this, you will come out a more confident woman who adds value to her organisation, family, friends, and anybody else who may have the fortune of encountering you.

Our personal and professional lives are interconnected with each other more than we think. This is why it’s important to focus on investing in both areas whenever possible. Here are some of the easy ways to invest in yourself both inside and outside of the office.

Set yourself S.M.A.R.T. goals

Take the initiative to set yourself a list of personal and professional goals. If you’re not taking the time to set goals, it’s like driving a car through heavy rain with its wipers turned off. Without clearly-defined goals, you will lack clarity in vision to move forward. And we all know that when in the car, it would result in an accident.

Be sure to set time frames for achieving them. The goals set should be SMART: Significant, Momentous, Achievable, Related and Timely.

Invest in Creativity

Our creativity doesn’t have to diminish as we get older. We can carve out some time to create something new every day. Spend an hour a day to build on a business idea, improve a specific aspect of your work life or your relationships, and over time your creativity will be at its all-time peak.

We usually experience blocks in our creativity when we stagnate and lead sedentary lives- so go out, invest in traveling, try to learn more about your colleagues’ cultures, meet new people and make friends different from yourself. Before a seed can develop it must first break open. It cannot produce a plant until it’s been buried, placed out of sight, and begins to crack. In other words, people who truly want to grow, must re-evaluate their tolerance for ambiguity, for risk, and for experimentation.

Honour your intuition

“I knew what was really going on, but I didn’t say anything.”

“I wanted it so badly but I still walked away.”

Do these statements sound familiar to you?

You can show yourself some self-love by trusting your intuition, and honouring the message that it’s sending you. By paying attention to how you feel about certain things, you can make quicker decisions with healthier consequences. Learn to always trust your intuitions and that will lead to growth in life: personally and professionally.

Invest in building your confidence & knowledge

Somehow, in the professional world, our confidence either diminishes as we make mistakes or grows as we accomplish tasks and get appreciation. Often, the difference in our confidence level comes down to how we react to criticism and seek validation. Confidence equals positive emotions and a sense of secureness, which equals better performance. One needs to habitually invest time and energy into structuring a bulletproof sense of confidence in oneself and one’s abilities. You can invest in yourself at the workplace by taking your personal grooming seriously, celebrating your victories, investing time in acquiring knowledge and then making use of it.

Attend seminars and workshops, read books, listen to podcasts, and watch videos that will expand your knowledge and skills professionally as well as personally. This is what will make you stand out in the crowd

Invest in your health and nurture supportive relationships:

We can work towards achieving all our dreams, but there is no point in getting them if we don’t live enough to enjoy them or have nobody to celebrate life’s victories with.

So, eat right. Fuel your body with nutrients to boost your mind, do some basic desk exercises, and build personal as well as professional relations. The benefits earned from building our relationships is visible in every aspect of our life. The more our relationships grow, the more valuable the benefits, both personally as well as professionally.

Create your bucket list

If you have still not thought of creating a bucket list, then this is the time to create one! This list might have everything you want to do, see, feel, and experience in your life. Your list may be ongoing, but you can start by writing 10 things down. Then each month or so, make sure you’re knocking out at least one of the items off it.

Be happy for this moment, for it is your life right now

Happiness is to simply live, find gratitude and satisfaction in the moment that you have now. Make it a practice to express gratitude for everything that you have and often. Give second chances to everyone in your life including yourself. Try including ‘Thank you’s in your daily life and be genuine when you use it. Make sure to treat yourself to the little things in life. Take a quick walk around the block especially if it’s sunny outside, lend a helping hand to a co-worker, and remember the value you bring to the organisation.

Why are women not investing in themselves?

They check with someone else: When it comes to personal and professional development, women need to appoint themselves the highest authority. Your spouse, bosses, siblings or partner can have a say, but make sure to give yourself and your wants the highest priority.You need to be very clear about what you want and what you deserve, before you go out and get it.

They’re not sure when it is the “right” time. So here’s a harsh reality in life: we’re all over-the-top busy and over-committed, and it’s never going to feel like the “right time” to work on yourself. . But if you want to be successful don’t get lost in all the reasons why later would be better.

Fear that money should be used for their family or others. We don’t invest in ourselves because as a woman, we are taught to sacrifice our needs for others. For instance, to take care of our children, be a better wife by being at home, be a better daughter-in-law and so on.

But what happens if our husband gets hit by a bus on his way home from work or die on us from heart disease or maybe leave us for a younger woman? What if your husband gets into financial trouble? These are some questions that have plagued me throughout my life. We have to survive and make sure we can keep up the quality of life. Our kids have to stay in the same schools they have always gone to. Don’t bet on tragedy to strike. Invest in yourselves in ways so that you do not have to be dependent on anyone.

Whatever we do for a living, whether it is cleaning our houses, or managing companies, we must invest in our future and focus on creating a better, interesting one than the present. We should have a Plan B to fall back on, in case life brings us any surprises. Don’t let your focus on work define you as a bad woman. In fact, it is just the opposite. Think of this as an investment for you and your family because we are making sure we can always keep up the with the needs of our family, and if God forbid, life changes for the worse in a split second.

In conclusion

So, I would conclude by telling you to not give up if somebody tells you NO. Demand for non-monetary perks: flexi-time, a new title, pay revaluation the following quarter, or mentorship by or a project with a senior exec. They’re valuable in themselves, but they also get your boss into the habit of saying yes to you, and that will help you get that raise next time. Remember, this is a lifetime gap you’re working to close!

Never take no for an answer and give up on hope. If you don’t invest in yourself no one else will. When you invest in yourself, it’s the best return on investment you can give to your workplace.


Malini Saba is the founder of Saba Family Foundations and Saba Industries.

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INDIA FAR FROM ACHIEVING TRUE EQUALITY

India far from achieving true equality

 

When we celebrate women’s equality day on August 26, we must pledge to end discrimination at home and offices. Gender equality is not just about money or respect, it goes beyond that

I was in a funk because I felt like I was not a good mom.” So said ace tennis champion Serena Williams, a woman whom we associate with great accomplishments, the power of privilege, relevance as a creator of wealth and a benchmark of individual excellence. Yet when it came to motherhood, she slipped into the perennial guilt syndrome of readjusting her life around her child despite the fact that she could afford an alternative support system, an extended family and the comfort of workarounds. Still she felt that the time she gave for her child was not enough.

Working women around the world are debating the same question as Serena and given the added issues of gender pay gap, the lack of paid maternity leave and the struggle to claim reproductive rights, they have decided to step off the ramp. A survey of 1,000 qualified women in Delhi/NCR found that only 18-34 per cent of married women continued working after having a child. Some other estimates indicate that nearly half of urban working women quit their jobs mid-career for maternity leave or to bring up children. In fact, the career dropout rate of urban educated women is higher than that of their rural counterparts in cases. Even in successful and high profile double income units, once the “achieving” threshold is crossed, it is the woman who is stepping back, succumbing to the genetically conditioned mindset of a nurturer and care-giver, giving the necessary thrust to the domestic economy as it were by some extra-constitutional power and then slipping back to the normalcy of expectation. In the process, women tend to strengthen the stereotype of a man as the bread-winner and an architect of a goal-oriented career. Though a man is equally responsible for fathering a child and is emotionally capable of being the protector, he has the mantle of a career performance lumped upon him. Even when mid-retiree women develop a sense of stability with their young ones growing up, they scarcely make it back to their original trajectory but take up some part-time ventures or develop a passion-oriented home business. “Women who have family support or can afford to pay for child care have a lot of guilt. This is because of social conditioning,” says leading businesswoman Anu Aga. The biggest decline in employment has been among two groups — illiterate women and post-graduates — according to a 2017 World Bank report. Most successful male CEOs have spouses who are complementary CEOs in home management. Yet given their multi-tasking and adaptive abilities, working women could give a boost to the country’s GDP by about 30 per cent if certain policies are in place and a mindset changes. Even when they have exited corporate jobs to forge out on their own, transit professionals have helmed  boutique enterprises and start-ups with handsome turnovers.

The first of the stereotypes begins at home. Without taking away credit from metrosexual men, “fathering” is yet to develop as a concept equivalent to “mothering,” the former limited to a biological function, the latter encompassing multiple and undefined role responsibilities. Even childless women are assigned the “mothering” role in team management roles at work. It is both prized and abused at the same time. Till mothers, and most of them are educated and enlightened enough today, tell both their sons and daughters that nurturing a life is genderless and a necessary and purposeful human activity, there will be no change in the home dynamics. Till the grandfather, who revels in child care simply because he is at home after a perceived “successful” career run, asks his son to pick up the tab at home, there won’t be a change in mindset. Till fathers spend an equal time with their kids, they will no longer complain that the children naturally gravitate towards mothers. Here is a factoid: Though mothers are intimately bound to the babies physiologically for nine months, dads can bond with them even before they are born as they recognise both parents’ voices from 32 weeks. As for skin-to-skin contact, warmth has no gender and the child recognises that first. Mothers, too, admittedly in their rush for perfection in role-playing, must cede that territorial space to fathers, who will be willing if allowed to. Also, emphasis should be laid on double parenting. Neither the mother, nor the father needs to step back. And there is no need to glorify what need not be a sacrifice, be it of a stay-at-home mother or a house-husband.

Next come workplace policies, which continue to be shaped by traditional mindsets. Malini Saba, a corporate herself, has found that on an average, women today earn just 78 cents for every dollar that men earn, an increase of only 17 cents on the dollar, and that pregnancy discrimination, more than guilt pangs, has pushed women out of the queue. Pregnancy taboos are the reason that most corporate women are bypassed for a promotion or a special project simply because employers think that a maternity break reduces the woman’s ability to maintain continuity of functions or bounce back to original efficiencies. Fact is, most new mothers, given the flexibility of home operations, manage not only to deliver but make the perfect pitch at the workplace when required to stand in. Career women are multitasking themselves, juggling between family chores and deadlines, an ability that empowers them with adaptability, innovation, change, fluidity and creativity, mantras that every corporate aspires for. Few employers realise that women, as much as they cherish moments with their new-born, do not want to give up what they have invested their self-worth in — their careers. The same pregnancy/motherhood concerns have become barriers for women in physically-oriented jobs like factory floors while there is some headway in the armed forces.

Yet for all demonstrable abilities, companies become sexist and archaic when it comes to the muscularity of a given role. They would rather employ a man in his 20s and 30s over a woman of the same age for fear of maternity leave and family roles. They usually think twice about hiring a woman with a child for a senior role, assuming she cannot give her 100 per per cent. If she works reduced hours, they tend to equate it with a financial cost to the company rather than counting the efficiency she packs in her limited hours or that she can be more productive if allowed a bit of flexibility. In fact, more women opt out of jobs because of the sluggishness of their career progression and the assumption that they will be passed over. They may be considered super operators but will always be a step behind the big chair. They yield to the unhappiness at work rather than the imperatives of home duties.

Most importantly, if all offices introduced child care services or crèches where mothers could check in on their young ones, the immense relief would automatically lead to more focus at work. We must realise that this is a tiny cost to pay considering that societally care-giving or home-making is an unpaid acknowledgement.

Couple this with balanced education; for example women continue to figure extremely low, not higher than 20 per cent, in engineering and other disciplines of merit and excellence. Far too many girls are still making a “manageable and practical” choice of humanities rather than tough specialties. We don’t need role models of women fighting against the odds and conquering the unthinkable in unheard of circumstances. We need everyday examples of girls challenging prescribed choices and mainstreaming themselves instead so that they can stand shoulder to shoulder on the factory floor.

It is a myth that a woman’s biological processes or a familial orientation is an impediment to a realization of her many talents. Women never bring their family issues to work because they have always had to prove they can do as much as a man if not better. Which is why they are more committed, sorted, detailed and specific. If corporate India wants to acquire the edge, then it must help rid mothers of their guilt syndrome, consider them assets and creators rather than liabilities and pro-creators.

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Bullying Of Students: Here’s What To Do About It

Have you ever wondered what to do about being bullied?
This article will explain what it is and what we can do about it.

Our article also published on BW business India.

There are two types and four styles by which students can be bullied or can bully others. The two means of bullying include direct (e.g., by a student or a group or Adult who target less powerful students as the victim and that occurs in the presence of a targeted student) and indirect (e.g., mental prohibition from students groups or spreading rumors.

Can you recall the nursery jingle “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”? Observably that was not and is not the reality and can never be especially in the case of Bullying that takes place at schools. Bullying is a behavior that is purposeful and contains an imbalance of power or strength. It is a behavior that is physical, verbal, or relational. While boys may bully others by more physical means; girls often bully by social rejection. Bullying has been a part of the workplace and School for a long period. More recently through technology & social media bullying has extended its reach. Cyberbullying is the example which takes place online and via cell phones.

There are two types and four styles by which students can be bullied or can bully others. The two means of bullying include direct (e.g., by a student or a group or Adult who target less powerful students as the victim and that occurs in the presence of a targeted student) and indirect (e.g., mental prohibition from students groups or spreading rumors. In addition to these two modes, the four types of bullying include broad categories of physical, verbal, relational (e.g., efforts to harm the reputation or relationships of the targeted youth), and damage to property.

Occurrence

More than one out of every five (20.8%) students report being bullied according to a report from National Centre for Educational Statistics.

Most bullying happens in middle school. The most common kinds are verbal and social bullying.

83% of students who bully others online also bully others in person.

84% of students who were bullied online were also bullied in person.

Who are at Risk? 

Usually, children who are bullied have one or more of the following risk factors:

Professed as different from their peers, such as being underweight or overweight, having short height, wearing glasses or different clothing, new to a school, or being not able to have materials that kids consider as ‘Cool”.

Seen as weak or unable to protect themselves.

Depressed, concerned, Uneasy or with low self-esteem.

Failing an exam/class or securing fewer marks.

Less popular than others or like to live with the small group of friends.

Do not get along well with others or are generally punished by teachers.

Though, if a child has all these risk factors, it doesn’t mean that they will be bullied.

Where Bullying Occurs?

Bullying can happen at any number of places, situations, or locations. At times that place can be online or through a cell phone. Bullying that occurs using technology (including but not limited to cell phones, chat rooms, instant messaging, email, and social media posts) is considered electronic bullying and is viewed as a context or location.

Mostly Bullying takes place in the playgrounds, school buses, cafeteria, in restrooms, hallways, and locker rooms.

Disconnect Between Adults 

It is found that most often there is a disconnect between students and an adult understanding for a case of bullying. Adults often don’t know how to react when they do identify a case of bullying. Considerably only about 20 to 30% of students who are bullied inform adults about it.

Promising Prevention Strategies

Staff and students should try and notice when a child is bullied or left out during the games, Lunchtimes etc. This involves the efforts of everyone in the school environment—teachers, Principal, administrators, counselors, non-teaching staff (such as bus drivers, nurses, school resource officers, cafeteria workers, and school librarians), parents, seniors, and students. They should be trained in bullying anticipation and involvement and how to respond if they observe bullying & its prevention.

Also, a group can be formed to coordinate the school’s bullying prevention activities. The work of that group can be to motivate staff, students, and parents; prevent rules, policies, and activities; and ensure that the efforts continue over time. A student advisory group can be formed to focus on bullying prevention and provide valuable suggestions/ feedback to adults.

Bullying and Suicide

The relationship between Bullying and suicide is somehow coinciding in many cases in schools and colleges. Much psychological research says that bullying leads to isolation, depression, low self-esteem and in return suicidal behaviors is found in individuals. The major variety of people who are bullied do not become suicidal. Some youth, such as LGBTQ youth, are at increased risk for suicide tries even where bullying is not a factor.

Anti-bullying Laws

It is vital to be aware of the laws made to control bullying in India so that the problem is nipped in the bud.

 Laws in Schools

Former HRD minister formed a committee of experts to analyze Bullying in school and to prevent it. Following is the CBSE School Bullying Protection Law guide:-

If any student is found Bullying or ragging it will be given a written notice and can even result in rustication for that particular ward.

Putting a notice on Notice Board that if any students are found bullying will be liable for strict action

A Committee member to prevent bullying it shall include the vice principal, a senior teacher, doctor, counselor, parent-teacher representative, school management representative, and legal representative and peer educators.

Laws in Colleges

The government of India in order to stop/prevent bullying has created a guideline called “UGC Regulations on Curbing the Menace of Ragging in Higher Education Institutions, 2009” which is applied to all the colleges or higher education institutions and are as follows:

FIR: The victim can avail thirteen provisions under Indian Penal Code and can register an FIR (first information report) in the police station under the area where the crime has taken place. The person can apply various Indian sections of Laws, such as:
Section 294– Obscene acts and songs
Section 339– Wrongful restraint
Section 340– Wrongful confinement
Section 341– Punishment for wrongful restraint
Section 342– Punishment for wrongful confinement
Section 506– Punishment for criminal intimidation

 Extreme Violence

When there is a case of extreme bullying or ragging that includes extreme violence:
Section 323– Punishment for voluntarily causing hurt
Section 324– Voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means
Section 325– Punishment for voluntarily causing grievous hurt
Section 326– Voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means

 In a case where a victim has lost his/her life

Section 304– Punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder
Section 306– Abetment of suicide
Section 307– Attempt to murder
Though, these UGC anti-ragging measures and the laws of IPC are not applied to schools.

 Cyber-bullying Laws

If the student is been a victim of cyberbullying it can file a complaint under the Indian Penal Code. Under the I.T. Act, 2000 the victim can apply for two kinds of offenses Section 67 of punishment of information which is obscene and breaches of confidentiality.

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Malini Saba – Success Story

A True Success Story

Saba Industries Incorporated, is known for its strong holdings in Mining and Agriculture. The company produces iron ore, Gold, Bauxite, Palm oil and Rice. Malini dove into the commodity space believing that we all need raw material. Although Saba Industries has grown exponentially, it still remains a family-owned business.

Saba graduated from high school and later graduated with a degree in Psychology. After many failed relationships, she married and had children. Saba is an ardent entrepreneur and started her business in the 1990’s and still stands at the helm as the CEO of the company.

Saba’s net worth, as estimated to be over $1.5 billion dollars (USD). Among her several philanthropic contributions are donations to Australian Outback doctors, San Francisco Arts Academy, India’s Artists, and Children’s Hospital in Cambodia. Saba also owns farms that specialize in organic farming.

She has been awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year, Philanthropist of the year, Kalpana Chawla award, the Mother Theresa Award and the Federation Peace award for her global Philanthropic work.

She contributes to different causes through her philanthropic initiative Saba Family Foundation.

Hard work, discipline and a keen sense of business is what makes her one of the most successful contemporary business woman.

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Understanding Employees – Important for Success

Why understanding your employees is important for Success.

By Rajeshwari Sajosh

I wanted to interview Saba to understand her views on Management and what she thought about hiring more women in her field.

Her feedback was enlightening. She has some strong views on management and gender equality in the workplace.

She had four areas which she focused on beginning with :

Unite, Don’t Direct

There’s a fine line between a leader and a manager. For one, a leader inspires employees to follow her lead and pursue her goals. A manager, on the other hand, leads by instruction and directives. This is why Malini Saba finds one more successful than the other:
In my experience, encouraging a team-oriented culture that is focused on uniting employees behind a shared sense of purpose and a common goal is more effective than offering directives. If you and your leadership team are on the same page with this approach, it is much easier to engage employees throughout the firm to meet those collective goals.  

Tailor the Experience

The first step in achieving gender equality in the workplace is understanding and supporting the fact that men and women work differently. Most importantly, Saba encourages women to find opportunity in everything:

As employers, we need to accept that women and men operate differently in the workplace and set up development and training programs that are designed to target high potential employees in both groups. As women, we need to remind ourselves to have an ‘opt in’ attitude. Career downturns happen to everyone and we must remember to treat them as opportunities to change how we work or try something new. That is what shows our true mettle.

Invest in professional development

When it comes to increasing female executive leadership, Malini  reminds employers to create equal and ample opportunities for women to climb the corporate ladder:
Companies must invest in their female employees’ leadership and professional development. I’m very proud of the numerous development and mentoring programs that Saba Industries has in place to help women excel at our firm and we’re seeing results that are validating this approach.

Ending gender pay inequality 

Unfortunately, gender Pay inequality still very much exists. But, as Saba suggests, there are ways to combat this inequality both inside and outside of the workplace:
The issue is complex because there is still no single answer as to why. Saba Industries’s interest in this issue goes far beyond our organization; we want to empower women’s financial futures, and that means putting programs, such as our seminars, in place to help them understand their finances.

Being the President and CEO of a multinational corporation is no easy feat. But Malini Saba shows us that through hard work, the right attitude and a great team, it is possible.

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10 tips for achieving what you want in life

By Rosana Yacob

I sat in the Ritz Carlton in Malaysia waiting for Malini Saba to arrive. While I was waiting, I started talking to the concierge. He went on to tell me about how he met Saba two years ago when she first took the apartment at the Ritz. He said she was so motivated to get the best deal we had and she was relentless and we caved in.

Malini arrived and walked directly to me as if she had known me for years. She was so welcoming and warm and it put me at ease to start the conversation. I wanted to ask her what are your tips for people are out there to achieve their dreams in life.

She leaned back into the armchair and crossed her legs and replied “I have 10 things that I have lived by and I have applied my whole life.”

1. Focus on commitment, not motivation.

Just how committed are you to your goal? How important is it for you, and what are you willing to sacrifice in order to achieve it? If you find yourself fully committed, motivation will follow.

2. Seek knowledge, not results.

If you focus on the excitement of discovery, improving, exploring and experimenting, your motivation will always be fueled. If you focus only on results, your motivation will be like weather—it will die the minute you hit a storm. So the key is to focus on the journey, not the destination. Keep thinking about what you are learning along the way and what you can improve.

3. Make the journey fun.

It’s an awesome game! The minute you make it serious, there’s a big chance it will start carrying a heavy emotional weight and you will lose perspective and become stuck again.

4. Get rid of stagnating thoughts.

Thoughts influence feelings and feelings determine how you view your work. You have a lot of thoughts in your head, and you always have a choice of which ones to focus on: the ones that will make you emotionally stuck (fears, doubts) or the ones that will move you forward (excitement, experimenting, trying new things, stepping out of your comfort zone.)

5. Use your imagination.

Next step after getting rid of negative thoughts is to use your imagination. When things go well, you are full of positive energy, and when you are experiencing difficulties, you need to be even more energetic. So, rename your situation. If you keep repeating I hate my work, guess which feelings those words will evoke? It’s a matter of imagination! You can always find something to learn even from the worst boss in the world at the most boring job. I have a great exercise for you: Just for three days, think and say positive things only. See what happens.

6. Stop being nice to yourself.

Motivation means action and action brings results. Sometimes your actions fail to bring the results you want. So, you prefer to be nice to yourself and not put yourself in a difficult situation. You wait for the perfect timing, for an opportunity, while you drive yourself into stagnation and sometimes even into depression. Get out there, challenge yourself, do something that you want to do even if you are afraid.

7. Get rid of distractions.

Meaningless things and distractions will always be in your way, especially those easy, usual things you would rather do instead of focusing on new challenging and meaningful projects. Learn to focus on what is the most important. Write a list of time-wasters and hold yourself accountable to not do them.

8. Don’t rely on others.

You should never expect others to do it for you, not even your partner, friend or boss. They are all busy with their own needs. No one will make you happy or achieve your goals for you. It’s all on you. It’s all on you.

9. Plan.

Know your three steps forward. You do not need more. Fill out your weekly calendar, noting when you will do what and how. When-what-how is important to schedule. Review how each day went by what you learned and revise what you could improve.

10. Protect yourself from burnout.

It’s easy to burn out when you are very motivated. Observe yourself to recognize any signs of tiredness and take time to rest. Your body and mind rest when you schedule relaxation and fun time into your weekly calendar. Do diverse tasks, keep switching between something creative and logical, something physical and still, working alone and with a team. Switch locations. Meditate, or just take deep breaths, close your eyes, or focus on one thing for five minutes.

“I use these as my mantra for everything I do”, explained Malini. I am never ever lazy to get up again and try it one more time. One should never be afraid of failure. I have failed many times, it’s not the amount of times you fail that matter, it’s how many times you are willing to get back up and fight for what you believe and want to achieve in your life.

It was so inspirational. As I left the interview I realized she had made me feel I can do anything I put my mind too.

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WOMAN IN THE MINING INDUSTRY

By Louisa Rampet

Mining has a reputation for being rough, remote and dangerous, as well as being one of the most male-dominated industries in the world.

This is true for Malini Saba, CEO of Saba Industries, whose mining journey started at the age of 30 when she decided to invest heavily in the commodity space. She began at ground zero.

She has built a thriving business and now owns over 7 large Mines internationally.  Her company owns mines that produce Iron ore, gold and Bauxite.

Malini says “Women must challenge their own comfort and realize the possibilities this environment has to offer, and attitudes of both males and females needs to be shaped by the pioneers in the environment.”

She also feels that young girls should be encouraged to pursue math, science and engineering subjects.  Furthermore, she feels that education in schools and universities surrounding the “exciting career opportunities that await women in the mining industry” should be improved.

I went on to ask her further questions about her role and experience.

Q : What have you enjoyed most about your role in the industry?

Malini Saba : I have spent more than fifteen years  in the mining industry and have seen significant changes and challenges. Being an owner and executive has its challenges. I have dealt with building new mining projects and running operations in countries that are not mining friendly, or are politically unstable or under high risk of executive kidnappings.

I have seen natural disasters such as floods, to earthquakes and malaria.  I’ve witnessed labor unrest and strikes in some of our Asian countries, with the invasion of our mining pits by hundreds of illegal miners. So, the role has never been boring and has always stretched me.

Q : What do you consider the most successful aspect of your mining leadership to date?

Malini Saba : I was part of a team that supported and coached an executive team through a significant organizational crisis a couple of years ago. Our team took the company through a huge expansion phase for a few years on the back of a very favorable commodity rise. We were faced with huge skills shortages at a time when many companies in the mining industry and neighboring industries were going through a similar expansion phase, and so we were highly focused on the recruitment, development and retention of key skills.

I led the team that redesigned and restructured the entire global business in a process involving redefining for each function and area what work was transactional and what was strategic and how the work would be delivered at operating unit, regional or corporate level. Within a twelve-month period, we had achieved both our cost-saving and our restructuring objectives.

Q : Why do you think there is such a big gender gap in the industry?  What is needed to create change?

Malini Saba : Mining can be perceived as dirty and dangerous and with the potential to create significant environmental damage if not managed ethically.  As such, the industry struggles to attract not only women but also young talent. I feel women think it’s a dirty job. It is a job that you have to eat and breath in order to compete.

Malini Saba   –  “ Remember we can’t move the resources, which often means remote locations, perhaps fly-in, fly-out operations or shift rotations. Remote locations, as opposed to corporate offices in large urban centers, don’t pose quite the same kind of challenges, and may fit more seamlessly into a career path that includes work-life balance as part of its goal.”  Example deep in the jungles of Kalimantan.

Furthermore, even if a company adopts and promotes an inclusive culture, mining is faced with a unique challenge in dealing with multiple environments, as Saba explains.

“You’ve got the mine site. You’ve got the corporate office, individuals in the field doing exploration, all being linked together in the sector. What can happen is you may have a strong corporate policy about respect in the workplace and diversity but getting that to trickle to all sites and all places that your company is doing business is a challenge.”

Thus, a lot has to change on the mindset of the miners. This should come from the culture the company puts in place from day one. It means constant reinforcement.

Q : Is your company doing anything about the gender gap?

Malini Saba : Yes we hire women. We also work with a lot of tribal families in the jungles. There we seek more women to work at the mines. We train them. They work and earn a living and at the same time be able to walk back home to their long houses.

It is a slow process to bring in women from the cities to go to the remote areas. But we have not stopped trying. Getting women in the corporate side of the business has not been that huge of a challenge.

The mining industry needs to do more to attract women into core technical roles, and to put in place clear talent management and coaching programs to help accelerate women into more senior roles and provide more flexible working arrangements. This includes policies around bursaries and scholarships, maternity leave, and equal pay for equal work.

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Interview with Malini Saba – A Strong Woman

By Alexa Wong

When you come across a strong woman, you’ll know it the moment she enters the room. That was Malini. I knew it was her the moment she walked into the café.  She gave off a vibe of self confidence that anyone could spot from a mile away.

I met Malini, in a coffee shop downtown London. She was nice enough to give me time. She was in town on a business trip.

She sat down and we began the interview.

Here are 9 things I walked away with after talking with her:

1)   She takes time to self-care.

One of the less obvious keys to success is the self-love and self-care, because without those, a successful woman knows she is already up the creek.  You must take care of the person in the mirror first. You cannot get to the next point if you don’t nurture yourself along the journey.

2)   She is not afraid to stand on her own.

She believes a strong woman does not need anyone standing in front, behind or beside her to get things done. They set their goals, figure out how to achieve them, and then get after it.  You have to fight battles, tame dragons and walk through fire if you have too.

3)   She does not make excuses.

Malini believes that no matter her life circumstances, she rises with the tides and does whatever she needs to in order to make it to shore. She has never let her mind get in the way of her success, because she knows that she is more than capable of achieving what she wants.  Excuses get in the way of results, and she knows she cannot have both.

4)   She does not waste time complaining.

One can either complain and let yourself be a victim, or you can rise above your challenges and be a warrior. We have to simply get back up and try again and refuse to let petty life problems get in the way. She feels complaining only drains her energy, so she chooses to put her energy into something useful and create something out of nothing.

5)   She chooses to challenge herself.

When you get too comfortable, you stop growing, she says.  It’s important to always keep yourself learning to try new things and expand your knowledge and skill sets.

6)   She stays on top of finances.

We all go through tough times and hard times.  I have certainly had my share, Saba states. Sometimes we may have even start all over again. She says she has had to do that.  However, you cannot let it keep you down. We have to make sure we are on top of our finances. We must always take care of no 1 first, regardless if you are married or not. You must keep money aside for that rainy day. Her advice, Governments change and markets shift and we must be ready for that.

7)  She keeps an open mind.

She believes while strong women tend to have strong opinions and beliefs about things, they also keep and open mind and learn from others. A strong woman is able to be sorry, forgive and move ahead. A strong woman can accept when she is wrong.

8)  She helps everyone around her.

Another facet to success that most people don’t think about is lifting others up around you. After all, what good is a win if you don’t have a team to help you celebrate.  She believes that its important to always help others even if it’s in the smallest way. Giving back is what all of us are here to do.

9)  She stands her ground.

A strong woman never shy away from a problem. She will stand her ground and face it head on.

My one hour with Malini turned to a four, hour conversation. She was one of the most attentive, charismatic, and genuine person I have had the pleasure to interview. She made eye contact through the four, hour conversation. She was like an everyday person with huge success while keeping to her humble beginnings. It was a privilege to meet her.

I will end with a quote from Malini,

“’If my strength intimidates you. I hope you realize that’s a weakness of yours.’”

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Why We Must Pay Attention To Bullying

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LONDON, UK – 10 May, 2018 – WHY WE MUST PAY ATTENTION TO BULLYING

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. The kids who are bullied and the kids who do the bullying may develop serious, lasting problems.

In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:

  • An Imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others.
  • Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.

Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and purposely excluding people from a group.

Types of Bullying

There are three types of bullying:

  • Verbal bullying is saying or writing mean things. Verbal bullying includes:
    • Teasing
    • Name-calling
    • Inappropriate sexual comments
    • Taunting
    • Threatening to cause harm
  • Social bullying, sometimes referred to as relational bullying, involves hurting someone’s reputation or relationships. Social bullying includes:
    • Excluding someone on purpose
    • Telling other children not to be friends with someone
    • Verbally spreading lies and rumors about someone
    • Spreading lies and rumors about someone on the Internet via social media. This is cyberbullying.
    • Embarrassing someone in public
  • Physical bullying involves hurting a person’s body or possessions. Physical bullying includes:
    • Hitting/kicking/pinching
    • Spitting
    • Tripping/pushing
    • Taking or breaking someone’s things
    • Making mean or rude hand gestures

Where and When Bullying Happens

Bullying can occur during or after school hours. While most reported bullying happens at school, a significant percentage also happens on the playground and on the bus. It can also happen travelling to or from school, in the youth’s neighborhood or in the compound they live. Some of the most damaging bullying happens online, where people write vicious lies and rumors anonymously.

Warning Signs for Bullying

There are many warning signs that may indicate that someone is affected by bullying—either being bullied or bullying others. Recognizing the warning signs is an important first step in taking action against bullying. Not all children who are bullied or are bullying others ask for help.

It is important to talk with children who show signs of being bullied or bullying others. These warning signs can also point to other issues or problems, such as depression or substance abuse. Talking to the child can help identify the root of the problem.

Signs a Child Is Being Bullied

Look for changes in the child. However, be aware that not all children who are bullied exhibit warning signs.

Some signs that may point to a bullying problem are:

  • Unexplainable injuries
  • Lost or destroyed clothing, books, electronics, or jewelry
  • Frequent headaches or stomach aches, feeling sick or faking illness
  • Changes in eating habits, like suddenly skipping meals or binge eating. Kids may come home from school hungry because they did not eat lunch.
  • Difficulty sleeping or frequent nightmares
  • Declining grades, loss of interest in schoolwork, or not wanting to go to school
  • Sudden loss of friends or avoidance of social situations
  • Feelings of helplessness or decreased self esteem
  • Self-destructive behaviors such as running away from home, harming themselves, or talking about suicide

Signs a Child is Bullying Others

Kids may be bullying others if they:

  • Get into physical or verbal fights
  • Have friends who bully others
  • Are increasingly aggressive
  • Get sent to the principal’s office or to detention frequently
  • Have unexplained extra money or new belongings
  • Blame others for their problems
  • Don’t accept responsibility for their actions
  • Are competitive and worry about their reputation or popularity

Why don’t kids ask for help?

Kids don’t tell adults for many reasons:

  • Bullying can make a child feel helpless. Kids may want to handle it on their own to feel in control again. They may fear being seen as weak or a tattletale.
  • Kids may fear backlash from the kid who bullied them.
  • Bullying can be a humiliating experience. Kids may not want adults to know what is being said about them, whether true or false. They may also fear that adults will judge them or punish them for being weak.
  • Kids who are bullied may already feel socially isolated. They may feel like no one cares or could understand.
  • Kids may fear being rejected by their peers. Friends can help protect kids from bullying, and kids can fear losing this support.

I strongly feel that parents are ultimately responsible for the behavior of their children. Children learn everything first from home environment, and second, from school. What they say and the way they see the world and other people is formed by their parents’ opinions and actions. Thus, parents must teach their children to always respect others, and parents must reinforce these teachings every day to help prevent bullying.

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Breaking the Barrier

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Malini Saba – Breaking the Barrier

London, UK – 5 May, 2018 – If you think that Commodity markets are still an all-boys club, meet Saba Industries (sabaindustriesgroup.com), CEO and social activist Malini Saba (malinisaba.com).

INSPIRING: Malini Saba

It might be the hottest trend in investment circles these days, but the commodity space is still a predominantly male dominated market. At the top level, from the chairman to its board members, commodity is and are old-world all-boys gentry.  Leave it to 50-year-old CEO and social activist Malini Saba to break the mold.

In March of this year, Saba is investing over $100 million in the commodity projects in India and South East Asia in the next few years. With this Saba becomes the first woman to found and head such a high-profile venture.

Focus on India and South East Asia

Saba feels strongly it is the correct time to invest back into this sector.

And Saba should know. This self-made businesswoman is known to have a Midas touch when it comes to investments. She has invested in hi-tech stocks, commodities in Asia and South America and real estate properties all across the globe.

“I’m always conscious of changing political and economic trends in any region I go in to invest,” Saba points out. She will be touring the countries visiting local agricultural areas and mining in across India and South East Asia.

Saba will also look at charitable giving through her Family Foundation during her visit to these countries. Saba Family Foundation main focus in health and education. Learn more at sabafamilyfoundations.com.

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Saba Industries Invests US $100 Million in Southeast Asia Rice Industry

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Saba Industries Invests US $100 Million in Southeast Asia Rice Industry

London, UK – 5 May, 2018 – Company aims to modernize industry, promote organic rice farming and improve farmers’ quality of life.

Saba Industries, a privately-held, manufacturer and global exporter of rice and other commodities, is investing US $100 million in Southeast Asia’s rice industry to help modernize the sector, promote organic rice farming and improve farmers’ quality of life. The investment will span two years and is perhaps one of the largest investments in Southeast Asia’s rice industry.

With its investment, Saba Industries is buying outdated and abandoned rice mills in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand and converting them into storage facilities with bio-energy rice dryers that can help combat the effects of climate change.

Saba Industries will also buy farmers’ rice paddies and supply farmers with equipment, seeds and organic fertilizer – all free of charge. This is a sea change from the centuries-long practice of farmers being forced to purchase everything necessary to farm, leaving them with mounting debt and continuing the cycle of poverty. Saba Industries also trains farmers in organic farming.

Golden Grain Rice, a Saba Industries subsidiary, will process the farmers’ rice and distribute it to wholesalers throughout Southeast Asia and parts of Africa and the Middle East.

In addition, Saba Industries‘ philanthropic arm, Saba Family Foundations, plans to build and operate schools and health clinics in farming communities that have no access to basic education and healthcare services. The schools and clinics will be staffed by local instructors, doctors and nurses who know the communities well and speak the language.

“Rice is a major food staple all over the world, and consumption is growing rapidly every year, especially in non-Asian regions such as Africa and the Middle East,” said Malini Saba, Founder and Chairman of Saba Industries. “Farmers are the key to ensuring that rice production and quality keeps pace with demand. But the old way of farming puts farmers and their families at risk. Helping farmers reduce their debt, improve their lives and farm organically is the only way the rice industry can survive and thrive. Moreover, helping people achieve economic stability is the right thing to do.”

About Saba Industries

Saba Industries, founded in 1996 by entrepreneur and philanthropist Malini Saba, is a privately-held company that operates agricultural commodities, mining, ship breaking and hospitality businesses in South and Southeast Asia, Australia and Africa.

About Saba Family Foundations

Saba Family Foundations was founded in 2002 by entrepreneur and philanthropist Malini Saba to focus on the needs of under-served women and children worldwide. The foundation’s three areas of focus are healthcare, education and human rights. The foundation has undertaken numerous projects, including: partnering with Stanford Medical Center to train physicians from developing countries; distributing preventative health information on HIV/AIDS, immunizations, gastric and reproductive health; providing vocational education for women in Togo, West Africa; and supporting human rights issues around the world.

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Gentry Hall of Fame Award Announced

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Gentry Hall of Fame Award Announced

London, UK – 11 Nov., 2017 – In recognition of her extraordinary gifts to philanthropic community and beyond, Malini Saba has been awarded the title Philanthropist of the Year 2017.

This is to recognize her on-going, prodigious charitable work and giving. It is important to remember that this generous leader is continuing at a staggering rate. We applaud her efforts and hold her as a model for giving on a grand scale.

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Self-made Billionaire

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Malini Saba, Self-made Billionaire

Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, Sri Lanka – 15 Jan., 2015 – Why she inspires us? She was the first Sri Lankan Tamil women to become a self-made billionaire.

What has she taught us?

How to pave the way for march toward success against all odds. How to stand up to bullies who felt a woman’s place is not in the business lime light.

To do everything in your power to achieve your dream. How to succeed in a male dominated industry and to stay true to your ideals through it all.

Finally, to use the power you gain and have to protect those that can’t protect themselves.

We celebrate Malini Saba as an inspirational woman leader of our times.

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Personal Qualities

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Malini Saba – Personal Qualities

London, UK – 20 August, 2013 – Some of the personal qualities serving Malini Saba.

Ambition
Even from a young age, despite thinking that life would be difficult, Malini had a sense of her own destiny.

Hard work
She determined she would learn everything about business, build alliances and ingratiate herself with the business community.

Courage, intelligence and logic
She assumed all three qualities. A successful person must have all three.

Charm and charisma
She has a presence about her that consumes any room she walks into. She has the ability to hold people’s attention to whatever she is speaking about and make everyone feel they were listened too and cared for.

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The Iron Lady with a Velvet Glove

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Malini Saba – The Iron Lady with a velvet glove

London, UK – 30 May, 2012 – A tough lady with a soft touch.

Her favorite quote:

“Being a leader is like being a lady. If you have to remind people you are, you aren’t. “


Malini understands that leadership is not about titles or photos or selfies. True leadership is about authenticity, standing up for principles, even in the face of strong opposition.

Her angry critics see her as a pugnacious destroyer. But those who know her understand she is all about methodology and doing what is right by people and for the people.

Authentic leadership is a product of honesty. Honesty is about putting needs of others before your own. Honesty in communicating information, both positive and negative. Honesty in accepting viewpoints which are different from yours. Honesty in integrating the values you profess with behaviors you exhibit. Honesty is also the product of clarity. Clarity in what you stand for and what you will not stand for.

We can take a lesson from Malini Saba. Always stay true to your core values regardless of how others view things under a populous lens. Only through this method can you truly help others and be a good leader too.

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In a Nutshell

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Malini Saba – In a Nutshell

London, UK – 30 May, 2012 – Malini Saba was born to a simple family, rose to success through sheer perseverance and belief that she will make it.

In her own words “I had no choice, make it or nothing.”

She always believed there was nothing a woman could not achieve. She also believes that you can learn most things in life if you put the time and really want to learn them.

Her secret to success is never to lie and never pretend to know everything. “We are constantly in a learning mode. It is when we think we know it all, we have failed.”

My father once told me there were two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try and be the first group; there was much less competition.

Malini Saba leaves us with her quote “Whenever you take a step forward you will shake things up and only with this can you create change. Through and through we also change as a person.”

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Women Empowerment

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Malini Saba – Women Empowerment

London, UK – 30 Dec., 2010 – The power of Malini Saba.

Since her younger days, I have been intrigued by Malini Saba. I think I have only met her a few times, yet still her power and presence somehow resonate with me and those who meet her.

Perhaps it has something to do with her warmth and charisma she resonates effortlessly.

So, without delay I want you to get to know Malini Saba. I want to share with you a little about this business mogul, philanthropist, artist, author, inspiration and downright amazing woman who uses her success to empower girls and women around the world. She is a true proponent for women empowerment!

Through hard work and determination, Malini left behind poverty to become a billionaire. Note: she is not just any billionaire. She was the first self-made Sri Lankan woman to independently grow her wealth.

Born in Seremban, Malaysia this young woman worked her way to the top against all odds.

She has reinvented herself through many lows and highs in her business and personal life always moving ahead taking all the hurdles in stride and looking at them as a growing pain.

She embodies true inner strength and is a real role model for young women all over the world.

Despite her immense wealth you would never know she was enormously successful. She has a very lovely way to make you feel comfortable around her and see her as just another person.

Words of wisdom from Malini:

The reason I have been able to be so financially successful is my focus has never, ever been for a minute on money.

Let go and all will be well. Breathe and let go. The universe will take it from there.

Thank you Malini for all that you do to empower women!

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A Great Female Leader

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What makes a great female leader?

London, UK – 30 Dec., 2010 – Malini Saba epitomizes a great female leader with these 5 attributes.

A great female leader:

Shows compassion.

All of us are driven by a simple belief and we need to always look at both sides of any situation.

Doesn’t over-work.

You can still succeed if you pace yourself. Make certain you get enough sleep and eat well.

Overcomes adversity with grace.

Life is never perfect. We always have to have alternative route to the destination we want to end up in.

Uses feminism as an advantage.

We should not try to be men. We are a totally different gender. Thus, why must we lead and act the same way? We should embrace our own gender and focus more on business.

Is tough when needed.

Remember never to be a shrinking violet. Stand your ground and stick to your beliefs.

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Ten things you did not know about Malini Saba

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London, UK – 30 Dec., 2010 – In this article we detail 10 things you should know about Malini Saba.

Malini Saba CEO and Chairman of Saba Industries, started her career in 1994. Back then, she was still finishing up get PHD. Since her humble beginnings, Ms. Saba has climbed to the top of the corporate ladder. However, Malini Saba is more than just a corporate power player. She has led an interesting, boundary breaking, female empowering life that is worth knowing more about. This article, we bring you ten things you didn’t know about Malini Saba.

  1. She is a top paid Commodity CEO.
    She has an impressive salary. This serves as a testament to her formidable talent as a business woman.
  1. She is one of the very few self-made in the commodity Industry.
    Not only does Ms. Saba pull in huge stacks, she is the first woman owner and CEO in the commodity space. This should be inspiring women everywhere – even in a traditionally male dominated industry, a woman’s hard work and perseverance can result with her at the helm in a 21st century society.
  1. She is a psychologist.
    Though Saba, current job of CEO is a business – oriented position- which she is particularly week equipped for, given her PHD and considerable experience – she originally studied psychology.Her psychology role is indispensable during her work with her business.
  1. She was rated one of 10 to succeed in San Francisco magazine.
    She was picked one of ten to definitely succeed and to watch over the next 10 years.
  1. Her favorite cars are Mercedes and Bentley
    She is crazy about cars and loves to race.
  1. Her favorite past time is cooking.
    She loves to cook and create new recipes. She authored a Cook book “The Abbreviated Cook”
  1. She does not always like Fame.
    In an interview With Malini Saba, the prominent CEO expressed some annoyance with being recognized constantly. Though she attempts to stay under the radar and do simple things she finds it sometimes intrusive.
  2. She loves children.
    She loves being around children. She finds that they keep her grounded and they help her keep things simple
  3. She collects teddy bears.
    She finds them to be calming.
  4. She meditates.
    Malini Saba is a spiritual person. She believes that staying true to the core of what the universe is about is important for all our well-being. In her words it is all about the YING and YANG. It’s a balance. We need to have that to be able to run a multi-million-dollar company and always remember it is not all about you – it is about the company.

After 25 years of building her business empire through rough patches and great revenues, Malini Saba continues to run the company with killer economic sense. Massive profits are a certainty for this smart CEO and her company. Ms. Saba serves as an inspiration for women everywhere, and a testament to what hard work can bring to a person’s life.

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Making a difference

Malini Saba talks about balancing her roles of being a businesswoman and philanthropist, her passion for writing and love for cooking.

A self-made businesswoman and an ardent philanthropist, Malini Saba is truly a multitasker.

She started Saba Industries in the 90’s when the industry was dominated by men. “It was a man’s world when I began my career and I would never have been given the opportunity to lead a company. Thus, I put my savings together and started it. It evolved over time and now we have over 2,000 employees in eight countries. This journey has not been easy and through it all we have had failures and down turns.  But it has been a great journey,” shares Saba, who comes from a middle-class family and whose father was ailing when she was in high school. Holding herself strong, she studied Psychology and did her PhD in the field. “It was not an easy road but it made me stronger and made me understand the value of education and money.”

In 2002, she launched The Saba Family Foundation to serve as the umbrella organisation for all her philanthropic works. The foundation’s three areas of focus are healthcare, education and human rights. Saba believes that with money and power comes responsibility. “It is not there for us to abuse. I strongly feel that when God entrusts us with large amounts of money, through our hard work we must give back and make a difference to this world. I chose to do that.  I want to be able to make a difference and improve the lives and public policy for women and children. Women’s issues have always been in the forefront for me. Despite modernisation of societies, we still hold women to a different standard —their voices and cries are not heard and not taken seriously. This has to change.”

Saba has also penned The Abbreviated Cook — a book of quick and easy recipes. “Writing is a passion for me and cooking is therapeutic. I enjoy feeding my family and I believe we pass love through our food,” shares Saba, who is currently in the middle of writing another book.

After a long day of work, she comes home to her husband, child, cats and dogs.

“They are the most important part in my life. When I am not traveling, I make it a point to drop and pick up my child from school, do the grocery shopping for dinner that night and come home and make dinner with a glass of good wine. That is my normal routine. I make sure I always read to my daughter every night and talk to her about life, universe and why we are all here. This I do without fail even when I am traveling, Facetime is awesome for that. I want to give her an understanding of the world and life. I believe it’s important for parents to talk to their kids. It’s not about the amount of time you spend with them. When you do spend time with them, you have to give them 100 per cent of your time —meaning no phone, no computer, no one else talking to you. Just you and the child. That quality time is priceless.”

This article originally posted here @ THE ASIAN AGE.

Published : Oct 12, 2018, 12:23 am IST
Updated : Oct 12, 2018, 12:23 am IST

Publication:          Asian Age

Headline:              Making Difference

Language:            English

E-paper Link:       http://onlineepaper.asianage.com/asianage-epaper.aspx?id=DEL#page2

Edition:                 Delhi

Online Coverage linkhttp://www.asianage.com/life/more-features/121018/making-a-difference.html

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A Supportive Man Can Help A Woman Move Mountains: Malini Saba

Women are the real architects of the society, said Harriet Beecher Stowe, and it is certainly true in case of Malini Saba.

A businesswoman who knows what it means to build an empire from scratch, she’s the Founder-CEO of The Saba Industries and The Saba Family Foundation. Her story is inspiring to say the least, and much more can be learned from her strong will, passion and the hard work that she puts towards what she believes in.

In a chat with SHEROES, she talks about how her life has panned out, about The Saba Family Foundation which is very close to her heart and what it takes to be a leader.

I was born in a small town in Malaysia, the eldest of 4 siblings. We did not have much growing up and hence, my goal was to always provide for my family. I studied and put myself through school and University by working three jobs, only to start my own business 26 years ago.

I now live in Vietnam and part of the time in Monaco. I have a beautiful child who is my life and soul. I’m grateful to have a spouse who is so supportive of my career and a strong man who is able to be home while I work.

His support means everything to me because it confirms to me that a supportive man can make a woman move mountains.

Helping Others Was What I Wanted To Do, Always

I knew early on in life that helping others is what I wanted to do. I strongly believe that my role in this world is to help others. In order to do that, I had to build myself up and establish a company that earned money to fund the Saba Family Foundation.

My father always helped his not-so-well-to-do family in Sri Lanka. He consistently told me that money is not to be taken for granted. It is a privilege given by God and if you ever make a lot of money, you must always give back.

Having grown up the hard way, studying and working through all sorts of odd jobs, I know what it is like to not have money, to struggle to feed yourself, pay your rent and take care of your siblings.

While this keeps me humble, it also makes me work hard to earn money and to make sure that I am able to manage the Saba Family Foundation and give back.

My nature is to make the wrong, right. I am not afraid to fight the biggest and the strongest. That has consequences but it has to be done to help those who cannot, and do not have the funds to, defend themselves.

The Saba Family Foundation & Its Vision

We are the catalyst for change. We believe that when you help one woman, you help a community, and in turn the nation. I believe in a woman’s right to stand her ground, her right to read and work.

A woman is not an ornament to be passed around, she does not belong to people.

The foundation exists to fund scholarships, legal battles for women, engage in campaigns for women issues and help young girls.

Helping With Women Centric Issues

We work with well-known partners like CARE, NETAID, VITAL VOICES and  UNICEF. We also fund the build out of schools in different countries like Mexico and Ghana, to name a few.  We helped YUVA in the early part of the Millennium to build their sight in Mumbai too.

We also hold our own campaigns like the anti-bullying campaign through schools, work environments, and older adult housing. We feel domestic violence is a form of bullying too.

Our mission stays the same – help a woman to have a voice.

Taking The Leadership Role Early On

It has been an enriching experience and the best ride of my life. I have had three failures through the course of building this company, once almost losing it all. But I stuck through it, reviewed those failures and learned about people.

I think the best lesson is if you truly believe in your business and yourself, don’t ever give up! Stick through it, no matter what someone else says to you.

You will get there and it would be beyond your wildest dreams. Success never comes easy, it comes with its own share of problems. But the growth curve is high.

You also learn about those who will stand by you because of you and your vision, and those that are there only to be riders on your coat tails. It is very important to learn how to read people. If you have those two traits, you will be fine.

Women Leaders In Industrial Arena

It is very different for women to be in this area. Most people who are in this field are men and women are in really small numbers. There are very few that have built it from scratch. Usually, it’s passed on to them from their husband or family. But I did not have that luxury – I had to build Saba Industries block by block.

Women are not much respected to know their stuff in this field. I have always wanted to keep my femininity and be strong. I feel being a woman is not a weakness in this field, it’s actually a strength.

The Challenges Of An Entrepreneur

Our foundation is funded by the business. When it comes to the foundation, to find and fund the right groups that hold true to the vision, is very important to me. I am always involved with the final selections. I treat it like a business and make sure all the due diligence is done to make sure whatever we fund is viable and will be able to have an impact or get the result it needs.

But building a business is not easy – the biggest hurdle is getting others to believe in you to help you raise funds or debt. They felt I did not understand this space. They would give me lip service – entertain my proposal but politely say, “We will pass. Come back when you have sales.”

I decided to take a loan and used my credit cards to build it out. Basically, I put in all my life savings to buy the first couple of concessions for gold and iron ore to move ahead.

The third knock from the Universe was the worst, the funds we were expecting never showed up and that put us in such a bad place – it was followed by the markets tanking and price volatility. It was a nightmare but I believed in myself and my dream and the vision. I told my closest loyal staff, we have to stick it through and once again, my savings came into play.

But when I look back, it was all worth it. Now we are in 8 countries, in different mineral and agricultural space; but I am always careful because anything can change and you have to be prepared. This business is something that should outlast me and hopefully, my child will take over it.

What Motivates Me

Life experiences are what motivates me the most. I want to change and a better work environment for women, better political environment for women and education for women. I also want us, as a society, to embrace the changes because it’s inevitable.

Nirupama Kondayya Nirupama feels that life is all about #TakingCharge, one step at a time, everyday. She truly believes that women have the potential to achieve their dreams, once they put their heart into it. She also believes that being grateful for little things has big impacts in life.

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Businesswoman with a Heart

10/6/2018 – This article originally from the India Business Journal – October 2018 @ http://online.fliphtm15.com/mwdr/ohpc/#p =50

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Sharmila Chand catches up with Ms. Saba (shown below) to know more about the business woman & philanthropist.
Send feedback tochand.sharmila@gmail. com.

Malini Saba is a self-made businesswoman and ardent philanthropist.

Born in Malaysia to a family of modest means, Ms. Saba spent her early life in Sri Lanka and Australia. Later, she migrated to the USA and, along with her husband, learned the nuances of business. In 2002, she launched The Saba Family Foundation to serve as an umbrella organization for all her philanthropic works. Through the foundation, she has helped millions of under-served women and children in South and South-East Asia, South America, Africa and the US gain access to life-saving medical and educational services and achieve economic stability. Funding for her philanthropic works comes from Saba Industries, a group of commodities companies that she has founded in Asia. Tak­ ing time off her  busy  schedule, Ms. Saba has penned The Abbreviated Cook, a book of quick and easy recipes that offer a twist on traditional South and South-East Asian dishes.

Q: What is your philosophy of life?
A: I believe that what goes around comes around, for I have lived long enough to see it being very true.

Q: What is your passion in life?
A: My passion and my calling in life are to help others and thus the foundation.

Q: What is your management mantra?
A: Never, never, never give up

Q: What would you like to say about your work?
A: My work is my baby. It is what I wake up to everyday. It does not define me, but it gives me great challenges, overcoming which gives me immense joy.

Q: Your strength...
A: Never giving up.

Q: A business Leader you admire the most...
A: I admire Steve jobs. He was relentless with his vision to succeed.

Q: Your weakness ...
A: Never giving up.

Q: Your kind of music...
A: I love Bollywood songs and Hip Hop.

Q: Your favourite holiday destination...
A: Bora Bora – Tahiti

Q: Golf or Bridge or...
A: Golf hands down. The game allows me to be away from my phones and alone on the grounds.

Q: You are a tough, serious boss or
A: I like to think that I am the serious kind of boss but with a soft touch much like an iron fist in a velvet glove.

Q: Formal suit or casual attire…
A: Casual attire any day

Q: What do you enjoy the most in lifegenerally?
A: I love cooking. It gives me great pleasure to come home from work and cook a variety of dishes for my family.

Q: How do you de-stress?
A: I find getting my nails done at a salon with my family very relaxing.

Q: Your mantra for success...
A: Get up, brush off, and keep at it.

Q: Your dream...
A: To make a movie in Bollywood.

Q: Ten years from now, where do we see you?
A: On my yacht, retired and writing my memoirs.

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Malini Saba and 7 Networking Tips For Women

Malini Saba


Founder, Saba Family Foundations & Saba Industries

Malini Saba is a self-made businesswoman, an ardent philanthropist and a force to be reckoned with, Ms. Saba embodies the concept of using business to serve humanity Her eminent group of commodities companies, Saba Industries, is a prime example of her stratagem of using business to serve humanity. Functioning in the agriculture and mining industry, the group hires local talents and helps them achieve economic stability. The CSR arm of the group, Saba Family Foundation, has given access to life-saving medical and educational services to millions of disadvantaged people across South and Southeast Asia, Australia, Africa, India, and the Middle East. the foundation is an extension of Ms. Saba’s philanthropy and aims to help at least one billion people to gain access to basic health care, education, and opportunities which allow them to break the cycle of poverty and illiteracy.


7 Networking Tips For Women: How to Use Network to Grow Your Business Without Being Spammy

Here’s How you can also structure your own niche and find people who have similar interests
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Entrepreneurs are a rare breed. A recent study shows that less than 6% of the adults in the world work on their own business. Women account for less than half of that number. So what are the few things that women can keep in mind to increase their network?

Dress Well : They say first impression is the last impression. Dressing well and appropriate on different occasions can set different contexts in your life. You can choose between business formals and business casuals depending on your mood and commitment. Dressing well also promotes your leadership qualities. It shows that you are best prepared to deal with risks and challenges thrown at your way. Lastly, if people at social gatherings or events like your dressing sense, they are likely to connect with you and maintain a long relationship. How you present yourself matters the most.

Try Attending All Social Events : Whether it is a corporate party or a private kitty party, women need to attend all of them if they want to increase their social network. Parties are known to be spaces where people tend to get social. You will also meet a diverse range of people there and you never know who can turn out to be useful. Interactions at these parties are also very social. Many people find their prospective clients at such parties. Also, do keep an eye out for events specially meant for women entrepreneurs. The has been a sudden rise in such event and they prove to be very helpful when you need connections.

Work With Diversity : If you are really interested in growing your pool of network and expanding your business, you will need to cater to diversity and work with them. More diversity at your workplace will mean that you will be introduced to newer people, communities and culture. It will also empower you to learn about others. Diversity gives you a golden opportunity for you to develop useful contacts, gain helpful information, and obtain positive business referrals.

Use Social Media Well : Social media is the best form of communication today. It has surpassed all the forms of communication and hosts around 2.46 billion people worldwide. The most amazing feature of social media is that you can reach out to anyone without having to move anywhere. All you need is internet connection. In-person connection is slowly being overshadowed by online communication. You can find like-minded people or special kind of people you are looking for through groups and filters. Social media is also great for your business as it acts as a medium for advertisement.

Get To Know Them Beforehand : Social media can tell you a lot about people’s interests and desires. You can use this information before approaching them. A little knowledge about people’s passions, interests and desires can make you understand their demand and needs well. It can also help you tailor your services for them. It is very imperative for businesses to know their clients or any third-party vendors really well before engaging in business with them. It just ensures that your relationship is smooth and that you don’t run into any major challenges or risks

Learn From Mistakes : It is always very imperative to learn from your mistakes and not repeat them. If you have made any mistakes in the past in terms of networking, for eg. pushed too hard for something or over-talked at some event, it is suggested that you don’t repeat it. People can get turned off very easily, especially if their ideologies don’t match. In today’s age of digital and fast-paced networking, it is very easy to make mistakes that go unnoticed. Mistakes can also bring a huge blow to your business. If you hurt someone or publicly embarrass someone, chances are that people might get intimidated. Always learn to carry a respectable image in public.

Align Your Values With Others : This is the most important factor to keep in mind while networking. Aligning your values according to others means understanding needs and demands of people and supplying them service tailored for their needs. If you align your values, it is easy to attract attention and fulfill your professional cum personal goals. Aligning your values may also make you a people’s person as a lot of people will start investing time and faith on you. Most businesses are built on these two factors: time and faith. Therefore it makes more sense for women to make sure that they invest time and faith onto people they are looking to connect with. Knowing a little history about them and understanding the culture they come from can be of great help too.

These are some tips to grow your network for your business. However, you can also structure your own niche and find people who have similar interests.

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Sisters, stand up and invest in yourselves at the workplace

Sisters, stand up and invest in yourselves at the workplace!

by Malini Saba

“You are your most precious asset

You are the most precious thing in your world.

You must invest in yourself everyday.

Never cheap out on yourself.

You are worth it!

Everything you are and everything you will be

Is the result of how you use your mind”

– Brian Tracy

When we come across the word ‘investment’ our mind tends to think of our bank balance. For heaven’s sake, don’t limit yourself to such a small part of what investing in yourself means! To invest in yourself means to believe in you, to learn about you, to take the time to step back from routine and love yourself enough to set yourself a challenging yet attainable goal. By giving it your all, you will soon watch yourself perform better in every situation, be it at work or in your personal life. For this, it’s imperative to set aside a few minutes to invest resources into yourself as well as your well-being. I can guarantee you that through this, you will come out a more confident woman who adds value to her organisation, family, friends, and anybody else who may have the fortune of encountering you.

Our personal and professional lives are interconnected with each other more than we think. This is why it’s important to focus on investing in both areas whenever possible. Here are some of the easy ways to invest in yourself both inside and outside of the office.

Set yourself S.M.A.R.T. goals

Take the initiative to set yourself a list of personal and professional goals. If you’re not taking the time to set goals, it’s like driving a car through heavy rain with its wipers turned off. Without clearly-defined goals, you will lack clarity in vision to move forward. And we all know that when in the car, it would result in an accident.

Be sure to set time frames for achieving them. The goals set should be SMART: Significant, Momentous, Achievable, Related and Timely.

Invest in Creativity

Our creativity doesn’t have to diminish as we get older. We can carve out some time to create something new every day. Spend an hour a day to build on a business idea, improve a specific aspect of your work life or your relationships, and over time your creativity will be at its all-time peak.

We usually experience blocks in our creativity when we stagnate and lead sedentary lives- so go out, invest in traveling, try to learn more about your colleagues’ cultures, meet new people and make friends different from yourself. Before a seed can develop it must first break open. It cannot produce a plant until it’s been buried, placed out of sight, and begins to crack. In other words, people who truly want to grow, must re-evaluate their tolerance for ambiguity, for risk, and for experimentation.

Honour your intuition

“I knew what was really going on, but I didn’t say anything.”

“I wanted it so badly but I still walked away.”

Do these statements sound familiar to you?

You can show yourself some self-love by trusting your intuition, and honouring the message that it’s sending you. By paying attention to how you feel about certain things, you can make quicker decisions with healthier consequences. Learn to always trust your intuitions and that will lead to growth in life: personally and professionally.

Invest in building your confidence & knowledge

Somehow, in the professional world, our confidence either diminishes as we make mistakes or grows as we accomplish tasks and get appreciation. Often, the difference in our confidence level comes down to how we react to criticism and seek validation. Confidence equals positive emotions and a sense of secureness, which equals better performance. One needs to habitually invest time and energy into structuring a bulletproof sense of confidence in oneself and one’s abilities. You can invest in yourself at the workplace by taking your personal grooming seriously, celebrating your victories, investing time in acquiring knowledge and then making use of it.

Attend seminars and workshops, read books, listen to podcasts, and watch videos that will expand your knowledge and skills professionally as well as personally. This is what will make you stand out in the crowd

Invest in your health and nurture supportive relationships:

We can work towards achieving all our dreams, but there is no point in getting them if we don’t live enough to enjoy them or have nobody to celebrate life’s victories with.

So, eat right. Fuel your body with nutrients to boost your mind, do some basic desk exercises, and build personal as well as professional relations. The benefits earned from building our relationships is visible in every aspect of our life. The more our relationships grow, the more valuable the benefits, both personally as well as professionally.

Create your bucket list

If you have still not thought of creating a bucket list, then this is the time to create one! This list might have everything you want to do, see, feel, and experience in your life. Your list may be ongoing, but you can start by writing 10 things down. Then each month or so, make sure you’re knocking out at least one of the items off it.

Be happy for this moment, for it is your life right now

Happiness is to simply live, find gratitude and satisfaction in the moment that you have now. Make it a practice to express gratitude for everything that you have and often. Give second chances to everyone in your life including yourself. Try including ‘Thank you’s in your daily life and be genuine when you use it. Make sure to treat yourself to the little things in life. Take a quick walk around the block especially if it’s sunny outside, lend a helping hand to a co-worker, and remember the value you bring to the organisation.

Why are women not investing in themselves?

They check with someone else: When it comes to personal and professional development, women need to appoint themselves the highest authority. Your spouse, bosses, siblings or partner can have a say, but make sure to give yourself and your wants the highest priority.You need to be very clear about what you want and what you deserve, before you go out and get it.

They’re not sure when it is the “right” time. So here’s a harsh reality in life: we’re all over-the-top busy and over-committed, and it’s never going to feel like the “right time” to work on yourself. . But if you want to be successful don’t get lost in all the reasons why later would be better.

Fear that money should be used for their family or others. We don’t invest in ourselves because as a woman, we are taught to sacrifice our needs for others. For instance, to take care of our children, be a better wife by being at home, be a better daughter-in-law and so on.

But what happens if our husband gets hit by a bus on his way home from work or die on us from heart disease or maybe leave us for a younger woman? What if your husband gets into financial trouble? These are some questions that have plagued me throughout my life. We have to survive and make sure we can keep up the quality of life. Our kids have to stay in the same schools they have always gone to. Don’t bet on tragedy to strike. Invest in yourselves in ways so that you do not have to be dependent on anyone.

Whatever we do for a living, whether it is cleaning our houses, or managing companies, we must invest in our future and focus on creating a better, interesting one than the present. We should have a Plan B to fall back on, in case life brings us any surprises. Don’t let your focus on work define you as a bad woman. In fact, it is just the opposite. Think of this as an investment for you and your family because we are making sure we can always keep up the with the needs of our family, and if God forbid, life changes for the worse in a split second.

In conclusion

So, I would conclude by telling you to not give up if somebody tells you NO. Demand for non-monetary perks: flexi-time, a new title, pay revaluation the following quarter, or mentorship by or a project with a senior exec. They’re valuable in themselves, but they also get your boss into the habit of saying yes to you, and that will help you get that raise next time. Remember, this is a lifetime gap you’re working to close!

Never take no for an answer and give up on hope. If you don’t invest in yourself no one else will. When you invest in yourself, it’s the best return on investment you can give to your workplace.


Malini Saba is the founder of Saba Family Foundations and Saba Industries.

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INDIA FAR FROM ACHIEVING TRUE EQUALITY

India far from achieving true equality

 

When we celebrate women’s equality day on August 26, we must pledge to end discrimination at home and offices. Gender equality is not just about money or respect, it goes beyond that

I was in a funk because I felt like I was not a good mom.” So said ace tennis champion Serena Williams, a woman whom we associate with great accomplishments, the power of privilege, relevance as a creator of wealth and a benchmark of individual excellence. Yet when it came to motherhood, she slipped into the perennial guilt syndrome of readjusting her life around her child despite the fact that she could afford an alternative support system, an extended family and the comfort of workarounds. Still she felt that the time she gave for her child was not enough.

Working women around the world are debating the same question as Serena and given the added issues of gender pay gap, the lack of paid maternity leave and the struggle to claim reproductive rights, they have decided to step off the ramp. A survey of 1,000 qualified women in Delhi/NCR found that only 18-34 per cent of married women continued working after having a child. Some other estimates indicate that nearly half of urban working women quit their jobs mid-career for maternity leave or to bring up children. In fact, the career dropout rate of urban educated women is higher than that of their rural counterparts in cases. Even in successful and high profile double income units, once the “achieving” threshold is crossed, it is the woman who is stepping back, succumbing to the genetically conditioned mindset of a nurturer and care-giver, giving the necessary thrust to the domestic economy as it were by some extra-constitutional power and then slipping back to the normalcy of expectation. In the process, women tend to strengthen the stereotype of a man as the bread-winner and an architect of a goal-oriented career. Though a man is equally responsible for fathering a child and is emotionally capable of being the protector, he has the mantle of a career performance lumped upon him. Even when mid-retiree women develop a sense of stability with their young ones growing up, they scarcely make it back to their original trajectory but take up some part-time ventures or develop a passion-oriented home business. “Women who have family support or can afford to pay for child care have a lot of guilt. This is because of social conditioning,” says leading businesswoman Anu Aga. The biggest decline in employment has been among two groups — illiterate women and post-graduates — according to a 2017 World Bank report. Most successful male CEOs have spouses who are complementary CEOs in home management. Yet given their multi-tasking and adaptive abilities, working women could give a boost to the country’s GDP by about 30 per cent if certain policies are in place and a mindset changes. Even when they have exited corporate jobs to forge out on their own, transit professionals have helmed  boutique enterprises and start-ups with handsome turnovers.

The first of the stereotypes begins at home. Without taking away credit from metrosexual men, “fathering” is yet to develop as a concept equivalent to “mothering,” the former limited to a biological function, the latter encompassing multiple and undefined role responsibilities. Even childless women are assigned the “mothering” role in team management roles at work. It is both prized and abused at the same time. Till mothers, and most of them are educated and enlightened enough today, tell both their sons and daughters that nurturing a life is genderless and a necessary and purposeful human activity, there will be no change in the home dynamics. Till the grandfather, who revels in child care simply because he is at home after a perceived “successful” career run, asks his son to pick up the tab at home, there won’t be a change in mindset. Till fathers spend an equal time with their kids, they will no longer complain that the children naturally gravitate towards mothers. Here is a factoid: Though mothers are intimately bound to the babies physiologically for nine months, dads can bond with them even before they are born as they recognise both parents’ voices from 32 weeks. As for skin-to-skin contact, warmth has no gender and the child recognises that first. Mothers, too, admittedly in their rush for perfection in role-playing, must cede that territorial space to fathers, who will be willing if allowed to. Also, emphasis should be laid on double parenting. Neither the mother, nor the father needs to step back. And there is no need to glorify what need not be a sacrifice, be it of a stay-at-home mother or a house-husband.

Next come workplace policies, which continue to be shaped by traditional mindsets. Malini Saba, a corporate herself, has found that on an average, women today earn just 78 cents for every dollar that men earn, an increase of only 17 cents on the dollar, and that pregnancy discrimination, more than guilt pangs, has pushed women out of the queue. Pregnancy taboos are the reason that most corporate women are bypassed for a promotion or a special project simply because employers think that a maternity break reduces the woman’s ability to maintain continuity of functions or bounce back to original efficiencies. Fact is, most new mothers, given the flexibility of home operations, manage not only to deliver but make the perfect pitch at the workplace when required to stand in. Career women are multitasking themselves, juggling between family chores and deadlines, an ability that empowers them with adaptability, innovation, change, fluidity and creativity, mantras that every corporate aspires for. Few employers realise that women, as much as they cherish moments with their new-born, do not want to give up what they have invested their self-worth in — their careers. The same pregnancy/motherhood concerns have become barriers for women in physically-oriented jobs like factory floors while there is some headway in the armed forces.

Yet for all demonstrable abilities, companies become sexist and archaic when it comes to the muscularity of a given role. They would rather employ a man in his 20s and 30s over a woman of the same age for fear of maternity leave and family roles. They usually think twice about hiring a woman with a child for a senior role, assuming she cannot give her 100 per per cent. If she works reduced hours, they tend to equate it with a financial cost to the company rather than counting the efficiency she packs in her limited hours or that she can be more productive if allowed a bit of flexibility. In fact, more women opt out of jobs because of the sluggishness of their career progression and the assumption that they will be passed over. They may be considered super operators but will always be a step behind the big chair. They yield to the unhappiness at work rather than the imperatives of home duties.

Most importantly, if all offices introduced child care services or crèches where mothers could check in on their young ones, the immense relief would automatically lead to more focus at work. We must realise that this is a tiny cost to pay considering that societally care-giving or home-making is an unpaid acknowledgement.

Couple this with balanced education; for example women continue to figure extremely low, not higher than 20 per cent, in engineering and other disciplines of merit and excellence. Far too many girls are still making a “manageable and practical” choice of humanities rather than tough specialties. We don’t need role models of women fighting against the odds and conquering the unthinkable in unheard of circumstances. We need everyday examples of girls challenging prescribed choices and mainstreaming themselves instead so that they can stand shoulder to shoulder on the factory floor.

It is a myth that a woman’s biological processes or a familial orientation is an impediment to a realization of her many talents. Women never bring their family issues to work because they have always had to prove they can do as much as a man if not better. Which is why they are more committed, sorted, detailed and specific. If corporate India wants to acquire the edge, then it must help rid mothers of their guilt syndrome, consider them assets and creators rather than liabilities and pro-creators.

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Bullying Of Students: Here’s What To Do About It

Have you ever wondered what to do about being bullied?
This article will explain what it is and what we can do about it.

Our article also published on BW business India.

There are two types and four styles by which students can be bullied or can bully others. The two means of bullying include direct (e.g., by a student or a group or Adult who target less powerful students as the victim and that occurs in the presence of a targeted student) and indirect (e.g., mental prohibition from students groups or spreading rumors.

Can you recall the nursery jingle “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”? Observably that was not and is not the reality and can never be especially in the case of Bullying that takes place at schools. Bullying is a behavior that is purposeful and contains an imbalance of power or strength. It is a behavior that is physical, verbal, or relational. While boys may bully others by more physical means; girls often bully by social rejection. Bullying has been a part of the workplace and School for a long period. More recently through technology & social media bullying has extended its reach. Cyberbullying is the example which takes place online and via cell phones.

There are two types and four styles by which students can be bullied or can bully others. The two means of bullying include direct (e.g., by a student or a group or Adult who target less powerful students as the victim and that occurs in the presence of a targeted student) and indirect (e.g., mental prohibition from students groups or spreading rumors. In addition to these two modes, the four types of bullying include broad categories of physical, verbal, relational (e.g., efforts to harm the reputation or relationships of the targeted youth), and damage to property.

Occurrence

More than one out of every five (20.8%) students report being bullied according to a report from National Centre for Educational Statistics.

Most bullying happens in middle school. The most common kinds are verbal and social bullying.

83% of students who bully others online also bully others in person.

84% of students who were bullied online were also bullied in person.

Who are at Risk? 

Usually, children who are bullied have one or more of the following risk factors:

Professed as different from their peers, such as being underweight or overweight, having short height, wearing glasses or different clothing, new to a school, or being not able to have materials that kids consider as ‘Cool”.

Seen as weak or unable to protect themselves.

Depressed, concerned, Uneasy or with low self-esteem.

Failing an exam/class or securing fewer marks.

Less popular than others or like to live with the small group of friends.

Do not get along well with others or are generally punished by teachers.

Though, if a child has all these risk factors, it doesn’t mean that they will be bullied.

Where Bullying Occurs?

Bullying can happen at any number of places, situations, or locations. At times that place can be online or through a cell phone. Bullying that occurs using technology (including but not limited to cell phones, chat rooms, instant messaging, email, and social media posts) is considered electronic bullying and is viewed as a context or location.

Mostly Bullying takes place in the playgrounds, school buses, cafeteria, in restrooms, hallways, and locker rooms.

Disconnect Between Adults 

It is found that most often there is a disconnect between students and an adult understanding for a case of bullying. Adults often don’t know how to react when they do identify a case of bullying. Considerably only about 20 to 30% of students who are bullied inform adults about it.

Promising Prevention Strategies

Staff and students should try and notice when a child is bullied or left out during the games, Lunchtimes etc. This involves the efforts of everyone in the school environment—teachers, Principal, administrators, counselors, non-teaching staff (such as bus drivers, nurses, school resource officers, cafeteria workers, and school librarians), parents, seniors, and students. They should be trained in bullying anticipation and involvement and how to respond if they observe bullying & its prevention.

Also, a group can be formed to coordinate the school’s bullying prevention activities. The work of that group can be to motivate staff, students, and parents; prevent rules, policies, and activities; and ensure that the efforts continue over time. A student advisory group can be formed to focus on bullying prevention and provide valuable suggestions/ feedback to adults.

Bullying and Suicide

The relationship between Bullying and suicide is somehow coinciding in many cases in schools and colleges. Much psychological research says that bullying leads to isolation, depression, low self-esteem and in return suicidal behaviors is found in individuals. The major variety of people who are bullied do not become suicidal. Some youth, such as LGBTQ youth, are at increased risk for suicide tries even where bullying is not a factor.

Anti-bullying Laws

It is vital to be aware of the laws made to control bullying in India so that the problem is nipped in the bud.

 Laws in Schools

Former HRD minister formed a committee of experts to analyze Bullying in school and to prevent it. Following is the CBSE School Bullying Protection Law guide:-

If any student is found Bullying or ragging it will be given a written notice and can even result in rustication for that particular ward.

Putting a notice on Notice Board that if any students are found bullying will be liable for strict action

A Committee member to prevent bullying it shall include the vice principal, a senior teacher, doctor, counselor, parent-teacher representative, school management representative, and legal representative and peer educators.

Laws in Colleges

The government of India in order to stop/prevent bullying has created a guideline called “UGC Regulations on Curbing the Menace of Ragging in Higher Education Institutions, 2009” which is applied to all the colleges or higher education institutions and are as follows:

FIR: The victim can avail thirteen provisions under Indian Penal Code and can register an FIR (first information report) in the police station under the area where the crime has taken place. The person can apply various Indian sections of Laws, such as:
Section 294– Obscene acts and songs
Section 339– Wrongful restraint
Section 340– Wrongful confinement
Section 341– Punishment for wrongful restraint
Section 342– Punishment for wrongful confinement
Section 506– Punishment for criminal intimidation

 Extreme Violence

When there is a case of extreme bullying or ragging that includes extreme violence:
Section 323– Punishment for voluntarily causing hurt
Section 324– Voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means
Section 325– Punishment for voluntarily causing grievous hurt
Section 326– Voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means

 In a case where a victim has lost his/her life

Section 304– Punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder
Section 306– Abetment of suicide
Section 307– Attempt to murder
Though, these UGC anti-ragging measures and the laws of IPC are not applied to schools.

 Cyber-bullying Laws

If the student is been a victim of cyberbullying it can file a complaint under the Indian Penal Code. Under the I.T. Act, 2000 the victim can apply for two kinds of offenses Section 67 of punishment of information which is obscene and breaches of confidentiality.

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Malini Saba – Success Story

A True Success Story

Saba Industries Incorporated, is known for its strong holdings in Mining and Agriculture. The company produces iron ore, Gold, Bauxite, Palm oil and Rice. Malini dove into the commodity space believing that we all need raw material. Although Saba Industries has grown exponentially, it still remains a family-owned business.

Saba graduated from high school and later graduated with a degree in Psychology. After many failed relationships, she married and had children. Saba is an ardent entrepreneur and started her business in the 1990’s and still stands at the helm as the CEO of the company.

Saba’s net worth, as estimated to be over $1.5 billion dollars (USD). Among her several philanthropic contributions are donations to Australian Outback doctors, San Francisco Arts Academy, India’s Artists, and Children’s Hospital in Cambodia. Saba also owns farms that specialize in organic farming.

She has been awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year, Philanthropist of the year, Kalpana Chawla award, the Mother Theresa Award and the Federation Peace award for her global Philanthropic work.

She contributes to different causes through her philanthropic initiative Saba Family Foundation.

Hard work, discipline and a keen sense of business is what makes her one of the most successful contemporary business woman.

The Iceberg Ilusion

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Understanding Employees – Important for Success

Why understanding your employees is important for Success.

By Rajeshwari Sajosh

I wanted to interview Saba to understand her views on Management and what she thought about hiring more women in her field.

Her feedback was enlightening. She has some strong views on management and gender equality in the workplace.

She had four areas which she focused on beginning with :

Unite, Don’t Direct

There’s a fine line between a leader and a manager. For one, a leader inspires employees to follow her lead and pursue her goals. A manager, on the other hand, leads by instruction and directives. This is why Malini Saba finds one more successful than the other:
In my experience, encouraging a team-oriented culture that is focused on uniting employees behind a shared sense of purpose and a common goal is more effective than offering directives. If you and your leadership team are on the same page with this approach, it is much easier to engage employees throughout the firm to meet those collective goals.  

Tailor the Experience

The first step in achieving gender equality in the workplace is understanding and supporting the fact that men and women work differently. Most importantly, Saba encourages women to find opportunity in everything:

As employers, we need to accept that women and men operate differently in the workplace and set up development and training programs that are designed to target high potential employees in both groups. As women, we need to remind ourselves to have an ‘opt in’ attitude. Career downturns happen to everyone and we must remember to treat them as opportunities to change how we work or try something new. That is what shows our true mettle.

Invest in professional development

When it comes to increasing female executive leadership, Malini  reminds employers to create equal and ample opportunities for women to climb the corporate ladder:
Companies must invest in their female employees’ leadership and professional development. I’m very proud of the numerous development and mentoring programs that Saba Industries has in place to help women excel at our firm and we’re seeing results that are validating this approach.

Ending gender pay inequality 

Unfortunately, gender Pay inequality still very much exists. But, as Saba suggests, there are ways to combat this inequality both inside and outside of the workplace:
The issue is complex because there is still no single answer as to why. Saba Industries’s interest in this issue goes far beyond our organization; we want to empower women’s financial futures, and that means putting programs, such as our seminars, in place to help them understand their finances.

Being the President and CEO of a multinational corporation is no easy feat. But Malini Saba shows us that through hard work, the right attitude and a great team, it is possible.

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10 tips for achieving what you want in life

By Rosana Yacob

I sat in the Ritz Carlton in Malaysia waiting for Malini Saba to arrive. While I was waiting, I started talking to the concierge. He went on to tell me about how he met Saba two years ago when she first took the apartment at the Ritz. He said she was so motivated to get the best deal we had and she was relentless and we caved in.

Malini arrived and walked directly to me as if she had known me for years. She was so welcoming and warm and it put me at ease to start the conversation. I wanted to ask her what are your tips for people are out there to achieve their dreams in life.

She leaned back into the armchair and crossed her legs and replied “I have 10 things that I have lived by and I have applied my whole life.”

1. Focus on commitment, not motivation.

Just how committed are you to your goal? How important is it for you, and what are you willing to sacrifice in order to achieve it? If you find yourself fully committed, motivation will follow.

2. Seek knowledge, not results.

If you focus on the excitement of discovery, improving, exploring and experimenting, your motivation will always be fueled. If you focus only on results, your motivation will be like weather—it will die the minute you hit a storm. So the key is to focus on the journey, not the destination. Keep thinking about what you are learning along the way and what you can improve.

3. Make the journey fun.

It’s an awesome game! The minute you make it serious, there’s a big chance it will start carrying a heavy emotional weight and you will lose perspective and become stuck again.

4. Get rid of stagnating thoughts.

Thoughts influence feelings and feelings determine how you view your work. You have a lot of thoughts in your head, and you always have a choice of which ones to focus on: the ones that will make you emotionally stuck (fears, doubts) or the ones that will move you forward (excitement, experimenting, trying new things, stepping out of your comfort zone.)

5. Use your imagination.

Next step after getting rid of negative thoughts is to use your imagination. When things go well, you are full of positive energy, and when you are experiencing difficulties, you need to be even more energetic. So, rename your situation. If you keep repeating I hate my work, guess which feelings those words will evoke? It’s a matter of imagination! You can always find something to learn even from the worst boss in the world at the most boring job. I have a great exercise for you: Just for three days, think and say positive things only. See what happens.

6. Stop being nice to yourself.

Motivation means action and action brings results. Sometimes your actions fail to bring the results you want. So, you prefer to be nice to yourself and not put yourself in a difficult situation. You wait for the perfect timing, for an opportunity, while you drive yourself into stagnation and sometimes even into depression. Get out there, challenge yourself, do something that you want to do even if you are afraid.

7. Get rid of distractions.

Meaningless things and distractions will always be in your way, especially those easy, usual things you would rather do instead of focusing on new challenging and meaningful projects. Learn to focus on what is the most important. Write a list of time-wasters and hold yourself accountable to not do them.

8. Don’t rely on others.

You should never expect others to do it for you, not even your partner, friend or boss. They are all busy with their own needs. No one will make you happy or achieve your goals for you. It’s all on you. It’s all on you.

9. Plan.

Know your three steps forward. You do not need more. Fill out your weekly calendar, noting when you will do what and how. When-what-how is important to schedule. Review how each day went by what you learned and revise what you could improve.

10. Protect yourself from burnout.

It’s easy to burn out when you are very motivated. Observe yourself to recognize any signs of tiredness and take time to rest. Your body and mind rest when you schedule relaxation and fun time into your weekly calendar. Do diverse tasks, keep switching between something creative and logical, something physical and still, working alone and with a team. Switch locations. Meditate, or just take deep breaths, close your eyes, or focus on one thing for five minutes.

“I use these as my mantra for everything I do”, explained Malini. I am never ever lazy to get up again and try it one more time. One should never be afraid of failure. I have failed many times, it’s not the amount of times you fail that matter, it’s how many times you are willing to get back up and fight for what you believe and want to achieve in your life.

It was so inspirational. As I left the interview I realized she had made me feel I can do anything I put my mind too.

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WOMAN IN THE MINING INDUSTRY

By Louisa Rampet

Mining has a reputation for being rough, remote and dangerous, as well as being one of the most male-dominated industries in the world.

This is true for Malini Saba, CEO of Saba Industries, whose mining journey started at the age of 30 when she decided to invest heavily in the commodity space. She began at ground zero.

She has built a thriving business and now owns over 7 large Mines internationally.  Her company owns mines that produce Iron ore, gold and Bauxite.

Malini says “Women must challenge their own comfort and realize the possibilities this environment has to offer, and attitudes of both males and females needs to be shaped by the pioneers in the environment.”

She also feels that young girls should be encouraged to pursue math, science and engineering subjects.  Furthermore, she feels that education in schools and universities surrounding the “exciting career opportunities that await women in the mining industry” should be improved.

I went on to ask her further questions about her role and experience.

Q : What have you enjoyed most about your role in the industry?

Malini Saba : I have spent more than fifteen years  in the mining industry and have seen significant changes and challenges. Being an owner and executive has its challenges. I have dealt with building new mining projects and running operations in countries that are not mining friendly, or are politically unstable or under high risk of executive kidnappings.

I have seen natural disasters such as floods, to earthquakes and malaria.  I’ve witnessed labor unrest and strikes in some of our Asian countries, with the invasion of our mining pits by hundreds of illegal miners. So, the role has never been boring and has always stretched me.

Q : What do you consider the most successful aspect of your mining leadership to date?

Malini Saba : I was part of a team that supported and coached an executive team through a significant organizational crisis a couple of years ago. Our team took the company through a huge expansion phase for a few years on the back of a very favorable commodity rise. We were faced with huge skills shortages at a time when many companies in the mining industry and neighboring industries were going through a similar expansion phase, and so we were highly focused on the recruitment, development and retention of key skills.

I led the team that redesigned and restructured the entire global business in a process involving redefining for each function and area what work was transactional and what was strategic and how the work would be delivered at operating unit, regional or corporate level. Within a twelve-month period, we had achieved both our cost-saving and our restructuring objectives.

Q : Why do you think there is such a big gender gap in the industry?  What is needed to create change?

Malini Saba : Mining can be perceived as dirty and dangerous and with the potential to create significant environmental damage if not managed ethically.  As such, the industry struggles to attract not only women but also young talent. I feel women think it’s a dirty job. It is a job that you have to eat and breath in order to compete.

Malini Saba   –  “ Remember we can’t move the resources, which often means remote locations, perhaps fly-in, fly-out operations or shift rotations. Remote locations, as opposed to corporate offices in large urban centers, don’t pose quite the same kind of challenges, and may fit more seamlessly into a career path that includes work-life balance as part of its goal.”  Example deep in the jungles of Kalimantan.

Furthermore, even if a company adopts and promotes an inclusive culture, mining is faced with a unique challenge in dealing with multiple environments, as Saba explains.

“You’ve got the mine site. You’ve got the corporate office, individuals in the field doing exploration, all being linked together in the sector. What can happen is you may have a strong corporate policy about respect in the workplace and diversity but getting that to trickle to all sites and all places that your company is doing business is a challenge.”

Thus, a lot has to change on the mindset of the miners. This should come from the culture the company puts in place from day one. It means constant reinforcement.

Q : Is your company doing anything about the gender gap?

Malini Saba : Yes we hire women. We also work with a lot of tribal families in the jungles. There we seek more women to work at the mines. We train them. They work and earn a living and at the same time be able to walk back home to their long houses.

It is a slow process to bring in women from the cities to go to the remote areas. But we have not stopped trying. Getting women in the corporate side of the business has not been that huge of a challenge.

The mining industry needs to do more to attract women into core technical roles, and to put in place clear talent management and coaching programs to help accelerate women into more senior roles and provide more flexible working arrangements. This includes policies around bursaries and scholarships, maternity leave, and equal pay for equal work.

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Interview with Malini Saba – A Strong Woman

By Alexa Wong

When you come across a strong woman, you’ll know it the moment she enters the room. That was Malini. I knew it was her the moment she walked into the café.  She gave off a vibe of self confidence that anyone could spot from a mile away.

I met Malini, in a coffee shop downtown London. She was nice enough to give me time. She was in town on a business trip.

She sat down and we began the interview.

Here are 9 things I walked away with after talking with her:

1)   She takes time to self-care.

One of the less obvious keys to success is the self-love and self-care, because without those, a successful woman knows she is already up the creek.  You must take care of the person in the mirror first. You cannot get to the next point if you don’t nurture yourself along the journey.

2)   She is not afraid to stand on her own.

She believes a strong woman does not need anyone standing in front, behind or beside her to get things done. They set their goals, figure out how to achieve them, and then get after it.  You have to fight battles, tame dragons and walk through fire if you have too.

3)   She does not make excuses.

Malini believes that no matter her life circumstances, she rises with the tides and does whatever she needs to in order to make it to shore. She has never let her mind get in the way of her success, because she knows that she is more than capable of achieving what she wants.  Excuses get in the way of results, and she knows she cannot have both.

4)   She does not waste time complaining.

One can either complain and let yourself be a victim, or you can rise above your challenges and be a warrior. We have to simply get back up and try again and refuse to let petty life problems get in the way. She feels complaining only drains her energy, so she chooses to put her energy into something useful and create something out of nothing.

5)   She chooses to challenge herself.

When you get too comfortable, you stop growing, she says.  It’s important to always keep yourself learning to try new things and expand your knowledge and skill sets.

6)   She stays on top of finances.

We all go through tough times and hard times.  I have certainly had my share, Saba states. Sometimes we may have even start all over again. She says she has had to do that.  However, you cannot let it keep you down. We have to make sure we are on top of our finances. We must always take care of no 1 first, regardless if you are married or not. You must keep money aside for that rainy day. Her advice, Governments change and markets shift and we must be ready for that.

7)  She keeps an open mind.

She believes while strong women tend to have strong opinions and beliefs about things, they also keep and open mind and learn from others. A strong woman is able to be sorry, forgive and move ahead. A strong woman can accept when she is wrong.

8)  She helps everyone around her.

Another facet to success that most people don’t think about is lifting others up around you. After all, what good is a win if you don’t have a team to help you celebrate.  She believes that its important to always help others even if it’s in the smallest way. Giving back is what all of us are here to do.

9)  She stands her ground.

A strong woman never shy away from a problem. She will stand her ground and face it head on.

My one hour with Malini turned to a four, hour conversation. She was one of the most attentive, charismatic, and genuine person I have had the pleasure to interview. She made eye contact through the four, hour conversation. She was like an everyday person with huge success while keeping to her humble beginnings. It was a privilege to meet her.

I will end with a quote from Malini,

“’If my strength intimidates you. I hope you realize that’s a weakness of yours.’”

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Why We Must Pay Attention To Bullying

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

LONDON, UK – 10 May, 2018 – WHY WE MUST PAY ATTENTION TO BULLYING

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. The kids who are bullied and the kids who do the bullying may develop serious, lasting problems.

In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:

  • An Imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others.
  • Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.

Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and purposely excluding people from a group.

Types of Bullying

There are three types of bullying:

  • Verbal bullying is saying or writing mean things. Verbal bullying includes:
    • Teasing
    • Name-calling
    • Inappropriate sexual comments
    • Taunting
    • Threatening to cause harm
  • Social bullying, sometimes referred to as relational bullying, involves hurting someone’s reputation or relationships. Social bullying includes:
    • Excluding someone on purpose
    • Telling other children not to be friends with someone
    • Verbally spreading lies and rumors about someone
    • Spreading lies and rumors about someone on the Internet via social media. This is cyberbullying.
    • Embarrassing someone in public
  • Physical bullying involves hurting a person’s body or possessions. Physical bullying includes:
    • Hitting/kicking/pinching
    • Spitting
    • Tripping/pushing
    • Taking or breaking someone’s things
    • Making mean or rude hand gestures

Where and When Bullying Happens

Bullying can occur during or after school hours. While most reported bullying happens at school, a significant percentage also happens on the playground and on the bus. It can also happen travelling to or from school, in the youth’s neighborhood or in the compound they live. Some of the most damaging bullying happens online, where people write vicious lies and rumors anonymously.

Warning Signs for Bullying

There are many warning signs that may indicate that someone is affected by bullying—either being bullied or bullying others. Recognizing the warning signs is an important first step in taking action against bullying. Not all children who are bullied or are bullying others ask for help.

It is important to talk with children who show signs of being bullied or bullying others. These warning signs can also point to other issues or problems, such as depression or substance abuse. Talking to the child can help identify the root of the problem.

Signs a Child Is Being Bullied

Look for changes in the child. However, be aware that not all children who are bullied exhibit warning signs.

Some signs that may point to a bullying problem are:

  • Unexplainable injuries
  • Lost or destroyed clothing, books, electronics, or jewelry
  • Frequent headaches or stomach aches, feeling sick or faking illness
  • Changes in eating habits, like suddenly skipping meals or binge eating. Kids may come home from school hungry because they did not eat lunch.
  • Difficulty sleeping or frequent nightmares
  • Declining grades, loss of interest in schoolwork, or not wanting to go to school
  • Sudden loss of friends or avoidance of social situations
  • Feelings of helplessness or decreased self esteem
  • Self-destructive behaviors such as running away from home, harming themselves, or talking about suicide

Signs a Child is Bullying Others

Kids may be bullying others if they:

  • Get into physical or verbal fights
  • Have friends who bully others
  • Are increasingly aggressive
  • Get sent to the principal’s office or to detention frequently
  • Have unexplained extra money or new belongings
  • Blame others for their problems
  • Don’t accept responsibility for their actions
  • Are competitive and worry about their reputation or popularity

Why don’t kids ask for help?

Kids don’t tell adults for many reasons:

  • Bullying can make a child feel helpless. Kids may want to handle it on their own to feel in control again. They may fear being seen as weak or a tattletale.
  • Kids may fear backlash from the kid who bullied them.
  • Bullying can be a humiliating experience. Kids may not want adults to know what is being said about them, whether true or false. They may also fear that adults will judge them or punish them for being weak.
  • Kids who are bullied may already feel socially isolated. They may feel like no one cares or could understand.
  • Kids may fear being rejected by their peers. Friends can help protect kids from bullying, and kids can fear losing this support.

I strongly feel that parents are ultimately responsible for the behavior of their children. Children learn everything first from home environment, and second, from school. What they say and the way they see the world and other people is formed by their parents’ opinions and actions. Thus, parents must teach their children to always respect others, and parents must reinforce these teachings every day to help prevent bullying.

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Breaking the Barrier

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Malini Saba – Breaking the Barrier

London, UK – 5 May, 2018 – If you think that Commodity markets are still an all-boys club, meet Saba Industries (sabaindustriesgroup.com), CEO and social activist Malini Saba (malinisaba.com).

INSPIRING: Malini Saba

It might be the hottest trend in investment circles these days, but the commodity space is still a predominantly male dominated market. At the top level, from the chairman to its board members, commodity is and are old-world all-boys gentry.  Leave it to 50-year-old CEO and social activist Malini Saba to break the mold.

In March of this year, Saba is investing over $100 million in the commodity projects in India and South East Asia in the next few years. With this Saba becomes the first woman to found and head such a high-profile venture.

Focus on India and South East Asia

Saba feels strongly it is the correct time to invest back into this sector.

And Saba should know. This self-made businesswoman is known to have a Midas touch when it comes to investments. She has invested in hi-tech stocks, commodities in Asia and South America and real estate properties all across the globe.

“I’m always conscious of changing political and economic trends in any region I go in to invest,” Saba points out. She will be touring the countries visiting local agricultural areas and mining in across India and South East Asia.

Saba will also look at charitable giving through her Family Foundation during her visit to these countries. Saba Family Foundation main focus in health and education. Learn more at sabafamilyfoundations.com.

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Saba Industries Invests US $100 Million in Southeast Asia Rice Industry

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Saba Industries Invests US $100 Million in Southeast Asia Rice Industry

London, UK – 5 May, 2018 – Company aims to modernize industry, promote organic rice farming and improve farmers’ quality of life.

Saba Industries, a privately-held, manufacturer and global exporter of rice and other commodities, is investing US $100 million in Southeast Asia’s rice industry to help modernize the sector, promote organic rice farming and improve farmers’ quality of life. The investment will span two years and is perhaps one of the largest investments in Southeast Asia’s rice industry.

With its investment, Saba Industries is buying outdated and abandoned rice mills in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand and converting them into storage facilities with bio-energy rice dryers that can help combat the effects of climate change.

Saba Industries will also buy farmers’ rice paddies and supply farmers with equipment, seeds and organic fertilizer – all free of charge. This is a sea change from the centuries-long practice of farmers being forced to purchase everything necessary to farm, leaving them with mounting debt and continuing the cycle of poverty. Saba Industries also trains farmers in organic farming.

Golden Grain Rice, a Saba Industries subsidiary, will process the farmers’ rice and distribute it to wholesalers throughout Southeast Asia and parts of Africa and the Middle East.

In addition, Saba Industries‘ philanthropic arm, Saba Family Foundations, plans to build and operate schools and health clinics in farming communities that have no access to basic education and healthcare services. The schools and clinics will be staffed by local instructors, doctors and nurses who know the communities well and speak the language.

“Rice is a major food staple all over the world, and consumption is growing rapidly every year, especially in non-Asian regions such as Africa and the Middle East,” said Malini Saba, Founder and Chairman of Saba Industries. “Farmers are the key to ensuring that rice production and quality keeps pace with demand. But the old way of farming puts farmers and their families at risk. Helping farmers reduce their debt, improve their lives and farm organically is the only way the rice industry can survive and thrive. Moreover, helping people achieve economic stability is the right thing to do.”

About Saba Industries

Saba Industries, founded in 1996 by entrepreneur and philanthropist Malini Saba, is a privately-held company that operates agricultural commodities, mining, ship breaking and hospitality businesses in South and Southeast Asia, Australia and Africa.

About Saba Family Foundations

Saba Family Foundations was founded in 2002 by entrepreneur and philanthropist Malini Saba to focus on the needs of under-served women and children worldwide. The foundation’s three areas of focus are healthcare, education and human rights. The foundation has undertaken numerous projects, including: partnering with Stanford Medical Center to train physicians from developing countries; distributing preventative health information on HIV/AIDS, immunizations, gastric and reproductive health; providing vocational education for women in Togo, West Africa; and supporting human rights issues around the world.

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Gentry Hall of Fame Award Announced

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Gentry Hall of Fame Award Announced

London, UK – 11 Nov., 2017 – In recognition of her extraordinary gifts to philanthropic community and beyond, Malini Saba has been awarded the title Philanthropist of the Year 2017.

This is to recognize her on-going, prodigious charitable work and giving. It is important to remember that this generous leader is continuing at a staggering rate. We applaud her efforts and hold her as a model for giving on a grand scale.

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Self-made Billionaire

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Malini Saba, Self-made Billionaire

Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, Sri Lanka – 15 Jan., 2015 – Why she inspires us? She was the first Sri Lankan Tamil women to become a self-made billionaire.

What has she taught us?

How to pave the way for march toward success against all odds. How to stand up to bullies who felt a woman’s place is not in the business lime light.

To do everything in your power to achieve your dream. How to succeed in a male dominated industry and to stay true to your ideals through it all.

Finally, to use the power you gain and have to protect those that can’t protect themselves.

We celebrate Malini Saba as an inspirational woman leader of our times.

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Personal Qualities

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Malini Saba – Personal Qualities

London, UK – 20 August, 2013 – Some of the personal qualities serving Malini Saba.

Ambition
Even from a young age, despite thinking that life would be difficult, Malini had a sense of her own destiny.

Hard work
She determined she would learn everything about business, build alliances and ingratiate herself with the business community.

Courage, intelligence and logic
She assumed all three qualities. A successful person must have all three.

Charm and charisma
She has a presence about her that consumes any room she walks into. She has the ability to hold people’s attention to whatever she is speaking about and make everyone feel they were listened too and cared for.

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The Iron Lady with a Velvet Glove

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Malini Saba – The Iron Lady with a velvet glove

London, UK – 30 May, 2012 – A tough lady with a soft touch.

Her favorite quote:

“Being a leader is like being a lady. If you have to remind people you are, you aren’t. “


Malini understands that leadership is not about titles or photos or selfies. True leadership is about authenticity, standing up for principles, even in the face of strong opposition.

Her angry critics see her as a pugnacious destroyer. But those who know her understand she is all about methodology and doing what is right by people and for the people.

Authentic leadership is a product of honesty. Honesty is about putting needs of others before your own. Honesty in communicating information, both positive and negative. Honesty in accepting viewpoints which are different from yours. Honesty in integrating the values you profess with behaviors you exhibit. Honesty is also the product of clarity. Clarity in what you stand for and what you will not stand for.

We can take a lesson from Malini Saba. Always stay true to your core values regardless of how others view things under a populous lens. Only through this method can you truly help others and be a good leader too.

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In a Nutshell

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Malini Saba – In a Nutshell

London, UK – 30 May, 2012 – Malini Saba was born to a simple family, rose to success through sheer perseverance and belief that she will make it.

In her own words “I had no choice, make it or nothing.”

She always believed there was nothing a woman could not achieve. She also believes that you can learn most things in life if you put the time and really want to learn them.

Her secret to success is never to lie and never pretend to know everything. “We are constantly in a learning mode. It is when we think we know it all, we have failed.”

My father once told me there were two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try and be the first group; there was much less competition.

Malini Saba leaves us with her quote “Whenever you take a step forward you will shake things up and only with this can you create change. Through and through we also change as a person.”

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Women Empowerment

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Malini Saba – Women Empowerment

London, UK – 30 Dec., 2010 – The power of Malini Saba.

Since her younger days, I have been intrigued by Malini Saba. I think I have only met her a few times, yet still her power and presence somehow resonate with me and those who meet her.

Perhaps it has something to do with her warmth and charisma she resonates effortlessly.

So, without delay I want you to get to know Malini Saba. I want to share with you a little about this business mogul, philanthropist, artist, author, inspiration and downright amazing woman who uses her success to empower girls and women around the world. She is a true proponent for women empowerment!

Through hard work and determination, Malini left behind poverty to become a billionaire. Note: she is not just any billionaire. She was the first self-made Sri Lankan woman to independently grow her wealth.

Born in Seremban, Malaysia this young woman worked her way to the top against all odds.

She has reinvented herself through many lows and highs in her business and personal life always moving ahead taking all the hurdles in stride and looking at them as a growing pain.

She embodies true inner strength and is a real role model for young women all over the world.

Despite her immense wealth you would never know she was enormously successful. She has a very lovely way to make you feel comfortable around her and see her as just another person.

Words of wisdom from Malini:

The reason I have been able to be so financially successful is my focus has never, ever been for a minute on money.

Let go and all will be well. Breathe and let go. The universe will take it from there.

Thank you Malini for all that you do to empower women!

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A Great Female Leader

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What makes a great female leader?

London, UK – 30 Dec., 2010 – Malini Saba epitomizes a great female leader with these 5 attributes.

A great female leader:

Shows compassion.

All of us are driven by a simple belief and we need to always look at both sides of any situation.

Doesn’t over-work.

You can still succeed if you pace yourself. Make certain you get enough sleep and eat well.

Overcomes adversity with grace.

Life is never perfect. We always have to have alternative route to the destination we want to end up in.

Uses feminism as an advantage.

We should not try to be men. We are a totally different gender. Thus, why must we lead and act the same way? We should embrace our own gender and focus more on business.

Is tough when needed.

Remember never to be a shrinking violet. Stand your ground and stick to your beliefs.

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Ten things you did not know about Malini Saba

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London, UK – 30 Dec., 2010 – In this article we detail 10 things you should know about Malini Saba.

Malini Saba CEO and Chairman of Saba Industries, started her career in 1994. Back then, she was still finishing up get PHD. Since her humble beginnings, Ms. Saba has climbed to the top of the corporate ladder. However, Malini Saba is more than just a corporate power player. She has led an interesting, boundary breaking, female empowering life that is worth knowing more about. This article, we bring you ten things you didn’t know about Malini Saba.

  1. She is a top paid Commodity CEO.
    She has an impressive salary. This serves as a testament to her formidable talent as a business woman.
  1. She is one of the very few self-made in the commodity Industry.
    Not only does Ms. Saba pull in huge stacks, she is the first woman owner and CEO in the commodity space. This should be inspiring women everywhere – even in a traditionally male dominated industry, a woman’s hard work and perseverance can result with her at the helm in a 21st century society.
  1. She is a psychologist.
    Though Saba, current job of CEO is a business – oriented position- which she is particularly week equipped for, given her PHD and considerable experience – she originally studied psychology.Her psychology role is indispensable during her work with her business.
  1. She was rated one of 10 to succeed in San Francisco magazine.
    She was picked one of ten to definitely succeed and to watch over the next 10 years.
  1. Her favorite cars are Mercedes and Bentley
    She is crazy about cars and loves to race.
  1. Her favorite past time is cooking.
    She loves to cook and create new recipes. She authored a Cook book “The Abbreviated Cook”
  1. She does not always like Fame.
    In an interview With Malini Saba, the prominent CEO expressed some annoyance with being recognized constantly. Though she attempts to stay under the radar and do simple things she finds it sometimes intrusive.
  2. She loves children.
    She loves being around children. She finds that they keep her grounded and they help her keep things simple
  3. She collects teddy bears.
    She finds them to be calming.
  4. She meditates.
    Malini Saba is a spiritual person. She believes that staying true to the core of what the universe is about is important for all our well-being. In her words it is all about the YING and YANG. It’s a balance. We need to have that to be able to run a multi-million-dollar company and always remember it is not all about you – it is about the company.

After 25 years of building her business empire through rough patches and great revenues, Malini Saba continues to run the company with killer economic sense. Massive profits are a certainty for this smart CEO and her company. Ms. Saba serves as an inspiration for women everywhere, and a testament to what hard work can bring to a person’s life.

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Making a difference

Malini Saba talks about balancing her roles of being a businesswoman and philanthropist, her passion for writing and love for cooking.

A self-made businesswoman and an ardent philanthropist, Malini Saba is truly a multitasker.

She started Saba Industries in the 90’s when the industry was dominated by men. “It was a man’s world when I began my career and I would never have been given the opportunity to lead a company. Thus, I put my savings together and started it. It evolved over time and now we have over 2,000 employees in eight countries. This journey has not been easy and through it all we have had failures and down turns.  But it has been a great journey,” shares Saba, who comes from a middle-class family and whose father was ailing when she was in high school. Holding herself strong, she studied Psychology and did her PhD in the field. “It was not an easy road but it made me stronger and made me understand the value of education and money.”

In 2002, she launched The Saba Family Foundation to serve as the umbrella organisation for all her philanthropic works. The foundation’s three areas of focus are healthcare, education and human rights. Saba believes that with money and power comes responsibility. “It is not there for us to abuse. I strongly feel that when God entrusts us with large amounts of money, through our hard work we must give back and make a difference to this world. I chose to do that.  I want to be able to make a difference and improve the lives and public policy for women and children. Women’s issues have always been in the forefront for me. Despite modernisation of societies, we still hold women to a different standard —their voices and cries are not heard and not taken seriously. This has to change.”

Saba has also penned The Abbreviated Cook — a book of quick and easy recipes. “Writing is a passion for me and cooking is therapeutic. I enjoy feeding my family and I believe we pass love through our food,” shares Saba, who is currently in the middle of writing another book.

After a long day of work, she comes home to her husband, child, cats and dogs.

“They are the most important part in my life. When I am not traveling, I make it a point to drop and pick up my child from school, do the grocery shopping for dinner that night and come home and make dinner with a glass of good wine. That is my normal routine. I make sure I always read to my daughter every night and talk to her about life, universe and why we are all here. This I do without fail even when I am traveling, Facetime is awesome for that. I want to give her an understanding of the world and life. I believe it’s important for parents to talk to their kids. It’s not about the amount of time you spend with them. When you do spend time with them, you have to give them 100 per cent of your time —meaning no phone, no computer, no one else talking to you. Just you and the child. That quality time is priceless.”

This article originally posted here @ THE ASIAN AGE.

Published : Oct 12, 2018, 12:23 am IST
Updated : Oct 12, 2018, 12:23 am IST

Publication:          Asian Age

Headline:              Making Difference

Language:            English

E-paper Link:       http://onlineepaper.asianage.com/asianage-epaper.aspx?id=DEL#page2

Edition:                 Delhi

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A Supportive Man Can Help A Woman Move Mountains: Malini Saba

Women are the real architects of the society, said Harriet Beecher Stowe, and it is certainly true in case of Malini Saba.

A businesswoman who knows what it means to build an empire from scratch, she’s the Founder-CEO of The Saba Industries and The Saba Family Foundation. Her story is inspiring to say the least, and much more can be learned from her strong will, passion and the hard work that she puts towards what she believes in.

In a chat with SHEROES, she talks about how her life has panned out, about The Saba Family Foundation which is very close to her heart and what it takes to be a leader.

I was born in a small town in Malaysia, the eldest of 4 siblings. We did not have much growing up and hence, my goal was to always provide for my family. I studied and put myself through school and University by working three jobs, only to start my own business 26 years ago.

I now live in Vietnam and part of the time in Monaco. I have a beautiful child who is my life and soul. I’m grateful to have a spouse who is so supportive of my career and a strong man who is able to be home while I work.

His support means everything to me because it confirms to me that a supportive man can make a woman move mountains.

Helping Others Was What I Wanted To Do, Always

I knew early on in life that helping others is what I wanted to do. I strongly believe that my role in this world is to help others. In order to do that, I had to build myself up and establish a company that earned money to fund the Saba Family Foundation.

My father always helped his not-so-well-to-do family in Sri Lanka. He consistently told me that money is not to be taken for granted. It is a privilege given by God and if you ever make a lot of money, you must always give back.

Having grown up the hard way, studying and working through all sorts of odd jobs, I know what it is like to not have money, to struggle to feed yourself, pay your rent and take care of your siblings.

While this keeps me humble, it also makes me work hard to earn money and to make sure that I am able to manage the Saba Family Foundation and give back.

My nature is to make the wrong, right. I am not afraid to fight the biggest and the strongest. That has consequences but it has to be done to help those who cannot, and do not have the funds to, defend themselves.

The Saba Family Foundation & Its Vision

We are the catalyst for change. We believe that when you help one woman, you help a community, and in turn the nation. I believe in a woman’s right to stand her ground, her right to read and work.

A woman is not an ornament to be passed around, she does not belong to people.

The foundation exists to fund scholarships, legal battles for women, engage in campaigns for women issues and help young girls.

Helping With Women Centric Issues

We work with well-known partners like CARE, NETAID, VITAL VOICES and  UNICEF. We also fund the build out of schools in different countries like Mexico and Ghana, to name a few.  We helped YUVA in the early part of the Millennium to build their sight in Mumbai too.

We also hold our own campaigns like the anti-bullying campaign through schools, work environments, and older adult housing. We feel domestic violence is a form of bullying too.

Our mission stays the same – help a woman to have a voice.

Taking The Leadership Role Early On

It has been an enriching experience and the best ride of my life. I have had three failures through the course of building this company, once almost losing it all. But I stuck through it, reviewed those failures and learned about people.

I think the best lesson is if you truly believe in your business and yourself, don’t ever give up! Stick through it, no matter what someone else says to you.

You will get there and it would be beyond your wildest dreams. Success never comes easy, it comes with its own share of problems. But the growth curve is high.

You also learn about those who will stand by you because of you and your vision, and those that are there only to be riders on your coat tails. It is very important to learn how to read people. If you have those two traits, you will be fine.

Women Leaders In Industrial Arena

It is very different for women to be in this area. Most people who are in this field are men and women are in really small numbers. There are very few that have built it from scratch. Usually, it’s passed on to them from their husband or family. But I did not have that luxury – I had to build Saba Industries block by block.

Women are not much respected to know their stuff in this field. I have always wanted to keep my femininity and be strong. I feel being a woman is not a weakness in this field, it’s actually a strength.

The Challenges Of An Entrepreneur

Our foundation is funded by the business. When it comes to the foundation, to find and fund the right groups that hold true to the vision, is very important to me. I am always involved with the final selections. I treat it like a business and make sure all the due diligence is done to make sure whatever we fund is viable and will be able to have an impact or get the result it needs.

But building a business is not easy – the biggest hurdle is getting others to believe in you to help you raise funds or debt. They felt I did not understand this space. They would give me lip service – entertain my proposal but politely say, “We will pass. Come back when you have sales.”

I decided to take a loan and used my credit cards to build it out. Basically, I put in all my life savings to buy the first couple of concessions for gold and iron ore to move ahead.

The third knock from the Universe was the worst, the funds we were expecting never showed up and that put us in such a bad place – it was followed by the markets tanking and price volatility. It was a nightmare but I believed in myself and my dream and the vision. I told my closest loyal staff, we have to stick it through and once again, my savings came into play.

But when I look back, it was all worth it. Now we are in 8 countries, in different mineral and agricultural space; but I am always careful because anything can change and you have to be prepared. This business is something that should outlast me and hopefully, my child will take over it.

What Motivates Me

Life experiences are what motivates me the most. I want to change and a better work environment for women, better political environment for women and education for women. I also want us, as a society, to embrace the changes because it’s inevitable.

Nirupama Kondayya Nirupama feels that life is all about #TakingCharge, one step at a time, everyday. She truly believes that women have the potential to achieve their dreams, once they put their heart into it. She also believes that being grateful for little things has big impacts in life.

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Businesswoman with a Heart

10/6/2018 – This article originally from the India Business Journal – October 2018 @ http://online.fliphtm15.com/mwdr/ohpc/#p =50

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MS-WORD DOCX format here India Business Journal – October 2018

Sharmila Chand catches up with Ms. Saba (shown below) to know more about the business woman & philanthropist.
Send feedback tochand.sharmila@gmail. com.

Malini Saba is a self-made businesswoman and ardent philanthropist.

Born in Malaysia to a family of modest means, Ms. Saba spent her early life in Sri Lanka and Australia. Later, she migrated to the USA and, along with her husband, learned the nuances of business. In 2002, she launched The Saba Family Foundation to serve as an umbrella organization for all her philanthropic works. Through the foundation, she has helped millions of under-served women and children in South and South-East Asia, South America, Africa and the US gain access to life-saving medical and educational services and achieve economic stability. Funding for her philanthropic works comes from Saba Industries, a group of commodities companies that she has founded in Asia. Tak­ ing time off her  busy  schedule, Ms. Saba has penned The Abbreviated Cook, a book of quick and easy recipes that offer a twist on traditional South and South-East Asian dishes.

Q: What is your philosophy of life?
A: I believe that what goes around comes around, for I have lived long enough to see it being very true.

Q: What is your passion in life?
A: My passion and my calling in life are to help others and thus the foundation.

Q: What is your management mantra?
A: Never, never, never give up

Q: What would you like to say about your work?
A: My work is my baby. It is what I wake up to everyday. It does not define me, but it gives me great challenges, overcoming which gives me immense joy.

Q: Your strength...
A: Never giving up.

Q: A business Leader you admire the most...
A: I admire Steve jobs. He was relentless with his vision to succeed.

Q: Your weakness ...
A: Never giving up.

Q: Your kind of music...
A: I love Bollywood songs and Hip Hop.

Q: Your favourite holiday destination...
A: Bora Bora – Tahiti

Q: Golf or Bridge or...
A: Golf hands down. The game allows me to be away from my phones and alone on the grounds.

Q: You are a tough, serious boss or
A: I like to think that I am the serious kind of boss but with a soft touch much like an iron fist in a velvet glove.

Q: Formal suit or casual attire…
A: Casual attire any day

Q: What do you enjoy the most in lifegenerally?
A: I love cooking. It gives me great pleasure to come home from work and cook a variety of dishes for my family.

Q: How do you de-stress?
A: I find getting my nails done at a salon with my family very relaxing.

Q: Your mantra for success...
A: Get up, brush off, and keep at it.

Q: Your dream...
A: To make a movie in Bollywood.

Q: Ten years from now, where do we see you?
A: On my yacht, retired and writing my memoirs.

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Malini Saba and 7 Networking Tips For Women

Malini Saba


Founder, Saba Family Foundations & Saba Industries

Malini Saba is a self-made businesswoman, an ardent philanthropist and a force to be reckoned with, Ms. Saba embodies the concept of using business to serve humanity Her eminent group of commodities companies, Saba Industries, is a prime example of her stratagem of using business to serve humanity. Functioning in the agriculture and mining industry, the group hires local talents and helps them achieve economic stability. The CSR arm of the group, Saba Family Foundation, has given access to life-saving medical and educational services to millions of disadvantaged people across South and Southeast Asia, Australia, Africa, India, and the Middle East. the foundation is an extension of Ms. Saba’s philanthropy and aims to help at least one billion people to gain access to basic health care, education, and opportunities which allow them to break the cycle of poverty and illiteracy.


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Entrepreneurs are a rare breed. A recent study shows that less than 6% of the adults in the world work on their own business. Women account for less than half of that number. So what are the few things that women can keep in mind to increase their network?

Dress Well : They say first impression is the last impression. Dressing well and appropriate on different occasions can set different contexts in your life. You can choose between business formals and business casuals depending on your mood and commitment. Dressing well also promotes your leadership qualities. It shows that you are best prepared to deal with risks and challenges thrown at your way. Lastly, if people at social gatherings or events like your dressing sense, they are likely to connect with you and maintain a long relationship. How you present yourself matters the most.

Try Attending All Social Events : Whether it is a corporate party or a private kitty party, women need to attend all of them if they want to increase their social network. Parties are known to be spaces where people tend to get social. You will also meet a diverse range of people there and you never know who can turn out to be useful. Interactions at these parties are also very social. Many people find their prospective clients at such parties. Also, do keep an eye out for events specially meant for women entrepreneurs. The has been a sudden rise in such event and they prove to be very helpful when you need connections.

Work With Diversity : If you are really interested in growing your pool of network and expanding your business, you will need to cater to diversity and work with them. More diversity at your workplace will mean that you will be introduced to newer people, communities and culture. It will also empower you to learn about others. Diversity gives you a golden opportunity for you to develop useful contacts, gain helpful information, and obtain positive business referrals.

Use Social Media Well : Social media is the best form of communication today. It has surpassed all the forms of communication and hosts around 2.46 billion people worldwide. The most amazing feature of social media is that you can reach out to anyone without having to move anywhere. All you need is internet connection. In-person connection is slowly being overshadowed by online communication. You can find like-minded people or special kind of people you are looking for through groups and filters. Social media is also great for your business as it acts as a medium for advertisement.

Get To Know Them Beforehand : Social media can tell you a lot about people’s interests and desires. You can use this information before approaching them. A little knowledge about people’s passions, interests and desires can make you understand their demand and needs well. It can also help you tailor your services for them. It is very imperative for businesses to know their clients or any third-party vendors really well before engaging in business with them. It just ensures that your relationship is smooth and that you don’t run into any major challenges or risks

Learn From Mistakes : It is always very imperative to learn from your mistakes and not repeat them. If you have made any mistakes in the past in terms of networking, for eg. pushed too hard for something or over-talked at some event, it is suggested that you don’t repeat it. People can get turned off very easily, especially if their ideologies don’t match. In today’s age of digital and fast-paced networking, it is very easy to make mistakes that go unnoticed. Mistakes can also bring a huge blow to your business. If you hurt someone or publicly embarrass someone, chances are that people might get intimidated. Always learn to carry a respectable image in public.

Align Your Values With Others : This is the most important factor to keep in mind while networking. Aligning your values according to others means understanding needs and demands of people and supplying them service tailored for their needs. If you align your values, it is easy to attract attention and fulfill your professional cum personal goals. Aligning your values may also make you a people’s person as a lot of people will start investing time and faith on you. Most businesses are built on these two factors: time and faith. Therefore it makes more sense for women to make sure that they invest time and faith onto people they are looking to connect with. Knowing a little history about them and understanding the culture they come from can be of great help too.

These are some tips to grow your network for your business. However, you can also structure your own niche and find people who have similar interests.

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Sisters, stand up and invest in yourselves at the workplace

Sisters, stand up and invest in yourselves at the workplace!

by Malini Saba

“You are your most precious asset

You are the most precious thing in your world.

You must invest in yourself everyday.

Never cheap out on yourself.

You are worth it!

Everything you are and everything you will be

Is the result of how you use your mind”

– Brian Tracy

When we come across the word ‘investment’ our mind tends to think of our bank balance. For heaven’s sake, don’t limit yourself to such a small part of what investing in yourself means! To invest in yourself means to believe in you, to learn about you, to take the time to step back from routine and love yourself enough to set yourself a challenging yet attainable goal. By giving it your all, you will soon watch yourself perform better in every situation, be it at work or in your personal life. For this, it’s imperative to set aside a few minutes to invest resources into yourself as well as your well-being. I can guarantee you that through this, you will come out a more confident woman who adds value to her organisation, family, friends, and anybody else who may have the fortune of encountering you.

Our personal and professional lives are interconnected with each other more than we think. This is why it’s important to focus on investing in both areas whenever possible. Here are some of the easy ways to invest in yourself both inside and outside of the office.

Set yourself S.M.A.R.T. goals

Take the initiative to set yourself a list of personal and professional goals. If you’re not taking the time to set goals, it’s like driving a car through heavy rain with its wipers turned off. Without clearly-defined goals, you will lack clarity in vision to move forward. And we all know that when in the car, it would result in an accident.

Be sure to set time frames for achieving them. The goals set should be SMART: Significant, Momentous, Achievable, Related and Timely.

Invest in Creativity

Our creativity doesn’t have to diminish as we get older. We can carve out some time to create something new every day. Spend an hour a day to build on a business idea, improve a specific aspect of your work life or your relationships, and over time your creativity will be at its all-time peak.

We usually experience blocks in our creativity when we stagnate and lead sedentary lives- so go out, invest in traveling, try to learn more about your colleagues’ cultures, meet new people and make friends different from yourself. Before a seed can develop it must first break open. It cannot produce a plant until it’s been buried, placed out of sight, and begins to crack. In other words, people who truly want to grow, must re-evaluate their tolerance for ambiguity, for risk, and for experimentation.

Honour your intuition

“I knew what was really going on, but I didn’t say anything.”

“I wanted it so badly but I still walked away.”

Do these statements sound familiar to you?

You can show yourself some self-love by trusting your intuition, and honouring the message that it’s sending you. By paying attention to how you feel about certain things, you can make quicker decisions with healthier consequences. Learn to always trust your intuitions and that will lead to growth in life: personally and professionally.

Invest in building your confidence & knowledge

Somehow, in the professional world, our confidence either diminishes as we make mistakes or grows as we accomplish tasks and get appreciation. Often, the difference in our confidence level comes down to how we react to criticism and seek validation. Confidence equals positive emotions and a sense of secureness, which equals better performance. One needs to habitually invest time and energy into structuring a bulletproof sense of confidence in oneself and one’s abilities. You can invest in yourself at the workplace by taking your personal grooming seriously, celebrating your victories, investing time in acquiring knowledge and then making use of it.

Attend seminars and workshops, read books, listen to podcasts, and watch videos that will expand your knowledge and skills professionally as well as personally. This is what will make you stand out in the crowd

Invest in your health and nurture supportive relationships:

We can work towards achieving all our dreams, but there is no point in getting them if we don’t live enough to enjoy them or have nobody to celebrate life’s victories with.

So, eat right. Fuel your body with nutrients to boost your mind, do some basic desk exercises, and build personal as well as professional relations. The benefits earned from building our relationships is visible in every aspect of our life. The more our relationships grow, the more valuable the benefits, both personally as well as professionally.

Create your bucket list

If you have still not thought of creating a bucket list, then this is the time to create one! This list might have everything you want to do, see, feel, and experience in your life. Your list may be ongoing, but you can start by writing 10 things down. Then each month or so, make sure you’re knocking out at least one of the items off it.

Be happy for this moment, for it is your life right now

Happiness is to simply live, find gratitude and satisfaction in the moment that you have now. Make it a practice to express gratitude for everything that you have and often. Give second chances to everyone in your life including yourself. Try including ‘Thank you’s in your daily life and be genuine when you use it. Make sure to treat yourself to the little things in life. Take a quick walk around the block especially if it’s sunny outside, lend a helping hand to a co-worker, and remember the value you bring to the organisation.

Why are women not investing in themselves?

They check with someone else: When it comes to personal and professional development, women need to appoint themselves the highest authority. Your spouse, bosses, siblings or partner can have a say, but make sure to give yourself and your wants the highest priority.You need to be very clear about what you want and what you deserve, before you go out and get it.

They’re not sure when it is the “right” time. So here’s a harsh reality in life: we’re all over-the-top busy and over-committed, and it’s never going to feel like the “right time” to work on yourself. . But if you want to be successful don’t get lost in all the reasons why later would be better.

Fear that money should be used for their family or others. We don’t invest in ourselves because as a woman, we are taught to sacrifice our needs for others. For instance, to take care of our children, be a better wife by being at home, be a better daughter-in-law and so on.

But what happens if our husband gets hit by a bus on his way home from work or die on us from heart disease or maybe leave us for a younger woman? What if your husband gets into financial trouble? These are some questions that have plagued me throughout my life. We have to survive and make sure we can keep up the quality of life. Our kids have to stay in the same schools they have always gone to. Don’t bet on tragedy to strike. Invest in yourselves in ways so that you do not have to be dependent on anyone.

Whatever we do for a living, whether it is cleaning our houses, or managing companies, we must invest in our future and focus on creating a better, interesting one than the present. We should have a Plan B to fall back on, in case life brings us any surprises. Don’t let your focus on work define you as a bad woman. In fact, it is just the opposite. Think of this as an investment for you and your family because we are making sure we can always keep up the with the needs of our family, and if God forbid, life changes for the worse in a split second.

In conclusion

So, I would conclude by telling you to not give up if somebody tells you NO. Demand for non-monetary perks: flexi-time, a new title, pay revaluation the following quarter, or mentorship by or a project with a senior exec. They’re valuable in themselves, but they also get your boss into the habit of saying yes to you, and that will help you get that raise next time. Remember, this is a lifetime gap you’re working to close!

Never take no for an answer and give up on hope. If you don’t invest in yourself no one else will. When you invest in yourself, it’s the best return on investment you can give to your workplace.


Malini Saba is the founder of Saba Family Foundations and Saba Industries.

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INDIA FAR FROM ACHIEVING TRUE EQUALITY

India far from achieving true equality

 

When we celebrate women’s equality day on August 26, we must pledge to end discrimination at home and offices. Gender equality is not just about money or respect, it goes beyond that

I was in a funk because I felt like I was not a good mom.” So said ace tennis champion Serena Williams, a woman whom we associate with great accomplishments, the power of privilege, relevance as a creator of wealth and a benchmark of individual excellence. Yet when it came to motherhood, she slipped into the perennial guilt syndrome of readjusting her life around her child despite the fact that she could afford an alternative support system, an extended family and the comfort of workarounds. Still she felt that the time she gave for her child was not enough.

Working women around the world are debating the same question as Serena and given the added issues of gender pay gap, the lack of paid maternity leave and the struggle to claim reproductive rights, they have decided to step off the ramp. A survey of 1,000 qualified women in Delhi/NCR found that only 18-34 per cent of married women continued working after having a child. Some other estimates indicate that nearly half of urban working women quit their jobs mid-career for maternity leave or to bring up children. In fact, the career dropout rate of urban educated women is higher than that of their rural counterparts in cases. Even in successful and high profile double income units, once the “achieving” threshold is crossed, it is the woman who is stepping back, succumbing to the genetically conditioned mindset of a nurturer and care-giver, giving the necessary thrust to the domestic economy as it were by some extra-constitutional power and then slipping back to the normalcy of expectation. In the process, women tend to strengthen the stereotype of a man as the bread-winner and an architect of a goal-oriented career. Though a man is equally responsible for fathering a child and is emotionally capable of being the protector, he has the mantle of a career performance lumped upon him. Even when mid-retiree women develop a sense of stability with their young ones growing up, they scarcely make it back to their original trajectory but take up some part-time ventures or develop a passion-oriented home business. “Women who have family support or can afford to pay for child care have a lot of guilt. This is because of social conditioning,” says leading businesswoman Anu Aga. The biggest decline in employment has been among two groups — illiterate women and post-graduates — according to a 2017 World Bank report. Most successful male CEOs have spouses who are complementary CEOs in home management. Yet given their multi-tasking and adaptive abilities, working women could give a boost to the country’s GDP by about 30 per cent if certain policies are in place and a mindset changes. Even when they have exited corporate jobs to forge out on their own, transit professionals have helmed  boutique enterprises and start-ups with handsome turnovers.

The first of the stereotypes begins at home. Without taking away credit from metrosexual men, “fathering” is yet to develop as a concept equivalent to “mothering,” the former limited to a biological function, the latter encompassing multiple and undefined role responsibilities. Even childless women are assigned the “mothering” role in team management roles at work. It is both prized and abused at the same time. Till mothers, and most of them are educated and enlightened enough today, tell both their sons and daughters that nurturing a life is genderless and a necessary and purposeful human activity, there will be no change in the home dynamics. Till the grandfather, who revels in child care simply because he is at home after a perceived “successful” career run, asks his son to pick up the tab at home, there won’t be a change in mindset. Till fathers spend an equal time with their kids, they will no longer complain that the children naturally gravitate towards mothers. Here is a factoid: Though mothers are intimately bound to the babies physiologically for nine months, dads can bond with them even before they are born as they recognise both parents’ voices from 32 weeks. As for skin-to-skin contact, warmth has no gender and the child recognises that first. Mothers, too, admittedly in their rush for perfection in role-playing, must cede that territorial space to fathers, who will be willing if allowed to. Also, emphasis should be laid on double parenting. Neither the mother, nor the father needs to step back. And there is no need to glorify what need not be a sacrifice, be it of a stay-at-home mother or a house-husband.

Next come workplace policies, which continue to be shaped by traditional mindsets. Malini Saba, a corporate herself, has found that on an average, women today earn just 78 cents for every dollar that men earn, an increase of only 17 cents on the dollar, and that pregnancy discrimination, more than guilt pangs, has pushed women out of the queue. Pregnancy taboos are the reason that most corporate women are bypassed for a promotion or a special project simply because employers think that a maternity break reduces the woman’s ability to maintain continuity of functions or bounce back to original efficiencies. Fact is, most new mothers, given the flexibility of home operations, manage not only to deliver but make the perfect pitch at the workplace when required to stand in. Career women are multitasking themselves, juggling between family chores and deadlines, an ability that empowers them with adaptability, innovation, change, fluidity and creativity, mantras that every corporate aspires for. Few employers realise that women, as much as they cherish moments with their new-born, do not want to give up what they have invested their self-worth in — their careers. The same pregnancy/motherhood concerns have become barriers for women in physically-oriented jobs like factory floors while there is some headway in the armed forces.

Yet for all demonstrable abilities, companies become sexist and archaic when it comes to the muscularity of a given role. They would rather employ a man in his 20s and 30s over a woman of the same age for fear of maternity leave and family roles. They usually think twice about hiring a woman with a child for a senior role, assuming she cannot give her 100 per per cent. If she works reduced hours, they tend to equate it with a financial cost to the company rather than counting the efficiency she packs in her limited hours or that she can be more productive if allowed a bit of flexibility. In fact, more women opt out of jobs because of the sluggishness of their career progression and the assumption that they will be passed over. They may be considered super operators but will always be a step behind the big chair. They yield to the unhappiness at work rather than the imperatives of home duties.

Most importantly, if all offices introduced child care services or crèches where mothers could check in on their young ones, the immense relief would automatically lead to more focus at work. We must realise that this is a tiny cost to pay considering that societally care-giving or home-making is an unpaid acknowledgement.

Couple this with balanced education; for example women continue to figure extremely low, not higher than 20 per cent, in engineering and other disciplines of merit and excellence. Far too many girls are still making a “manageable and practical” choice of humanities rather than tough specialties. We don’t need role models of women fighting against the odds and conquering the unthinkable in unheard of circumstances. We need everyday examples of girls challenging prescribed choices and mainstreaming themselves instead so that they can stand shoulder to shoulder on the factory floor.

It is a myth that a woman’s biological processes or a familial orientation is an impediment to a realization of her many talents. Women never bring their family issues to work because they have always had to prove they can do as much as a man if not better. Which is why they are more committed, sorted, detailed and specific. If corporate India wants to acquire the edge, then it must help rid mothers of their guilt syndrome, consider them assets and creators rather than liabilities and pro-creators.

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Bullying Of Students: Here’s What To Do About It

Have you ever wondered what to do about being bullied?
This article will explain what it is and what we can do about it.

Our article also published on BW business India.

There are two types and four styles by which students can be bullied or can bully others. The two means of bullying include direct (e.g., by a student or a group or Adult who target less powerful students as the victim and that occurs in the presence of a targeted student) and indirect (e.g., mental prohibition from students groups or spreading rumors.

Can you recall the nursery jingle “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”? Observably that was not and is not the reality and can never be especially in the case of Bullying that takes place at schools. Bullying is a behavior that is purposeful and contains an imbalance of power or strength. It is a behavior that is physical, verbal, or relational. While boys may bully others by more physical means; girls often bully by social rejection. Bullying has been a part of the workplace and School for a long period. More recently through technology & social media bullying has extended its reach. Cyberbullying is the example which takes place online and via cell phones.

There are two types and four styles by which students can be bullied or can bully others. The two means of bullying include direct (e.g., by a student or a group or Adult who target less powerful students as the victim and that occurs in the presence of a targeted student) and indirect (e.g., mental prohibition from students groups or spreading rumors. In addition to these two modes, the four types of bullying include broad categories of physical, verbal, relational (e.g., efforts to harm the reputation or relationships of the targeted youth), and damage to property.

Occurrence

More than one out of every five (20.8%) students report being bullied according to a report from National Centre for Educational Statistics.

Most bullying happens in middle school. The most common kinds are verbal and social bullying.

83% of students who bully others online also bully others in person.

84% of students who were bullied online were also bullied in person.

Who are at Risk? 

Usually, children who are bullied have one or more of the following risk factors:

Professed as different from their peers, such as being underweight or overweight, having short height, wearing glasses or different clothing, new to a school, or being not able to have materials that kids consider as ‘Cool”.

Seen as weak or unable to protect themselves.

Depressed, concerned, Uneasy or with low self-esteem.

Failing an exam/class or securing fewer marks.

Less popular than others or like to live with the small group of friends.

Do not get along well with others or are generally punished by teachers.

Though, if a child has all these risk factors, it doesn’t mean that they will be bullied.

Where Bullying Occurs?

Bullying can happen at any number of places, situations, or locations. At times that place can be online or through a cell phone. Bullying that occurs using technology (including but not limited to cell phones, chat rooms, instant messaging, email, and social media posts) is considered electronic bullying and is viewed as a context or location.

Mostly Bullying takes place in the playgrounds, school buses, cafeteria, in restrooms, hallways, and locker rooms.

Disconnect Between Adults 

It is found that most often there is a disconnect between students and an adult understanding for a case of bullying. Adults often don’t know how to react when they do identify a case of bullying. Considerably only about 20 to 30% of students who are bullied inform adults about it.

Promising Prevention Strategies

Staff and students should try and notice when a child is bullied or left out during the games, Lunchtimes etc. This involves the efforts of everyone in the school environment—teachers, Principal, administrators, counselors, non-teaching staff (such as bus drivers, nurses, school resource officers, cafeteria workers, and school librarians), parents, seniors, and students. They should be trained in bullying anticipation and involvement and how to respond if they observe bullying & its prevention.

Also, a group can be formed to coordinate the school’s bullying prevention activities. The work of that group can be to motivate staff, students, and parents; prevent rules, policies, and activities; and ensure that the efforts continue over time. A student advisory group can be formed to focus on bullying prevention and provide valuable suggestions/ feedback to adults.

Bullying and Suicide

The relationship between Bullying and suicide is somehow coinciding in many cases in schools and colleges. Much psychological research says that bullying leads to isolation, depression, low self-esteem and in return suicidal behaviors is found in individuals. The major variety of people who are bullied do not become suicidal. Some youth, such as LGBTQ youth, are at increased risk for suicide tries even where bullying is not a factor.

Anti-bullying Laws

It is vital to be aware of the laws made to control bullying in India so that the problem is nipped in the bud.

 Laws in Schools

Former HRD minister formed a committee of experts to analyze Bullying in school and to prevent it. Following is the CBSE School Bullying Protection Law guide:-

If any student is found Bullying or ragging it will be given a written notice and can even result in rustication for that particular ward.

Putting a notice on Notice Board that if any students are found bullying will be liable for strict action

A Committee member to prevent bullying it shall include the vice principal, a senior teacher, doctor, counselor, parent-teacher representative, school management representative, and legal representative and peer educators.

Laws in Colleges

The government of India in order to stop/prevent bullying has created a guideline called “UGC Regulations on Curbing the Menace of Ragging in Higher Education Institutions, 2009” which is applied to all the colleges or higher education institutions and are as follows:

FIR: The victim can avail thirteen provisions under Indian Penal Code and can register an FIR (first information report) in the police station under the area where the crime has taken place. The person can apply various Indian sections of Laws, such as:
Section 294– Obscene acts and songs
Section 339– Wrongful restraint
Section 340– Wrongful confinement
Section 341– Punishment for wrongful restraint
Section 342– Punishment for wrongful confinement
Section 506– Punishment for criminal intimidation

 Extreme Violence

When there is a case of extreme bullying or ragging that includes extreme violence:
Section 323– Punishment for voluntarily causing hurt
Section 324– Voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means
Section 325– Punishment for voluntarily causing grievous hurt
Section 326– Voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means

 In a case where a victim has lost his/her life

Section 304– Punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder
Section 306– Abetment of suicide
Section 307– Attempt to murder
Though, these UGC anti-ragging measures and the laws of IPC are not applied to schools.

 Cyber-bullying Laws

If the student is been a victim of cyberbullying it can file a complaint under the Indian Penal Code. Under the I.T. Act, 2000 the victim can apply for two kinds of offenses Section 67 of punishment of information which is obscene and breaches of confidentiality.

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Malini Saba – Success Story

A True Success Story

Saba Industries Incorporated, is known for its strong holdings in Mining and Agriculture. The company produces iron ore, Gold, Bauxite, Palm oil and Rice. Malini dove into the commodity space believing that we all need raw material. Although Saba Industries has grown exponentially, it still remains a family-owned business.

Saba graduated from high school and later graduated with a degree in Psychology. After many failed relationships, she married and had children. Saba is an ardent entrepreneur and started her business in the 1990’s and still stands at the helm as the CEO of the company.

Saba’s net worth, as estimated to be over $1.5 billion dollars (USD). Among her several philanthropic contributions are donations to Australian Outback doctors, San Francisco Arts Academy, India’s Artists, and Children’s Hospital in Cambodia. Saba also owns farms that specialize in organic farming.

She has been awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year, Philanthropist of the year, Kalpana Chawla award, the Mother Theresa Award and the Federation Peace award for her global Philanthropic work.

She contributes to different causes through her philanthropic initiative Saba Family Foundation.

Hard work, discipline and a keen sense of business is what makes her one of the most successful contemporary business woman.

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Understanding Employees – Important for Success

Why understanding your employees is important for Success.

By Rajeshwari Sajosh

I wanted to interview Saba to understand her views on Management and what she thought about hiring more women in her field.

Her feedback was enlightening. She has some strong views on management and gender equality in the workplace.

She had four areas which she focused on beginning with :

Unite, Don’t Direct

There’s a fine line between a leader and a manager. For one, a leader inspires employees to follow her lead and pursue her goals. A manager, on the other hand, leads by instruction and directives. This is why Malini Saba finds one more successful than the other:
In my experience, encouraging a team-oriented culture that is focused on uniting employees behind a shared sense of purpose and a common goal is more effective than offering directives. If you and your leadership team are on the same page with this approach, it is much easier to engage employees throughout the firm to meet those collective goals.  

Tailor the Experience

The first step in achieving gender equality in the workplace is understanding and supporting the fact that men and women work differently. Most importantly, Saba encourages women to find opportunity in everything:

As employers, we need to accept that women and men operate differently in the workplace and set up development and training programs that are designed to target high potential employees in both groups. As women, we need to remind ourselves to have an ‘opt in’ attitude. Career downturns happen to everyone and we must remember to treat them as opportunities to change how we work or try something new. That is what shows our true mettle.

Invest in professional development

When it comes to increasing female executive leadership, Malini  reminds employers to create equal and ample opportunities for women to climb the corporate ladder:
Companies must invest in their female employees’ leadership and professional development. I’m very proud of the numerous development and mentoring programs that Saba Industries has in place to help women excel at our firm and we’re seeing results that are validating this approach.

Ending gender pay inequality 

Unfortunately, gender Pay inequality still very much exists. But, as Saba suggests, there are ways to combat this inequality both inside and outside of the workplace:
The issue is complex because there is still no single answer as to why. Saba Industries’s interest in this issue goes far beyond our organization; we want to empower women’s financial futures, and that means putting programs, such as our seminars, in place to help them understand their finances.

Being the President and CEO of a multinational corporation is no easy feat. But Malini Saba shows us that through hard work, the right attitude and a great team, it is possible.

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10 tips for achieving what you want in life

By Rosana Yacob

I sat in the Ritz Carlton in Malaysia waiting for Malini Saba to arrive. While I was waiting, I started talking to the concierge. He went on to tell me about how he met Saba two years ago when she first took the apartment at the Ritz. He said she was so motivated to get the best deal we had and she was relentless and we caved in.

Malini arrived and walked directly to me as if she had known me for years. She was so welcoming and warm and it put me at ease to start the conversation. I wanted to ask her what are your tips for people are out there to achieve their dreams in life.

She leaned back into the armchair and crossed her legs and replied “I have 10 things that I have lived by and I have applied my whole life.”

1. Focus on commitment, not motivation.

Just how committed are you to your goal? How important is it for you, and what are you willing to sacrifice in order to achieve it? If you find yourself fully committed, motivation will follow.

2. Seek knowledge, not results.

If you focus on the excitement of discovery, improving, exploring and experimenting, your motivation will always be fueled. If you focus only on results, your motivation will be like weather—it will die the minute you hit a storm. So the key is to focus on the journey, not the destination. Keep thinking about what you are learning along the way and what you can improve.

3. Make the journey fun.

It’s an awesome game! The minute you make it serious, there’s a big chance it will start carrying a heavy emotional weight and you will lose perspective and become stuck again.

4. Get rid of stagnating thoughts.

Thoughts influence feelings and feelings determine how you view your work. You have a lot of thoughts in your head, and you always have a choice of which ones to focus on: the ones that will make you emotionally stuck (fears, doubts) or the ones that will move you forward (excitement, experimenting, trying new things, stepping out of your comfort zone.)

5. Use your imagination.

Next step after getting rid of negative thoughts is to use your imagination. When things go well, you are full of positive energy, and when you are experiencing difficulties, you need to be even more energetic. So, rename your situation. If you keep repeating I hate my work, guess which feelings those words will evoke? It’s a matter of imagination! You can always find something to learn even from the worst boss in the world at the most boring job. I have a great exercise for you: Just for three days, think and say positive things only. See what happens.

6. Stop being nice to yourself.

Motivation means action and action brings results. Sometimes your actions fail to bring the results you want. So, you prefer to be nice to yourself and not put yourself in a difficult situation. You wait for the perfect timing, for an opportunity, while you drive yourself into stagnation and sometimes even into depression. Get out there, challenge yourself, do something that you want to do even if you are afraid.

7. Get rid of distractions.

Meaningless things and distractions will always be in your way, especially those easy, usual things you would rather do instead of focusing on new challenging and meaningful projects. Learn to focus on what is the most important. Write a list of time-wasters and hold yourself accountable to not do them.

8. Don’t rely on others.

You should never expect others to do it for you, not even your partner, friend or boss. They are all busy with their own needs. No one will make you happy or achieve your goals for you. It’s all on you. It’s all on you.

9. Plan.

Know your three steps forward. You do not need more. Fill out your weekly calendar, noting when you will do what and how. When-what-how is important to schedule. Review how each day went by what you learned and revise what you could improve.

10. Protect yourself from burnout.

It’s easy to burn out when you are very motivated. Observe yourself to recognize any signs of tiredness and take time to rest. Your body and mind rest when you schedule relaxation and fun time into your weekly calendar. Do diverse tasks, keep switching between something creative and logical, something physical and still, working alone and with a team. Switch locations. Meditate, or just take deep breaths, close your eyes, or focus on one thing for five minutes.

“I use these as my mantra for everything I do”, explained Malini. I am never ever lazy to get up again and try it one more time. One should never be afraid of failure. I have failed many times, it’s not the amount of times you fail that matter, it’s how many times you are willing to get back up and fight for what you believe and want to achieve in your life.

It was so inspirational. As I left the interview I realized she had made me feel I can do anything I put my mind too.

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WOMAN IN THE MINING INDUSTRY

By Louisa Rampet

Mining has a reputation for being rough, remote and dangerous, as well as being one of the most male-dominated industries in the world.

This is true for Malini Saba, CEO of Saba Industries, whose mining journey started at the age of 30 when she decided to invest heavily in the commodity space. She began at ground zero.

She has built a thriving business and now owns over 7 large Mines internationally.  Her company owns mines that produce Iron ore, gold and Bauxite.

Malini says “Women must challenge their own comfort and realize the possibilities this environment has to offer, and attitudes of both males and females needs to be shaped by the pioneers in the environment.”

She also feels that young girls should be encouraged to pursue math, science and engineering subjects.  Furthermore, she feels that education in schools and universities surrounding the “exciting career opportunities that await women in the mining industry” should be improved.

I went on to ask her further questions about her role and experience.

Q : What have you enjoyed most about your role in the industry?

Malini Saba : I have spent more than fifteen years  in the mining industry and have seen significant changes and challenges. Being an owner and executive has its challenges. I have dealt with building new mining projects and running operations in countries that are not mining friendly, or are politically unstable or under high risk of executive kidnappings.

I have seen natural disasters such as floods, to earthquakes and malaria.  I’ve witnessed labor unrest and strikes in some of our Asian countries, with the invasion of our mining pits by hundreds of illegal miners. So, the role has never been boring and has always stretched me.

Q : What do you consider the most successful aspect of your mining leadership to date?

Malini Saba : I was part of a team that supported and coached an executive team through a significant organizational crisis a couple of years ago. Our team took the company through a huge expansion phase for a few years on the back of a very favorable commodity rise. We were faced with huge skills shortages at a time when many companies in the mining industry and neighboring industries were going through a similar expansion phase, and so we were highly focused on the recruitment, development and retention of key skills.

I led the team that redesigned and restructured the entire global business in a process involving redefining for each function and area what work was transactional and what was strategic and how the work would be delivered at operating unit, regional or corporate level. Within a twelve-month period, we had achieved both our cost-saving and our restructuring objectives.

Q : Why do you think there is such a big gender gap in the industry?  What is needed to create change?

Malini Saba : Mining can be perceived as dirty and dangerous and with the potential to create significant environmental damage if not managed ethically.  As such, the industry struggles to attract not only women but also young talent. I feel women think it’s a dirty job. It is a job that you have to eat and breath in order to compete.

Malini Saba   –  “ Remember we can’t move the resources, which often means remote locations, perhaps fly-in, fly-out operations or shift rotations. Remote locations, as opposed to corporate offices in large urban centers, don’t pose quite the same kind of challenges, and may fit more seamlessly into a career path that includes work-life balance as part of its goal.”  Example deep in the jungles of Kalimantan.

Furthermore, even if a company adopts and promotes an inclusive culture, mining is faced with a unique challenge in dealing with multiple environments, as Saba explains.

“You’ve got the mine site. You’ve got the corporate office, individuals in the field doing exploration, all being linked together in the sector. What can happen is you may have a strong corporate policy about respect in the workplace and diversity but getting that to trickle to all sites and all places that your company is doing business is a challenge.”

Thus, a lot has to change on the mindset of the miners. This should come from the culture the company puts in place from day one. It means constant reinforcement.

Q : Is your company doing anything about the gender gap?

Malini Saba : Yes we hire women. We also work with a lot of tribal families in the jungles. There we seek more women to work at the mines. We train them. They work and earn a living and at the same time be able to walk back home to their long houses.

It is a slow process to bring in women from the cities to go to the remote areas. But we have not stopped trying. Getting women in the corporate side of the business has not been that huge of a challenge.

The mining industry needs to do more to attract women into core technical roles, and to put in place clear talent management and coaching programs to help accelerate women into more senior roles and provide more flexible working arrangements. This includes policies around bursaries and scholarships, maternity leave, and equal pay for equal work.

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Interview with Malini Saba – A Strong Woman

By Alexa Wong

When you come across a strong woman, you’ll know it the moment she enters the room. That was Malini. I knew it was her the moment she walked into the café.  She gave off a vibe of self confidence that anyone could spot from a mile away.

I met Malini, in a coffee shop downtown London. She was nice enough to give me time. She was in town on a business trip.

She sat down and we began the interview.

Here are 9 things I walked away with after talking with her:

1)   She takes time to self-care.

One of the less obvious keys to success is the self-love and self-care, because without those, a successful woman knows she is already up the creek.  You must take care of the person in the mirror first. You cannot get to the next point if you don’t nurture yourself along the journey.

2)   She is not afraid to stand on her own.

She believes a strong woman does not need anyone standing in front, behind or beside her to get things done. They set their goals, figure out how to achieve them, and then get after it.  You have to fight battles, tame dragons and walk through fire if you have too.

3)   She does not make excuses.

Malini believes that no matter her life circumstances, she rises with the tides and does whatever she needs to in order to make it to shore. She has never let her mind get in the way of her success, because she knows that she is more than capable of achieving what she wants.  Excuses get in the way of results, and she knows she cannot have both.

4)   She does not waste time complaining.

One can either complain and let yourself be a victim, or you can rise above your challenges and be a warrior. We have to simply get back up and try again and refuse to let petty life problems get in the way. She feels complaining only drains her energy, so she chooses to put her energy into something useful and create something out of nothing.

5)   She chooses to challenge herself.

When you get too comfortable, you stop growing, she says.  It’s important to always keep yourself learning to try new things and expand your knowledge and skill sets.

6)   She stays on top of finances.

We all go through tough times and hard times.  I have certainly had my share, Saba states. Sometimes we may have even start all over again. She says she has had to do that.  However, you cannot let it keep you down. We have to make sure we are on top of our finances. We must always take care of no 1 first, regardless if you are married or not. You must keep money aside for that rainy day. Her advice, Governments change and markets shift and we must be ready for that.

7)  She keeps an open mind.

She believes while strong women tend to have strong opinions and beliefs about things, they also keep and open mind and learn from others. A strong woman is able to be sorry, forgive and move ahead. A strong woman can accept when she is wrong.

8)  She helps everyone around her.

Another facet to success that most people don’t think about is lifting others up around you. After all, what good is a win if you don’t have a team to help you celebrate.  She believes that its important to always help others even if it’s in the smallest way. Giving back is what all of us are here to do.

9)  She stands her ground.

A strong woman never shy away from a problem. She will stand her ground and face it head on.

My one hour with Malini turned to a four, hour conversation. She was one of the most attentive, charismatic, and genuine person I have had the pleasure to interview. She made eye contact through the four, hour conversation. She was like an everyday person with huge success while keeping to her humble beginnings. It was a privilege to meet her.

I will end with a quote from Malini,

“’If my strength intimidates you. I hope you realize that’s a weakness of yours.’”

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Why We Must Pay Attention To Bullying

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LONDON, UK – 10 May, 2018 – WHY WE MUST PAY ATTENTION TO BULLYING

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. The kids who are bullied and the kids who do the bullying may develop serious, lasting problems.

In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:

  • An Imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others.
  • Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.

Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and purposely excluding people from a group.

Types of Bullying

There are three types of bullying:

  • Verbal bullying is saying or writing mean things. Verbal bullying includes:
    • Teasing
    • Name-calling
    • Inappropriate sexual comments
    • Taunting
    • Threatening to cause harm
  • Social bullying, sometimes referred to as relational bullying, involves hurting someone’s reputation or relationships. Social bullying includes:
    • Excluding someone on purpose
    • Telling other children not to be friends with someone
    • Verbally spreading lies and rumors about someone
    • Spreading lies and rumors about someone on the Internet via social media. This is cyberbullying.
    • Embarrassing someone in public
  • Physical bullying involves hurting a person’s body or possessions. Physical bullying includes:
    • Hitting/kicking/pinching
    • Spitting
    • Tripping/pushing
    • Taking or breaking someone’s things
    • Making mean or rude hand gestures

Where and When Bullying Happens

Bullying can occur during or after school hours. While most reported bullying happens at school, a significant percentage also happens on the playground and on the bus. It can also happen travelling to or from school, in the youth’s neighborhood or in the compound they live. Some of the most damaging bullying happens online, where people write vicious lies and rumors anonymously.

Warning Signs for Bullying

There are many warning signs that may indicate that someone is affected by bullying—either being bullied or bullying others. Recognizing the warning signs is an important first step in taking action against bullying. Not all children who are bullied or are bullying others ask for help.

It is important to talk with children who show signs of being bullied or bullying others. These warning signs can also point to other issues or problems, such as depression or substance abuse. Talking to the child can help identify the root of the problem.

Signs a Child Is Being Bullied

Look for changes in the child. However, be aware that not all children who are bullied exhibit warning signs.

Some signs that may point to a bullying problem are:

  • Unexplainable injuries
  • Lost or destroyed clothing, books, electronics, or jewelry
  • Frequent headaches or stomach aches, feeling sick or faking illness
  • Changes in eating habits, like suddenly skipping meals or binge eating. Kids may come home from school hungry because they did not eat lunch.
  • Difficulty sleeping or frequent nightmares
  • Declining grades, loss of interest in schoolwork, or not wanting to go to school
  • Sudden loss of friends or avoidance of social situations
  • Feelings of helplessness or decreased self esteem
  • Self-destructive behaviors such as running away from home, harming themselves, or talking about suicide

Signs a Child is Bullying Others

Kids may be bullying others if they:

  • Get into physical or verbal fights
  • Have friends who bully others
  • Are increasingly aggressive
  • Get sent to the principal’s office or to detention frequently
  • Have unexplained extra money or new belongings
  • Blame others for their problems
  • Don’t accept responsibility for their actions
  • Are competitive and worry about their reputation or popularity

Why don’t kids ask for help?

Kids don’t tell adults for many reasons:

  • Bullying can make a child feel helpless. Kids may want to handle it on their own to feel in control again. They may fear being seen as weak or a tattletale.
  • Kids may fear backlash from the kid who bullied them.
  • Bullying can be a humiliating experience. Kids may not want adults to know what is being said about them, whether true or false. They may also fear that adults will judge them or punish them for being weak.
  • Kids who are bullied may already feel socially isolated. They may feel like no one cares or could understand.
  • Kids may fear being rejected by their peers. Friends can help protect kids from bullying, and kids can fear losing this support.

I strongly feel that parents are ultimately responsible for the behavior of their children. Children learn everything first from home environment, and second, from school. What they say and the way they see the world and other people is formed by their parents’ opinions and actions. Thus, parents must teach their children to always respect others, and parents must reinforce these teachings every day to help prevent bullying.

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Breaking the Barrier

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Malini Saba – Breaking the Barrier

London, UK – 5 May, 2018 – If you think that Commodity markets are still an all-boys club, meet Saba Industries (sabaindustriesgroup.com), CEO and social activist Malini Saba (malinisaba.com).

INSPIRING: Malini Saba

It might be the hottest trend in investment circles these days, but the commodity space is still a predominantly male dominated market. At the top level, from the chairman to its board members, commodity is and are old-world all-boys gentry.  Leave it to 50-year-old CEO and social activist Malini Saba to break the mold.

In March of this year, Saba is investing over $100 million in the commodity projects in India and South East Asia in the next few years. With this Saba becomes the first woman to found and head such a high-profile venture.

Focus on India and South East Asia

Saba feels strongly it is the correct time to invest back into this sector.

And Saba should know. This self-made businesswoman is known to have a Midas touch when it comes to investments. She has invested in hi-tech stocks, commodities in Asia and South America and real estate properties all across the globe.

“I’m always conscious of changing political and economic trends in any region I go in to invest,” Saba points out. She will be touring the countries visiting local agricultural areas and mining in across India and South East Asia.

Saba will also look at charitable giving through her Family Foundation during her visit to these countries. Saba Family Foundation main focus in health and education. Learn more at sabafamilyfoundations.com.

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Saba Industries Invests US $100 Million in Southeast Asia Rice Industry

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Saba Industries Invests US $100 Million in Southeast Asia Rice Industry

London, UK – 5 May, 2018 – Company aims to modernize industry, promote organic rice farming and improve farmers’ quality of life.

Saba Industries, a privately-held, manufacturer and global exporter of rice and other commodities, is investing US $100 million in Southeast Asia’s rice industry to help modernize the sector, promote organic rice farming and improve farmers’ quality of life. The investment will span two years and is perhaps one of the largest investments in Southeast Asia’s rice industry.

With its investment, Saba Industries is buying outdated and abandoned rice mills in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand and converting them into storage facilities with bio-energy rice dryers that can help combat the effects of climate change.

Saba Industries will also buy farmers’ rice paddies and supply farmers with equipment, seeds and organic fertilizer – all free of charge. This is a sea change from the centuries-long practice of farmers being forced to purchase everything necessary to farm, leaving them with mounting debt and continuing the cycle of poverty. Saba Industries also trains farmers in organic farming.

Golden Grain Rice, a Saba Industries subsidiary, will process the farmers’ rice and distribute it to wholesalers throughout Southeast Asia and parts of Africa and the Middle East.

In addition, Saba Industries‘ philanthropic arm, Saba Family Foundations, plans to build and operate schools and health clinics in farming communities that have no access to basic education and healthcare services. The schools and clinics will be staffed by local instructors, doctors and nurses who know the communities well and speak the language.

“Rice is a major food staple all over the world, and consumption is growing rapidly every year, especially in non-Asian regions such as Africa and the Middle East,” said Malini Saba, Founder and Chairman of Saba Industries. “Farmers are the key to ensuring that rice production and quality keeps pace with demand. But the old way of farming puts farmers and their families at risk. Helping farmers reduce their debt, improve their lives and farm organically is the only way the rice industry can survive and thrive. Moreover, helping people achieve economic stability is the right thing to do.”

About Saba Industries

Saba Industries, founded in 1996 by entrepreneur and philanthropist Malini Saba, is a privately-held company that operates agricultural commodities, mining, ship breaking and hospitality businesses in South and Southeast Asia, Australia and Africa.

About Saba Family Foundations

Saba Family Foundations was founded in 2002 by entrepreneur and philanthropist Malini Saba to focus on the needs of under-served women and children worldwide. The foundation’s three areas of focus are healthcare, education and human rights. The foundation has undertaken numerous projects, including: partnering with Stanford Medical Center to train physicians from developing countries; distributing preventative health information on HIV/AIDS, immunizations, gastric and reproductive health; providing vocational education for women in Togo, West Africa; and supporting human rights issues around the world.

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Gentry Hall of Fame Award Announced

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Gentry Hall of Fame Award Announced

London, UK – 11 Nov., 2017 – In recognition of her extraordinary gifts to philanthropic community and beyond, Malini Saba has been awarded the title Philanthropist of the Year 2017.

This is to recognize her on-going, prodigious charitable work and giving. It is important to remember that this generous leader is continuing at a staggering rate. We applaud her efforts and hold her as a model for giving on a grand scale.

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Self-made Billionaire

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Malini Saba, Self-made Billionaire

Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, Sri Lanka – 15 Jan., 2015 – Why she inspires us? She was the first Sri Lankan Tamil women to become a self-made billionaire.

What has she taught us?

How to pave the way for march toward success against all odds. How to stand up to bullies who felt a woman’s place is not in the business lime light.

To do everything in your power to achieve your dream. How to succeed in a male dominated industry and to stay true to your ideals through it all.

Finally, to use the power you gain and have to protect those that can’t protect themselves.

We celebrate Malini Saba as an inspirational woman leader of our times.

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Personal Qualities

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Malini Saba – Personal Qualities

London, UK – 20 August, 2013 – Some of the personal qualities serving Malini Saba.

Ambition
Even from a young age, despite thinking that life would be difficult, Malini had a sense of her own destiny.

Hard work
She determined she would learn everything about business, build alliances and ingratiate herself with the business community.

Courage, intelligence and logic
She assumed all three qualities. A successful person must have all three.

Charm and charisma
She has a presence about her that consumes any room she walks into. She has the ability to hold people’s attention to whatever she is speaking about and make everyone feel they were listened too and cared for.

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The Iron Lady with a Velvet Glove

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Malini Saba – The Iron Lady with a velvet glove

London, UK – 30 May, 2012 – A tough lady with a soft touch.

Her favorite quote:

“Being a leader is like being a lady. If you have to remind people you are, you aren’t. “


Malini understands that leadership is not about titles or photos or selfies. True leadership is about authenticity, standing up for principles, even in the face of strong opposition.

Her angry critics see her as a pugnacious destroyer. But those who know her understand she is all about methodology and doing what is right by people and for the people.

Authentic leadership is a product of honesty. Honesty is about putting needs of others before your own. Honesty in communicating information, both positive and negative. Honesty in accepting viewpoints which are different from yours. Honesty in integrating the values you profess with behaviors you exhibit. Honesty is also the product of clarity. Clarity in what you stand for and what you will not stand for.

We can take a lesson from Malini Saba. Always stay true to your core values regardless of how others view things under a populous lens. Only through this method can you truly help others and be a good leader too.

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In a Nutshell

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Malini Saba – In a Nutshell

London, UK – 30 May, 2012 – Malini Saba was born to a simple family, rose to success through sheer perseverance and belief that she will make it.

In her own words “I had no choice, make it or nothing.”

She always believed there was nothing a woman could not achieve. She also believes that you can learn most things in life if you put the time and really want to learn them.

Her secret to success is never to lie and never pretend to know everything. “We are constantly in a learning mode. It is when we think we know it all, we have failed.”

My father once told me there were two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try and be the first group; there was much less competition.

Malini Saba leaves us with her quote “Whenever you take a step forward you will shake things up and only with this can you create change. Through and through we also change as a person.”

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Women Empowerment

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Malini Saba – Women Empowerment

London, UK – 30 Dec., 2010 – The power of Malini Saba.

Since her younger days, I have been intrigued by Malini Saba. I think I have only met her a few times, yet still her power and presence somehow resonate with me and those who meet her.

Perhaps it has something to do with her warmth and charisma she resonates effortlessly.

So, without delay I want you to get to know Malini Saba. I want to share with you a little about this business mogul, philanthropist, artist, author, inspiration and downright amazing woman who uses her success to empower girls and women around the world. She is a true proponent for women empowerment!

Through hard work and determination, Malini left behind poverty to become a billionaire. Note: she is not just any billionaire. She was the first self-made Sri Lankan woman to independently grow her wealth.

Born in Seremban, Malaysia this young woman worked her way to the top against all odds.

She has reinvented herself through many lows and highs in her business and personal life always moving ahead taking all the hurdles in stride and looking at them as a growing pain.

She embodies true inner strength and is a real role model for young women all over the world.

Despite her immense wealth you would never know she was enormously successful. She has a very lovely way to make you feel comfortable around her and see her as just another person.

Words of wisdom from Malini:

The reason I have been able to be so financially successful is my focus has never, ever been for a minute on money.

Let go and all will be well. Breathe and let go. The universe will take it from there.

Thank you Malini for all that you do to empower women!

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A Great Female Leader

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What makes a great female leader?

London, UK – 30 Dec., 2010 – Malini Saba epitomizes a great female leader with these 5 attributes.

A great female leader:

Shows compassion.

All of us are driven by a simple belief and we need to always look at both sides of any situation.

Doesn’t over-work.

You can still succeed if you pace yourself. Make certain you get enough sleep and eat well.

Overcomes adversity with grace.

Life is never perfect. We always have to have alternative route to the destination we want to end up in.

Uses feminism as an advantage.

We should not try to be men. We are a totally different gender. Thus, why must we lead and act the same way? We should embrace our own gender and focus more on business.

Is tough when needed.

Remember never to be a shrinking violet. Stand your ground and stick to your beliefs.

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Ten things you did not know about Malini Saba

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London, UK – 30 Dec., 2010 – In this article we detail 10 things you should know about Malini Saba.

Malini Saba CEO and Chairman of Saba Industries, started her career in 1994. Back then, she was still finishing up get PHD. Since her humble beginnings, Ms. Saba has climbed to the top of the corporate ladder. However, Malini Saba is more than just a corporate power player. She has led an interesting, boundary breaking, female empowering life that is worth knowing more about. This article, we bring you ten things you didn’t know about Malini Saba.

  1. She is a top paid Commodity CEO.
    She has an impressive salary. This serves as a testament to her formidable talent as a business woman.
  1. She is one of the very few self-made in the commodity Industry.
    Not only does Ms. Saba pull in huge stacks, she is the first woman owner and CEO in the commodity space. This should be inspiring women everywhere – even in a traditionally male dominated industry, a woman’s hard work and perseverance can result with her at the helm in a 21st century society.
  1. She is a psychologist.
    Though Saba, current job of CEO is a business – oriented position- which she is particularly week equipped for, given her PHD and considerable experience – she originally studied psychology.Her psychology role is indispensable during her work with her business.
  1. She was rated one of 10 to succeed in San Francisco magazine.
    She was picked one of ten to definitely succeed and to watch over the next 10 years.
  1. Her favorite cars are Mercedes and Bentley
    She is crazy about cars and loves to race.
  1. Her favorite past time is cooking.
    She loves to cook and create new recipes. She authored a Cook book “The Abbreviated Cook”
  1. She does not always like Fame.
    In an interview With Malini Saba, the prominent CEO expressed some annoyance with being recognized constantly. Though she attempts to stay under the radar and do simple things she finds it sometimes intrusive.
  2. She loves children.
    She loves being around children. She finds that they keep her grounded and they help her keep things simple
  3. She collects teddy bears.
    She finds them to be calming.
  4. She meditates.
    Malini Saba is a spiritual person. She believes that staying true to the core of what the universe is about is important for all our well-being. In her words it is all about the YING and YANG. It’s a balance. We need to have that to be able to run a multi-million-dollar company and always remember it is not all about you – it is about the company.

After 25 years of building her business empire through rough patches and great revenues, Malini Saba continues to run the company with killer economic sense. Massive profits are a certainty for this smart CEO and her company. Ms. Saba serves as an inspiration for women everywhere, and a testament to what hard work can bring to a person’s life.

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Making a difference

Malini Saba talks about balancing her roles of being a businesswoman and philanthropist, her passion for writing and love for cooking.

A self-made businesswoman and an ardent philanthropist, Malini Saba is truly a multitasker.

She started Saba Industries in the 90’s when the industry was dominated by men. “It was a man’s world when I began my career and I would never have been given the opportunity to lead a company. Thus, I put my savings together and started it. It evolved over time and now we have over 2,000 employees in eight countries. This journey has not been easy and through it all we have had failures and down turns.  But it has been a great journey,” shares Saba, who comes from a middle-class family and whose father was ailing when she was in high school. Holding herself strong, she studied Psychology and did her PhD in the field. “It was not an easy road but it made me stronger and made me understand the value of education and money.”

In 2002, she launched The Saba Family Foundation to serve as the umbrella organisation for all her philanthropic works. The foundation’s three areas of focus are healthcare, education and human rights. Saba believes that with money and power comes responsibility. “It is not there for us to abuse. I strongly feel that when God entrusts us with large amounts of money, through our hard work we must give back and make a difference to this world. I chose to do that.  I want to be able to make a difference and improve the lives and public policy for women and children. Women’s issues have always been in the forefront for me. Despite modernisation of societies, we still hold women to a different standard —their voices and cries are not heard and not taken seriously. This has to change.”

Saba has also penned The Abbreviated Cook — a book of quick and easy recipes. “Writing is a passion for me and cooking is therapeutic. I enjoy feeding my family and I believe we pass love through our food,” shares Saba, who is currently in the middle of writing another book.

After a long day of work, she comes home to her husband, child, cats and dogs.

“They are the most important part in my life. When I am not traveling, I make it a point to drop and pick up my child from school, do the grocery shopping for dinner that night and come home and make dinner with a glass of good wine. That is my normal routine. I make sure I always read to my daughter every night and talk to her about life, universe and why we are all here. This I do without fail even when I am traveling, Facetime is awesome for that. I want to give her an understanding of the world and life. I believe it’s important for parents to talk to their kids. It’s not about the amount of time you spend with them. When you do spend time with them, you have to give them 100 per cent of your time —meaning no phone, no computer, no one else talking to you. Just you and the child. That quality time is priceless.”

This article originally posted here @ THE ASIAN AGE.

Published : Oct 12, 2018, 12:23 am IST
Updated : Oct 12, 2018, 12:23 am IST

Publication:          Asian Age

Headline:              Making Difference

Language:            English

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A Supportive Man Can Help A Woman Move Mountains: Malini Saba

Women are the real architects of the society, said Harriet Beecher Stowe, and it is certainly true in case of Malini Saba.

A businesswoman who knows what it means to build an empire from scratch, she’s the Founder-CEO of The Saba Industries and The Saba Family Foundation. Her story is inspiring to say the least, and much more can be learned from her strong will, passion and the hard work that she puts towards what she believes in.

In a chat with SHEROES, she talks about how her life has panned out, about The Saba Family Foundation which is very close to her heart and what it takes to be a leader.

I was born in a small town in Malaysia, the eldest of 4 siblings. We did not have much growing up and hence, my goal was to always provide for my family. I studied and put myself through school and University by working three jobs, only to start my own business 26 years ago.

I now live in Vietnam and part of the time in Monaco. I have a beautiful child who is my life and soul. I’m grateful to have a spouse who is so supportive of my career and a strong man who is able to be home while I work.

His support means everything to me because it confirms to me that a supportive man can make a woman move mountains.

Helping Others Was What I Wanted To Do, Always

I knew early on in life that helping others is what I wanted to do. I strongly believe that my role in this world is to help others. In order to do that, I had to build myself up and establish a company that earned money to fund the Saba Family Foundation.

My father always helped his not-so-well-to-do family in Sri Lanka. He consistently told me that money is not to be taken for granted. It is a privilege given by God and if you ever make a lot of money, you must always give back.

Having grown up the hard way, studying and working through all sorts of odd jobs, I know what it is like to not have money, to struggle to feed yourself, pay your rent and take care of your siblings.

While this keeps me humble, it also makes me work hard to earn money and to make sure that I am able to manage the Saba Family Foundation and give back.

My nature is to make the wrong, right. I am not afraid to fight the biggest and the strongest. That has consequences but it has to be done to help those who cannot, and do not have the funds to, defend themselves.

The Saba Family Foundation & Its Vision

We are the catalyst for change. We believe that when you help one woman, you help a community, and in turn the nation. I believe in a woman’s right to stand her ground, her right to read and work.

A woman is not an ornament to be passed around, she does not belong to people.

The foundation exists to fund scholarships, legal battles for women, engage in campaigns for women issues and help young girls.

Helping With Women Centric Issues

We work with well-known partners like CARE, NETAID, VITAL VOICES and  UNICEF. We also fund the build out of schools in different countries like Mexico and Ghana, to name a few.  We helped YUVA in the early part of the Millennium to build their sight in Mumbai too.

We also hold our own campaigns like the anti-bullying campaign through schools, work environments, and older adult housing. We feel domestic violence is a form of bullying too.

Our mission stays the same – help a woman to have a voice.

Taking The Leadership Role Early On

It has been an enriching experience and the best ride of my life. I have had three failures through the course of building this company, once almost losing it all. But I stuck through it, reviewed those failures and learned about people.

I think the best lesson is if you truly believe in your business and yourself, don’t ever give up! Stick through it, no matter what someone else says to you.

You will get there and it would be beyond your wildest dreams. Success never comes easy, it comes with its own share of problems. But the growth curve is high.

You also learn about those who will stand by you because of you and your vision, and those that are there only to be riders on your coat tails. It is very important to learn how to read people. If you have those two traits, you will be fine.

Women Leaders In Industrial Arena

It is very different for women to be in this area. Most people who are in this field are men and women are in really small numbers. There are very few that have built it from scratch. Usually, it’s passed on to them from their husband or family. But I did not have that luxury – I had to build Saba Industries block by block.

Women are not much respected to know their stuff in this field. I have always wanted to keep my femininity and be strong. I feel being a woman is not a weakness in this field, it’s actually a strength.

The Challenges Of An Entrepreneur

Our foundation is funded by the business. When it comes to the foundation, to find and fund the right groups that hold true to the vision, is very important to me. I am always involved with the final selections. I treat it like a business and make sure all the due diligence is done to make sure whatever we fund is viable and will be able to have an impact or get the result it needs.

But building a business is not easy – the biggest hurdle is getting others to believe in you to help you raise funds or debt. They felt I did not understand this space. They would give me lip service – entertain my proposal but politely say, “We will pass. Come back when you have sales.”

I decided to take a loan and used my credit cards to build it out. Basically, I put in all my life savings to buy the first couple of concessions for gold and iron ore to move ahead.

The third knock from the Universe was the worst, the funds we were expecting never showed up and that put us in such a bad place – it was followed by the markets tanking and price volatility. It was a nightmare but I believed in myself and my dream and the vision. I told my closest loyal staff, we have to stick it through and once again, my savings came into play.

But when I look back, it was all worth it. Now we are in 8 countries, in different mineral and agricultural space; but I am always careful because anything can change and you have to be prepared. This business is something that should outlast me and hopefully, my child will take over it.

What Motivates Me

Life experiences are what motivates me the most. I want to change and a better work environment for women, better political environment for women and education for women. I also want us, as a society, to embrace the changes because it’s inevitable.

Nirupama Kondayya Nirupama feels that life is all about #TakingCharge, one step at a time, everyday. She truly believes that women have the potential to achieve their dreams, once they put their heart into it. She also believes that being grateful for little things has big impacts in life.

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Businesswoman with a Heart

10/6/2018 – This article originally from the India Business Journal – October 2018 @ http://online.fliphtm15.com/mwdr/ohpc/#p =50

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Sharmila Chand catches up with Ms. Saba (shown below) to know more about the business woman & philanthropist.
Send feedback tochand.sharmila@gmail. com.

Malini Saba is a self-made businesswoman and ardent philanthropist.

Born in Malaysia to a family of modest means, Ms. Saba spent her early life in Sri Lanka and Australia. Later, she migrated to the USA and, along with her husband, learned the nuances of business. In 2002, she launched The Saba Family Foundation to serve as an umbrella organization for all her philanthropic works. Through the foundation, she has helped millions of under-served women and children in South and South-East Asia, South America, Africa and the US gain access to life-saving medical and educational services and achieve economic stability. Funding for her philanthropic works comes from Saba Industries, a group of commodities companies that she has founded in Asia. Tak­ ing time off her  busy  schedule, Ms. Saba has penned The Abbreviated Cook, a book of quick and easy recipes that offer a twist on traditional South and South-East Asian dishes.

Q: What is your philosophy of life?
A: I believe that what goes around comes around, for I have lived long enough to see it being very true.

Q: What is your passion in life?
A: My passion and my calling in life are to help others and thus the foundation.

Q: What is your management mantra?
A: Never, never, never give up

Q: What would you like to say about your work?
A: My work is my baby. It is what I wake up to everyday. It does not define me, but it gives me great challenges, overcoming which gives me immense joy.

Q: Your strength...
A: Never giving up.

Q: A business Leader you admire the most...
A: I admire Steve jobs. He was relentless with his vision to succeed.

Q: Your weakness ...
A: Never giving up.

Q: Your kind of music...
A: I love Bollywood songs and Hip Hop.

Q: Your favourite holiday destination...
A: Bora Bora – Tahiti

Q: Golf or Bridge or...
A: Golf hands down. The game allows me to be away from my phones and alone on the grounds.

Q: You are a tough, serious boss or
A: I like to think that I am the serious kind of boss but with a soft touch much like an iron fist in a velvet glove.

Q: Formal suit or casual attire…
A: Casual attire any day

Q: What do you enjoy the most in lifegenerally?
A: I love cooking. It gives me great pleasure to come home from work and cook a variety of dishes for my family.

Q: How do you de-stress?
A: I find getting my nails done at a salon with my family very relaxing.

Q: Your mantra for success...
A: Get up, brush off, and keep at it.

Q: Your dream...
A: To make a movie in Bollywood.

Q: Ten years from now, where do we see you?
A: On my yacht, retired and writing my memoirs.

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Malini Saba and 7 Networking Tips For Women

Malini Saba


Founder, Saba Family Foundations & Saba Industries

Malini Saba is a self-made businesswoman, an ardent philanthropist and a force to be reckoned with, Ms. Saba embodies the concept of using business to serve humanity Her eminent group of commodities companies, Saba Industries, is a prime example of her stratagem of using business to serve humanity. Functioning in the agriculture and mining industry, the group hires local talents and helps them achieve economic stability. The CSR arm of the group, Saba Family Foundation, has given access to life-saving medical and educational services to millions of disadvantaged people across South and Southeast Asia, Australia, Africa, India, and the Middle East. the foundation is an extension of Ms. Saba’s philanthropy and aims to help at least one billion people to gain access to basic health care, education, and opportunities which allow them to break the cycle of poverty and illiteracy.


7 Networking Tips For Women: How to Use Network to Grow Your Business Without Being Spammy

Here’s How you can also structure your own niche and find people who have similar interests
5 min read
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Entrepreneurs are a rare breed. A recent study shows that less than 6% of the adults in the world work on their own business. Women account for less than half of that number. So what are the few things that women can keep in mind to increase their network?

Dress Well : They say first impression is the last impression. Dressing well and appropriate on different occasions can set different contexts in your life. You can choose between business formals and business casuals depending on your mood and commitment. Dressing well also promotes your leadership qualities. It shows that you are best prepared to deal with risks and challenges thrown at your way. Lastly, if people at social gatherings or events like your dressing sense, they are likely to connect with you and maintain a long relationship. How you present yourself matters the most.

Try Attending All Social Events : Whether it is a corporate party or a private kitty party, women need to attend all of them if they want to increase their social network. Parties are known to be spaces where people tend to get social. You will also meet a diverse range of people there and you never know who can turn out to be useful. Interactions at these parties are also very social. Many people find their prospective clients at such parties. Also, do keep an eye out for events specially meant for women entrepreneurs. The has been a sudden rise in such event and they prove to be very helpful when you need connections.

Work With Diversity : If you are really interested in growing your pool of network and expanding your business, you will need to cater to diversity and work with them. More diversity at your workplace will mean that you will be introduced to newer people, communities and culture. It will also empower you to learn about others. Diversity gives you a golden opportunity for you to develop useful contacts, gain helpful information, and obtain positive business referrals.

Use Social Media Well : Social media is the best form of communication today. It has surpassed all the forms of communication and hosts around 2.46 billion people worldwide. The most amazing feature of social media is that you can reach out to anyone without having to move anywhere. All you need is internet connection. In-person connection is slowly being overshadowed by online communication. You can find like-minded people or special kind of people you are looking for through groups and filters. Social media is also great for your business as it acts as a medium for advertisement.

Get To Know Them Beforehand : Social media can tell you a lot about people’s interests and desires. You can use this information before approaching them. A little knowledge about people’s passions, interests and desires can make you understand their demand and needs well. It can also help you tailor your services for them. It is very imperative for businesses to know their clients or any third-party vendors really well before engaging in business with them. It just ensures that your relationship is smooth and that you don’t run into any major challenges or risks

Learn From Mistakes : It is always very imperative to learn from your mistakes and not repeat them. If you have made any mistakes in the past in terms of networking, for eg. pushed too hard for something or over-talked at some event, it is suggested that you don’t repeat it. People can get turned off very easily, especially if their ideologies don’t match. In today’s age of digital and fast-paced networking, it is very easy to make mistakes that go unnoticed. Mistakes can also bring a huge blow to your business. If you hurt someone or publicly embarrass someone, chances are that people might get intimidated. Always learn to carry a respectable image in public.

Align Your Values With Others : This is the most important factor to keep in mind while networking. Aligning your values according to others means understanding needs and demands of people and supplying them service tailored for their needs. If you align your values, it is easy to attract attention and fulfill your professional cum personal goals. Aligning your values may also make you a people’s person as a lot of people will start investing time and faith on you. Most businesses are built on these two factors: time and faith. Therefore it makes more sense for women to make sure that they invest time and faith onto people they are looking to connect with. Knowing a little history about them and understanding the culture they come from can be of great help too.

These are some tips to grow your network for your business. However, you can also structure your own niche and find people who have similar interests.

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Sisters, stand up and invest in yourselves at the workplace

Sisters, stand up and invest in yourselves at the workplace!

by Malini Saba

“You are your most precious asset

You are the most precious thing in your world.

You must invest in yourself everyday.

Never cheap out on yourself.

You are worth it!

Everything you are and everything you will be

Is the result of how you use your mind”

– Brian Tracy

When we come across the word ‘investment’ our mind tends to think of our bank balance. For heaven’s sake, don’t limit yourself to such a small part of what investing in yourself means! To invest in yourself means to believe in you, to learn about you, to take the time to step back from routine and love yourself enough to set yourself a challenging yet attainable goal. By giving it your all, you will soon watch yourself perform better in every situation, be it at work or in your personal life. For this, it’s imperative to set aside a few minutes to invest resources into yourself as well as your well-being. I can guarantee you that through this, you will come out a more confident woman who adds value to her organisation, family, friends, and anybody else who may have the fortune of encountering you.

Our personal and professional lives are interconnected with each other more than we think. This is why it’s important to focus on investing in both areas whenever possible. Here are some of the easy ways to invest in yourself both inside and outside of the office.

Set yourself S.M.A.R.T. goals

Take the initiative to set yourself a list of personal and professional goals. If you’re not taking the time to set goals, it’s like driving a car through heavy rain with its wipers turned off. Without clearly-defined goals, you will lack clarity in vision to move forward. And we all know that when in the car, it would result in an accident.

Be sure to set time frames for achieving them. The goals set should be SMART: Significant, Momentous, Achievable, Related and Timely.

Invest in Creativity

Our creativity doesn’t have to diminish as we get older. We can carve out some time to create something new every day. Spend an hour a day to build on a business idea, improve a specific aspect of your work life or your relationships, and over time your creativity will be at its all-time peak.

We usually experience blocks in our creativity when we stagnate and lead sedentary lives- so go out, invest in traveling, try to learn more about your colleagues’ cultures, meet new people and make friends different from yourself. Before a seed can develop it must first break open. It cannot produce a plant until it’s been buried, placed out of sight, and begins to crack. In other words, people who truly want to grow, must re-evaluate their tolerance for ambiguity, for risk, and for experimentation.

Honour your intuition

“I knew what was really going on, but I didn’t say anything.”

“I wanted it so badly but I still walked away.”

Do these statements sound familiar to you?

You can show yourself some self-love by trusting your intuition, and honouring the message that it’s sending you. By paying attention to how you feel about certain things, you can make quicker decisions with healthier consequences. Learn to always trust your intuitions and that will lead to growth in life: personally and professionally.

Invest in building your confidence & knowledge

Somehow, in the professional world, our confidence either diminishes as we make mistakes or grows as we accomplish tasks and get appreciation. Often, the difference in our confidence level comes down to how we react to criticism and seek validation. Confidence equals positive emotions and a sense of secureness, which equals better performance. One needs to habitually invest time and energy into structuring a bulletproof sense of confidence in oneself and one’s abilities. You can invest in yourself at the workplace by taking your personal grooming seriously, celebrating your victories, investing time in acquiring knowledge and then making use of it.

Attend seminars and workshops, read books, listen to podcasts, and watch videos that will expand your knowledge and skills professionally as well as personally. This is what will make you stand out in the crowd

Invest in your health and nurture supportive relationships:

We can work towards achieving all our dreams, but there is no point in getting them if we don’t live enough to enjoy them or have nobody to celebrate life’s victories with.

So, eat right. Fuel your body with nutrients to boost your mind, do some basic desk exercises, and build personal as well as professional relations. The benefits earned from building our relationships is visible in every aspect of our life. The more our relationships grow, the more valuable the benefits, both personally as well as professionally.

Create your bucket list

If you have still not thought of creating a bucket list, then this is the time to create one! This list might have everything you want to do, see, feel, and experience in your life. Your list may be ongoing, but you can start by writing 10 things down. Then each month or so, make sure you’re knocking out at least one of the items off it.

Be happy for this moment, for it is your life right now

Happiness is to simply live, find gratitude and satisfaction in the moment that you have now. Make it a practice to express gratitude for everything that you have and often. Give second chances to everyone in your life including yourself. Try including ‘Thank you’s in your daily life and be genuine when you use it. Make sure to treat yourself to the little things in life. Take a quick walk around the block especially if it’s sunny outside, lend a helping hand to a co-worker, and remember the value you bring to the organisation.

Why are women not investing in themselves?

They check with someone else: When it comes to personal and professional development, women need to appoint themselves the highest authority. Your spouse, bosses, siblings or partner can have a say, but make sure to give yourself and your wants the highest priority.You need to be very clear about what you want and what you deserve, before you go out and get it.

They’re not sure when it is the “right” time. So here’s a harsh reality in life: we’re all over-the-top busy and over-committed, and it’s never going to feel like the “right time” to work on yourself. . But if you want to be successful don’t get lost in all the reasons why later would be better.

Fear that money should be used for their family or others. We don’t invest in ourselves because as a woman, we are taught to sacrifice our needs for others. For instance, to take care of our children, be a better wife by being at home, be a better daughter-in-law and so on.

But what happens if our husband gets hit by a bus on his way home from work or die on us from heart disease or maybe leave us for a younger woman? What if your husband gets into financial trouble? These are some questions that have plagued me throughout my life. We have to survive and make sure we can keep up the quality of life. Our kids have to stay in the same schools they have always gone to. Don’t bet on tragedy to strike. Invest in yourselves in ways so that you do not have to be dependent on anyone.

Whatever we do for a living, whether it is cleaning our houses, or managing companies, we must invest in our future and focus on creating a better, interesting one than the present. We should have a Plan B to fall back on, in case life brings us any surprises. Don’t let your focus on work define you as a bad woman. In fact, it is just the opposite. Think of this as an investment for you and your family because we are making sure we can always keep up the with the needs of our family, and if God forbid, life changes for the worse in a split second.

In conclusion

So, I would conclude by telling you to not give up if somebody tells you NO. Demand for non-monetary perks: flexi-time, a new title, pay revaluation the following quarter, or mentorship by or a project with a senior exec. They’re valuable in themselves, but they also get your boss into the habit of saying yes to you, and that will help you get that raise next time. Remember, this is a lifetime gap you’re working to close!

Never take no for an answer and give up on hope. If you don’t invest in yourself no one else will. When you invest in yourself, it’s the best return on investment you can give to your workplace.


Malini Saba is the founder of Saba Family Foundations and Saba Industries.

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INDIA FAR FROM ACHIEVING TRUE EQUALITY

India far from achieving true equality

 

When we celebrate women’s equality day on August 26, we must pledge to end discrimination at home and offices. Gender equality is not just about money or respect, it goes beyond that

I was in a funk because I felt like I was not a good mom.” So said ace tennis champion Serena Williams, a woman whom we associate with great accomplishments, the power of privilege, relevance as a creator of wealth and a benchmark of individual excellence. Yet when it came to motherhood, she slipped into the perennial guilt syndrome of readjusting her life around her child despite the fact that she could afford an alternative support system, an extended family and the comfort of workarounds. Still she felt that the time she gave for her child was not enough.

Working women around the world are debating the same question as Serena and given the added issues of gender pay gap, the lack of paid maternity leave and the struggle to claim reproductive rights, they have decided to step off the ramp. A survey of 1,000 qualified women in Delhi/NCR found that only 18-34 per cent of married women continued working after having a child. Some other estimates indicate that nearly half of urban working women quit their jobs mid-career for maternity leave or to bring up children. In fact, the career dropout rate of urban educated women is higher than that of their rural counterparts in cases. Even in successful and high profile double income units, once the “achieving” threshold is crossed, it is the woman who is stepping back, succumbing to the genetically conditioned mindset of a nurturer and care-giver, giving the necessary thrust to the domestic economy as it were by some extra-constitutional power and then slipping back to the normalcy of expectation. In the process, women tend to strengthen the stereotype of a man as the bread-winner and an architect of a goal-oriented career. Though a man is equally responsible for fathering a child and is emotionally capable of being the protector, he has the mantle of a career performance lumped upon him. Even when mid-retiree women develop a sense of stability with their young ones growing up, they scarcely make it back to their original trajectory but take up some part-time ventures or develop a passion-oriented home business. “Women who have family support or can afford to pay for child care have a lot of guilt. This is because of social conditioning,” says leading businesswoman Anu Aga. The biggest decline in employment has been among two groups — illiterate women and post-graduates — according to a 2017 World Bank report. Most successful male CEOs have spouses who are complementary CEOs in home management. Yet given their multi-tasking and adaptive abilities, working women could give a boost to the country’s GDP by about 30 per cent if certain policies are in place and a mindset changes. Even when they have exited corporate jobs to forge out on their own, transit professionals have helmed  boutique enterprises and start-ups with handsome turnovers.

The first of the stereotypes begins at home. Without taking away credit from metrosexual men, “fathering” is yet to develop as a concept equivalent to “mothering,” the former limited to a biological function, the latter encompassing multiple and undefined role responsibilities. Even childless women are assigned the “mothering” role in team management roles at work. It is both prized and abused at the same time. Till mothers, and most of them are educated and enlightened enough today, tell both their sons and daughters that nurturing a life is genderless and a necessary and purposeful human activity, there will be no change in the home dynamics. Till the grandfather, who revels in child care simply because he is at home after a perceived “successful” career run, asks his son to pick up the tab at home, there won’t be a change in mindset. Till fathers spend an equal time with their kids, they will no longer complain that the children naturally gravitate towards mothers. Here is a factoid: Though mothers are intimately bound to the babies physiologically for nine months, dads can bond with them even before they are born as they recognise both parents’ voices from 32 weeks. As for skin-to-skin contact, warmth has no gender and the child recognises that first. Mothers, too, admittedly in their rush for perfection in role-playing, must cede that territorial space to fathers, who will be willing if allowed to. Also, emphasis should be laid on double parenting. Neither the mother, nor the father needs to step back. And there is no need to glorify what need not be a sacrifice, be it of a stay-at-home mother or a house-husband.

Next come workplace policies, which continue to be shaped by traditional mindsets. Malini Saba, a corporate herself, has found that on an average, women today earn just 78 cents for every dollar that men earn, an increase of only 17 cents on the dollar, and that pregnancy discrimination, more than guilt pangs, has pushed women out of the queue. Pregnancy taboos are the reason that most corporate women are bypassed for a promotion or a special project simply because employers think that a maternity break reduces the woman’s ability to maintain continuity of functions or bounce back to original efficiencies. Fact is, most new mothers, given the flexibility of home operations, manage not only to deliver but make the perfect pitch at the workplace when required to stand in. Career women are multitasking themselves, juggling between family chores and deadlines, an ability that empowers them with adaptability, innovation, change, fluidity and creativity, mantras that every corporate aspires for. Few employers realise that women, as much as they cherish moments with their new-born, do not want to give up what they have invested their self-worth in — their careers. The same pregnancy/motherhood concerns have become barriers for women in physically-oriented jobs like factory floors while there is some headway in the armed forces.

Yet for all demonstrable abilities, companies become sexist and archaic when it comes to the muscularity of a given role. They would rather employ a man in his 20s and 30s over a woman of the same age for fear of maternity leave and family roles. They usually think twice about hiring a woman with a child for a senior role, assuming she cannot give her 100 per per cent. If she works reduced hours, they tend to equate it with a financial cost to the company rather than counting the efficiency she packs in her limited hours or that she can be more productive if allowed a bit of flexibility. In fact, more women opt out of jobs because of the sluggishness of their career progression and the assumption that they will be passed over. They may be considered super operators but will always be a step behind the big chair. They yield to the unhappiness at work rather than the imperatives of home duties.

Most importantly, if all offices introduced child care services or crèches where mothers could check in on their young ones, the immense relief would automatically lead to more focus at work. We must realise that this is a tiny cost to pay considering that societally care-giving or home-making is an unpaid acknowledgement.

Couple this with balanced education; for example women continue to figure extremely low, not higher than 20 per cent, in engineering and other disciplines of merit and excellence. Far too many girls are still making a “manageable and practical” choice of humanities rather than tough specialties. We don’t need role models of women fighting against the odds and conquering the unthinkable in unheard of circumstances. We need everyday examples of girls challenging prescribed choices and mainstreaming themselves instead so that they can stand shoulder to shoulder on the factory floor.

It is a myth that a woman’s biological processes or a familial orientation is an impediment to a realization of her many talents. Women never bring their family issues to work because they have always had to prove they can do as much as a man if not better. Which is why they are more committed, sorted, detailed and specific. If corporate India wants to acquire the edge, then it must help rid mothers of their guilt syndrome, consider them assets and creators rather than liabilities and pro-creators.

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Bullying Of Students: Here’s What To Do About It

Have you ever wondered what to do about being bullied?
This article will explain what it is and what we can do about it.

Our article also published on BW business India.

There are two types and four styles by which students can be bullied or can bully others. The two means of bullying include direct (e.g., by a student or a group or Adult who target less powerful students as the victim and that occurs in the presence of a targeted student) and indirect (e.g., mental prohibition from students groups or spreading rumors.

Can you recall the nursery jingle “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”? Observably that was not and is not the reality and can never be especially in the case of Bullying that takes place at schools. Bullying is a behavior that is purposeful and contains an imbalance of power or strength. It is a behavior that is physical, verbal, or relational. While boys may bully others by more physical means; girls often bully by social rejection. Bullying has been a part of the workplace and School for a long period. More recently through technology & social media bullying has extended its reach. Cyberbullying is the example which takes place online and via cell phones.

There are two types and four styles by which students can be bullied or can bully others. The two means of bullying include direct (e.g., by a student or a group or Adult who target less powerful students as the victim and that occurs in the presence of a targeted student) and indirect (e.g., mental prohibition from students groups or spreading rumors. In addition to these two modes, the four types of bullying include broad categories of physical, verbal, relational (e.g., efforts to harm the reputation or relationships of the targeted youth), and damage to property.

Occurrence

More than one out of every five (20.8%) students report being bullied according to a report from National Centre for Educational Statistics.

Most bullying happens in middle school. The most common kinds are verbal and social bullying.

83% of students who bully others online also bully others in person.

84% of students who were bullied online were also bullied in person.

Who are at Risk? 

Usually, children who are bullied have one or more of the following risk factors:

Professed as different from their peers, such as being underweight or overweight, having short height, wearing glasses or different clothing, new to a school, or being not able to have materials that kids consider as ‘Cool”.

Seen as weak or unable to protect themselves.

Depressed, concerned, Uneasy or with low self-esteem.

Failing an exam/class or securing fewer marks.

Less popular than others or like to live with the small group of friends.

Do not get along well with others or are generally punished by teachers.

Though, if a child has all these risk factors, it doesn’t mean that they will be bullied.

Where Bullying Occurs?

Bullying can happen at any number of places, situations, or locations. At times that place can be online or through a cell phone. Bullying that occurs using technology (including but not limited to cell phones, chat rooms, instant messaging, email, and social media posts) is considered electronic bullying and is viewed as a context or location.

Mostly Bullying takes place in the playgrounds, school buses, cafeteria, in restrooms, hallways, and locker rooms.

Disconnect Between Adults 

It is found that most often there is a disconnect between students and an adult understanding for a case of bullying. Adults often don’t know how to react when they do identify a case of bullying. Considerably only about 20 to 30% of students who are bullied inform adults about it.

Promising Prevention Strategies

Staff and students should try and notice when a child is bullied or left out during the games, Lunchtimes etc. This involves the efforts of everyone in the school environment—teachers, Principal, administrators, counselors, non-teaching staff (such as bus drivers, nurses, school resource officers, cafeteria workers, and school librarians), parents, seniors, and students. They should be trained in bullying anticipation and involvement and how to respond if they observe bullying & its prevention.

Also, a group can be formed to coordinate the school’s bullying prevention activities. The work of that group can be to motivate staff, students, and parents; prevent rules, policies, and activities; and ensure that the efforts continue over time. A student advisory group can be formed to focus on bullying prevention and provide valuable suggestions/ feedback to adults.

Bullying and Suicide

The relationship between Bullying and suicide is somehow coinciding in many cases in schools and colleges. Much psychological research says that bullying leads to isolation, depression, low self-esteem and in return suicidal behaviors is found in individuals. The major variety of people who are bullied do not become suicidal. Some youth, such as LGBTQ youth, are at increased risk for suicide tries even where bullying is not a factor.

Anti-bullying Laws

It is vital to be aware of the laws made to control bullying in India so that the problem is nipped in the bud.

 Laws in Schools

Former HRD minister formed a committee of experts to analyze Bullying in school and to prevent it. Following is the CBSE School Bullying Protection Law guide:-

If any student is found Bullying or ragging it will be given a written notice and can even result in rustication for that particular ward.

Putting a notice on Notice Board that if any students are found bullying will be liable for strict action

A Committee member to prevent bullying it shall include the vice principal, a senior teacher, doctor, counselor, parent-teacher representative, school management representative, and legal representative and peer educators.

Laws in Colleges

The government of India in order to stop/prevent bullying has created a guideline called “UGC Regulations on Curbing the Menace of Ragging in Higher Education Institutions, 2009” which is applied to all the colleges or higher education institutions and are as follows:

FIR: The victim can avail thirteen provisions under Indian Penal Code and can register an FIR (first information report) in the police station under the area where the crime has taken place. The person can apply various Indian sections of Laws, such as:
Section 294– Obscene acts and songs
Section 339– Wrongful restraint
Section 340– Wrongful confinement
Section 341– Punishment for wrongful restraint
Section 342– Punishment for wrongful confinement
Section 506– Punishment for criminal intimidation

 Extreme Violence

When there is a case of extreme bullying or ragging that includes extreme violence:
Section 323– Punishment for voluntarily causing hurt
Section 324– Voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means
Section 325– Punishment for voluntarily causing grievous hurt
Section 326– Voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means

 In a case where a victim has lost his/her life

Section 304– Punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder
Section 306– Abetment of suicide
Section 307– Attempt to murder
Though, these UGC anti-ragging measures and the laws of IPC are not applied to schools.

 Cyber-bullying Laws

If the student is been a victim of cyberbullying it can file a complaint under the Indian Penal Code. Under the I.T. Act, 2000 the victim can apply for two kinds of offenses Section 67 of punishment of information which is obscene and breaches of confidentiality.

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Malini Saba – Success Story

A True Success Story

Saba Industries Incorporated, is known for its strong holdings in Mining and Agriculture. The company produces iron ore, Gold, Bauxite, Palm oil and Rice. Malini dove into the commodity space believing that we all need raw material. Although Saba Industries has grown exponentially, it still remains a family-owned business.

Saba graduated from high school and later graduated with a degree in Psychology. After many failed relationships, she married and had children. Saba is an ardent entrepreneur and started her business in the 1990’s and still stands at the helm as the CEO of the company.

Saba’s net worth, as estimated to be over $1.5 billion dollars (USD). Among her several philanthropic contributions are donations to Australian Outback doctors, San Francisco Arts Academy, India’s Artists, and Children’s Hospital in Cambodia. Saba also owns farms that specialize in organic farming.

She has been awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year, Philanthropist of the year, Kalpana Chawla award, the Mother Theresa Award and the Federation Peace award for her global Philanthropic work.

She contributes to different causes through her philanthropic initiative Saba Family Foundation.

Hard work, discipline and a keen sense of business is what makes her one of the most successful contemporary business woman.

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Understanding Employees – Important for Success

Why understanding your employees is important for Success.

By Rajeshwari Sajosh

I wanted to interview Saba to understand her views on Management and what she thought about hiring more women in her field.

Her feedback was enlightening. She has some strong views on management and gender equality in the workplace.

She had four areas which she focused on beginning with :

Unite, Don’t Direct

There’s a fine line between a leader and a manager. For one, a leader inspires employees to follow her lead and pursue her goals. A manager, on the other hand, leads by instruction and directives. This is why Malini Saba finds one more successful than the other:
In my experience, encouraging a team-oriented culture that is focused on uniting employees behind a shared sense of purpose and a common goal is more effective than offering directives. If you and your leadership team are on the same page with this approach, it is much easier to engage employees throughout the firm to meet those collective goals.  

Tailor the Experience

The first step in achieving gender equality in the workplace is understanding and supporting the fact that men and women work differently. Most importantly, Saba encourages women to find opportunity in everything:

As employers, we need to accept that women and men operate differently in the workplace and set up development and training programs that are designed to target high potential employees in both groups. As women, we need to remind ourselves to have an ‘opt in’ attitude. Career downturns happen to everyone and we must remember to treat them as opportunities to change how we work or try something new. That is what shows our true mettle.

Invest in professional development

When it comes to increasing female executive leadership, Malini  reminds employers to create equal and ample opportunities for women to climb the corporate ladder:
Companies must invest in their female employees’ leadership and professional development. I’m very proud of the numerous development and mentoring programs that Saba Industries has in place to help women excel at our firm and we’re seeing results that are validating this approach.

Ending gender pay inequality 

Unfortunately, gender Pay inequality still very much exists. But, as Saba suggests, there are ways to combat this inequality both inside and outside of the workplace:
The issue is complex because there is still no single answer as to why. Saba Industries’s interest in this issue goes far beyond our organization; we want to empower women’s financial futures, and that means putting programs, such as our seminars, in place to help them understand their finances.

Being the President and CEO of a multinational corporation is no easy feat. But Malini Saba shows us that through hard work, the right attitude and a great team, it is possible.

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10 tips for achieving what you want in life

By Rosana Yacob

I sat in the Ritz Carlton in Malaysia waiting for Malini Saba to arrive. While I was waiting, I started talking to the concierge. He went on to tell me about how he met Saba two years ago when she first took the apartment at the Ritz. He said she was so motivated to get the best deal we had and she was relentless and we caved in.

Malini arrived and walked directly to me as if she had known me for years. She was so welcoming and warm and it put me at ease to start the conversation. I wanted to ask her what are your tips for people are out there to achieve their dreams in life.

She leaned back into the armchair and crossed her legs and replied “I have 10 things that I have lived by and I have applied my whole life.”

1. Focus on commitment, not motivation.

Just how committed are you to your goal? How important is it for you, and what are you willing to sacrifice in order to achieve it? If you find yourself fully committed, motivation will follow.

2. Seek knowledge, not results.

If you focus on the excitement of discovery, improving, exploring and experimenting, your motivation will always be fueled. If you focus only on results, your motivation will be like weather—it will die the minute you hit a storm. So the key is to focus on the journey, not the destination. Keep thinking about what you are learning along the way and what you can improve.

3. Make the journey fun.

It’s an awesome game! The minute you make it serious, there’s a big chance it will start carrying a heavy emotional weight and you will lose perspective and become stuck again.

4. Get rid of stagnating thoughts.

Thoughts influence feelings and feelings determine how you view your work. You have a lot of thoughts in your head, and you always have a choice of which ones to focus on: the ones that will make you emotionally stuck (fears, doubts) or the ones that will move you forward (excitement, experimenting, trying new things, stepping out of your comfort zone.)

5. Use your imagination.

Next step after getting rid of negative thoughts is to use your imagination. When things go well, you are full of positive energy, and when you are experiencing difficulties, you need to be even more energetic. So, rename your situation. If you keep repeating I hate my work, guess which feelings those words will evoke? It’s a matter of imagination! You can always find something to learn even from the worst boss in the world at the most boring job. I have a great exercise for you: Just for three days, think and say positive things only. See what happens.

6. Stop being nice to yourself.

Motivation means action and action brings results. Sometimes your actions fail to bring the results you want. So, you prefer to be nice to yourself and not put yourself in a difficult situation. You wait for the perfect timing, for an opportunity, while you drive yourself into stagnation and sometimes even into depression. Get out there, challenge yourself, do something that you want to do even if you are afraid.

7. Get rid of distractions.

Meaningless things and distractions will always be in your way, especially those easy, usual things you would rather do instead of focusing on new challenging and meaningful projects. Learn to focus on what is the most important. Write a list of time-wasters and hold yourself accountable to not do them.

8. Don’t rely on others.

You should never expect others to do it for you, not even your partner, friend or boss. They are all busy with their own needs. No one will make you happy or achieve your goals for you. It’s all on you. It’s all on you.

9. Plan.

Know your three steps forward. You do not need more. Fill out your weekly calendar, noting when you will do what and how. When-what-how is important to schedule. Review how each day went by what you learned and revise what you could improve.

10. Protect yourself from burnout.

It’s easy to burn out when you are very motivated. Observe yourself to recognize any signs of tiredness and take time to rest. Your body and mind rest when you schedule relaxation and fun time into your weekly calendar. Do diverse tasks, keep switching between something creative and logical, something physical and still, working alone and with a team. Switch locations. Meditate, or just take deep breaths, close your eyes, or focus on one thing for five minutes.

“I use these as my mantra for everything I do”, explained Malini. I am never ever lazy to get up again and try it one more time. One should never be afraid of failure. I have failed many times, it’s not the amount of times you fail that matter, it’s how many times you are willing to get back up and fight for what you believe and want to achieve in your life.

It was so inspirational. As I left the interview I realized she had made me feel I can do anything I put my mind too.

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WOMAN IN THE MINING INDUSTRY

By Louisa Rampet

Mining has a reputation for being rough, remote and dangerous, as well as being one of the most male-dominated industries in the world.

This is true for Malini Saba, CEO of Saba Industries, whose mining journey started at the age of 30 when she decided to invest heavily in the commodity space. She began at ground zero.

She has built a thriving business and now owns over 7 large Mines internationally.  Her company owns mines that produce Iron ore, gold and Bauxite.

Malini says “Women must challenge their own comfort and realize the possibilities this environment has to offer, and attitudes of both males and females needs to be shaped by the pioneers in the environment.”

She also feels that young girls should be encouraged to pursue math, science and engineering subjects.  Furthermore, she feels that education in schools and universities surrounding the “exciting career opportunities that await women in the mining industry” should be improved.

I went on to ask her further questions about her role and experience.

Q : What have you enjoyed most about your role in the industry?

Malini Saba : I have spent more than fifteen years  in the mining industry and have seen significant changes and challenges. Being an owner and executive has its challenges. I have dealt with building new mining projects and running operations in countries that are not mining friendly, or are politically unstable or under high risk of executive kidnappings.

I have seen natural disasters such as floods, to earthquakes and malaria.  I’ve witnessed labor unrest and strikes in some of our Asian countries, with the invasion of our mining pits by hundreds of illegal miners. So, the role has never been boring and has always stretched me.

Q : What do you consider the most successful aspect of your mining leadership to date?

Malini Saba : I was part of a team that supported and coached an executive team through a significant organizational crisis a couple of years ago. Our team took the company through a huge expansion phase for a few years on the back of a very favorable commodity rise. We were faced with huge skills shortages at a time when many companies in the mining industry and neighboring industries were going through a similar expansion phase, and so we were highly focused on the recruitment, development and retention of key skills.

I led the team that redesigned and restructured the entire global business in a process involving redefining for each function and area what work was transactional and what was strategic and how the work would be delivered at operating unit, regional or corporate level. Within a twelve-month period, we had achieved both our cost-saving and our restructuring objectives.

Q : Why do you think there is such a big gender gap in the industry?  What is needed to create change?

Malini Saba : Mining can be perceived as dirty and dangerous and with the potential to create significant environmental damage if not managed ethically.  As such, the industry struggles to attract not only women but also young talent. I feel women think it’s a dirty job. It is a job that you have to eat and breath in order to compete.

Malini Saba   –  “ Remember we can’t move the resources, which often means remote locations, perhaps fly-in, fly-out operations or shift rotations. Remote locations, as opposed to corporate offices in large urban centers, don’t pose quite the same kind of challenges, and may fit more seamlessly into a career path that includes work-life balance as part of its goal.”  Example deep in the jungles of Kalimantan.

Furthermore, even if a company adopts and promotes an inclusive culture, mining is faced with a unique challenge in dealing with multiple environments, as Saba explains.

“You’ve got the mine site. You’ve got the corporate office, individuals in the field doing exploration, all being linked together in the sector. What can happen is you may have a strong corporate policy about respect in the workplace and diversity but getting that to trickle to all sites and all places that your company is doing business is a challenge.”

Thus, a lot has to change on the mindset of the miners. This should come from the culture the company puts in place from day one. It means constant reinforcement.

Q : Is your company doing anything about the gender gap?

Malini Saba : Yes we hire women. We also work with a lot of tribal families in the jungles. There we seek more women to work at the mines. We train them. They work and earn a living and at the same time be able to walk back home to their long houses.

It is a slow process to bring in women from the cities to go to the remote areas. But we have not stopped trying. Getting women in the corporate side of the business has not been that huge of a challenge.

The mining industry needs to do more to attract women into core technical roles, and to put in place clear talent management and coaching programs to help accelerate women into more senior roles and provide more flexible working arrangements. This includes policies around bursaries and scholarships, maternity leave, and equal pay for equal work.

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Interview with Malini Saba – A Strong Woman

By Alexa Wong

When you come across a strong woman, you’ll know it the moment she enters the room. That was Malini. I knew it was her the moment she walked into the café.  She gave off a vibe of self confidence that anyone could spot from a mile away.

I met Malini, in a coffee shop downtown London. She was nice enough to give me time. She was in town on a business trip.

She sat down and we began the interview.

Here are 9 things I walked away with after talking with her:

1)   She takes time to self-care.

One of the less obvious keys to success is the self-love and self-care, because without those, a successful woman knows she is already up the creek.  You must take care of the person in the mirror first. You cannot get to the next point if you don’t nurture yourself along the journey.

2)   She is not afraid to stand on her own.

She believes a strong woman does not need anyone standing in front, behind or beside her to get things done. They set their goals, figure out how to achieve them, and then get after it.  You have to fight battles, tame dragons and walk through fire if you have too.

3)   She does not make excuses.

Malini believes that no matter her life circumstances, she rises with the tides and does whatever she needs to in order to make it to shore. She has never let her mind get in the way of her success, because she knows that she is more than capable of achieving what she wants.  Excuses get in the way of results, and she knows she cannot have both.

4)   She does not waste time complaining.

One can either complain and let yourself be a victim, or you can rise above your challenges and be a warrior. We have to simply get back up and try again and refuse to let petty life problems get in the way. She feels complaining only drains her energy, so she chooses to put her energy into something useful and create something out of nothing.

5)   She chooses to challenge herself.

When you get too comfortable, you stop growing, she says.  It’s important to always keep yourself learning to try new things and expand your knowledge and skill sets.

6)   She stays on top of finances.

We all go through tough times and hard times.  I have certainly had my share, Saba states. Sometimes we may have even start all over again. She says she has had to do that.  However, you cannot let it keep you down. We have to make sure we are on top of our finances. We must always take care of no 1 first, regardless if you are married or not. You must keep money aside for that rainy day. Her advice, Governments change and markets shift and we must be ready for that.

7)  She keeps an open mind.

She believes while strong women tend to have strong opinions and beliefs about things, they also keep and open mind and learn from others. A strong woman is able to be sorry, forgive and move ahead. A strong woman can accept when she is wrong.

8)  She helps everyone around her.

Another facet to success that most people don’t think about is lifting others up around you. After all, what good is a win if you don’t have a team to help you celebrate.  She believes that its important to always help others even if it’s in the smallest way. Giving back is what all of us are here to do.

9)  She stands her ground.

A strong woman never shy away from a problem. She will stand her ground and face it head on.

My one hour with Malini turned to a four, hour conversation. She was one of the most attentive, charismatic, and genuine person I have had the pleasure to interview. She made eye contact through the four, hour conversation. She was like an everyday person with huge success while keeping to her humble beginnings. It was a privilege to meet her.

I will end with a quote from Malini,

“’If my strength intimidates you. I hope you realize that’s a weakness of yours.’”

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Why We Must Pay Attention To Bullying

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LONDON, UK – 10 May, 2018 – WHY WE MUST PAY ATTENTION TO BULLYING

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. The kids who are bullied and the kids who do the bullying may develop serious, lasting problems.

In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:

  • An Imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others.
  • Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.

Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and purposely excluding people from a group.

Types of Bullying

There are three types of bullying:

  • Verbal bullying is saying or writing mean things. Verbal bullying includes:
    • Teasing
    • Name-calling
    • Inappropriate sexual comments
    • Taunting
    • Threatening to cause harm
  • Social bullying, sometimes referred to as relational bullying, involves hurting someone’s reputation or relationships. Social bullying includes:
    • Excluding someone on purpose
    • Telling other children not to be friends with someone
    • Verbally spreading lies and rumors about someone
    • Spreading lies and rumors about someone on the Internet via social media. This is cyberbullying.
    • Embarrassing someone in public
  • Physical bullying involves hurting a person’s body or possessions. Physical bullying includes:
    • Hitting/kicking/pinching
    • Spitting
    • Tripping/pushing
    • Taking or breaking someone’s things
    • Making mean or rude hand gestures

Where and When Bullying Happens

Bullying can occur during or after school hours. While most reported bullying happens at school, a significant percentage also happens on the playground and on the bus. It can also happen travelling to or from school, in the youth’s neighborhood or in the compound they live. Some of the most damaging bullying happens online, where people write vicious lies and rumors anonymously.

Warning Signs for Bullying

There are many warning signs that may indicate that someone is affected by bullying—either being bullied or bullying others. Recognizing the warning signs is an important first step in taking action against bullying. Not all children who are bullied or are bullying others ask for help.

It is important to talk with children who show signs of being bullied or bullying others. These warning signs can also point to other issues or problems, such as depression or substance abuse. Talking to the child can help identify the root of the problem.

Signs a Child Is Being Bullied

Look for changes in the child. However, be aware that not all children who are bullied exhibit warning signs.

Some signs that may point to a bullying problem are:

  • Unexplainable injuries
  • Lost or destroyed clothing, books, electronics, or jewelry
  • Frequent headaches or stomach aches, feeling sick or faking illness
  • Changes in eating habits, like suddenly skipping meals or binge eating. Kids may come home from school hungry because they did not eat lunch.
  • Difficulty sleeping or frequent nightmares
  • Declining grades, loss of interest in schoolwork, or not wanting to go to school
  • Sudden loss of friends or avoidance of social situations
  • Feelings of helplessness or decreased self esteem
  • Self-destructive behaviors such as running away from home, harming themselves, or talking about suicide

Signs a Child is Bullying Others

Kids may be bullying others if they:

  • Get into physical or verbal fights
  • Have friends who bully others
  • Are increasingly aggressive
  • Get sent to the principal’s office or to detention frequently
  • Have unexplained extra money or new belongings
  • Blame others for their problems
  • Don’t accept responsibility for their actions
  • Are competitive and worry about their reputation or popularity

Why don’t kids ask for help?

Kids don’t tell adults for many reasons:

  • Bullying can make a child feel helpless. Kids may want to handle it on their own to feel in control again. They may fear being seen as weak or a tattletale.
  • Kids may fear backlash from the kid who bullied them.
  • Bullying can be a humiliating experience. Kids may not want adults to know what is being said about them, whether true or false. They may also fear that adults will judge them or punish them for being weak.
  • Kids who are bullied may already feel socially isolated. They may feel like no one cares or could understand.
  • Kids may fear being rejected by their peers. Friends can help protect kids from bullying, and kids can fear losing this support.

I strongly feel that parents are ultimately responsible for the behavior of their children. Children learn everything first from home environment, and second, from school. What they say and the way they see the world and other people is formed by their parents’ opinions and actions. Thus, parents must teach their children to always respect others, and parents must reinforce these teachings every day to help prevent bullying.

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Breaking the Barrier

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Malini Saba – Breaking the Barrier

London, UK – 5 May, 2018 – If you think that Commodity markets are still an all-boys club, meet Saba Industries (sabaindustriesgroup.com), CEO and social activist Malini Saba (malinisaba.com).

INSPIRING: Malini Saba

It might be the hottest trend in investment circles these days, but the commodity space is still a predominantly male dominated market. At the top level, from the chairman to its board members, commodity is and are old-world all-boys gentry.  Leave it to 50-year-old CEO and social activist Malini Saba to break the mold.

In March of this year, Saba is investing over $100 million in the commodity projects in India and South East Asia in the next few years. With this Saba becomes the first woman to found and head such a high-profile venture.

Focus on India and South East Asia

Saba feels strongly it is the correct time to invest back into this sector.

And Saba should know. This self-made businesswoman is known to have a Midas touch when it comes to investments. She has invested in hi-tech stocks, commodities in Asia and South America and real estate properties all across the globe.

“I’m always conscious of changing political and economic trends in any region I go in to invest,” Saba points out. She will be touring the countries visiting local agricultural areas and mining in across India and South East Asia.

Saba will also look at charitable giving through her Family Foundation during her visit to these countries. Saba Family Foundation main focus in health and education. Learn more at sabafamilyfoundations.com.

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Saba Industries Invests US $100 Million in Southeast Asia Rice Industry

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Saba Industries Invests US $100 Million in Southeast Asia Rice Industry

London, UK – 5 May, 2018 – Company aims to modernize industry, promote organic rice farming and improve farmers’ quality of life.

Saba Industries, a privately-held, manufacturer and global exporter of rice and other commodities, is investing US $100 million in Southeast Asia’s rice industry to help modernize the sector, promote organic rice farming and improve farmers’ quality of life. The investment will span two years and is perhaps one of the largest investments in Southeast Asia’s rice industry.

With its investment, Saba Industries is buying outdated and abandoned rice mills in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand and converting them into storage facilities with bio-energy rice dryers that can help combat the effects of climate change.

Saba Industries will also buy farmers’ rice paddies and supply farmers with equipment, seeds and organic fertilizer – all free of charge. This is a sea change from the centuries-long practice of farmers being forced to purchase everything necessary to farm, leaving them with mounting debt and continuing the cycle of poverty. Saba Industries also trains farmers in organic farming.

Golden Grain Rice, a Saba Industries subsidiary, will process the farmers’ rice and distribute it to wholesalers throughout Southeast Asia and parts of Africa and the Middle East.

In addition, Saba Industries‘ philanthropic arm, Saba Family Foundations, plans to build and operate schools and health clinics in farming communities that have no access to basic education and healthcare services. The schools and clinics will be staffed by local instructors, doctors and nurses who know the communities well and speak the language.

“Rice is a major food staple all over the world, and consumption is growing rapidly every year, especially in non-Asian regions such as Africa and the Middle East,” said Malini Saba, Founder and Chairman of Saba Industries. “Farmers are the key to ensuring that rice production and quality keeps pace with demand. But the old way of farming puts farmers and their families at risk. Helping farmers reduce their debt, improve their lives and farm organically is the only way the rice industry can survive and thrive. Moreover, helping people achieve economic stability is the right thing to do.”

About Saba Industries

Saba Industries, founded in 1996 by entrepreneur and philanthropist Malini Saba, is a privately-held company that operates agricultural commodities, mining, ship breaking and hospitality businesses in South and Southeast Asia, Australia and Africa.

About Saba Family Foundations

Saba Family Foundations was founded in 2002 by entrepreneur and philanthropist Malini Saba to focus on the needs of under-served women and children worldwide. The foundation’s three areas of focus are healthcare, education and human rights. The foundation has undertaken numerous projects, including: partnering with Stanford Medical Center to train physicians from developing countries; distributing preventative health information on HIV/AIDS, immunizations, gastric and reproductive health; providing vocational education for women in Togo, West Africa; and supporting human rights issues around the world.

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Gentry Hall of Fame Award Announced

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Gentry Hall of Fame Award Announced

London, UK – 11 Nov., 2017 – In recognition of her extraordinary gifts to philanthropic community and beyond, Malini Saba has been awarded the title Philanthropist of the Year 2017.

This is to recognize her on-going, prodigious charitable work and giving. It is important to remember that this generous leader is continuing at a staggering rate. We applaud her efforts and hold her as a model for giving on a grand scale.

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Self-made Billionaire

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Malini Saba, Self-made Billionaire

Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, Sri Lanka – 15 Jan., 2015 – Why she inspires us? She was the first Sri Lankan Tamil women to become a self-made billionaire.

What has she taught us?

How to pave the way for march toward success against all odds. How to stand up to bullies who felt a woman’s place is not in the business lime light.

To do everything in your power to achieve your dream. How to succeed in a male dominated industry and to stay true to your ideals through it all.

Finally, to use the power you gain and have to protect those that can’t protect themselves.

We celebrate Malini Saba as an inspirational woman leader of our times.

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Personal Qualities

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Malini Saba – Personal Qualities

London, UK – 20 August, 2013 – Some of the personal qualities serving Malini Saba.

Ambition
Even from a young age, despite thinking that life would be difficult, Malini had a sense of her own destiny.

Hard work
She determined she would learn everything about business, build alliances and ingratiate herself with the business community.

Courage, intelligence and logic
She assumed all three qualities. A successful person must have all three.

Charm and charisma
She has a presence about her that consumes any room she walks into. She has the ability to hold people’s attention to whatever she is speaking about and make everyone feel they were listened too and cared for.

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The Iron Lady with a Velvet Glove

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Malini Saba – The Iron Lady with a velvet glove

London, UK – 30 May, 2012 – A tough lady with a soft touch.

Her favorite quote:

“Being a leader is like being a lady. If you have to remind people you are, you aren’t. “


Malini understands that leadership is not about titles or photos or selfies. True leadership is about authenticity, standing up for principles, even in the face of strong opposition.

Her angry critics see her as a pugnacious destroyer. But those who know her understand she is all about methodology and doing what is right by people and for the people.

Authentic leadership is a product of honesty. Honesty is about putting needs of others before your own. Honesty in communicating information, both positive and negative. Honesty in accepting viewpoints which are different from yours. Honesty in integrating the values you profess with behaviors you exhibit. Honesty is also the product of clarity. Clarity in what you stand for and what you will not stand for.

We can take a lesson from Malini Saba. Always stay true to your core values regardless of how others view things under a populous lens. Only through this method can you truly help others and be a good leader too.

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In a Nutshell

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London, UK – 30 May, 2012 – Malini Saba was born to a simple family, rose to success through sheer perseverance and belief that she will make it.

In her own words “I had no choice, make it or nothing.”

She always believed there was nothing a woman could not achieve. She also believes that you can learn most things in life if you put the time and really want to learn them.

Her secret to success is never to lie and never pretend to know everything. “We are constantly in a learning mode. It is when we think we know it all, we have failed.”

My father once told me there were two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try and be the first group; there was much less competition.

Malini Saba leaves us with her quote “Whenever you take a step forward you will shake things up and only with this can you create change. Through and through we also change as a person.”

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Women Empowerment

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Malini Saba – Women Empowerment

London, UK – 30 Dec., 2010 – The power of Malini Saba.

Since her younger days, I have been intrigued by Malini Saba. I think I have only met her a few times, yet still her power and presence somehow resonate with me and those who meet her.

Perhaps it has something to do with her warmth and charisma she resonates effortlessly.

So, without delay I want you to get to know Malini Saba. I want to share with you a little about this business mogul, philanthropist, artist, author, inspiration and downright amazing woman who uses her success to empower girls and women around the world. She is a true proponent for women empowerment!

Through hard work and determination, Malini left behind poverty to become a billionaire. Note: she is not just any billionaire. She was the first self-made Sri Lankan woman to independently grow her wealth.

Born in Seremban, Malaysia this young woman worked her way to the top against all odds.

She has reinvented herself through many lows and highs in her business and personal life always moving ahead taking all the hurdles in stride and looking at them as a growing pain.

She embodies true inner strength and is a real role model for young women all over the world.

Despite her immense wealth you would never know she was enormously successful. She has a very lovely way to make you feel comfortable around her and see her as just another person.

Words of wisdom from Malini:

The reason I have been able to be so financially successful is my focus has never, ever been for a minute on money.

Let go and all will be well. Breathe and let go. The universe will take it from there.

Thank you Malini for all that you do to empower women!

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A Great Female Leader

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What makes a great female leader?

London, UK – 30 Dec., 2010 – Malini Saba epitomizes a great female leader with these 5 attributes.

A great female leader:

Shows compassion.

All of us are driven by a simple belief and we need to always look at both sides of any situation.

Doesn’t over-work.

You can still succeed if you pace yourself. Make certain you get enough sleep and eat well.

Overcomes adversity with grace.

Life is never perfect. We always have to have alternative route to the destination we want to end up in.

Uses feminism as an advantage.

We should not try to be men. We are a totally different gender. Thus, why must we lead and act the same way? We should embrace our own gender and focus more on business.

Is tough when needed.

Remember never to be a shrinking violet. Stand your ground and stick to your beliefs.

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Ten things you did not know about Malini Saba

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London, UK – 30 Dec., 2010 – In this article we detail 10 things you should know about Malini Saba.

Malini Saba CEO and Chairman of Saba Industries, started her career in 1994. Back then, she was still finishing up get PHD. Since her humble beginnings, Ms. Saba has climbed to the top of the corporate ladder. However, Malini Saba is more than just a corporate power player. She has led an interesting, boundary breaking, female empowering life that is worth knowing more about. This article, we bring you ten things you didn’t know about Malini Saba.

  1. She is a top paid Commodity CEO.
    She has an impressive salary. This serves as a testament to her formidable talent as a business woman.
  1. She is one of the very few self-made in the commodity Industry.
    Not only does Ms. Saba pull in huge stacks, she is the first woman owner and CEO in the commodity space. This should be inspiring women everywhere – even in a traditionally male dominated industry, a woman’s hard work and perseverance can result with her at the helm in a 21st century society.
  1. She is a psychologist.
    Though Saba, current job of CEO is a business – oriented position- which she is particularly week equipped for, given her PHD and considerable experience – she originally studied psychology.Her psychology role is indispensable during her work with her business.
  1. She was rated one of 10 to succeed in San Francisco magazine.
    She was picked one of ten to definitely succeed and to watch over the next 10 years.
  1. Her favorite cars are Mercedes and Bentley
    She is crazy about cars and loves to race.
  1. Her favorite past time is cooking.
    She loves to cook and create new recipes. She authored a Cook book “The Abbreviated Cook”
  1. She does not always like Fame.
    In an interview With Malini Saba, the prominent CEO expressed some annoyance with being recognized constantly. Though she attempts to stay under the radar and do simple things she finds it sometimes intrusive.
  2. She loves children.
    She loves being around children. She finds that they keep her grounded and they help her keep things simple
  3. She collects teddy bears.
    She finds them to be calming.
  4. She meditates.
    Malini Saba is a spiritual person. She believes that staying true to the core of what the universe is about is important for all our well-being. In her words it is all about the YING and YANG. It’s a balance. We need to have that to be able to run a multi-million-dollar company and always remember it is not all about you – it is about the company.

After 25 years of building her business empire through rough patches and great revenues, Malini Saba continues to run the company with killer economic sense. Massive profits are a certainty for this smart CEO and her company. Ms. Saba serves as an inspiration for women everywhere, and a testament to what hard work can bring to a person’s life.

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Making a difference

Malini Saba talks about balancing her roles of being a businesswoman and philanthropist, her passion for writing and love for cooking.

A self-made businesswoman and an ardent philanthropist, Malini Saba is truly a multitasker.

She started Saba Industries in the 90’s when the industry was dominated by men. “It was a man’s world when I began my career and I would never have been given the opportunity to lead a company. Thus, I put my savings together and started it. It evolved over time and now we have over 2,000 employees in eight countries. This journey has not been easy and through it all we have had failures and down turns.  But it has been a great journey,” shares Saba, who comes from a middle-class family and whose father was ailing when she was in high school. Holding herself strong, she studied Psychology and did her PhD in the field. “It was not an easy road but it made me stronger and made me understand the value of education and money.”

In 2002, she launched The Saba Family Foundation to serve as the umbrella organisation for all her philanthropic works. The foundation’s three areas of focus are healthcare, education and human rights. Saba believes that with money and power comes responsibility. “It is not there for us to abuse. I strongly feel that when God entrusts us with large amounts of money, through our hard work we must give back and make a difference to this world. I chose to do that.  I want to be able to make a difference and improve the lives and public policy for women and children. Women’s issues have always been in the forefront for me. Despite modernisation of societies, we still hold women to a different standard —their voices and cries are not heard and not taken seriously. This has to change.”

Saba has also penned The Abbreviated Cook — a book of quick and easy recipes. “Writing is a passion for me and cooking is therapeutic. I enjoy feeding my family and I believe we pass love through our food,” shares Saba, who is currently in the middle of writing another book.

After a long day of work, she comes home to her husband, child, cats and dogs.

“They are the most important part in my life. When I am not traveling, I make it a point to drop and pick up my child from school, do the grocery shopping for dinner that night and come home and make dinner with a glass of good wine. That is my normal routine. I make sure I always read to my daughter every night and talk to her about life, universe and why we are all here. This I do without fail even when I am traveling, Facetime is awesome for that. I want to give her an understanding of the world and life. I believe it’s important for parents to talk to their kids. It’s not about the amount of time you spend with them. When you do spend time with them, you have to give them 100 per cent of your time —meaning no phone, no computer, no one else talking to you. Just you and the child. That quality time is priceless.”

This article originally posted here @ THE ASIAN AGE.

Published : Oct 12, 2018, 12:23 am IST
Updated : Oct 12, 2018, 12:23 am IST

Publication:          Asian Age

Headline:              Making Difference

Language:            English

E-paper Link:       http://onlineepaper.asianage.com/asianage-epaper.aspx?id=DEL#page2

Edition:                 Delhi

Online Coverage linkhttp://www.asianage.com/life/more-features/121018/making-a-difference.html

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A Supportive Man Can Help A Woman Move Mountains: Malini Saba

Women are the real architects of the society, said Harriet Beecher Stowe, and it is certainly true in case of Malini Saba.

A businesswoman who knows what it means to build an empire from scratch, she’s the Founder-CEO of The Saba Industries and The Saba Family Foundation. Her story is inspiring to say the least, and much more can be learned from her strong will, passion and the hard work that she puts towards what she believes in.

In a chat with SHEROES, she talks about how her life has panned out, about The Saba Family Foundation which is very close to her heart and what it takes to be a leader.

I was born in a small town in Malaysia, the eldest of 4 siblings. We did not have much growing up and hence, my goal was to always provide for my family. I studied and put myself through school and University by working three jobs, only to start my own business 26 years ago.

I now live in Vietnam and part of the time in Monaco. I have a beautiful child who is my life and soul. I’m grateful to have a spouse who is so supportive of my career and a strong man who is able to be home while I work.

His support means everything to me because it confirms to me that a supportive man can make a woman move mountains.

Helping Others Was What I Wanted To Do, Always

I knew early on in life that helping others is what I wanted to do. I strongly believe that my role in this world is to help others. In order to do that, I had to build myself up and establish a company that earned money to fund the Saba Family Foundation.

My father always helped his not-so-well-to-do family in Sri Lanka. He consistently told me that money is not to be taken for granted. It is a privilege given by God and if you ever make a lot of money, you must always give back.

Having grown up the hard way, studying and working through all sorts of odd jobs, I know what it is like to not have money, to struggle to feed yourself, pay your rent and take care of your siblings.

While this keeps me humble, it also makes me work hard to earn money and to make sure that I am able to manage the Saba Family Foundation and give back.

My nature is to make the wrong, right. I am not afraid to fight the biggest and the strongest. That has consequences but it has to be done to help those who cannot, and do not have the funds to, defend themselves.

The Saba Family Foundation & Its Vision

We are the catalyst for change. We believe that when you help one woman, you help a community, and in turn the nation. I believe in a woman’s right to stand her ground, her right to read and work.

A woman is not an ornament to be passed around, she does not belong to people.

The foundation exists to fund scholarships, legal battles for women, engage in campaigns for women issues and help young girls.

Helping With Women Centric Issues

We work with well-known partners like CARE, NETAID, VITAL VOICES and  UNICEF. We also fund the build out of schools in different countries like Mexico and Ghana, to name a few.  We helped YUVA in the early part of the Millennium to build their sight in Mumbai too.

We also hold our own campaigns like the anti-bullying campaign through schools, work environments, and older adult housing. We feel domestic violence is a form of bullying too.

Our mission stays the same – help a woman to have a voice.

Taking The Leadership Role Early On

It has been an enriching experience and the best ride of my life. I have had three failures through the course of building this company, once almost losing it all. But I stuck through it, reviewed those failures and learned about people.

I think the best lesson is if you truly believe in your business and yourself, don’t ever give up! Stick through it, no matter what someone else says to you.

You will get there and it would be beyond your wildest dreams. Success never comes easy, it comes with its own share of problems. But the growth curve is high.

You also learn about those who will stand by you because of you and your vision, and those that are there only to be riders on your coat tails. It is very important to learn how to read people. If you have those two traits, you will be fine.

Women Leaders In Industrial Arena

It is very different for women to be in this area. Most people who are in this field are men and women are in really small numbers. There are very few that have built it from scratch. Usually, it’s passed on to them from their husband or family. But I did not have that luxury – I had to build Saba Industries block by block.

Women are not much respected to know their stuff in this field. I have always wanted to keep my femininity and be strong. I feel being a woman is not a weakness in this field, it’s actually a strength.

The Challenges Of An Entrepreneur

Our foundation is funded by the business. When it comes to the foundation, to find and fund the right groups that hold true to the vision, is very important to me. I am always involved with the final selections. I treat it like a business and make sure all the due diligence is done to make sure whatever we fund is viable and will be able to have an impact or get the result it needs.

But building a business is not easy – the biggest hurdle is getting others to believe in you to help you raise funds or debt. They felt I did not understand this space. They would give me lip service – entertain my proposal but politely say, “We will pass. Come back when you have sales.”

I decided to take a loan and used my credit cards to build it out. Basically, I put in all my life savings to buy the first couple of concessions for gold and iron ore to move ahead.

The third knock from the Universe was the worst, the funds we were expecting never showed up and that put us in such a bad place – it was followed by the markets tanking and price volatility. It was a nightmare but I believed in myself and my dream and the vision. I told my closest loyal staff, we have to stick it through and once again, my savings came into play.

But when I look back, it was all worth it. Now we are in 8 countries, in different mineral and agricultural space; but I am always careful because anything can change and you have to be prepared. This business is something that should outlast me and hopefully, my child will take over it.

What Motivates Me

Life experiences are what motivates me the most. I want to change and a better work environment for women, better political environment for women and education for women. I also want us, as a society, to embrace the changes because it’s inevitable.

Nirupama Kondayya Nirupama feels that life is all about #TakingCharge, one step at a time, everyday. She truly believes that women have the potential to achieve their dreams, once they put their heart into it. She also believes that being grateful for little things has big impacts in life.

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Businesswoman with a Heart

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Sharmila Chand catches up with Ms. Saba (shown below) to know more about the business woman & philanthropist.
Send feedback tochand.sharmila@gmail. com.

Malini Saba is a self-made businesswoman and ardent philanthropist.

Born in Malaysia to a family of modest means, Ms. Saba spent her early life in Sri Lanka and Australia. Later, she migrated to the USA and, along with her husband, learned the nuances of business. In 2002, she launched The Saba Family Foundation to serve as an umbrella organization for all her philanthropic works. Through the foundation, she has helped millions of under-served women and children in South and South-East Asia, South America, Africa and the US gain access to life-saving medical and educational services and achieve economic stability. Funding for her philanthropic works comes from Saba Industries, a group of commodities companies that she has founded in Asia. Tak­ ing time off her  busy  schedule, Ms. Saba has penned The Abbreviated Cook, a book of quick and easy recipes that offer a twist on traditional South and South-East Asian dishes.

Q: What is your philosophy of life?
A: I believe that what goes around comes around, for I have lived long enough to see it being very true.

Q: What is your passion in life?
A: My passion and my calling in life are to help others and thus the foundation.

Q: What is your management mantra?
A: Never, never, never give up

Q: What would you like to say about your work?
A: My work is my baby. It is what I wake up to everyday. It does not define me, but it gives me great challenges, overcoming which gives me immense joy.

Q: Your strength...
A: Never giving up.

Q: A business Leader you admire the most...
A: I admire Steve jobs. He was relentless with his vision to succeed.

Q: Your weakness ...
A: Never giving up.

Q: Your kind of music...
A: I love Bollywood songs and Hip Hop.

Q: Your favourite holiday destination...
A: Bora Bora – Tahiti

Q: Golf or Bridge or...
A: Golf hands down. The game allows me to be away from my phones and alone on the grounds.

Q: You are a tough, serious boss or
A: I like to think that I am the serious kind of boss but with a soft touch much like an iron fist in a velvet glove.

Q: Formal suit or casual attire…
A: Casual attire any day

Q: What do you enjoy the most in lifegenerally?
A: I love cooking. It gives me great pleasure to come home from work and cook a variety of dishes for my family.

Q: How do you de-stress?
A: I find getting my nails done at a salon with my family very relaxing.

Q: Your mantra for success...
A: Get up, brush off, and keep at it.

Q: Your dream...
A: To make a movie in Bollywood.

Q: Ten years from now, where do we see you?
A: On my yacht, retired and writing my memoirs.

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Malini Saba and 7 Networking Tips For Women

Malini Saba


Founder, Saba Family Foundations & Saba Industries

Malini Saba is a self-made businesswoman, an ardent philanthropist and a force to be reckoned with, Ms. Saba embodies the concept of using business to serve humanity Her eminent group of commodities companies, Saba Industries, is a prime example of her stratagem of using business to serve humanity. Functioning in the agriculture and mining industry, the group hires local talents and helps them achieve economic stability. The CSR arm of the group, Saba Family Foundation, has given access to life-saving medical and educational services to millions of disadvantaged people across South and Southeast Asia, Australia, Africa, India, and the Middle East. the foundation is an extension of Ms. Saba’s philanthropy and aims to help at least one billion people to gain access to basic health care, education, and opportunities which allow them to break the cycle of poverty and illiteracy.


7 Networking Tips For Women: How to Use Network to Grow Your Business Without Being Spammy

Here’s How you can also structure your own niche and find people who have similar interests
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Entrepreneurs are a rare breed. A recent study shows that less than 6% of the adults in the world work on their own business. Women account for less than half of that number. So what are the few things that women can keep in mind to increase their network?

Dress Well : They say first impression is the last impression. Dressing well and appropriate on different occasions can set different contexts in your life. You can choose between business formals and business casuals depending on your mood and commitment. Dressing well also promotes your leadership qualities. It shows that you are best prepared to deal with risks and challenges thrown at your way. Lastly, if people at social gatherings or events like your dressing sense, they are likely to connect with you and maintain a long relationship. How you present yourself matters the most.

Try Attending All Social Events : Whether it is a corporate party or a private kitty party, women need to attend all of them if they want to increase their social network. Parties are known to be spaces where people tend to get social. You will also meet a diverse range of people there and you never know who can turn out to be useful. Interactions at these parties are also very social. Many people find their prospective clients at such parties. Also, do keep an eye out for events specially meant for women entrepreneurs. The has been a sudden rise in such event and they prove to be very helpful when you need connections.

Work With Diversity : If you are really interested in growing your pool of network and expanding your business, you will need to cater to diversity and work with them. More diversity at your workplace will mean that you will be introduced to newer people, communities and culture. It will also empower you to learn about others. Diversity gives you a golden opportunity for you to develop useful contacts, gain helpful information, and obtain positive business referrals.

Use Social Media Well : Social media is the best form of communication today. It has surpassed all the forms of communication and hosts around 2.46 billion people worldwide. The most amazing feature of social media is that you can reach out to anyone without having to move anywhere. All you need is internet connection. In-person connection is slowly being overshadowed by online communication. You can find like-minded people or special kind of people you are looking for through groups and filters. Social media is also great for your business as it acts as a medium for advertisement.

Get To Know Them Beforehand : Social media can tell you a lot about people’s interests and desires. You can use this information before approaching them. A little knowledge about people’s passions, interests and desires can make you understand their demand and needs well. It can also help you tailor your services for them. It is very imperative for businesses to know their clients or any third-party vendors really well before engaging in business with them. It just ensures that your relationship is smooth and that you don’t run into any major challenges or risks

Learn From Mistakes : It is always very imperative to learn from your mistakes and not repeat them. If you have made any mistakes in the past in terms of networking, for eg. pushed too hard for something or over-talked at some event, it is suggested that you don’t repeat it. People can get turned off very easily, especially if their ideologies don’t match. In today’s age of digital and fast-paced networking, it is very easy to make mistakes that go unnoticed. Mistakes can also bring a huge blow to your business. If you hurt someone or publicly embarrass someone, chances are that people might get intimidated. Always learn to carry a respectable image in public.

Align Your Values With Others : This is the most important factor to keep in mind while networking. Aligning your values according to others means understanding needs and demands of people and supplying them service tailored for their needs. If you align your values, it is easy to attract attention and fulfill your professional cum personal goals. Aligning your values may also make you a people’s person as a lot of people will start investing time and faith on you. Most businesses are built on these two factors: time and faith. Therefore it makes more sense for women to make sure that they invest time and faith onto people they are looking to connect with. Knowing a little history about them and understanding the culture they come from can be of great help too.

These are some tips to grow your network for your business. However, you can also structure your own niche and find people who have similar interests.

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Sisters, stand up and invest in yourselves at the workplace

Sisters, stand up and invest in yourselves at the workplace!

by Malini Saba

“You are your most precious asset

You are the most precious thing in your world.

You must invest in yourself everyday.

Never cheap out on yourself.

You are worth it!

Everything you are and everything you will be

Is the result of how you use your mind”

– Brian Tracy

When we come across the word ‘investment’ our mind tends to think of our bank balance. For heaven’s sake, don’t limit yourself to such a small part of what investing in yourself means! To invest in yourself means to believe in you, to learn about you, to take the time to step back from routine and love yourself enough to set yourself a challenging yet attainable goal. By giving it your all, you will soon watch yourself perform better in every situation, be it at work or in your personal life. For this, it’s imperative to set aside a few minutes to invest resources into yourself as well as your well-being. I can guarantee you that through this, you will come out a more confident woman who adds value to her organisation, family, friends, and anybody else who may have the fortune of encountering you.

Our personal and professional lives are interconnected with each other more than we think. This is why it’s important to focus on investing in both areas whenever possible. Here are some of the easy ways to invest in yourself both inside and outside of the office.

Set yourself S.M.A.R.T. goals

Take the initiative to set yourself a list of personal and professional goals. If you’re not taking the time to set goals, it’s like driving a car through heavy rain with its wipers turned off. Without clearly-defined goals, you will lack clarity in vision to move forward. And we all know that when in the car, it would result in an accident.

Be sure to set time frames for achieving them. The goals set should be SMART: Significant, Momentous, Achievable, Related and Timely.

Invest in Creativity

Our creativity doesn’t have to diminish as we get older. We can carve out some time to create something new every day. Spend an hour a day to build on a business idea, improve a specific aspect of your work life or your relationships, and over time your creativity will be at its all-time peak.

We usually experience blocks in our creativity when we stagnate and lead sedentary lives- so go out, invest in traveling, try to learn more about your colleagues’ cultures, meet new people and make friends different from yourself. Before a seed can develop it must first break open. It cannot produce a plant until it’s been buried, placed out of sight, and begins to crack. In other words, people who truly want to grow, must re-evaluate their tolerance for ambiguity, for risk, and for experimentation.

Honour your intuition

“I knew what was really going on, but I didn’t say anything.”

“I wanted it so badly but I still walked away.”

Do these statements sound familiar to you?

You can show yourself some self-love by trusting your intuition, and honouring the message that it’s sending you. By paying attention to how you feel about certain things, you can make quicker decisions with healthier consequences. Learn to always trust your intuitions and that will lead to growth in life: personally and professionally.

Invest in building your confidence & knowledge

Somehow, in the professional world, our confidence either diminishes as we make mistakes or grows as we accomplish tasks and get appreciation. Often, the difference in our confidence level comes down to how we react to criticism and seek validation. Confidence equals positive emotions and a sense of secureness, which equals better performance. One needs to habitually invest time and energy into structuring a bulletproof sense of confidence in oneself and one’s abilities. You can invest in yourself at the workplace by taking your personal grooming seriously, celebrating your victories, investing time in acquiring knowledge and then making use of it.

Attend seminars and workshops, read books, listen to podcasts, and watch videos that will expand your knowledge and skills professionally as well as personally. This is what will make you stand out in the crowd

Invest in your health and nurture supportive relationships:

We can work towards achieving all our dreams, but there is no point in getting them if we don’t live enough to enjoy them or have nobody to celebrate life’s victories with.

So, eat right. Fuel your body with nutrients to boost your mind, do some basic desk exercises, and build personal as well as professional relations. The benefits earned from building our relationships is visible in every aspect of our life. The more our relationships grow, the more valuable the benefits, both personally as well as professionally.

Create your bucket list

If you have still not thought of creating a bucket list, then this is the time to create one! This list might have everything you want to do, see, feel, and experience in your life. Your list may be ongoing, but you can start by writing 10 things down. Then each month or so, make sure you’re knocking out at least one of the items off it.

Be happy for this moment, for it is your life right now

Happiness is to simply live, find gratitude and satisfaction in the moment that you have now. Make it a practice to express gratitude for everything that you have and often. Give second chances to everyone in your life including yourself. Try including ‘Thank you’s in your daily life and be genuine when you use it. Make sure to treat yourself to the little things in life. Take a quick walk around the block especially if it’s sunny outside, lend a helping hand to a co-worker, and remember the value you bring to the organisation.

Why are women not investing in themselves?

They check with someone else: When it comes to personal and professional development, women need to appoint themselves the highest authority. Your spouse, bosses, siblings or partner can have a say, but make sure to give yourself and your wants the highest priority.You need to be very clear about what you want and what you deserve, before you go out and get it.

They’re not sure when it is the “right” time. So here’s a harsh reality in life: we’re all over-the-top busy and over-committed, and it’s never going to feel like the “right time” to work on yourself. . But if you want to be successful don’t get lost in all the reasons why later would be better.

Fear that money should be used for their family or others. We don’t invest in ourselves because as a woman, we are taught to sacrifice our needs for others. For instance, to take care of our children, be a better wife by being at home, be a better daughter-in-law and so on.

But what happens if our husband gets hit by a bus on his way home from work or die on us from heart disease or maybe leave us for a younger woman? What if your husband gets into financial trouble? These are some questions that have plagued me throughout my life. We have to survive and make sure we can keep up the quality of life. Our kids have to stay in the same schools they have always gone to. Don’t bet on tragedy to strike. Invest in yourselves in ways so that you do not have to be dependent on anyone.

Whatever we do for a living, whether it is cleaning our houses, or managing companies, we must invest in our future and focus on creating a better, interesting one than the present. We should have a Plan B to fall back on, in case life brings us any surprises. Don’t let your focus on work define you as a bad woman. In fact, it is just the opposite. Think of this as an investment for you and your family because we are making sure we can always keep up the with the needs of our family, and if God forbid, life changes for the worse in a split second.

In conclusion

So, I would conclude by telling you to not give up if somebody tells you NO. Demand for non-monetary perks: flexi-time, a new title, pay revaluation the following quarter, or mentorship by or a project with a senior exec. They’re valuable in themselves, but they also get your boss into the habit of saying yes to you, and that will help you get that raise next time. Remember, this is a lifetime gap you’re working to close!

Never take no for an answer and give up on hope. If you don’t invest in yourself no one else will. When you invest in yourself, it’s the best return on investment you can give to your workplace.


Malini Saba is the founder of Saba Family Foundations and Saba Industries.

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INDIA FAR FROM ACHIEVING TRUE EQUALITY

India far from achieving true equality

 

When we celebrate women’s equality day on August 26, we must pledge to end discrimination at home and offices. Gender equality is not just about money or respect, it goes beyond that

I was in a funk because I felt like I was not a good mom.” So said ace tennis champion Serena Williams, a woman whom we associate with great accomplishments, the power of privilege, relevance as a creator of wealth and a benchmark of individual excellence. Yet when it came to motherhood, she slipped into the perennial guilt syndrome of readjusting her life around her child despite the fact that she could afford an alternative support system, an extended family and the comfort of workarounds. Still she felt that the time she gave for her child was not enough.

Working women around the world are debating the same question as Serena and given the added issues of gender pay gap, the lack of paid maternity leave and the struggle to claim reproductive rights, they have decided to step off the ramp. A survey of 1,000 qualified women in Delhi/NCR found that only 18-34 per cent of married women continued working after having a child. Some other estimates indicate that nearly half of urban working women quit their jobs mid-career for maternity leave or to bring up children. In fact, the career dropout rate of urban educated women is higher than that of their rural counterparts in cases. Even in successful and high profile double income units, once the “achieving” threshold is crossed, it is the woman who is stepping back, succumbing to the genetically conditioned mindset of a nurturer and care-giver, giving the necessary thrust to the domestic economy as it were by some extra-constitutional power and then slipping back to the normalcy of expectation. In the process, women tend to strengthen the stereotype of a man as the bread-winner and an architect of a goal-oriented career. Though a man is equally responsible for fathering a child and is emotionally capable of being the protector, he has the mantle of a career performance lumped upon him. Even when mid-retiree women develop a sense of stability with their young ones growing up, they scarcely make it back to their original trajectory but take up some part-time ventures or develop a passion-oriented home business. “Women who have family support or can afford to pay for child care have a lot of guilt. This is because of social conditioning,” says leading businesswoman Anu Aga. The biggest decline in employment has been among two groups — illiterate women and post-graduates — according to a 2017 World Bank report. Most successful male CEOs have spouses who are complementary CEOs in home management. Yet given their multi-tasking and adaptive abilities, working women could give a boost to the country’s GDP by about 30 per cent if certain policies are in place and a mindset changes. Even when they have exited corporate jobs to forge out on their own, transit professionals have helmed  boutique enterprises and start-ups with handsome turnovers.

The first of the stereotypes begins at home. Without taking away credit from metrosexual men, “fathering” is yet to develop as a concept equivalent to “mothering,” the former limited to a biological function, the latter encompassing multiple and undefined role responsibilities. Even childless women are assigned the “mothering” role in team management roles at work. It is both prized and abused at the same time. Till mothers, and most of them are educated and enlightened enough today, tell both their sons and daughters that nurturing a life is genderless and a necessary and purposeful human activity, there will be no change in the home dynamics. Till the grandfather, who revels in child care simply because he is at home after a perceived “successful” career run, asks his son to pick up the tab at home, there won’t be a change in mindset. Till fathers spend an equal time with their kids, they will no longer complain that the children naturally gravitate towards mothers. Here is a factoid: Though mothers are intimately bound to the babies physiologically for nine months, dads can bond with them even before they are born as they recognise both parents’ voices from 32 weeks. As for skin-to-skin contact, warmth has no gender and the child recognises that first. Mothers, too, admittedly in their rush for perfection in role-playing, must cede that territorial space to fathers, who will be willing if allowed to. Also, emphasis should be laid on double parenting. Neither the mother, nor the father needs to step back. And there is no need to glorify what need not be a sacrifice, be it of a stay-at-home mother or a house-husband.

Next come workplace policies, which continue to be shaped by traditional mindsets. Malini Saba, a corporate herself, has found that on an average, women today earn just 78 cents for every dollar that men earn, an increase of only 17 cents on the dollar, and that pregnancy discrimination, more than guilt pangs, has pushed women out of the queue. Pregnancy taboos are the reason that most corporate women are bypassed for a promotion or a special project simply because employers think that a maternity break reduces the woman’s ability to maintain continuity of functions or bounce back to original efficiencies. Fact is, most new mothers, given the flexibility of home operations, manage not only to deliver but make the perfect pitch at the workplace when required to stand in. Career women are multitasking themselves, juggling between family chores and deadlines, an ability that empowers them with adaptability, innovation, change, fluidity and creativity, mantras that every corporate aspires for. Few employers realise that women, as much as they cherish moments with their new-born, do not want to give up what they have invested their self-worth in — their careers. The same pregnancy/motherhood concerns have become barriers for women in physically-oriented jobs like factory floors while there is some headway in the armed forces.

Yet for all demonstrable abilities, companies become sexist and archaic when it comes to the muscularity of a given role. They would rather employ a man in his 20s and 30s over a woman of the same age for fear of maternity leave and family roles. They usually think twice about hiring a woman with a child for a senior role, assuming she cannot give her 100 per per cent. If she works reduced hours, they tend to equate it with a financial cost to the company rather than counting the efficiency she packs in her limited hours or that she can be more productive if allowed a bit of flexibility. In fact, more women opt out of jobs because of the sluggishness of their career progression and the assumption that they will be passed over. They may be considered super operators but will always be a step behind the big chair. They yield to the unhappiness at work rather than the imperatives of home duties.

Most importantly, if all offices introduced child care services or crèches where mothers could check in on their young ones, the immense relief would automatically lead to more focus at work. We must realise that this is a tiny cost to pay considering that societally care-giving or home-making is an unpaid acknowledgement.

Couple this with balanced education; for example women continue to figure extremely low, not higher than 20 per cent, in engineering and other disciplines of merit and excellence. Far too many girls are still making a “manageable and practical” choice of humanities rather than tough specialties. We don’t need role models of women fighting against the odds and conquering the unthinkable in unheard of circumstances. We need everyday examples of girls challenging prescribed choices and mainstreaming themselves instead so that they can stand shoulder to shoulder on the factory floor.

It is a myth that a woman’s biological processes or a familial orientation is an impediment to a realization of her many talents. Women never bring their family issues to work because they have always had to prove they can do as much as a man if not better. Which is why they are more committed, sorted, detailed and specific. If corporate India wants to acquire the edge, then it must help rid mothers of their guilt syndrome, consider them assets and creators rather than liabilities and pro-creators.

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Bullying Of Students: Here’s What To Do About It

Have you ever wondered what to do about being bullied?
This article will explain what it is and what we can do about it.

Our article also published on BW business India.

There are two types and four styles by which students can be bullied or can bully others. The two means of bullying include direct (e.g., by a student or a group or Adult who target less powerful students as the victim and that occurs in the presence of a targeted student) and indirect (e.g., mental prohibition from students groups or spreading rumors.

Can you recall the nursery jingle “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”? Observably that was not and is not the reality and can never be especially in the case of Bullying that takes place at schools. Bullying is a behavior that is purposeful and contains an imbalance of power or strength. It is a behavior that is physical, verbal, or relational. While boys may bully others by more physical means; girls often bully by social rejection. Bullying has been a part of the workplace and School for a long period. More recently through technology & social media bullying has extended its reach. Cyberbullying is the example which takes place online and via cell phones.

There are two types and four styles by which students can be bullied or can bully others. The two means of bullying include direct (e.g., by a student or a group or Adult who target less powerful students as the victim and that occurs in the presence of a targeted student) and indirect (e.g., mental prohibition from students groups or spreading rumors. In addition to these two modes, the four types of bullying include broad categories of physical, verbal, relational (e.g., efforts to harm the reputation or relationships of the targeted youth), and damage to property.

Occurrence

More than one out of every five (20.8%) students report being bullied according to a report from National Centre for Educational Statistics.

Most bullying happens in middle school. The most common kinds are verbal and social bullying.

83% of students who bully others online also bully others in person.

84% of students who were bullied online were also bullied in person.

Who are at Risk? 

Usually, children who are bullied have one or more of the following risk factors:

Professed as different from their peers, such as being underweight or overweight, having short height, wearing glasses or different clothing, new to a school, or being not able to have materials that kids consider as ‘Cool”.

Seen as weak or unable to protect themselves.

Depressed, concerned, Uneasy or with low self-esteem.

Failing an exam/class or securing fewer marks.

Less popular than others or like to live with the small group of friends.

Do not get along well with others or are generally punished by teachers.

Though, if a child has all these risk factors, it doesn’t mean that they will be bullied.

Where Bullying Occurs?

Bullying can happen at any number of places, situations, or locations. At times that place can be online or through a cell phone. Bullying that occurs using technology (including but not limited to cell phones, chat rooms, instant messaging, email, and social media posts) is considered electronic bullying and is viewed as a context or location.

Mostly Bullying takes place in the playgrounds, school buses, cafeteria, in restrooms, hallways, and locker rooms.

Disconnect Between Adults 

It is found that most often there is a disconnect between students and an adult understanding for a case of bullying. Adults often don’t know how to react when they do identify a case of bullying. Considerably only about 20 to 30% of students who are bullied inform adults about it.

Promising Prevention Strategies

Staff and students should try and notice when a child is bullied or left out during the games, Lunchtimes etc. This involves the efforts of everyone in the school environment—teachers, Principal, administrators, counselors, non-teaching staff (such as bus drivers, nurses, school resource officers, cafeteria workers, and school librarians), parents, seniors, and students. They should be trained in bullying anticipation and involvement and how to respond if they observe bullying & its prevention.

Also, a group can be formed to coordinate the school’s bullying prevention activities. The work of that group can be to motivate staff, students, and parents; prevent rules, policies, and activities; and ensure that the efforts continue over time. A student advisory group can be formed to focus on bullying prevention and provide valuable suggestions/ feedback to adults.

Bullying and Suicide

The relationship between Bullying and suicide is somehow coinciding in many cases in schools and colleges. Much psychological research says that bullying leads to isolation, depression, low self-esteem and in return suicidal behaviors is found in individuals. The major variety of people who are bullied do not become suicidal. Some youth, such as LGBTQ youth, are at increased risk for suicide tries even where bullying is not a factor.

Anti-bullying Laws

It is vital to be aware of the laws made to control bullying in India so that the problem is nipped in the bud.

 Laws in Schools

Former HRD minister formed a committee of experts to analyze Bullying in school and to prevent it. Following is the CBSE School Bullying Protection Law guide:-

If any student is found Bullying or ragging it will be given a written notice and can even result in rustication for that particular ward.

Putting a notice on Notice Board that if any students are found bullying will be liable for strict action

A Committee member to prevent bullying it shall include the vice principal, a senior teacher, doctor, counselor, parent-teacher representative, school management representative, and legal representative and peer educators.

Laws in Colleges

The government of India in order to stop/prevent bullying has created a guideline called “UGC Regulations on Curbing the Menace of Ragging in Higher Education Institutions, 2009” which is applied to all the colleges or higher education institutions and are as follows:

FIR: The victim can avail thirteen provisions under Indian Penal Code and can register an FIR (first information report) in the police station under the area where the crime has taken place. The person can apply various Indian sections of Laws, such as:
Section 294– Obscene acts and songs
Section 339– Wrongful restraint
Section 340– Wrongful confinement
Section 341– Punishment for wrongful restraint
Section 342– Punishment for wrongful confinement
Section 506– Punishment for criminal intimidation

 Extreme Violence

When there is a case of extreme bullying or ragging that includes extreme violence:
Section 323– Punishment for voluntarily causing hurt
Section 324– Voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means
Section 325– Punishment for voluntarily causing grievous hurt
Section 326– Voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means

 In a case where a victim has lost his/her life

Section 304– Punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder
Section 306– Abetment of suicide
Section 307– Attempt to murder
Though, these UGC anti-ragging measures and the laws of IPC are not applied to schools.

 Cyber-bullying Laws

If the student is been a victim of cyberbullying it can file a complaint under the Indian Penal Code. Under the I.T. Act, 2000 the victim can apply for two kinds of offenses Section 67 of punishment of information which is obscene and breaches of confidentiality.

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Malini Saba – Success Story

A True Success Story

Saba Industries Incorporated, is known for its strong holdings in Mining and Agriculture. The company produces iron ore, Gold, Bauxite, Palm oil and Rice. Malini dove into the commodity space believing that we all need raw material. Although Saba Industries has grown exponentially, it still remains a family-owned business.

Saba graduated from high school and later graduated with a degree in Psychology. After many failed relationships, she married and had children. Saba is an ardent entrepreneur and started her business in the 1990’s and still stands at the helm as the CEO of the company.

Saba’s net worth, as estimated to be over $1.5 billion dollars (USD). Among her several philanthropic contributions are donations to Australian Outback doctors, San Francisco Arts Academy, India’s Artists, and Children’s Hospital in Cambodia. Saba also owns farms that specialize in organic farming.

She has been awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year, Philanthropist of the year, Kalpana Chawla award, the Mother Theresa Award and the Federation Peace award for her global Philanthropic work.

She contributes to different causes through her philanthropic initiative Saba Family Foundation.

Hard work, discipline and a keen sense of business is what makes her one of the most successful contemporary business woman.

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Understanding Employees – Important for Success

Why understanding your employees is important for Success.

By Rajeshwari Sajosh

I wanted to interview Saba to understand her views on Management and what she thought about hiring more women in her field.

Her feedback was enlightening. She has some strong views on management and gender equality in the workplace.

She had four areas which she focused on beginning with :

Unite, Don’t Direct

There’s a fine line between a leader and a manager. For one, a leader inspires employees to follow her lead and pursue her goals. A manager, on the other hand, leads by instruction and directives. This is why Malini Saba finds one more successful than the other:
In my experience, encouraging a team-oriented culture that is focused on uniting employees behind a shared sense of purpose and a common goal is more effective than offering directives. If you and your leadership team are on the same page with this approach, it is much easier to engage employees throughout the firm to meet those collective goals.  

Tailor the Experience

The first step in achieving gender equality in the workplace is understanding and supporting the fact that men and women work differently. Most importantly, Saba encourages women to find opportunity in everything:

As employers, we need to accept that women and men operate differently in the workplace and set up development and training programs that are designed to target high potential employees in both groups. As women, we need to remind ourselves to have an ‘opt in’ attitude. Career downturns happen to everyone and we must remember to treat them as opportunities to change how we work or try something new. That is what shows our true mettle.

Invest in professional development

When it comes to increasing female executive leadership, Malini  reminds employers to create equal and ample opportunities for women to climb the corporate ladder:
Companies must invest in their female employees’ leadership and professional development. I’m very proud of the numerous development and mentoring programs that Saba Industries has in place to help women excel at our firm and we’re seeing results that are validating this approach.

Ending gender pay inequality 

Unfortunately, gender Pay inequality still very much exists. But, as Saba suggests, there are ways to combat this inequality both inside and outside of the workplace:
The issue is complex because there is still no single answer as to why. Saba Industries’s interest in this issue goes far beyond our organization; we want to empower women’s financial futures, and that means putting programs, such as our seminars, in place to help them understand their finances.

Being the President and CEO of a multinational corporation is no easy feat. But Malini Saba shows us that through hard work, the right attitude and a great team, it is possible.

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10 tips for achieving what you want in life

By Rosana Yacob

I sat in the Ritz Carlton in Malaysia waiting for Malini Saba to arrive. While I was waiting, I started talking to the concierge. He went on to tell me about how he met Saba two years ago when she first took the apartment at the Ritz. He said she was so motivated to get the best deal we had and she was relentless and we caved in.

Malini arrived and walked directly to me as if she had known me for years. She was so welcoming and warm and it put me at ease to start the conversation. I wanted to ask her what are your tips for people are out there to achieve their dreams in life.

She leaned back into the armchair and crossed her legs and replied “I have 10 things that I have lived by and I have applied my whole life.”

1. Focus on commitment, not motivation.

Just how committed are you to your goal? How important is it for you, and what are you willing to sacrifice in order to achieve it? If you find yourself fully committed, motivation will follow.

2. Seek knowledge, not results.

If you focus on the excitement of discovery, improving, exploring and experimenting, your motivation will always be fueled. If you focus only on results, your motivation will be like weather—it will die the minute you hit a storm. So the key is to focus on the journey, not the destination. Keep thinking about what you are learning along the way and what you can improve.

3. Make the journey fun.

It’s an awesome game! The minute you make it serious, there’s a big chance it will start carrying a heavy emotional weight and you will lose perspective and become stuck again.

4. Get rid of stagnating thoughts.

Thoughts influence feelings and feelings determine how you view your work. You have a lot of thoughts in your head, and you always have a choice of which ones to focus on: the ones that will make you emotionally stuck (fears, doubts) or the ones that will move you forward (excitement, experimenting, trying new things, stepping out of your comfort zone.)

5. Use your imagination.

Next step after getting rid of negative thoughts is to use your imagination. When things go well, you are full of positive energy, and when you are experiencing difficulties, you need to be even more energetic. So, rename your situation. If you keep repeating I hate my work, guess which feelings those words will evoke? It’s a matter of imagination! You can always find something to learn even from the worst boss in the world at the most boring job. I have a great exercise for you: Just for three days, think and say positive things only. See what happens.

6. Stop being nice to yourself.

Motivation means action and action brings results. Sometimes your actions fail to bring the results you want. So, you prefer to be nice to yourself and not put yourself in a difficult situation. You wait for the perfect timing, for an opportunity, while you drive yourself into stagnation and sometimes even into depression. Get out there, challenge yourself, do something that you want to do even if you are afraid.

7. Get rid of distractions.

Meaningless things and distractions will always be in your way, especially those easy, usual things you would rather do instead of focusing on new challenging and meaningful projects. Learn to focus on what is the most important. Write a list of time-wasters and hold yourself accountable to not do them.

8. Don’t rely on others.

You should never expect others to do it for you, not even your partner, friend or boss. They are all busy with their own needs. No one will make you happy or achieve your goals for you. It’s all on you. It’s all on you.

9. Plan.

Know your three steps forward. You do not need more. Fill out your weekly calendar, noting when you will do what and how. When-what-how is important to schedule. Review how each day went by what you learned and revise what you could improve.

10. Protect yourself from burnout.

It’s easy to burn out when you are very motivated. Observe yourself to recognize any signs of tiredness and take time to rest. Your body and mind rest when you schedule relaxation and fun time into your weekly calendar. Do diverse tasks, keep switching between something creative and logical, something physical and still, working alone and with a team. Switch locations. Meditate, or just take deep breaths, close your eyes, or focus on one thing for five minutes.

“I use these as my mantra for everything I do”, explained Malini. I am never ever lazy to get up again and try it one more time. One should never be afraid of failure. I have failed many times, it’s not the amount of times you fail that matter, it’s how many times you are willing to get back up and fight for what you believe and want to achieve in your life.

It was so inspirational. As I left the interview I realized she had made me feel I can do anything I put my mind too.

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WOMAN IN THE MINING INDUSTRY

By Louisa Rampet

Mining has a reputation for being rough, remote and dangerous, as well as being one of the most male-dominated industries in the world.

This is true for Malini Saba, CEO of Saba Industries, whose mining journey started at the age of 30 when she decided to invest heavily in the commodity space. She began at ground zero.

She has built a thriving business and now owns over 7 large Mines internationally.  Her company owns mines that produce Iron ore, gold and Bauxite.

Malini says “Women must challenge their own comfort and realize the possibilities this environment has to offer, and attitudes of both males and females needs to be shaped by the pioneers in the environment.”

She also feels that young girls should be encouraged to pursue math, science and engineering subjects.  Furthermore, she feels that education in schools and universities surrounding the “exciting career opportunities that await women in the mining industry” should be improved.

I went on to ask her further questions about her role and experience.

Q : What have you enjoyed most about your role in the industry?

Malini Saba : I have spent more than fifteen years  in the mining industry and have seen significant changes and challenges. Being an owner and executive has its challenges. I have dealt with building new mining projects and running operations in countries that are not mining friendly, or are politically unstable or under high risk of executive kidnappings.

I have seen natural disasters such as floods, to earthquakes and malaria.  I’ve witnessed labor unrest and strikes in some of our Asian countries, with the invasion of our mining pits by hundreds of illegal miners. So, the role has never been boring and has always stretched me.

Q : What do you consider the most successful aspect of your mining leadership to date?

Malini Saba : I was part of a team that supported and coached an executive team through a significant organizational crisis a couple of years ago. Our team took the company through a huge expansion phase for a few years on the back of a very favorable commodity rise. We were faced with huge skills shortages at a time when many companies in the mining industry and neighboring industries were going through a similar expansion phase, and so we were highly focused on the recruitment, development and retention of key skills.

I led the team that redesigned and restructured the entire global business in a process involving redefining for each function and area what work was transactional and what was strategic and how the work would be delivered at operating unit, regional or corporate level. Within a twelve-month period, we had achieved both our cost-saving and our restructuring objectives.

Q : Why do you think there is such a big gender gap in the industry?  What is needed to create change?

Malini Saba : Mining can be perceived as dirty and dangerous and with the potential to create significant environmental damage if not managed ethically.  As such, the industry struggles to attract not only women but also young talent. I feel women think it’s a dirty job. It is a job that you have to eat and breath in order to compete.

Malini Saba   –  “ Remember we can’t move the resources, which often means remote locations, perhaps fly-in, fly-out operations or shift rotations. Remote locations, as opposed to corporate offices in large urban centers, don’t pose quite the same kind of challenges, and may fit more seamlessly into a career path that includes work-life balance as part of its goal.”  Example deep in the jungles of Kalimantan.

Furthermore, even if a company adopts and promotes an inclusive culture, mining is faced with a unique challenge in dealing with multiple environments, as Saba explains.

“You’ve got the mine site. You’ve got the corporate office, individuals in the field doing exploration, all being linked together in the sector. What can happen is you may have a strong corporate policy about respect in the workplace and diversity but getting that to trickle to all sites and all places that your company is doing business is a challenge.”

Thus, a lot has to change on the mindset of the miners. This should come from the culture the company puts in place from day one. It means constant reinforcement.

Q : Is your company doing anything about the gender gap?

Malini Saba : Yes we hire women. We also work with a lot of tribal families in the jungles. There we seek more women to work at the mines. We train them. They work and earn a living and at the same time be able to walk back home to their long houses.

It is a slow process to bring in women from the cities to go to the remote areas. But we have not stopped trying. Getting women in the corporate side of the business has not been that huge of a challenge.

The mining industry needs to do more to attract women into core technical roles, and to put in place clear talent management and coaching programs to help accelerate women into more senior roles and provide more flexible working arrangements. This includes policies around bursaries and scholarships, maternity leave, and equal pay for equal work.

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Interview with Malini Saba – A Strong Woman

By Alexa Wong

When you come across a strong woman, you’ll know it the moment she enters the room. That was Malini. I knew it was her the moment she walked into the café.  She gave off a vibe of self confidence that anyone could spot from a mile away.

I met Malini, in a coffee shop downtown London. She was nice enough to give me time. She was in town on a business trip.

She sat down and we began the interview.

Here are 9 things I walked away with after talking with her:

1)   She takes time to self-care.

One of the less obvious keys to success is the self-love and self-care, because without those, a successful woman knows she is already up the creek.  You must take care of the person in the mirror first. You cannot get to the next point if you don’t nurture yourself along the journey.

2)   She is not afraid to stand on her own.

She believes a strong woman does not need anyone standing in front, behind or beside her to get things done. They set their goals, figure out how to achieve them, and then get after it.  You have to fight battles, tame dragons and walk through fire if you have too.

3)   She does not make excuses.

Malini believes that no matter her life circumstances, she rises with the tides and does whatever she needs to in order to make it to shore. She has never let her mind get in the way of her success, because she knows that she is more than capable of achieving what she wants.  Excuses get in the way of results, and she knows she cannot have both.

4)   She does not waste time complaining.

One can either complain and let yourself be a victim, or you can rise above your challenges and be a warrior. We have to simply get back up and try again and refuse to let petty life problems get in the way. She feels complaining only drains her energy, so she chooses to put her energy into something useful and create something out of nothing.

5)   She chooses to challenge herself.

When you get too comfortable, you stop growing, she says.  It’s important to always keep yourself learning to try new things and expand your knowledge and skill sets.

6)   She stays on top of finances.

We all go through tough times and hard times.  I have certainly had my share, Saba states. Sometimes we may have even start all over again. She says she has had to do that.  However, you cannot let it keep you down. We have to make sure we are on top of our finances. We must always take care of no 1 first, regardless if you are married or not. You must keep money aside for that rainy day. Her advice, Governments change and markets shift and we must be ready for that.

7)  She keeps an open mind.

She believes while strong women tend to have strong opinions and beliefs about things, they also keep and open mind and learn from others. A strong woman is able to be sorry, forgive and move ahead. A strong woman can accept when she is wrong.

8)  She helps everyone around her.

Another facet to success that most people don’t think about is lifting others up around you. After all, what good is a win if you don’t have a team to help you celebrate.  She believes that its important to always help others even if it’s in the smallest way. Giving back is what all of us are here to do.

9)  She stands her ground.

A strong woman never shy away from a problem. She will stand her ground and face it head on.

My one hour with Malini turned to a four, hour conversation. She was one of the most attentive, charismatic, and genuine person I have had the pleasure to interview. She made eye contact through the four, hour conversation. She was like an everyday person with huge success while keeping to her humble beginnings. It was a privilege to meet her.

I will end with a quote from Malini,

“’If my strength intimidates you. I hope you realize that’s a weakness of yours.’”

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Why We Must Pay Attention To Bullying

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LONDON, UK – 10 May, 2018 – WHY WE MUST PAY ATTENTION TO BULLYING

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. The kids who are bullied and the kids who do the bullying may develop serious, lasting problems.

In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:

  • An Imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others.
  • Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.

Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and purposely excluding people from a group.

Types of Bullying

There are three types of bullying:

  • Verbal bullying is saying or writing mean things. Verbal bullying includes:
    • Teasing
    • Name-calling
    • Inappropriate sexual comments
    • Taunting
    • Threatening to cause harm
  • Social bullying, sometimes referred to as relational bullying, involves hurting someone’s reputation or relationships. Social bullying includes:
    • Excluding someone on purpose
    • Telling other children not to be friends with someone
    • Verbally spreading lies and rumors about someone
    • Spreading lies and rumors about someone on the Internet via social media. This is cyberbullying.
    • Embarrassing someone in public
  • Physical bullying involves hurting a person’s body or possessions. Physical bullying includes:
    • Hitting/kicking/pinching
    • Spitting
    • Tripping/pushing
    • Taking or breaking someone’s things
    • Making mean or rude hand gestures

Where and When Bullying Happens

Bullying can occur during or after school hours. While most reported bullying happens at school, a significant percentage also happens on the playground and on the bus. It can also happen travelling to or from school, in the youth’s neighborhood or in the compound they live. Some of the most damaging bullying happens online, where people write vicious lies and rumors anonymously.

Warning Signs for Bullying

There are many warning signs that may indicate that someone is affected by bullying—either being bullied or bullying others. Recognizing the warning signs is an important first step in taking action against bullying. Not all children who are bullied or are bullying others ask for help.

It is important to talk with children who show signs of being bullied or bullying others. These warning signs can also point to other issues or problems, such as depression or substance abuse. Talking to the child can help identify the root of the problem.

Signs a Child Is Being Bullied

Look for changes in the child. However, be aware that not all children who are bullied exhibit warning signs.

Some signs that may point to a bullying problem are:

  • Unexplainable injuries
  • Lost or destroyed clothing, books, electronics, or jewelry
  • Frequent headaches or stomach aches, feeling sick or faking illness
  • Changes in eating habits, like suddenly skipping meals or binge eating. Kids may come home from school hungry because they did not eat lunch.
  • Difficulty sleeping or frequent nightmares
  • Declining grades, loss of interest in schoolwork, or not wanting to go to school
  • Sudden loss of friends or avoidance of social situations
  • Feelings of helplessness or decreased self esteem
  • Self-destructive behaviors such as running away from home, harming themselves, or talking about suicide

Signs a Child is Bullying Others

Kids may be bullying others if they:

  • Get into physical or verbal fights
  • Have friends who bully others
  • Are increasingly aggressive
  • Get sent to the principal’s office or to detention frequently
  • Have unexplained extra money or new belongings
  • Blame others for their problems
  • Don’t accept responsibility for their actions
  • Are competitive and worry about their reputation or popularity

Why don’t kids ask for help?

Kids don’t tell adults for many reasons:

  • Bullying can make a child feel helpless. Kids may want to handle it on their own to feel in control again. They may fear being seen as weak or a tattletale.
  • Kids may fear backlash from the kid who bullied them.
  • Bullying can be a humiliating experience. Kids may not want adults to know what is being said about them, whether true or false. They may also fear that adults will judge them or punish them for being weak.
  • Kids who are bullied may already feel socially isolated. They may feel like no one cares or could understand.
  • Kids may fear being rejected by their peers. Friends can help protect kids from bullying, and kids can fear losing this support.

I strongly feel that parents are ultimately responsible for the behavior of their children. Children learn everything first from home environment, and second, from school. What they say and the way they see the world and other people is formed by their parents’ opinions and actions. Thus, parents must teach their children to always respect others, and parents must reinforce these teachings every day to help prevent bullying.

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Breaking the Barrier

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Malini Saba – Breaking the Barrier

London, UK – 5 May, 2018 – If you think that Commodity markets are still an all-boys club, meet Saba Industries (sabaindustriesgroup.com), CEO and social activist Malini Saba (malinisaba.com).

INSPIRING: Malini Saba

It might be the hottest trend in investment circles these days, but the commodity space is still a predominantly male dominated market. At the top level, from the chairman to its board members, commodity is and are old-world all-boys gentry.  Leave it to 50-year-old CEO and social activist Malini Saba to break the mold.

In March of this year, Saba is investing over $100 million in the commodity projects in India and South East Asia in the next few years. With this Saba becomes the first woman to found and head such a high-profile venture.

Focus on India and South East Asia

Saba feels strongly it is the correct time to invest back into this sector.

And Saba should know. This self-made businesswoman is known to have a Midas touch when it comes to investments. She has invested in hi-tech stocks, commodities in Asia and South America and real estate properties all across the globe.

“I’m always conscious of changing political and economic trends in any region I go in to invest,” Saba points out. She will be touring the countries visiting local agricultural areas and mining in across India and South East Asia.

Saba will also look at charitable giving through her Family Foundation during her visit to these countries. Saba Family Foundation main focus in health and education. Learn more at sabafamilyfoundations.com.

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Saba Industries Invests US $100 Million in Southeast Asia Rice Industry

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Saba Industries Invests US $100 Million in Southeast Asia Rice Industry

London, UK – 5 May, 2018 – Company aims to modernize industry, promote organic rice farming and improve farmers’ quality of life.

Saba Industries, a privately-held, manufacturer and global exporter of rice and other commodities, is investing US $100 million in Southeast Asia’s rice industry to help modernize the sector, promote organic rice farming and improve farmers’ quality of life. The investment will span two years and is perhaps one of the largest investments in Southeast Asia’s rice industry.

With its investment, Saba Industries is buying outdated and abandoned rice mills in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand and converting them into storage facilities with bio-energy rice dryers that can help combat the effects of climate change.

Saba Industries will also buy farmers’ rice paddies and supply farmers with equipment, seeds and organic fertilizer – all free of charge. This is a sea change from the centuries-long practice of farmers being forced to purchase everything necessary to farm, leaving them with mounting debt and continuing the cycle of poverty. Saba Industries also trains farmers in organic farming.

Golden Grain Rice, a Saba Industries subsidiary, will process the farmers’ rice and distribute it to wholesalers throughout Southeast Asia and parts of Africa and the Middle East.

In addition, Saba Industries‘ philanthropic arm, Saba Family Foundations, plans to build and operate schools and health clinics in farming communities that have no access to basic education and healthcare services. The schools and clinics will be staffed by local instructors, doctors and nurses who know the communities well and speak the language.

“Rice is a major food staple all over the world, and consumption is growing rapidly every year, especially in non-Asian regions such as Africa and the Middle East,” said Malini Saba, Founder and Chairman of Saba Industries. “Farmers are the key to ensuring that rice production and quality keeps pace with demand. But the old way of farming puts farmers and their families at risk. Helping farmers reduce their debt, improve their lives and farm organically is the only way the rice industry can survive and thrive. Moreover, helping people achieve economic stability is the right thing to do.”

About Saba Industries

Saba Industries, founded in 1996 by entrepreneur and philanthropist Malini Saba, is a privately-held company that operates agricultural commodities, mining, ship breaking and hospitality businesses in South and Southeast Asia, Australia and Africa.

About Saba Family Foundations

Saba Family Foundations was founded in 2002 by entrepreneur and philanthropist Malini Saba to focus on the needs of under-served women and children worldwide. The foundation’s three areas of focus are healthcare, education and human rights. The foundation has undertaken numerous projects, including: partnering with Stanford Medical Center to train physicians from developing countries; distributing preventative health information on HIV/AIDS, immunizations, gastric and reproductive health; providing vocational education for women in Togo, West Africa; and supporting human rights issues around the world.

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Gentry Hall of Fame Award Announced

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Gentry Hall of Fame Award Announced

London, UK – 11 Nov., 2017 – In recognition of her extraordinary gifts to philanthropic community and beyond, Malini Saba has been awarded the title Philanthropist of the Year 2017.

This is to recognize her on-going, prodigious charitable work and giving. It is important to remember that this generous leader is continuing at a staggering rate. We applaud her efforts and hold her as a model for giving on a grand scale.

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Self-made Billionaire

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Malini Saba, Self-made Billionaire

Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, Sri Lanka – 15 Jan., 2015 – Why she inspires us? She was the first Sri Lankan Tamil women to become a self-made billionaire.

What has she taught us?

How to pave the way for march toward success against all odds. How to stand up to bullies who felt a woman’s place is not in the business lime light.

To do everything in your power to achieve your dream. How to succeed in a male dominated industry and to stay true to your ideals through it all.

Finally, to use the power you gain and have to protect those that can’t protect themselves.

We celebrate Malini Saba as an inspirational woman leader of our times.

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Personal Qualities

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Malini Saba – Personal Qualities

London, UK – 20 August, 2013 – Some of the personal qualities serving Malini Saba.

Ambition
Even from a young age, despite thinking that life would be difficult, Malini had a sense of her own destiny.

Hard work
She determined she would learn everything about business, build alliances and ingratiate herself with the business community.

Courage, intelligence and logic
She assumed all three qualities. A successful person must have all three.

Charm and charisma
She has a presence about her that consumes any room she walks into. She has the ability to hold people’s attention to whatever she is speaking about and make everyone feel they were listened too and cared for.

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The Iron Lady with a Velvet Glove

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Malini Saba – The Iron Lady with a velvet glove

London, UK – 30 May, 2012 – A tough lady with a soft touch.

Her favorite quote:

“Being a leader is like being a lady. If you have to remind people you are, you aren’t. “


Malini understands that leadership is not about titles or photos or selfies. True leadership is about authenticity, standing up for principles, even in the face of strong opposition.

Her angry critics see her as a pugnacious destroyer. But those who know her understand she is all about methodology and doing what is right by people and for the people.

Authentic leadership is a product of honesty. Honesty is about putting needs of others before your own. Honesty in communicating information, both positive and negative. Honesty in accepting viewpoints which are different from yours. Honesty in integrating the values you profess with behaviors you exhibit. Honesty is also the product of clarity. Clarity in what you stand for and what you will not stand for.

We can take a lesson from Malini Saba. Always stay true to your core values regardless of how others view things under a populous lens. Only through this method can you truly help others and be a good leader too.

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In a Nutshell

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Malini Saba – In a Nutshell

London, UK – 30 May, 2012 – Malini Saba was born to a simple family, rose to success through sheer perseverance and belief that she will make it.

In her own words “I had no choice, make it or nothing.”

She always believed there was nothing a woman could not achieve. She also believes that you can learn most things in life if you put the time and really want to learn them.

Her secret to success is never to lie and never pretend to know everything. “We are constantly in a learning mode. It is when we think we know it all, we have failed.”

My father once told me there were two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try and be the first group; there was much less competition.

Malini Saba leaves us with her quote “Whenever you take a step forward you will shake things up and only with this can you create change. Through and through we also change as a person.”

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Women Empowerment

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Malini Saba – Women Empowerment

London, UK – 30 Dec., 2010 – The power of Malini Saba.

Since her younger days, I have been intrigued by Malini Saba. I think I have only met her a few times, yet still her power and presence somehow resonate with me and those who meet her.

Perhaps it has something to do with her warmth and charisma she resonates effortlessly.

So, without delay I want you to get to know Malini Saba. I want to share with you a little about this business mogul, philanthropist, artist, author, inspiration and downright amazing woman who uses her success to empower girls and women around the world. She is a true proponent for women empowerment!

Through hard work and determination, Malini left behind poverty to become a billionaire. Note: she is not just any billionaire. She was the first self-made Sri Lankan woman to independently grow her wealth.

Born in Seremban, Malaysia this young woman worked her way to the top against all odds.

She has reinvented herself through many lows and highs in her business and personal life always moving ahead taking all the hurdles in stride and looking at them as a growing pain.

She embodies true inner strength and is a real role model for young women all over the world.

Despite her immense wealth you would never know she was enormously successful. She has a very lovely way to make you feel comfortable around her and see her as just another person.

Words of wisdom from Malini:

The reason I have been able to be so financially successful is my focus has never, ever been for a minute on money.

Let go and all will be well. Breathe and let go. The universe will take it from there.

Thank you Malini for all that you do to empower women!

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A Great Female Leader

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What makes a great female leader?

London, UK – 30 Dec., 2010 – Malini Saba epitomizes a great female leader with these 5 attributes.

A great female leader:

Shows compassion.

All of us are driven by a simple belief and we need to always look at both sides of any situation.

Doesn’t over-work.

You can still succeed if you pace yourself. Make certain you get enough sleep and eat well.

Overcomes adversity with grace.

Life is never perfect. We always have to have alternative route to the destination we want to end up in.

Uses feminism as an advantage.

We should not try to be men. We are a totally different gender. Thus, why must we lead and act the same way? We should embrace our own gender and focus more on business.

Is tough when needed.

Remember never to be a shrinking violet. Stand your ground and stick to your beliefs.

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Ten things you did not know about Malini Saba

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London, UK – 30 Dec., 2010 – In this article we detail 10 things you should know about Malini Saba.

Malini Saba CEO and Chairman of Saba Industries, started her career in 1994. Back then, she was still finishing up get PHD. Since her humble beginnings, Ms. Saba has climbed to the top of the corporate ladder. However, Malini Saba is more than just a corporate power player. She has led an interesting, boundary breaking, female empowering life that is worth knowing more about. This article, we bring you ten things you didn’t know about Malini Saba.

  1. She is a top paid Commodity CEO.
    She has an impressive salary. This serves as a testament to her formidable talent as a business woman.
  1. She is one of the very few self-made in the commodity Industry.
    Not only does Ms. Saba pull in huge stacks, she is the first woman owner and CEO in the commodity space. This should be inspiring women everywhere – even in a traditionally male dominated industry, a woman’s hard work and perseverance can result with her at the helm in a 21st century society.
  1. She is a psychologist.
    Though Saba, current job of CEO is a business – oriented position- which she is particularly week equipped for, given her PHD and considerable experience – she originally studied psychology.Her psychology role is indispensable during her work with her business.
  1. She was rated one of 10 to succeed in San Francisco magazine.
    She was picked one of ten to definitely succeed and to watch over the next 10 years.
  1. Her favorite cars are Mercedes and Bentley
    She is crazy about cars and loves to race.
  1. Her favorite past time is cooking.
    She loves to cook and create new recipes. She authored a Cook book “The Abbreviated Cook”
  1. She does not always like Fame.
    In an interview With Malini Saba, the prominent CEO expressed some annoyance with being recognized constantly. Though she attempts to stay under the radar and do simple things she finds it sometimes intrusive.
  2. She loves children.
    She loves being around children. She finds that they keep her grounded and they help her keep things simple
  3. She collects teddy bears.
    She finds them to be calming.
  4. She meditates.
    Malini Saba is a spiritual person. She believes that staying true to the core of what the universe is about is important for all our well-being. In her words it is all about the YING and YANG. It’s a balance. We need to have that to be able to run a multi-million-dollar company and always remember it is not all about you – it is about the company.

After 25 years of building her business empire through rough patches and great revenues, Malini Saba continues to run the company with killer economic sense. Massive profits are a certainty for this smart CEO and her company. Ms. Saba serves as an inspiration for women everywhere, and a testament to what hard work can bring to a person’s life.

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Making a difference

Malini Saba talks about balancing her roles of being a businesswoman and philanthropist, her passion for writing and love for cooking.

A self-made businesswoman and an ardent philanthropist, Malini Saba is truly a multitasker.

She started Saba Industries in the 90’s when the industry was dominated by men. “It was a man’s world when I began my career and I would never have been given the opportunity to lead a company. Thus, I put my savings together and started it. It evolved over time and now we have over 2,000 employees in eight countries. This journey has not been easy and through it all we have had failures and down turns.  But it has been a great journey,” shares Saba, who comes from a middle-class family and whose father was ailing when she was in high school. Holding herself strong, she studied Psychology and did her PhD in the field. “It was not an easy road but it made me stronger and made me understand the value of education and money.”

In 2002, she launched The Saba Family Foundation to serve as the umbrella organisation for all her philanthropic works. The foundation’s three areas of focus are healthcare, education and human rights. Saba believes that with money and power comes responsibility. “It is not there for us to abuse. I strongly feel that when God entrusts us with large amounts of money, through our hard work we must give back and make a difference to this world. I chose to do that.  I want to be able to make a difference and improve the lives and public policy for women and children. Women’s issues have always been in the forefront for me. Despite modernisation of societies, we still hold women to a different standard —their voices and cries are not heard and not taken seriously. This has to change.”

Saba has also penned The Abbreviated Cook — a book of quick and easy recipes. “Writing is a passion for me and cooking is therapeutic. I enjoy feeding my family and I believe we pass love through our food,” shares Saba, who is currently in the middle of writing another book.

After a long day of work, she comes home to her husband, child, cats and dogs.

“They are the most important part in my life. When I am not traveling, I make it a point to drop and pick up my child from school, do the grocery shopping for dinner that night and come home and make dinner with a glass of good wine. That is my normal routine. I make sure I always read to my daughter every night and talk to her about life, universe and why we are all here. This I do without fail even when I am traveling, Facetime is awesome for that. I want to give her an understanding of the world and life. I believe it’s important for parents to talk to their kids. It’s not about the amount of time you spend with them. When you do spend time with them, you have to give them 100 per cent of your time —meaning no phone, no computer, no one else talking to you. Just you and the child. That quality time is priceless.”

This article originally posted here @ THE ASIAN AGE.

Published : Oct 12, 2018, 12:23 am IST
Updated : Oct 12, 2018, 12:23 am IST

Publication:          Asian Age

Headline:              Making Difference

Language:            English

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Edition:                 Delhi

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A Supportive Man Can Help A Woman Move Mountains: Malini Saba

Women are the real architects of the society, said Harriet Beecher Stowe, and it is certainly true in case of Malini Saba.

A businesswoman who knows what it means to build an empire from scratch, she’s the Founder-CEO of The Saba Industries and The Saba Family Foundation. Her story is inspiring to say the least, and much more can be learned from her strong will, passion and the hard work that she puts towards what she believes in.

In a chat with SHEROES, she talks about how her life has panned out, about The Saba Family Foundation which is very close to her heart and what it takes to be a leader.

I was born in a small town in Malaysia, the eldest of 4 siblings. We did not have much growing up and hence, my goal was to always provide for my family. I studied and put myself through school and University by working three jobs, only to start my own business 26 years ago.

I now live in Vietnam and part of the time in Monaco. I have a beautiful child who is my life and soul. I’m grateful to have a spouse who is so supportive of my career and a strong man who is able to be home while I work.

His support means everything to me because it confirms to me that a supportive man can make a woman move mountains.

Helping Others Was What I Wanted To Do, Always

I knew early on in life that helping others is what I wanted to do. I strongly believe that my role in this world is to help others. In order to do that, I had to build myself up and establish a company that earned money to fund the Saba Family Foundation.

My father always helped his not-so-well-to-do family in Sri Lanka. He consistently told me that money is not to be taken for granted. It is a privilege given by God and if you ever make a lot of money, you must always give back.

Having grown up the hard way, studying and working through all sorts of odd jobs, I know what it is like to not have money, to struggle to feed yourself, pay your rent and take care of your siblings.

While this keeps me humble, it also makes me work hard to earn money and to make sure that I am able to manage the Saba Family Foundation and give back.

My nature is to make the wrong, right. I am not afraid to fight the biggest and the strongest. That has consequences but it has to be done to help those who cannot, and do not have the funds to, defend themselves.

The Saba Family Foundation & Its Vision

We are the catalyst for change. We believe that when you help one woman, you help a community, and in turn the nation. I believe in a woman’s right to stand her ground, her right to read and work.

A woman is not an ornament to be passed around, she does not belong to people.

The foundation exists to fund scholarships, legal battles for women, engage in campaigns for women issues and help young girls.

Helping With Women Centric Issues

We work with well-known partners like CARE, NETAID, VITAL VOICES and  UNICEF. We also fund the build out of schools in different countries like Mexico and Ghana, to name a few.  We helped YUVA in the early part of the Millennium to build their sight in Mumbai too.

We also hold our own campaigns like the anti-bullying campaign through schools, work environments, and older adult housing. We feel domestic violence is a form of bullying too.

Our mission stays the same – help a woman to have a voice.

Taking The Leadership Role Early On

It has been an enriching experience and the best ride of my life. I have had three failures through the course of building this company, once almost losing it all. But I stuck through it, reviewed those failures and learned about people.

I think the best lesson is if you truly believe in your business and yourself, don’t ever give up! Stick through it, no matter what someone else says to you.

You will get there and it would be beyond your wildest dreams. Success never comes easy, it comes with its own share of problems. But the growth curve is high.

You also learn about those who will stand by you because of you and your vision, and those that are there only to be riders on your coat tails. It is very important to learn how to read people. If you have those two traits, you will be fine.

Women Leaders In Industrial Arena

It is very different for women to be in this area. Most people who are in this field are men and women are in really small numbers. There are very few that have built it from scratch. Usually, it’s passed on to them from their husband or family. But I did not have that luxury – I had to build Saba Industries block by block.

Women are not much respected to know their stuff in this field. I have always wanted to keep my femininity and be strong. I feel being a woman is not a weakness in this field, it’s actually a strength.

The Challenges Of An Entrepreneur

Our foundation is funded by the business. When it comes to the foundation, to find and fund the right groups that hold true to the vision, is very important to me. I am always involved with the final selections. I treat it like a business and make sure all the due diligence is done to make sure whatever we fund is viable and will be able to have an impact or get the result it needs.

But building a business is not easy – the biggest hurdle is getting others to believe in you to help you raise funds or debt. They felt I did not understand this space. They would give me lip service – entertain my proposal but politely say, “We will pass. Come back when you have sales.”

I decided to take a loan and used my credit cards to build it out. Basically, I put in all my life savings to buy the first couple of concessions for gold and iron ore to move ahead.

The third knock from the Universe was the worst, the funds we were expecting never showed up and that put us in such a bad place – it was followed by the markets tanking and price volatility. It was a nightmare but I believed in myself and my dream and the vision. I told my closest loyal staff, we have to stick it through and once again, my savings came into play.

But when I look back, it was all worth it. Now we are in 8 countries, in different mineral and agricultural space; but I am always careful because anything can change and you have to be prepared. This business is something that should outlast me and hopefully, my child will take over it.

What Motivates Me

Life experiences are what motivates me the most. I want to change and a better work environment for women, better political environment for women and education for women. I also want us, as a society, to embrace the changes because it’s inevitable.

Nirupama Kondayya Nirupama feels that life is all about #TakingCharge, one step at a time, everyday. She truly believes that women have the potential to achieve their dreams, once they put their heart into it. She also believes that being grateful for little things has big impacts in life.

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Businesswoman with a Heart

10/6/2018 – This article originally from the India Business Journal – October 2018 @ http://online.fliphtm15.com/mwdr/ohpc/#p =50

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MS-WORD DOCX format here India Business Journal – October 2018

Sharmila Chand catches up with Ms. Saba (shown below) to know more about the business woman & philanthropist.
Send feedback tochand.sharmila@gmail. com.

Malini Saba is a self-made businesswoman and ardent philanthropist.

Born in Malaysia to a family of modest means, Ms. Saba spent her early life in Sri Lanka and Australia. Later, she migrated to the USA and, along with her husband, learned the nuances of business. In 2002, she launched The Saba Family Foundation to serve as an umbrella organization for all her philanthropic works. Through the foundation, she has helped millions of under-served women and children in South and South-East Asia, South America, Africa and the US gain access to life-saving medical and educational services and achieve economic stability. Funding for her philanthropic works comes from Saba Industries, a group of commodities companies that she has founded in Asia. Tak­ ing time off her  busy  schedule, Ms. Saba has penned The Abbreviated Cook, a book of quick and easy recipes that offer a twist on traditional South and South-East Asian dishes.

Q: What is your philosophy of life?
A: I believe that what goes around comes around, for I have lived long enough to see it being very true.

Q: What is your passion in life?
A: My passion and my calling in life are to help others and thus the foundation.

Q: What is your management mantra?
A: Never, never, never give up

Q: What would you like to say about your work?
A: My work is my baby. It is what I wake up to everyday. It does not define me, but it gives me great challenges, overcoming which gives me immense joy.

Q: Your strength...
A: Never giving up.

Q: A business Leader you admire the most...
A: I admire Steve jobs. He was relentless with his vision to succeed.

Q: Your weakness ...
A: Never giving up.

Q: Your kind of music...
A: I love Bollywood songs and Hip Hop.

Q: Your favourite holiday destination...
A: Bora Bora – Tahiti

Q: Golf or Bridge or...
A: Golf hands down. The game allows me to be away from my phones and alone on the grounds.

Q: You are a tough, serious boss or
A: I like to think that I am the serious kind of boss but with a soft touch much like an iron fist in a velvet glove.

Q: Formal suit or casual attire…
A: Casual attire any day

Q: What do you enjoy the most in lifegenerally?
A: I love cooking. It gives me great pleasure to come home from work and cook a variety of dishes for my family.

Q: How do you de-stress?
A: I find getting my nails done at a salon with my family very relaxing.

Q: Your mantra for success...
A: Get up, brush off, and keep at it.

Q: Your dream...
A: To make a movie in Bollywood.

Q: Ten years from now, where do we see you?
A: On my yacht, retired and writing my memoirs.

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Malini Saba and 7 Networking Tips For Women

Malini Saba


Founder, Saba Family Foundations & Saba Industries

Malini Saba is a self-made businesswoman, an ardent philanthropist and a force to be reckoned with, Ms. Saba embodies the concept of using business to serve humanity Her eminent group of commodities companies, Saba Industries, is a prime example of her stratagem of using business to serve humanity. Functioning in the agriculture and mining industry, the group hires local talents and helps them achieve economic stability. The CSR arm of the group, Saba Family Foundation, has given access to life-saving medical and educational services to millions of disadvantaged people across South and Southeast Asia, Australia, Africa, India, and the Middle East. the foundation is an extension of Ms. Saba’s philanthropy and aims to help at least one billion people to gain access to basic health care, education, and opportunities which allow them to break the cycle of poverty and illiteracy.


7 Networking Tips For Women: How to Use Network to Grow Your Business Without Being Spammy

Here’s How you can also structure your own niche and find people who have similar interests
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Entrepreneurs are a rare breed. A recent study shows that less than 6% of the adults in the world work on their own business. Women account for less than half of that number. So what are the few things that women can keep in mind to increase their network?

Dress Well : They say first impression is the last impression. Dressing well and appropriate on different occasions can set different contexts in your life. You can choose between business formals and business casuals depending on your mood and commitment. Dressing well also promotes your leadership qualities. It shows that you are best prepared to deal with risks and challenges thrown at your way. Lastly, if people at social gatherings or events like your dressing sense, they are likely to connect with you and maintain a long relationship. How you present yourself matters the most.

Try Attending All Social Events : Whether it is a corporate party or a private kitty party, women need to attend all of them if they want to increase their social network. Parties are known to be spaces where people tend to get social. You will also meet a diverse range of people there and you never know who can turn out to be useful. Interactions at these parties are also very social. Many people find their prospective clients at such parties. Also, do keep an eye out for events specially meant for women entrepreneurs. The has been a sudden rise in such event and they prove to be very helpful when you need connections.

Work With Diversity : If you are really interested in growing your pool of network and expanding your business, you will need to cater to diversity and work with them. More diversity at your workplace will mean that you will be introduced to newer people, communities and culture. It will also empower you to learn about others. Diversity gives you a golden opportunity for you to develop useful contacts, gain helpful information, and obtain positive business referrals.

Use Social Media Well : Social media is the best form of communication today. It has surpassed all the forms of communication and hosts around 2.46 billion people worldwide. The most amazing feature of social media is that you can reach out to anyone without having to move anywhere. All you need is internet connection. In-person connection is slowly being overshadowed by online communication. You can find like-minded people or special kind of people you are looking for through groups and filters. Social media is also great for your business as it acts as a medium for advertisement.

Get To Know Them Beforehand : Social media can tell you a lot about people’s interests and desires. You can use this information before approaching them. A little knowledge about people’s passions, interests and desires can make you understand their demand and needs well. It can also help you tailor your services for them. It is very imperative for businesses to know their clients or any third-party vendors really well before engaging in business with them. It just ensures that your relationship is smooth and that you don’t run into any major challenges or risks

Learn From Mistakes : It is always very imperative to learn from your mistakes and not repeat them. If you have made any mistakes in the past in terms of networking, for eg. pushed too hard for something or over-talked at some event, it is suggested that you don’t repeat it. People can get turned off very easily, especially if their ideologies don’t match. In today’s age of digital and fast-paced networking, it is very easy to make mistakes that go unnoticed. Mistakes can also bring a huge blow to your business. If you hurt someone or publicly embarrass someone, chances are that people might get intimidated. Always learn to carry a respectable image in public.

Align Your Values With Others : This is the most important factor to keep in mind while networking. Aligning your values according to others means understanding needs and demands of people and supplying them service tailored for their needs. If you align your values, it is easy to attract attention and fulfill your professional cum personal goals. Aligning your values may also make you a people’s person as a lot of people will start investing time and faith on you. Most businesses are built on these two factors: time and faith. Therefore it makes more sense for women to make sure that they invest time and faith onto people they are looking to connect with. Knowing a little history about them and understanding the culture they come from can be of great help too.

These are some tips to grow your network for your business. However, you can also structure your own niche and find people who have similar interests.

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Sisters, stand up and invest in yourselves at the workplace

Sisters, stand up and invest in yourselves at the workplace!

by Malini Saba

“You are your most precious asset

You are the most precious thing in your world.

You must invest in yourself everyday.

Never cheap out on yourself.

You are worth it!

Everything you are and everything you will be

Is the result of how you use your mind”

– Brian Tracy

When we come across the word ‘investment’ our mind tends to think of our bank balance. For heaven’s sake, don’t limit yourself to such a small part of what investing in yourself means! To invest in yourself means to believe in you, to learn about you, to take the time to step back from routine and love yourself enough to set yourself a challenging yet attainable goal. By giving it your all, you will soon watch yourself perform better in every situation, be it at work or in your personal life. For this, it’s imperative to set aside a few minutes to invest resources into yourself as well as your well-being. I can guarantee you that through this, you will come out a more confident woman who adds value to her organisation, family, friends, and anybody else who may have the fortune of encountering you.

Our personal and professional lives are interconnected with each other more than we think. This is why it’s important to focus on investing in both areas whenever possible. Here are some of the easy ways to invest in yourself both inside and outside of the office.

Set yourself S.M.A.R.T. goals

Take the initiative to set yourself a list of personal and professional goals. If you’re not taking the time to set goals, it’s like driving a car through heavy rain with its wipers turned off. Without clearly-defined goals, you will lack clarity in vision to move forward. And we all know that when in the car, it would result in an accident.

Be sure to set time frames for achieving them. The goals set should be SMART: Significant, Momentous, Achievable, Related and Timely.

Invest in Creativity

Our creativity doesn’t have to diminish as we get older. We can carve out some time to create something new every day. Spend an hour a day to build on a business idea, improve a specific aspect of your work life or your relationships, and over time your creativity will be at its all-time peak.

We usually experience blocks in our creativity when we stagnate and lead sedentary lives- so go out, invest in traveling, try to learn more about your colleagues’ cultures, meet new people and make friends different from yourself. Before a seed can develop it must first break open. It cannot produce a plant until it’s been buried, placed out of sight, and begins to crack. In other words, people who truly want to grow, must re-evaluate their tolerance for ambiguity, for risk, and for experimentation.

Honour your intuition

“I knew what was really going on, but I didn’t say anything.”

“I wanted it so badly but I still walked away.”

Do these statements sound familiar to you?

You can show yourself some self-love by trusting your intuition, and honouring the message that it’s sending you. By paying attention to how you feel about certain things, you can make quicker decisions with healthier consequences. Learn to always trust your intuitions and that will lead to growth in life: personally and professionally.

Invest in building your confidence & knowledge

Somehow, in the professional world, our confidence either diminishes as we make mistakes or grows as we accomplish tasks and get appreciation. Often, the difference in our confidence level comes down to how we react to criticism and seek validation. Confidence equals positive emotions and a sense of secureness, which equals better performance. One needs to habitually invest time and energy into structuring a bulletproof sense of confidence in oneself and one’s abilities. You can invest in yourself at the workplace by taking your personal grooming seriously, celebrating your victories, investing time in acquiring knowledge and then making use of it.

Attend seminars and workshops, read books, listen to podcasts, and watch videos that will expand your knowledge and skills professionally as well as personally. This is what will make you stand out in the crowd

Invest in your health and nurture supportive relationships:

We can work towards achieving all our dreams, but there is no point in getting them if we don’t live enough to enjoy them or have nobody to celebrate life’s victories with.

So, eat right. Fuel your body with nutrients to boost your mind, do some basic desk exercises, and build personal as well as professional relations. The benefits earned from building our relationships is visible in every aspect of our life. The more our relationships grow, the more valuable the benefits, both personally as well as professionally.

Create your bucket list

If you have still not thought of creating a bucket list, then this is the time to create one! This list might have everything you want to do, see, feel, and experience in your life. Your list may be ongoing, but you can start by writing 10 things down. Then each month or so, make sure you’re knocking out at least one of the items off it.

Be happy for this moment, for it is your life right now

Happiness is to simply live, find gratitude and satisfaction in the moment that you have now. Make it a practice to express gratitude for everything that you have and often. Give second chances to everyone in your life including yourself. Try including ‘Thank you’s in your daily life and be genuine when you use it. Make sure to treat yourself to the little things in life. Take a quick walk around the block especially if it’s sunny outside, lend a helping hand to a co-worker, and remember the value you bring to the organisation.

Why are women not investing in themselves?

They check with someone else: When it comes to personal and professional development, women need to appoint themselves the highest authority. Your spouse, bosses, siblings or partner can have a say, but make sure to give yourself and your wants the highest priority.You need to be very clear about what you want and what you deserve, before you go out and get it.

They’re not sure when it is the “right” time. So here’s a harsh reality in life: we’re all over-the-top busy and over-committed, and it’s never going to feel like the “right time” to work on yourself. . But if you want to be successful don’t get lost in all the reasons why later would be better.

Fear that money should be used for their family or others. We don’t invest in ourselves because as a woman, we are taught to sacrifice our needs for others. For instance, to take care of our children, be a better wife by being at home, be a better daughter-in-law and so on.

But what happens if our husband gets hit by a bus on his way home from work or die on us from heart disease or maybe leave us for a younger woman? What if your husband gets into financial trouble? These are some questions that have plagued me throughout my life. We have to survive and make sure we can keep up the quality of life. Our kids have to stay in the same schools they have always gone to. Don’t bet on tragedy to strike. Invest in yourselves in ways so that you do not have to be dependent on anyone.

Whatever we do for a living, whether it is cleaning our houses, or managing companies, we must invest in our future and focus on creating a better, interesting one than the present. We should have a Plan B to fall back on, in case life brings us any surprises. Don’t let your focus on work define you as a bad woman. In fact, it is just the opposite. Think of this as an investment for you and your family because we are making sure we can always keep up the with the needs of our family, and if God forbid, life changes for the worse in a split second.

In conclusion

So, I would conclude by telling you to not give up if somebody tells you NO. Demand for non-monetary perks: flexi-time, a new title, pay revaluation the following quarter, or mentorship by or a project with a senior exec. They’re valuable in themselves, but they also get your boss into the habit of saying yes to you, and that will help you get that raise next time. Remember, this is a lifetime gap you’re working to close!

Never take no for an answer and give up on hope. If you don’t invest in yourself no one else will. When you invest in yourself, it’s the best return on investment you can give to your workplace.


Malini Saba is the founder of Saba Family Foundations and Saba Industries.

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INDIA FAR FROM ACHIEVING TRUE EQUALITY

India far from achieving true equality

 

When we celebrate women’s equality day on August 26, we must pledge to end discrimination at home and offices. Gender equality is not just about money or respect, it goes beyond that

I was in a funk because I felt like I was not a good mom.” So said ace tennis champion Serena Williams, a woman whom we associate with great accomplishments, the power of privilege, relevance as a creator of wealth and a benchmark of individual excellence. Yet when it came to motherhood, she slipped into the perennial guilt syndrome of readjusting her life around her child despite the fact that she could afford an alternative support system, an extended family and the comfort of workarounds. Still she felt that the time she gave for her child was not enough.

Working women around the world are debating the same question as Serena and given the added issues of gender pay gap, the lack of paid maternity leave and the struggle to claim reproductive rights, they have decided to step off the ramp. A survey of 1,000 qualified women in Delhi/NCR found that only 18-34 per cent of married women continued working after having a child. Some other estimates indicate that nearly half of urban working women quit their jobs mid-career for maternity leave or to bring up children. In fact, the career dropout rate of urban educated women is higher than that of their rural counterparts in cases. Even in successful and high profile double income units, once the “achieving” threshold is crossed, it is the woman who is stepping back, succumbing to the genetically conditioned mindset of a nurturer and care-giver, giving the necessary thrust to the domestic economy as it were by some extra-constitutional power and then slipping back to the normalcy of expectation. In the process, women tend to strengthen the stereotype of a man as the bread-winner and an architect of a goal-oriented career. Though a man is equally responsible for fathering a child and is emotionally capable of being the protector, he has the mantle of a career performance lumped upon him. Even when mid-retiree women develop a sense of stability with their young ones growing up, they scarcely make it back to their original trajectory but take up some part-time ventures or develop a passion-oriented home business. “Women who have family support or can afford to pay for child care have a lot of guilt. This is because of social conditioning,” says leading businesswoman Anu Aga. The biggest decline in employment has been among two groups — illiterate women and post-graduates — according to a 2017 World Bank report. Most successful male CEOs have spouses who are complementary CEOs in home management. Yet given their multi-tasking and adaptive abilities, working women could give a boost to the country’s GDP by about 30 per cent if certain policies are in place and a mindset changes. Even when they have exited corporate jobs to forge out on their own, transit professionals have helmed  boutique enterprises and start-ups with handsome turnovers.

The first of the stereotypes begins at home. Without taking away credit from metrosexual men, “fathering” is yet to develop as a concept equivalent to “mothering,” the former limited to a biological function, the latter encompassing multiple and undefined role responsibilities. Even childless women are assigned the “mothering” role in team management roles at work. It is both prized and abused at the same time. Till mothers, and most of them are educated and enlightened enough today, tell both their sons and daughters that nurturing a life is genderless and a necessary and purposeful human activity, there will be no change in the home dynamics. Till the grandfather, who revels in child care simply because he is at home after a perceived “successful” career run, asks his son to pick up the tab at home, there won’t be a change in mindset. Till fathers spend an equal time with their kids, they will no longer complain that the children naturally gravitate towards mothers. Here is a factoid: Though mothers are intimately bound to the babies physiologically for nine months, dads can bond with them even before they are born as they recognise both parents’ voices from 32 weeks. As for skin-to-skin contact, warmth has no gender and the child recognises that first. Mothers, too, admittedly in their rush for perfection in role-playing, must cede that territorial space to fathers, who will be willing if allowed to. Also, emphasis should be laid on double parenting. Neither the mother, nor the father needs to step back. And there is no need to glorify what need not be a sacrifice, be it of a stay-at-home mother or a house-husband.

Next come workplace policies, which continue to be shaped by traditional mindsets. Malini Saba, a corporate herself, has found that on an average, women today earn just 78 cents for every dollar that men earn, an increase of only 17 cents on the dollar, and that pregnancy discrimination, more than guilt pangs, has pushed women out of the queue. Pregnancy taboos are the reason that most corporate women are bypassed for a promotion or a special project simply because employers think that a maternity break reduces the woman’s ability to maintain continuity of functions or bounce back to original efficiencies. Fact is, most new mothers, given the flexibility of home operations, manage not only to deliver but make the perfect pitch at the workplace when required to stand in. Career women are multitasking themselves, juggling between family chores and deadlines, an ability that empowers them with adaptability, innovation, change, fluidity and creativity, mantras that every corporate aspires for. Few employers realise that women, as much as they cherish moments with their new-born, do not want to give up what they have invested their self-worth in — their careers. The same pregnancy/motherhood concerns have become barriers for women in physically-oriented jobs like factory floors while there is some headway in the armed forces.

Yet for all demonstrable abilities, companies become sexist and archaic when it comes to the muscularity of a given role. They would rather employ a man in his 20s and 30s over a woman of the same age for fear of maternity leave and family roles. They usually think twice about hiring a woman with a child for a senior role, assuming she cannot give her 100 per per cent. If she works reduced hours, they tend to equate it with a financial cost to the company rather than counting the efficiency she packs in her limited hours or that she can be more productive if allowed a bit of flexibility. In fact, more women opt out of jobs because of the sluggishness of their career progression and the assumption that they will be passed over. They may be considered super operators but will always be a step behind the big chair. They yield to the unhappiness at work rather than the imperatives of home duties.

Most importantly, if all offices introduced child care services or crèches where mothers could check in on their young ones, the immense relief would automatically lead to more focus at work. We must realise that this is a tiny cost to pay considering that societally care-giving or home-making is an unpaid acknowledgement.

Couple this with balanced education; for example women continue to figure extremely low, not higher than 20 per cent, in engineering and other disciplines of merit and excellence. Far too many girls are still making a “manageable and practical” choice of humanities rather than tough specialties. We don’t need role models of women fighting against the odds and conquering the unthinkable in unheard of circumstances. We need everyday examples of girls challenging prescribed choices and mainstreaming themselves instead so that they can stand shoulder to shoulder on the factory floor.

It is a myth that a woman’s biological processes or a familial orientation is an impediment to a realization of her many talents. Women never bring their family issues to work because they have always had to prove they can do as much as a man if not better. Which is why they are more committed, sorted, detailed and specific. If corporate India wants to acquire the edge, then it must help rid mothers of their guilt syndrome, consider them assets and creators rather than liabilities and pro-creators.

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Bullying Of Students: Here’s What To Do About It

Have you ever wondered what to do about being bullied?
This article will explain what it is and what we can do about it.

Our article also published on BW business India.

There are two types and four styles by which students can be bullied or can bully others. The two means of bullying include direct (e.g., by a student or a group or Adult who target less powerful students as the victim and that occurs in the presence of a targeted student) and indirect (e.g., mental prohibition from students groups or spreading rumors.

Can you recall the nursery jingle “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”? Observably that was not and is not the reality and can never be especially in the case of Bullying that takes place at schools. Bullying is a behavior that is purposeful and contains an imbalance of power or strength. It is a behavior that is physical, verbal, or relational. While boys may bully others by more physical means; girls often bully by social rejection. Bullying has been a part of the workplace and School for a long period. More recently through technology & social media bullying has extended its reach. Cyberbullying is the example which takes place online and via cell phones.

There are two types and four styles by which students can be bullied or can bully others. The two means of bullying include direct (e.g., by a student or a group or Adult who target less powerful students as the victim and that occurs in the presence of a targeted student) and indirect (e.g., mental prohibition from students groups or spreading rumors. In addition to these two modes, the four types of bullying include broad categories of physical, verbal, relational (e.g., efforts to harm the reputation or relationships of the targeted youth), and damage to property.