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8 Characteristics of a Strong woman, Malini Saba

What do the following household names have in common — Amelia Earhart, Rosa Parks, and Malala Yousafzai? Describing these women as powerful, strong, brave, and revolutionary is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to recognizing their achievements. But what exactly made them that way?

Amelia Earhart was the first female pilot to perform a solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean. That was a big deal at the time. When you think about it, it still is.

Rosa Parks refused to give in to the racist culture of the early-mid 1900s by refusing to move to the back of the bus. We all know the impact that action had on history.

Malini Saba was awarded the Federation Peace Prize for her role of becoming the first Sri Lankan woman to achieve great business success despite the war against Tamils for thirty years.  She is the youngest person to ever receive the Peace Prize.

These strong, charismatic, powerful women are all icons of human achievement, and a testament to their gender. But how exactly do these women tap into such greatness? What is their secret?

Truth is, there’s no prerequisite of fame or grand gestures to be a powerful woman. Power is an internal characteristic, not an award from society. That’s when women display noble characteristics of strength, leadership, integrity, and honor, we should revel in their achievements, and respect their legacies.

Here are just some characteristics (out of many) that powerful and strong women typically display:

1. They are comfortable with themselves and their pasts.

Running away is not something that powerful women do. Unfortunately, trauma is highly prevalent for women. Powerful women do not let their past overtake them. Healing from the past is a long road, and a strong woman knows this. She does not expect to heal overnight, yet she keeps trying to close her wounds and move forward. A strong woman will do what she can to help others without endangering their own safety. They use their experiences to teach others new truths or raise awareness for certain causes. They are smart, however, they know not to trust just anyone with the details of their traumas.

2. They don’t let rejection ruin their spirit or their lives.

Fear of rejection is a natural part of life. Rejection is a painful experience for whoever suffers through it. Being rejected is a common human experience, although some people handle the pain much better than others. A strong woman knows that she needs to take the time to grieve, and incorporate loss into their framework for strength and success. A powerful woman refuses to let such things overwhelm her life. She still chases her goals, finds new opportunities, and learns from her experiences. When one door closes, another door opens, and strong, smart, capable women know that better than most.

3. They are honest but not overly trusting.

Lies and dishonesty are a part of life, and a strong woman has had her fair share of betrayals to know one or two things about trust. She knows that in her orchard, there will always be some bad apples. This doesn’t deter her and she will stay true to herself. She is honest about who she is but doesn’t
wear her secrets on her sleeve. This characteristic saves her wasted time, money, and heartbreak. Drama may consume her friends but she stays far away, and takes time to develop trust for others.

4. They possess incredible amounts of creativity.

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. A powerful woman is aware of this and when one way is not working, she is ready to move onto the next. Even when there is no other path clearly marked, she is ready to forge ahead. She has a bright streak of creativity that allows her to constantly brainstorm new and innovative ideas. Her imagination is nearly limitless and fuels her ambition, making her a beacon of hope and intuition for others who encounter her attitude.

5. They make fantastic role models.

Everyone has had a role model at one point or another that ended up changing their lives. Becoming a role model is something that powerful women appreciate and enjoy. These women help others unlock their potential and creativity through their guidance. Powerful women reflect upon their own role models and previous mentors to help guide them and channel that energy into their own great leadership skills.

6. They easily admit it when they are wrong.

Admitting to wrongdoing can be embarrassing and stressful for anyone. Strong women are not immune to these emotions, but they are able to cope with them and ask for help when it’s needed. They’re not arrogant. When a strong woman needs help, she’s always comfortable enough to ask graciously and appreciate the assistance. Because women (and men) know that valuable help is a true opportunity.

7. They never try to bring down their peers (or other women).

Some people feel the need to drag others down instead of building them back up. This is not something that powerful women do. Instead of finding joy in beating others down, they find joy in bringing them up. She knows that her value is not dependent on anyone else and only dependent on herself. Strong women do not feed into the stereotype that women hate each other. Instead, when they notice their friends and peers struggling, they do their best to help. They fill in the gaps of other people instead of making them worse. They try to be a support and a shoulder others can lean on when they are in need.

8. They take great care of themselves, and of others.

Powerful women keep their minds, bodies, and emotions strong through self-care. Self-care is truly engaging in anything that will keep you healthy. Strong women know that they need to stay hydrated, eat well, and exercise. They also know that self-care does not stop with the physical body, as the mind needs to be cared for as well. They can control their emotions and know how to cope with mental health problems. It is important to note that having a mental illness does not make someone weak.

Understanding these eight reasons, it is clear that Malini Saba deserves to be seen among other strong women as she has achieved success despite the odds against her. She has suffered loss and was strong enough to step back in with both feet and persevere. In Malini Saba own words” We can sit and cry for what others have tried to do to bring us down, or we can get right back up and rise like the phoenix from the ashes.”

In her words “Throw me to the wolves and I WILL return the leader of the pack. “

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Malini Saba Legacy

By Chandra Lingam

Malini unknowingly will leave a legacy with her Charitable work globally. She started it because it is a passion. A passion to help others in need and create a world where everyone has same opportunities. Saba believes that through different decades, different political environments , we as a people should always stay focused on our goals to help others. Never to be swayed by the changes around on the 30,000 feet level.

In Malini’s words “Politics change every four years , but the ground level problems always stay the same. To create a real impact its up to us civilians with passion to move mountains and bring  the mountain to Muhammed as the saying goes”  she explained with a smile.  Malini went on to explain “ If that is all we focus on we can as a world of common people make real change”.

I went on to ask her five things she would say about how to leave a legacy.
Saba responded with 5 ways. 

  1. Support the People and Causes That are Important to You
    My best friend of decades ago once asked me what I thought was the most important attribute of friendship. I replied that support was the major theme of friendship. There isn’t any more wonderful feeling in life than making the choice to sustain loyalty to a friend by lovingly supporting everything that is good and right about that person’s life. My friend was an advocate of Older adult  in the city we resided in and I supported those causes, too, as she supported mine. Although we parted ways when I moved out of the city, she would always reach out to me and remember my work, my life and my family.
  2. Reflect and Decide What is Most Important in Your Life
    When you review your life’s journey, several ideas may come to mind: Did you grow and perhaps transform your life, make changes when you needed to, find your truth, inspire others, become a leader or influence others? Touching lives and exemplifying a truthful path is paramount to living a joyful and purposeful life. Your legacy will live on.
  3. Share Your Blessings With Others
    I was walking two dogs the other day — one dog was totally blind and the other dog stubbornly knew her mind. I stopped suddenly in the middle of my son’s beautiful neighborhood to observe with wonder the late afternoon thunderclouds bulging out from the mountains. I thought of all the blessings I have in life and how I try to be mindful of sharing with others the richness of my life. I have been given abundance and such is my fate. And it is my legacy to give back this abundance to others. Everyone has blessings to share, even if it a simple smile of acknowledgement.
  4. Be a Mentor to Others
    A mentor by definition is a more experienced or more knowledgeable person with an area of expertise. Everyone has some significant truth to impart to others that will guide less experienced people in life. The mentoring/mentee relationship involves personal development and support. This process involves an exchange of knowledge complimented by psychological and/or social support that is crucial to sustaining new mindsets. Sometimes these relationships last a lifetime, even when the mentee has moved on to influence others.
  5. Pursue Your Passions Because They Are Infectious
    Your passions are your legacy. Passion comes from an outpouring of the interests and ideas that make a difference in your life. Finding and pursing your passion allows you to see your destiny clearly. That’s what happened to me with meditating and music. I can attest to the fact that life won’t be any fun if you don’t pursue your passions to the fullest. It’s contagious. It’s religious. Don’t miss the opportunity to pursue your passions and then continue to look for new adventures.

Malini Saba is a visionary and someone who sees things through a difference lens than most of us. She is willing to push the envelope when needed and never afraid to ask for what she needs for the betterment of others.

I followed her to one of the hospitals she supports in India. We walked in like just another person. She never made any appointments. She was treated like another person until one of the board members recognized her and immediately the service altered.  I asked her why she did not call them ahead of time, her response, “I want to see how they serve their patients. Money should never buy better service when it comes to healthcare. Everyone health problem is the same and has the same intensity to their families. I do this to see if they practice what they preach.”

Having interviewed many wealthy Asians, I found Malini Saba just the opposite. She was so very humble and had no airs about her and you would never realize how really wealthy she really is because of the manner she conducts herself.

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Investor Characteristics Five Key Essential Ingredients

What makes a good investor?

By Richard West

I met Ms. Saba in Australia. I was privileged to have an hour to interview her. My question to her was two-fold, ”1) What makes a good investor and 2) How did you build your portfolio of companies?”

“There are five key characteristics are needed in order to become a good investor”, she said.

Investor Malini Saba

An average investor uses his/her money and invests the rest; a good investor invests his/her money and uses the rest. Investing is a risk vs. returns game.

  1. Goal setting - Failing to plan is planning to fail!
    A good investor will always have clear goal. It is very important to have a plan to achieve the goals. Variations most likely tend to divert an investor from the agenda. Having a plan of action within a defined period of time for a particular return on investment is a sign of a good investor. They are prepared for the uncertainty of the market while the plans are usually made considering both the sides.

  2. Knowledge - When you know better, you do better!
    Besides utilizing time to the best, a good investor possesses knowledge of the market. He/she understands the position of funds and has researched about the company investment strategy and philosophy. You need to know where your money is being utilized. A good investor analyses the growth pattern of the company over the years from genuine sources. On the accounts of the anticipations and knowledge a good investor will have a defined plan for exit point as well. An active learner who is open to make a right choice on the basic of genuinity of knowledge is a good investor.

  3. Right Decision - Listen to the world but do what is right!
    A good investor knows the time. They keep an eye on current scenario in the market. They update their knowledge about market activities and growth. Having a sound understanding of trends enables the investors to overlook their plans and decide the term of investment. Having an understanding of current trends and company market position makes one a good investor. They own their mistakes and learn not to make them again. It’s not necessary that the good investor jumps into the trends; he/she just does what is right.

  4. Patience - Keep calm and carry on!
    Over the period of time a good investor creates wealth due to his patience. It is probably the finest quality to have. A good investor has faith in his plans. They usually do not feel bad about the 10% downtick; they would rather sit tight to celebrate the 100% uptick. They are persistent about sticking to the plans. They usually do not get into the buy and sell trends.

  5. Risk Aversion - Know thyself!
    Good investors know the inherent risk in investing. They understand their plans and analyze their expected returns. Being risk averse is a quality shaped by experience, knowledge and confidence over the above mentioned key characteristics.

Malini Saba’s Mantra:

“Remember to let go once you have decided to invest your money. The rest is in the hands of those you have entrusted to do the job. Thus, choose well and wisely based on analysis and research and also use your gut instinct. If you do those well, the rest is in the pudding as the British say.”

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Mother Behind Scenes, Woman Behind Business

Mother Behind the Scenes, Woman Behind the Business
By Elana Shongan

I wanted to write this personalized outlook of a woman I admire dearly. She is humble and caring but fiercely strong and puts up with no nonsense. This is my take on this amazing woman.

I had the occasion to see Madam herself sweeping and mopping at home. She works late into the night and sometimes wakes up early at 2:00 AM to finish work. When I went to see her she was doing this. I think it helps her think and release stress.

I still remember her photograph with the then American President Bill Clinton. She isn’t a tall woman, but she is a towering figure. Madam Saba is a female icon and she shows it to the world what women are capable of doing if they decide something.

Soon to be mother Malini Saba with President Bill Clinton

When she met with the late President Mandela she was calm and graceful and cracked jokes with him.

Behind closed doors Saba is a mother and a homemaker. Malini applies her relentless work ethic to home life overseeing the rearing of her child and performing home domestic duties.

Her child was born by cesarean section three days early. She felt unwell during her pregnancy and given that she could not have any more children. The business magnet work ethic applied to family home in Monaco where she juggles her job, studying the trade, organizing the household, shopping, sewing, cooking and ironing.

Madam Saba is not the kind of person to lounge around, she prefers to sightsee rather than relaxing by the pool. After a business trip she rounds her family up and drags them out to a weekend getaway camping. This allows her to connect back with them and find out what she missed.

Madam is partial to a glass of good wine to keep her going while she writes her speeches and works on her business at night. She sleeps only for four hours a night and no one can ever order her to bed to lie down and get more rest.

Saba is very particular about overseeing her the upbringing of her child. She makes sure she is there to take her to school in the morning and pick her up and works from home thereafter. She does not believe in nannies. Her mantra –  they grow up so fast, I want to savor every moment of her changes till then.

One of Madam Saba’s favorite thing to do is cook. When she is up in the morning she plans the menu for the day. She will make a hot fresh meal for her child’s lunch box and always leaves little motivational notes in there as surprises.  She will prep the evening meal before leaving the home for work.

Her dinners are always elaborate. It’s a four-course meal. She makes it compulsory that everyone sits at the table, says grace and then eats together. Saba believes it is during this time you have quality time to engage on variety of topics of the day as a family as a unit.

When Madam Saba travels, she makes sure she has hand written several notes and request I place them in her lunch box as surprises. She makes sure she facetimes her child in the morning when she wakes up, after she comes back from school and before she sleeps. There are times she also helps her with her homework.

Despite her business engagements, political meetings and philanthropy work, she always makes time for her baby. She says motherhood is the most difficult job in the world and the most satisfying. “I love being a mother and I am a mother first and foremost.” says Madam Malini.

Madam Saba embodies every hard-working mother out there in the world trying hard to juggle both work and being a mother.

 

 

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Love Thy Neighbor

Who is your neighbor?

The word tolerance means the willingness to accept or to tolerate, especially opinions or behavior you may not agree with, or to behave sensibly with those who are not like you. It means showing respect for the race, gender, opinions, religion and ideologies of other people or groups, and to admire the good qualities and good work of others. And to express one’s point of view in a decent and respectful way while respecting the sentiments of others.

Tolerance can be shown in many ways, on different occasions and at different times. A person might fully disagree with others on any issue, from religion to politics, while at the same time and respecting those with different ideas and opinions and treating them with full dignity and honor.

peace, love and tolerance

Tolerance is needed in all spheres of life, and on every level and on every stage, because it plays a vital role to establish peace and love, from the smallest unit up to the highest unit of society.

Tolerance does not mean that only one person or party shows tolerance and the others do not. When some people disagree on a certain issue they must advocate and express their opinion in a respectful manner, and hateful and provocative words should not be used. Tolerance must be shown from both sides on issues, in order for it to be effective.

Here, let it be clear that showing respect and tolerance to the opinions of others does not necessarily mean you have to compromise your principles or embrace or accept others’ ideas. It is simply a matter of fundamental human rights.

The right of every human being that his sensibilities and sentiments shall not be violated and offended must be recognized. And every human person has the right to have an opinion and to express it.

In this globalisation, where people of different backgrounds, cultures and religions are living together, and where the world has become multicultural and full of diversity, establishing tolerance and harmony has become very crucial and important, and fostering mutual love and affection has become vital.

Without tolerance and harmony the lasting peace of societies cannot be maintained, and loyalty for each other cannot be established.

I hope that as we move ahead into the new dawn, we as a people would not just jump on the wagon of intolerance because our leaders encourage that  but work towards agreeing to be different and agree to disagree.

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Malini Saba Shares Secrets

BACKSTAGE Secrets of Malini Saba

1) Best Career advice I’ve gotten:

Always think before you act. Never take anything personally – it’s business.

 

2) Moment I felt I’d Made it:

When I stopped worrying about money.

 

3) How I made my first Dollar:

I worked at Red Rooster as a cashier.

 

4) Favorite Perks in the job:

I get to travel all over the world in my job and I meet interesting people.

 

5) If I weren’t a businesswoman what would I be?

I would be a writer. I love writing.

 

6) Three qualities that got me to where I am today:

I never give up on anything. I listen to everyones opinion. I forgive and forget.

 

7) Song I would play at my funeral:

Frank Sinatra’s. –  “MY WAY”

 

8) Food I am not ashamed to admit I love:

Chocolate cheesecake. It’s my favorite thing to eat .It makes me happy.

 

9) Superhero power I would like to have –

To make the world happy. I would swish it like a wand and make everyone happy with where they are in their life and happy

With what they have.

 

10) What every woman should try once in her lifetime –

Taking a trip on the ORIENT EXPRESS. It’s the best experience and just beautiful and set in time.

 

11) If I could live abroad where would it be.

I would like on an island like BORA BORA. Its just an amazing place.

 

12) First Album I bought  –

Modanna ’s –  Like a Virgin.

 

13) Book that left a lasting impression on me

South Beach Diet  –  Never knew anything like that could actually work.

 

14) On My bucket list –

I want to take the BLUE Train in Africa, see Iceland and fly a plane.

 

15) One thing I am exceptionally good at –

Dancing.

 

16) One thing I am exceptionally bad at –

Lying.

 

17) How I clear my head after a crappy day:

I listen to Frank Sinatra record and gave a glass of wine.

 

18) My First Kiss –

The man I married.

 

19) Advice to a woman with a broken heart:

Take it is as a learning experience and that the Universe was protecting you from further hurt. The Universe took it away because

Something better is on its way to you. Cherish that feeling and trust the universe. It makes miracles happen when you let go.

 

20) Craziest thing I did for love –

I moved countries for him only to discover he was after my money.

 

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Ladies: Always Stand Your Ground

When I arrived in Asia, I was a rookie ― a deer in headlights. I left the Garden of Eden that was Silicon Valley for the wilderness, and I quickly learned how difficult it was to start from scratch without having anyone you can trust.

It’s been 12 years since then, and we have set up offices in 8 different jurisdictions, all of which are now thriving ― but this was not the case in the beginning.  Raising money to grow the business in Asia was difficult. The laws in these countries can be superseded for the right price. It’s who you know, how much you have, and how much of it you are willing to disperse of it to the right person.

If these people became displeased with you, they would try their utmost to discredit you and bring you down.

Men have broken into my home at night and threatened me, telling me I needed to leave the country or die.

I have had a man I trusted spy through cameras he installed in our office to take our contracts before we got them.

I have had men accuse me of having affairs with my staff, and post pictures about it.

They  even went as far as to create a false situation regarding my immigration status and demand payment to make it go away.

Despite all of this, I did not fold. It would have been very easy to run away and tell myself all this is not  worth the hassle, but I had a business to run and I had invested too much to just drop it. I had to find a way to make it work despite the threats and the false accusations.

As a woman in business, you will meet the good and the bad. You must meet them both, and learn how to handle the most difficult parts calmly and with a clear head. You will also learn that they WILL NOT win if you do not let FEAR take over and cloud your thinking.

The most important thing to remember is to never let fear take over. The best weapon against threats and false accusations is success. You must succeed in order to defeat them.

Focus on your business and your path and always have a lawyer you can trust on your side. Not just an expensive lawyer, but a lawyer who believes in the rights of others ―Human Rights.

If I had folded when these things were thrown at me over the past 10 years, I would not have a business that is worth over half a billion dollars in this part of the world.

Never fold to pressure and difficulties. When one door shuts go through the other, there is always a way to succeed.

This originally appeared on HuffingtonPost.com

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How Will a Woman in the White House Change America?

Two hundred years ago, when a woman took a husband in the United States she lost what limited freedom she had as a young adult.

Did you know that after the revolutionary war women who fought and aided independence efforts lost all of their legal standing as an equal under the new Constitution of the United States of America?

In the 1800’s a small group of women decided to protest this flawed system and fight for ours rights and freedoms. This fight brought about small and slow but very meaningful change. They were adamant in improving women’s inferior status in the United States.

The movement for Women’s Suffrage movement began in 1869 began, and on August 26, 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. With it, 17 million women won for themselves that most basic promise of democracy: the right to vote. ( npv.org)

Forty years had to pass before we looked at the women’s movement again. In the 1960’s  women rose again to ensure federal laws were implemented to create equality in employment and education.

The year is now 2016, 56 years later, and for the first time ever, we have a woman officially nominated by a major political party for President in the United states.  Why did we take so long to acknowledge the fact that a woman can be responsible for the Oval office?

The rest of the world moved ahead much earlier. In 1960 Sri Lanka elected the world’s first female prime minister, followed by Argentina in 1974 with the election of President Estela Isabel Martines.

I believe a woman will uphold the respect and integrity of the Oval office when she is finally elected President of the United States.

If a woman becomes President of the most powerful country in the world, it would also have a major impact on the role and importance of women around the world.

She will also manage the world differently and will have a new approach to handling conflicts. Regardless of political party differences, we must come together to celebrate this achievement.

This is not a small fete. By becoming the first woman President , she now holds the most powerful position in the world. A woman with her qualifications would have a balanced view on foreign and national policy.

Having Hillary, a woman, in the white house will be a strength. Why will she be President in November ? She has the best resume thus far from all the Presidents we have ever had. She has been The First lady, Senator,  and Secretary of State. We have never in our history had anyone with so many credentials.

When we hire someone for a CEO position, we want years of experience on all fronts and it MUST apply to the most powerful job in the world as well.

A woman will stay calm through the verbal attacks. She has the ability to handle stress and stand her ground with grace and charm on matters. Hillary is a great debater and has been her whole life.  She is a great strategist and far better one than Bill. She is and will make sure she is inclusive of all races, religion and stature. She will fight terrorists, and without creating the divide in her nation.  She will keep America strong and most importantly she knows what really happens behind closed doors at the white house.

This originally appeared on HuffingtonPost.com

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Why Women Should Help Other Women

At a restaurant two days ago my husband and I sat next to a couple of young ladies. We were there for about two hours and the whole time, their conversation centered around how terrible and manipulative their female manager was, and then finally disintegrated into a negative comment about the manager’s physical appearance.

I felt sorry for the two girls and was also saddened by the fact that they felt the need to attack their manager’s physical appearance in response to some perceived unkindness in the workplace.

I believe it is so important that women learn to be kind to one another because have climbed so far to get to where we are today. We must lend a hand and encourage other women behind us to be their best whenever possible.

It is from this belief that I founded Stree, or “Dignified Women” to help and encourage women to succeed in their own environment ― because success has a different definition for all of us.

Stree’s primary focus is on education, and over the past 15 years has helped over 3,000,000 women. Stree has provided scholarships and fought for the rights for women in villages and countries around the world, and financed 1000’s of women-owned business. While I feel this is only a dent in the larger picture, those women we have helped will go out and help others in their communities.

We have fought for their human rights and their civil rights. We support and fund several orphanages for girls around the world. I believe that if we do not support more women things cannot continue to change for the better.

It is important for women to help one another as mothers, as business women, as mother-in laws and as daughters. Certain skills are naturally more developed for women than they are for men. We can multi-task. We are nurturers. We can handle tremendous amounts of professional and personal pressure. We possess these attributes because we are made to have children. These skills are already in our DNA.

I feel very strongly that maintaining our femininity in all of it’s various shapes and forms is our strength.  We do not have to become men to be strong.  Our femininity is POWER, and we should never sacrifice it or try to strip it away from others.

I did not have the privilege of having a woman guide me through my journey, but I wish I did. I built my business from nothing to over a billion dollars. My role models were strong women like Indira Ghandi, Eleanor Roosevelt, Margaret Thatcher. They fought more difficult battles to get to where they did. They taught me to never give up.

Women are the future. We are the movers and the shakers of the new millenia , our foremothers spilt blood and fought for our freedom and our rights. We should embrace it now and help each other to ensure our girls ahead of us learn from us and stand tall.

We live in a time when we are all connected through the wonderful world of web and the world is so small. This allows us to reach out more than before and mentor those who are rising behind us, increasing the possibility of women presidents (regardless of political party), women chairpersons , women in management and owners of businesses.

We are women, goddesses who have the power to change and make the world better if we stand together united. Regardless of our race, religion or status in our societies we all have one thing in common. We want to move ahead in whatever that dream is for us. We MUST stretch our hand out to help one another.

I’ll leave you with this quote –  Indhira Ghandi – “You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist. Stretch your hands and bring our fellow women to the forefront of politics, our homes, our business lives. If we have reached our pinnacle be that money or stature. It is our responsibility to stretch our hands to those behind us and draw them up.”

So please, stop judging your fellow women by size, beauty and color. We are all WOMEN so let’s ROAR together.

This originally appeared on Huffington Post.com.  

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8 Characteristics of a Strong woman, Malini Saba

What do the following household names have in common — Amelia Earhart, Rosa Parks, and Malala Yousafzai? Describing these women as powerful, strong, brave, and revolutionary is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to recognizing their achievements. But what exactly made them that way?

Amelia Earhart was the first female pilot to perform a solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean. That was a big deal at the time. When you think about it, it still is.

Rosa Parks refused to give in to the racist culture of the early-mid 1900s by refusing to move to the back of the bus. We all know the impact that action had on history.

Malini Saba was awarded the Federation Peace Prize for her role of becoming the first Sri Lankan woman to achieve great business success despite the war against Tamils for thirty years.  She is the youngest person to ever receive the Peace Prize.

These strong, charismatic, powerful women are all icons of human achievement, and a testament to their gender. But how exactly do these women tap into such greatness? What is their secret?

Truth is, there’s no prerequisite of fame or grand gestures to be a powerful woman. Power is an internal characteristic, not an award from society. That’s when women display noble characteristics of strength, leadership, integrity, and honor, we should revel in their achievements, and respect their legacies.

Here are just some characteristics (out of many) that powerful and strong women typically display:

1. They are comfortable with themselves and their pasts.

Running away is not something that powerful women do. Unfortunately, trauma is highly prevalent for women. Powerful women do not let their past overtake them. Healing from the past is a long road, and a strong woman knows this. She does not expect to heal overnight, yet she keeps trying to close her wounds and move forward. A strong woman will do what she can to help others without endangering their own safety. They use their experiences to teach others new truths or raise awareness for certain causes. They are smart, however, they know not to trust just anyone with the details of their traumas.

2. They don’t let rejection ruin their spirit or their lives.

Fear of rejection is a natural part of life. Rejection is a painful experience for whoever suffers through it. Being rejected is a common human experience, although some people handle the pain much better than others. A strong woman knows that she needs to take the time to grieve, and incorporate loss into their framework for strength and success. A powerful woman refuses to let such things overwhelm her life. She still chases her goals, finds new opportunities, and learns from her experiences. When one door closes, another door opens, and strong, smart, capable women know that better than most.

3. They are honest but not overly trusting.

Lies and dishonesty are a part of life, and a strong woman has had her fair share of betrayals to know one or two things about trust. She knows that in her orchard, there will always be some bad apples. This doesn’t deter her and she will stay true to herself. She is honest about who she is but doesn’t
wear her secrets on her sleeve. This characteristic saves her wasted time, money, and heartbreak. Drama may consume her friends but she stays far away, and takes time to develop trust for others.

4. They possess incredible amounts of creativity.

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. A powerful woman is aware of this and when one way is not working, she is ready to move onto the next. Even when there is no other path clearly marked, she is ready to forge ahead. She has a bright streak of creativity that allows her to constantly brainstorm new and innovative ideas. Her imagination is nearly limitless and fuels her ambition, making her a beacon of hope and intuition for others who encounter her attitude.

5. They make fantastic role models.

Everyone has had a role model at one point or another that ended up changing their lives. Becoming a role model is something that powerful women appreciate and enjoy. These women help others unlock their potential and creativity through their guidance. Powerful women reflect upon their own role models and previous mentors to help guide them and channel that energy into their own great leadership skills.

6. They easily admit it when they are wrong.

Admitting to wrongdoing can be embarrassing and stressful for anyone. Strong women are not immune to these emotions, but they are able to cope with them and ask for help when it’s needed. They’re not arrogant. When a strong woman needs help, she’s always comfortable enough to ask graciously and appreciate the assistance. Because women (and men) know that valuable help is a true opportunity.

7. They never try to bring down their peers (or other women).

Some people feel the need to drag others down instead of building them back up. This is not something that powerful women do. Instead of finding joy in beating others down, they find joy in bringing them up. She knows that her value is not dependent on anyone else and only dependent on herself. Strong women do not feed into the stereotype that women hate each other. Instead, when they notice their friends and peers struggling, they do their best to help. They fill in the gaps of other people instead of making them worse. They try to be a support and a shoulder others can lean on when they are in need.

8. They take great care of themselves, and of others.

Powerful women keep their minds, bodies, and emotions strong through self-care. Self-care is truly engaging in anything that will keep you healthy. Strong women know that they need to stay hydrated, eat well, and exercise. They also know that self-care does not stop with the physical body, as the mind needs to be cared for as well. They can control their emotions and know how to cope with mental health problems. It is important to note that having a mental illness does not make someone weak.

Understanding these eight reasons, it is clear that Malini Saba deserves to be seen among other strong women as she has achieved success despite the odds against her. She has suffered loss and was strong enough to step back in with both feet and persevere. In Malini Saba own words” We can sit and cry for what others have tried to do to bring us down, or we can get right back up and rise like the phoenix from the ashes.”

In her words “Throw me to the wolves and I WILL return the leader of the pack. “

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Malini Saba Legacy

By Chandra Lingam

Malini unknowingly will leave a legacy with her Charitable work globally. She started it because it is a passion. A passion to help others in need and create a world where everyone has same opportunities. Saba believes that through different decades, different political environments , we as a people should always stay focused on our goals to help others. Never to be swayed by the changes around on the 30,000 feet level.

In Malini’s words “Politics change every four years , but the ground level problems always stay the same. To create a real impact its up to us civilians with passion to move mountains and bring  the mountain to Muhammed as the saying goes”  she explained with a smile.  Malini went on to explain “ If that is all we focus on we can as a world of common people make real change”.

I went on to ask her five things she would say about how to leave a legacy.
Saba responded with 5 ways. 

  1. Support the People and Causes That are Important to You
    My best friend of decades ago once asked me what I thought was the most important attribute of friendship. I replied that support was the major theme of friendship. There isn’t any more wonderful feeling in life than making the choice to sustain loyalty to a friend by lovingly supporting everything that is good and right about that person’s life. My friend was an advocate of Older adult  in the city we resided in and I supported those causes, too, as she supported mine. Although we parted ways when I moved out of the city, she would always reach out to me and remember my work, my life and my family.
  2. Reflect and Decide What is Most Important in Your Life
    When you review your life’s journey, several ideas may come to mind: Did you grow and perhaps transform your life, make changes when you needed to, find your truth, inspire others, become a leader or influence others? Touching lives and exemplifying a truthful path is paramount to living a joyful and purposeful life. Your legacy will live on.
  3. Share Your Blessings With Others
    I was walking two dogs the other day — one dog was totally blind and the other dog stubbornly knew her mind. I stopped suddenly in the middle of my son’s beautiful neighborhood to observe with wonder the late afternoon thunderclouds bulging out from the mountains. I thought of all the blessings I have in life and how I try to be mindful of sharing with others the richness of my life. I have been given abundance and such is my fate. And it is my legacy to give back this abundance to others. Everyone has blessings to share, even if it a simple smile of acknowledgement.
  4. Be a Mentor to Others
    A mentor by definition is a more experienced or more knowledgeable person with an area of expertise. Everyone has some significant truth to impart to others that will guide less experienced people in life. The mentoring/mentee relationship involves personal development and support. This process involves an exchange of knowledge complimented by psychological and/or social support that is crucial to sustaining new mindsets. Sometimes these relationships last a lifetime, even when the mentee has moved on to influence others.
  5. Pursue Your Passions Because They Are Infectious
    Your passions are your legacy. Passion comes from an outpouring of the interests and ideas that make a difference in your life. Finding and pursing your passion allows you to see your destiny clearly. That’s what happened to me with meditating and music. I can attest to the fact that life won’t be any fun if you don’t pursue your passions to the fullest. It’s contagious. It’s religious. Don’t miss the opportunity to pursue your passions and then continue to look for new adventures.

Malini Saba is a visionary and someone who sees things through a difference lens than most of us. She is willing to push the envelope when needed and never afraid to ask for what she needs for the betterment of others.

I followed her to one of the hospitals she supports in India. We walked in like just another person. She never made any appointments. She was treated like another person until one of the board members recognized her and immediately the service altered.  I asked her why she did not call them ahead of time, her response, “I want to see how they serve their patients. Money should never buy better service when it comes to healthcare. Everyone health problem is the same and has the same intensity to their families. I do this to see if they practice what they preach.”

Having interviewed many wealthy Asians, I found Malini Saba just the opposite. She was so very humble and had no airs about her and you would never realize how really wealthy she really is because of the manner she conducts herself.

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Investor Characteristics Five Key Essential Ingredients

What makes a good investor?

By Richard West

I met Ms. Saba in Australia. I was privileged to have an hour to interview her. My question to her was two-fold, ”1) What makes a good investor and 2) How did you build your portfolio of companies?”

“There are five key characteristics are needed in order to become a good investor”, she said.

Investor Malini Saba

An average investor uses his/her money and invests the rest; a good investor invests his/her money and uses the rest. Investing is a risk vs. returns game.

  1. Goal setting - Failing to plan is planning to fail!
    A good investor will always have clear goal. It is very important to have a plan to achieve the goals. Variations most likely tend to divert an investor from the agenda. Having a plan of action within a defined period of time for a particular return on investment is a sign of a good investor. They are prepared for the uncertainty of the market while the plans are usually made considering both the sides.

  2. Knowledge - When you know better, you do better!
    Besides utilizing time to the best, a good investor possesses knowledge of the market. He/she understands the position of funds and has researched about the company investment strategy and philosophy. You need to know where your money is being utilized. A good investor analyses the growth pattern of the company over the years from genuine sources. On the accounts of the anticipations and knowledge a good investor will have a defined plan for exit point as well. An active learner who is open to make a right choice on the basic of genuinity of knowledge is a good investor.

  3. Right Decision - Listen to the world but do what is right!
    A good investor knows the time. They keep an eye on current scenario in the market. They update their knowledge about market activities and growth. Having a sound understanding of trends enables the investors to overlook their plans and decide the term of investment. Having an understanding of current trends and company market position makes one a good investor. They own their mistakes and learn not to make them again. It’s not necessary that the good investor jumps into the trends; he/she just does what is right.

  4. Patience - Keep calm and carry on!
    Over the period of time a good investor creates wealth due to his patience. It is probably the finest quality to have. A good investor has faith in his plans. They usually do not feel bad about the 10% downtick; they would rather sit tight to celebrate the 100% uptick. They are persistent about sticking to the plans. They usually do not get into the buy and sell trends.

  5. Risk Aversion - Know thyself!
    Good investors know the inherent risk in investing. They understand their plans and analyze their expected returns. Being risk averse is a quality shaped by experience, knowledge and confidence over the above mentioned key characteristics.

Malini Saba’s Mantra:

“Remember to let go once you have decided to invest your money. The rest is in the hands of those you have entrusted to do the job. Thus, choose well and wisely based on analysis and research and also use your gut instinct. If you do those well, the rest is in the pudding as the British say.”

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Mother Behind Scenes, Woman Behind Business

Mother Behind the Scenes, Woman Behind the Business
By Elana Shongan

I wanted to write this personalized outlook of a woman I admire dearly. She is humble and caring but fiercely strong and puts up with no nonsense. This is my take on this amazing woman.

I had the occasion to see Madam herself sweeping and mopping at home. She works late into the night and sometimes wakes up early at 2:00 AM to finish work. When I went to see her she was doing this. I think it helps her think and release stress.

I still remember her photograph with the then American President Bill Clinton. She isn’t a tall woman, but she is a towering figure. Madam Saba is a female icon and she shows it to the world what women are capable of doing if they decide something.

Soon to be mother Malini Saba with President Bill Clinton

When she met with the late President Mandela she was calm and graceful and cracked jokes with him.

Behind closed doors Saba is a mother and a homemaker. Malini applies her relentless work ethic to home life overseeing the rearing of her child and performing home domestic duties.

Her child was born by cesarean section three days early. She felt unwell during her pregnancy and given that she could not have any more children. The business magnet work ethic applied to family home in Monaco where she juggles her job, studying the trade, organizing the household, shopping, sewing, cooking and ironing.

Madam Saba is not the kind of person to lounge around, she prefers to sightsee rather than relaxing by the pool. After a business trip she rounds her family up and drags them out to a weekend getaway camping. This allows her to connect back with them and find out what she missed.

Madam is partial to a glass of good wine to keep her going while she writes her speeches and works on her business at night. She sleeps only for four hours a night and no one can ever order her to bed to lie down and get more rest.

Saba is very particular about overseeing her the upbringing of her child. She makes sure she is there to take her to school in the morning and pick her up and works from home thereafter. She does not believe in nannies. Her mantra –  they grow up so fast, I want to savor every moment of her changes till then.

One of Madam Saba’s favorite thing to do is cook. When she is up in the morning she plans the menu for the day. She will make a hot fresh meal for her child’s lunch box and always leaves little motivational notes in there as surprises.  She will prep the evening meal before leaving the home for work.

Her dinners are always elaborate. It’s a four-course meal. She makes it compulsory that everyone sits at the table, says grace and then eats together. Saba believes it is during this time you have quality time to engage on variety of topics of the day as a family as a unit.

When Madam Saba travels, she makes sure she has hand written several notes and request I place them in her lunch box as surprises. She makes sure she facetimes her child in the morning when she wakes up, after she comes back from school and before she sleeps. There are times she also helps her with her homework.

Despite her business engagements, political meetings and philanthropy work, she always makes time for her baby. She says motherhood is the most difficult job in the world and the most satisfying. “I love being a mother and I am a mother first and foremost.” says Madam Malini.

Madam Saba embodies every hard-working mother out there in the world trying hard to juggle both work and being a mother.

 

 

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Love Thy Neighbor

Who is your neighbor?

The word tolerance means the willingness to accept or to tolerate, especially opinions or behavior you may not agree with, or to behave sensibly with those who are not like you. It means showing respect for the race, gender, opinions, religion and ideologies of other people or groups, and to admire the good qualities and good work of others. And to express one’s point of view in a decent and respectful way while respecting the sentiments of others.

Tolerance can be shown in many ways, on different occasions and at different times. A person might fully disagree with others on any issue, from religion to politics, while at the same time and respecting those with different ideas and opinions and treating them with full dignity and honor.

peace, love and tolerance

Tolerance is needed in all spheres of life, and on every level and on every stage, because it plays a vital role to establish peace and love, from the smallest unit up to the highest unit of society.

Tolerance does not mean that only one person or party shows tolerance and the others do not. When some people disagree on a certain issue they must advocate and express their opinion in a respectful manner, and hateful and provocative words should not be used. Tolerance must be shown from both sides on issues, in order for it to be effective.

Here, let it be clear that showing respect and tolerance to the opinions of others does not necessarily mean you have to compromise your principles or embrace or accept others’ ideas. It is simply a matter of fundamental human rights.

The right of every human being that his sensibilities and sentiments shall not be violated and offended must be recognized. And every human person has the right to have an opinion and to express it.

In this globalisation, where people of different backgrounds, cultures and religions are living together, and where the world has become multicultural and full of diversity, establishing tolerance and harmony has become very crucial and important, and fostering mutual love and affection has become vital.

Without tolerance and harmony the lasting peace of societies cannot be maintained, and loyalty for each other cannot be established.

I hope that as we move ahead into the new dawn, we as a people would not just jump on the wagon of intolerance because our leaders encourage that  but work towards agreeing to be different and agree to disagree.

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Malini Saba Shares Secrets

BACKSTAGE Secrets of Malini Saba

1) Best Career advice I’ve gotten:

Always think before you act. Never take anything personally – it’s business.

 

2) Moment I felt I’d Made it:

When I stopped worrying about money.

 

3) How I made my first Dollar:

I worked at Red Rooster as a cashier.

 

4) Favorite Perks in the job:

I get to travel all over the world in my job and I meet interesting people.

 

5) If I weren’t a businesswoman what would I be?

I would be a writer. I love writing.

 

6) Three qualities that got me to where I am today:

I never give up on anything. I listen to everyones opinion. I forgive and forget.

 

7) Song I would play at my funeral:

Frank Sinatra’s. –  “MY WAY”

 

8) Food I am not ashamed to admit I love:

Chocolate cheesecake. It’s my favorite thing to eat .It makes me happy.

 

9) Superhero power I would like to have –

To make the world happy. I would swish it like a wand and make everyone happy with where they are in their life and happy

With what they have.

 

10) What every woman should try once in her lifetime –

Taking a trip on the ORIENT EXPRESS. It’s the best experience and just beautiful and set in time.

 

11) If I could live abroad where would it be.

I would like on an island like BORA BORA. Its just an amazing place.

 

12) First Album I bought  –

Modanna ’s –  Like a Virgin.

 

13) Book that left a lasting impression on me

South Beach Diet  –  Never knew anything like that could actually work.

 

14) On My bucket list –

I want to take the BLUE Train in Africa, see Iceland and fly a plane.

 

15) One thing I am exceptionally good at –

Dancing.

 

16) One thing I am exceptionally bad at –

Lying.

 

17) How I clear my head after a crappy day:

I listen to Frank Sinatra record and gave a glass of wine.

 

18) My First Kiss –

The man I married.

 

19) Advice to a woman with a broken heart:

Take it is as a learning experience and that the Universe was protecting you from further hurt. The Universe took it away because

Something better is on its way to you. Cherish that feeling and trust the universe. It makes miracles happen when you let go.

 

20) Craziest thing I did for love –

I moved countries for him only to discover he was after my money.

 

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Ladies: Always Stand Your Ground

When I arrived in Asia, I was a rookie ― a deer in headlights. I left the Garden of Eden that was Silicon Valley for the wilderness, and I quickly learned how difficult it was to start from scratch without having anyone you can trust.

It’s been 12 years since then, and we have set up offices in 8 different jurisdictions, all of which are now thriving ― but this was not the case in the beginning.  Raising money to grow the business in Asia was difficult. The laws in these countries can be superseded for the right price. It’s who you know, how much you have, and how much of it you are willing to disperse of it to the right person.

If these people became displeased with you, they would try their utmost to discredit you and bring you down.

Men have broken into my home at night and threatened me, telling me I needed to leave the country or die.

I have had a man I trusted spy through cameras he installed in our office to take our contracts before we got them.

I have had men accuse me of having affairs with my staff, and post pictures about it.

They  even went as far as to create a false situation regarding my immigration status and demand payment to make it go away.

Despite all of this, I did not fold. It would have been very easy to run away and tell myself all this is not  worth the hassle, but I had a business to run and I had invested too much to just drop it. I had to find a way to make it work despite the threats and the false accusations.

As a woman in business, you will meet the good and the bad. You must meet them both, and learn how to handle the most difficult parts calmly and with a clear head. You will also learn that they WILL NOT win if you do not let FEAR take over and cloud your thinking.

The most important thing to remember is to never let fear take over. The best weapon against threats and false accusations is success. You must succeed in order to defeat them.

Focus on your business and your path and always have a lawyer you can trust on your side. Not just an expensive lawyer, but a lawyer who believes in the rights of others ―Human Rights.

If I had folded when these things were thrown at me over the past 10 years, I would not have a business that is worth over half a billion dollars in this part of the world.

Never fold to pressure and difficulties. When one door shuts go through the other, there is always a way to succeed.

This originally appeared on HuffingtonPost.com

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How Will a Woman in the White House Change America?

Two hundred years ago, when a woman took a husband in the United States she lost what limited freedom she had as a young adult.

Did you know that after the revolutionary war women who fought and aided independence efforts lost all of their legal standing as an equal under the new Constitution of the United States of America?

In the 1800’s a small group of women decided to protest this flawed system and fight for ours rights and freedoms. This fight brought about small and slow but very meaningful change. They were adamant in improving women’s inferior status in the United States.

The movement for Women’s Suffrage movement began in 1869 began, and on August 26, 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. With it, 17 million women won for themselves that most basic promise of democracy: the right to vote. ( npv.org)

Forty years had to pass before we looked at the women’s movement again. In the 1960’s  women rose again to ensure federal laws were implemented to create equality in employment and education.

The year is now 2016, 56 years later, and for the first time ever, we have a woman officially nominated by a major political party for President in the United states.  Why did we take so long to acknowledge the fact that a woman can be responsible for the Oval office?

The rest of the world moved ahead much earlier. In 1960 Sri Lanka elected the world’s first female prime minister, followed by Argentina in 1974 with the election of President Estela Isabel Martines.

I believe a woman will uphold the respect and integrity of the Oval office when she is finally elected President of the United States.

If a woman becomes President of the most powerful country in the world, it would also have a major impact on the role and importance of women around the world.

She will also manage the world differently and will have a new approach to handling conflicts. Regardless of political party differences, we must come together to celebrate this achievement.

This is not a small fete. By becoming the first woman President , she now holds the most powerful position in the world. A woman with her qualifications would have a balanced view on foreign and national policy.

Having Hillary, a woman, in the white house will be a strength. Why will she be President in November ? She has the best resume thus far from all the Presidents we have ever had. She has been The First lady, Senator,  and Secretary of State. We have never in our history had anyone with so many credentials.

When we hire someone for a CEO position, we want years of experience on all fronts and it MUST apply to the most powerful job in the world as well.

A woman will stay calm through the verbal attacks. She has the ability to handle stress and stand her ground with grace and charm on matters. Hillary is a great debater and has been her whole life.  She is a great strategist and far better one than Bill. She is and will make sure she is inclusive of all races, religion and stature. She will fight terrorists, and without creating the divide in her nation.  She will keep America strong and most importantly she knows what really happens behind closed doors at the white house.

This originally appeared on HuffingtonPost.com

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Why Women Should Help Other Women

At a restaurant two days ago my husband and I sat next to a couple of young ladies. We were there for about two hours and the whole time, their conversation centered around how terrible and manipulative their female manager was, and then finally disintegrated into a negative comment about the manager’s physical appearance.

I felt sorry for the two girls and was also saddened by the fact that they felt the need to attack their manager’s physical appearance in response to some perceived unkindness in the workplace.

I believe it is so important that women learn to be kind to one another because have climbed so far to get to where we are today. We must lend a hand and encourage other women behind us to be their best whenever possible.

It is from this belief that I founded Stree, or “Dignified Women” to help and encourage women to succeed in their own environment ― because success has a different definition for all of us.

Stree’s primary focus is on education, and over the past 15 years has helped over 3,000,000 women. Stree has provided scholarships and fought for the rights for women in villages and countries around the world, and financed 1000’s of women-owned business. While I feel this is only a dent in the larger picture, those women we have helped will go out and help others in their communities.

We have fought for their human rights and their civil rights. We support and fund several orphanages for girls around the world. I believe that if we do not support more women things cannot continue to change for the better.

It is important for women to help one another as mothers, as business women, as mother-in laws and as daughters. Certain skills are naturally more developed for women than they are for men. We can multi-task. We are nurturers. We can handle tremendous amounts of professional and personal pressure. We possess these attributes because we are made to have children. These skills are already in our DNA.

I feel very strongly that maintaining our femininity in all of it’s various shapes and forms is our strength.  We do not have to become men to be strong.  Our femininity is POWER, and we should never sacrifice it or try to strip it away from others.

I did not have the privilege of having a woman guide me through my journey, but I wish I did. I built my business from nothing to over a billion dollars. My role models were strong women like Indira Ghandi, Eleanor Roosevelt, Margaret Thatcher. They fought more difficult battles to get to where they did. They taught me to never give up.

Women are the future. We are the movers and the shakers of the new millenia , our foremothers spilt blood and fought for our freedom and our rights. We should embrace it now and help each other to ensure our girls ahead of us learn from us and stand tall.

We live in a time when we are all connected through the wonderful world of web and the world is so small. This allows us to reach out more than before and mentor those who are rising behind us, increasing the possibility of women presidents (regardless of political party), women chairpersons , women in management and owners of businesses.

We are women, goddesses who have the power to change and make the world better if we stand together united. Regardless of our race, religion or status in our societies we all have one thing in common. We want to move ahead in whatever that dream is for us. We MUST stretch our hand out to help one another.

I’ll leave you with this quote –  Indhira Ghandi – “You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist. Stretch your hands and bring our fellow women to the forefront of politics, our homes, our business lives. If we have reached our pinnacle be that money or stature. It is our responsibility to stretch our hands to those behind us and draw them up.”

So please, stop judging your fellow women by size, beauty and color. We are all WOMEN so let’s ROAR together.

This originally appeared on Huffington Post.com.  

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8 Characteristics of a Strong woman, Malini Saba

What do the following household names have in common — Amelia Earhart, Rosa Parks, and Malala Yousafzai? Describing these women as powerful, strong, brave, and revolutionary is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to recognizing their achievements. But what exactly made them that way?

Amelia Earhart was the first female pilot to perform a solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean. That was a big deal at the time. When you think about it, it still is.

Rosa Parks refused to give in to the racist culture of the early-mid 1900s by refusing to move to the back of the bus. We all know the impact that action had on history.

Malini Saba was awarded the Federation Peace Prize for her role of becoming the first Sri Lankan woman to achieve great business success despite the war against Tamils for thirty years.  She is the youngest person to ever receive the Peace Prize.

These strong, charismatic, powerful women are all icons of human achievement, and a testament to their gender. But how exactly do these women tap into such greatness? What is their secret?

Truth is, there’s no prerequisite of fame or grand gestures to be a powerful woman. Power is an internal characteristic, not an award from society. That’s when women display noble characteristics of strength, leadership, integrity, and honor, we should revel in their achievements, and respect their legacies.

Here are just some characteristics (out of many) that powerful and strong women typically display:

1. They are comfortable with themselves and their pasts.

Running away is not something that powerful women do. Unfortunately, trauma is highly prevalent for women. Powerful women do not let their past overtake them. Healing from the past is a long road, and a strong woman knows this. She does not expect to heal overnight, yet she keeps trying to close her wounds and move forward. A strong woman will do what she can to help others without endangering their own safety. They use their experiences to teach others new truths or raise awareness for certain causes. They are smart, however, they know not to trust just anyone with the details of their traumas.

2. They don’t let rejection ruin their spirit or their lives.

Fear of rejection is a natural part of life. Rejection is a painful experience for whoever suffers through it. Being rejected is a common human experience, although some people handle the pain much better than others. A strong woman knows that she needs to take the time to grieve, and incorporate loss into their framework for strength and success. A powerful woman refuses to let such things overwhelm her life. She still chases her goals, finds new opportunities, and learns from her experiences. When one door closes, another door opens, and strong, smart, capable women know that better than most.

3. They are honest but not overly trusting.

Lies and dishonesty are a part of life, and a strong woman has had her fair share of betrayals to know one or two things about trust. She knows that in her orchard, there will always be some bad apples. This doesn’t deter her and she will stay true to herself. She is honest about who she is but doesn’t
wear her secrets on her sleeve. This characteristic saves her wasted time, money, and heartbreak. Drama may consume her friends but she stays far away, and takes time to develop trust for others.

4. They possess incredible amounts of creativity.

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. A powerful woman is aware of this and when one way is not working, she is ready to move onto the next. Even when there is no other path clearly marked, she is ready to forge ahead. She has a bright streak of creativity that allows her to constantly brainstorm new and innovative ideas. Her imagination is nearly limitless and fuels her ambition, making her a beacon of hope and intuition for others who encounter her attitude.

5. They make fantastic role models.

Everyone has had a role model at one point or another that ended up changing their lives. Becoming a role model is something that powerful women appreciate and enjoy. These women help others unlock their potential and creativity through their guidance. Powerful women reflect upon their own role models and previous mentors to help guide them and channel that energy into their own great leadership skills.

6. They easily admit it when they are wrong.

Admitting to wrongdoing can be embarrassing and stressful for anyone. Strong women are not immune to these emotions, but they are able to cope with them and ask for help when it’s needed. They’re not arrogant. When a strong woman needs help, she’s always comfortable enough to ask graciously and appreciate the assistance. Because women (and men) know that valuable help is a true opportunity.

7. They never try to bring down their peers (or other women).

Some people feel the need to drag others down instead of building them back up. This is not something that powerful women do. Instead of finding joy in beating others down, they find joy in bringing them up. She knows that her value is not dependent on anyone else and only dependent on herself. Strong women do not feed into the stereotype that women hate each other. Instead, when they notice their friends and peers struggling, they do their best to help. They fill in the gaps of other people instead of making them worse. They try to be a support and a shoulder others can lean on when they are in need.

8. They take great care of themselves, and of others.

Powerful women keep their minds, bodies, and emotions strong through self-care. Self-care is truly engaging in anything that will keep you healthy. Strong women know that they need to stay hydrated, eat well, and exercise. They also know that self-care does not stop with the physical body, as the mind needs to be cared for as well. They can control their emotions and know how to cope with mental health problems. It is important to note that having a mental illness does not make someone weak.

Understanding these eight reasons, it is clear that Malini Saba deserves to be seen among other strong women as she has achieved success despite the odds against her. She has suffered loss and was strong enough to step back in with both feet and persevere. In Malini Saba own words” We can sit and cry for what others have tried to do to bring us down, or we can get right back up and rise like the phoenix from the ashes.”

In her words “Throw me to the wolves and I WILL return the leader of the pack. “

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Malini Saba Legacy

By Chandra Lingam

Malini unknowingly will leave a legacy with her Charitable work globally. She started it because it is a passion. A passion to help others in need and create a world where everyone has same opportunities. Saba believes that through different decades, different political environments , we as a people should always stay focused on our goals to help others. Never to be swayed by the changes around on the 30,000 feet level.

In Malini’s words “Politics change every four years , but the ground level problems always stay the same. To create a real impact its up to us civilians with passion to move mountains and bring  the mountain to Muhammed as the saying goes”  she explained with a smile.  Malini went on to explain “ If that is all we focus on we can as a world of common people make real change”.

I went on to ask her five things she would say about how to leave a legacy.
Saba responded with 5 ways. 

  1. Support the People and Causes That are Important to You
    My best friend of decades ago once asked me what I thought was the most important attribute of friendship. I replied that support was the major theme of friendship. There isn’t any more wonderful feeling in life than making the choice to sustain loyalty to a friend by lovingly supporting everything that is good and right about that person’s life. My friend was an advocate of Older adult  in the city we resided in and I supported those causes, too, as she supported mine. Although we parted ways when I moved out of the city, she would always reach out to me and remember my work, my life and my family.
  2. Reflect and Decide What is Most Important in Your Life
    When you review your life’s journey, several ideas may come to mind: Did you grow and perhaps transform your life, make changes when you needed to, find your truth, inspire others, become a leader or influence others? Touching lives and exemplifying a truthful path is paramount to living a joyful and purposeful life. Your legacy will live on.
  3. Share Your Blessings With Others
    I was walking two dogs the other day — one dog was totally blind and the other dog stubbornly knew her mind. I stopped suddenly in the middle of my son’s beautiful neighborhood to observe with wonder the late afternoon thunderclouds bulging out from the mountains. I thought of all the blessings I have in life and how I try to be mindful of sharing with others the richness of my life. I have been given abundance and such is my fate. And it is my legacy to give back this abundance to others. Everyone has blessings to share, even if it a simple smile of acknowledgement.
  4. Be a Mentor to Others
    A mentor by definition is a more experienced or more knowledgeable person with an area of expertise. Everyone has some significant truth to impart to others that will guide less experienced people in life. The mentoring/mentee relationship involves personal development and support. This process involves an exchange of knowledge complimented by psychological and/or social support that is crucial to sustaining new mindsets. Sometimes these relationships last a lifetime, even when the mentee has moved on to influence others.
  5. Pursue Your Passions Because They Are Infectious
    Your passions are your legacy. Passion comes from an outpouring of the interests and ideas that make a difference in your life. Finding and pursing your passion allows you to see your destiny clearly. That’s what happened to me with meditating and music. I can attest to the fact that life won’t be any fun if you don’t pursue your passions to the fullest. It’s contagious. It’s religious. Don’t miss the opportunity to pursue your passions and then continue to look for new adventures.

Malini Saba is a visionary and someone who sees things through a difference lens than most of us. She is willing to push the envelope when needed and never afraid to ask for what she needs for the betterment of others.

I followed her to one of the hospitals she supports in India. We walked in like just another person. She never made any appointments. She was treated like another person until one of the board members recognized her and immediately the service altered.  I asked her why she did not call them ahead of time, her response, “I want to see how they serve their patients. Money should never buy better service when it comes to healthcare. Everyone health problem is the same and has the same intensity to their families. I do this to see if they practice what they preach.”

Having interviewed many wealthy Asians, I found Malini Saba just the opposite. She was so very humble and had no airs about her and you would never realize how really wealthy she really is because of the manner she conducts herself.

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Investor Characteristics Five Key Essential Ingredients

What makes a good investor?

By Richard West

I met Ms. Saba in Australia. I was privileged to have an hour to interview her. My question to her was two-fold, ”1) What makes a good investor and 2) How did you build your portfolio of companies?”

“There are five key characteristics are needed in order to become a good investor”, she said.

Investor Malini Saba

An average investor uses his/her money and invests the rest; a good investor invests his/her money and uses the rest. Investing is a risk vs. returns game.

  1. Goal setting - Failing to plan is planning to fail!
    A good investor will always have clear goal. It is very important to have a plan to achieve the goals. Variations most likely tend to divert an investor from the agenda. Having a plan of action within a defined period of time for a particular return on investment is a sign of a good investor. They are prepared for the uncertainty of the market while the plans are usually made considering both the sides.

  2. Knowledge - When you know better, you do better!
    Besides utilizing time to the best, a good investor possesses knowledge of the market. He/she understands the position of funds and has researched about the company investment strategy and philosophy. You need to know where your money is being utilized. A good investor analyses the growth pattern of the company over the years from genuine sources. On the accounts of the anticipations and knowledge a good investor will have a defined plan for exit point as well. An active learner who is open to make a right choice on the basic of genuinity of knowledge is a good investor.

  3. Right Decision - Listen to the world but do what is right!
    A good investor knows the time. They keep an eye on current scenario in the market. They update their knowledge about market activities and growth. Having a sound understanding of trends enables the investors to overlook their plans and decide the term of investment. Having an understanding of current trends and company market position makes one a good investor. They own their mistakes and learn not to make them again. It’s not necessary that the good investor jumps into the trends; he/she just does what is right.

  4. Patience - Keep calm and carry on!
    Over the period of time a good investor creates wealth due to his patience. It is probably the finest quality to have. A good investor has faith in his plans. They usually do not feel bad about the 10% downtick; they would rather sit tight to celebrate the 100% uptick. They are persistent about sticking to the plans. They usually do not get into the buy and sell trends.

  5. Risk Aversion - Know thyself!
    Good investors know the inherent risk in investing. They understand their plans and analyze their expected returns. Being risk averse is a quality shaped by experience, knowledge and confidence over the above mentioned key characteristics.

Malini Saba’s Mantra:

“Remember to let go once you have decided to invest your money. The rest is in the hands of those you have entrusted to do the job. Thus, choose well and wisely based on analysis and research and also use your gut instinct. If you do those well, the rest is in the pudding as the British say.”

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Mother Behind Scenes, Woman Behind Business

Mother Behind the Scenes, Woman Behind the Business
By Elana Shongan

I wanted to write this personalized outlook of a woman I admire dearly. She is humble and caring but fiercely strong and puts up with no nonsense. This is my take on this amazing woman.

I had the occasion to see Madam herself sweeping and mopping at home. She works late into the night and sometimes wakes up early at 2:00 AM to finish work. When I went to see her she was doing this. I think it helps her think and release stress.

I still remember her photograph with the then American President Bill Clinton. She isn’t a tall woman, but she is a towering figure. Madam Saba is a female icon and she shows it to the world what women are capable of doing if they decide something.

Soon to be mother Malini Saba with President Bill Clinton

When she met with the late President Mandela she was calm and graceful and cracked jokes with him.

Behind closed doors Saba is a mother and a homemaker. Malini applies her relentless work ethic to home life overseeing the rearing of her child and performing home domestic duties.

Her child was born by cesarean section three days early. She felt unwell during her pregnancy and given that she could not have any more children. The business magnet work ethic applied to family home in Monaco where she juggles her job, studying the trade, organizing the household, shopping, sewing, cooking and ironing.

Madam Saba is not the kind of person to lounge around, she prefers to sightsee rather than relaxing by the pool. After a business trip she rounds her family up and drags them out to a weekend getaway camping. This allows her to connect back with them and find out what she missed.

Madam is partial to a glass of good wine to keep her going while she writes her speeches and works on her business at night. She sleeps only for four hours a night and no one can ever order her to bed to lie down and get more rest.

Saba is very particular about overseeing her the upbringing of her child. She makes sure she is there to take her to school in the morning and pick her up and works from home thereafter. She does not believe in nannies. Her mantra –  they grow up so fast, I want to savor every moment of her changes till then.

One of Madam Saba’s favorite thing to do is cook. When she is up in the morning she plans the menu for the day. She will make a hot fresh meal for her child’s lunch box and always leaves little motivational notes in there as surprises.  She will prep the evening meal before leaving the home for work.

Her dinners are always elaborate. It’s a four-course meal. She makes it compulsory that everyone sits at the table, says grace and then eats together. Saba believes it is during this time you have quality time to engage on variety of topics of the day as a family as a unit.

When Madam Saba travels, she makes sure she has hand written several notes and request I place them in her lunch box as surprises. She makes sure she facetimes her child in the morning when she wakes up, after she comes back from school and before she sleeps. There are times she also helps her with her homework.

Despite her business engagements, political meetings and philanthropy work, she always makes time for her baby. She says motherhood is the most difficult job in the world and the most satisfying. “I love being a mother and I am a mother first and foremost.” says Madam Malini.

Madam Saba embodies every hard-working mother out there in the world trying hard to juggle both work and being a mother.

 

 

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Love Thy Neighbor

Who is your neighbor?

The word tolerance means the willingness to accept or to tolerate, especially opinions or behavior you may not agree with, or to behave sensibly with those who are not like you. It means showing respect for the race, gender, opinions, religion and ideologies of other people or groups, and to admire the good qualities and good work of others. And to express one’s point of view in a decent and respectful way while respecting the sentiments of others.

Tolerance can be shown in many ways, on different occasions and at different times. A person might fully disagree with others on any issue, from religion to politics, while at the same time and respecting those with different ideas and opinions and treating them with full dignity and honor.

peace, love and tolerance

Tolerance is needed in all spheres of life, and on every level and on every stage, because it plays a vital role to establish peace and love, from the smallest unit up to the highest unit of society.

Tolerance does not mean that only one person or party shows tolerance and the others do not. When some people disagree on a certain issue they must advocate and express their opinion in a respectful manner, and hateful and provocative words should not be used. Tolerance must be shown from both sides on issues, in order for it to be effective.

Here, let it be clear that showing respect and tolerance to the opinions of others does not necessarily mean you have to compromise your principles or embrace or accept others’ ideas. It is simply a matter of fundamental human rights.

The right of every human being that his sensibilities and sentiments shall not be violated and offended must be recognized. And every human person has the right to have an opinion and to express it.

In this globalisation, where people of different backgrounds, cultures and religions are living together, and where the world has become multicultural and full of diversity, establishing tolerance and harmony has become very crucial and important, and fostering mutual love and affection has become vital.

Without tolerance and harmony the lasting peace of societies cannot be maintained, and loyalty for each other cannot be established.

I hope that as we move ahead into the new dawn, we as a people would not just jump on the wagon of intolerance because our leaders encourage that  but work towards agreeing to be different and agree to disagree.

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Malini Saba Shares Secrets

BACKSTAGE Secrets of Malini Saba

1) Best Career advice I’ve gotten:

Always think before you act. Never take anything personally – it’s business.

 

2) Moment I felt I’d Made it:

When I stopped worrying about money.

 

3) How I made my first Dollar:

I worked at Red Rooster as a cashier.

 

4) Favorite Perks in the job:

I get to travel all over the world in my job and I meet interesting people.

 

5) If I weren’t a businesswoman what would I be?

I would be a writer. I love writing.

 

6) Three qualities that got me to where I am today:

I never give up on anything. I listen to everyones opinion. I forgive and forget.

 

7) Song I would play at my funeral:

Frank Sinatra’s. –  “MY WAY”

 

8) Food I am not ashamed to admit I love:

Chocolate cheesecake. It’s my favorite thing to eat .It makes me happy.

 

9) Superhero power I would like to have –

To make the world happy. I would swish it like a wand and make everyone happy with where they are in their life and happy

With what they have.

 

10) What every woman should try once in her lifetime –

Taking a trip on the ORIENT EXPRESS. It’s the best experience and just beautiful and set in time.

 

11) If I could live abroad where would it be.

I would like on an island like BORA BORA. Its just an amazing place.

 

12) First Album I bought  –

Modanna ’s –  Like a Virgin.

 

13) Book that left a lasting impression on me

South Beach Diet  –  Never knew anything like that could actually work.

 

14) On My bucket list –

I want to take the BLUE Train in Africa, see Iceland and fly a plane.

 

15) One thing I am exceptionally good at –

Dancing.

 

16) One thing I am exceptionally bad at –

Lying.

 

17) How I clear my head after a crappy day:

I listen to Frank Sinatra record and gave a glass of wine.

 

18) My First Kiss –

The man I married.

 

19) Advice to a woman with a broken heart:

Take it is as a learning experience and that the Universe was protecting you from further hurt. The Universe took it away because

Something better is on its way to you. Cherish that feeling and trust the universe. It makes miracles happen when you let go.

 

20) Craziest thing I did for love –

I moved countries for him only to discover he was after my money.

 

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Ladies: Always Stand Your Ground

When I arrived in Asia, I was a rookie ― a deer in headlights. I left the Garden of Eden that was Silicon Valley for the wilderness, and I quickly learned how difficult it was to start from scratch without having anyone you can trust.

It’s been 12 years since then, and we have set up offices in 8 different jurisdictions, all of which are now thriving ― but this was not the case in the beginning.  Raising money to grow the business in Asia was difficult. The laws in these countries can be superseded for the right price. It’s who you know, how much you have, and how much of it you are willing to disperse of it to the right person.

If these people became displeased with you, they would try their utmost to discredit you and bring you down.

Men have broken into my home at night and threatened me, telling me I needed to leave the country or die.

I have had a man I trusted spy through cameras he installed in our office to take our contracts before we got them.

I have had men accuse me of having affairs with my staff, and post pictures about it.

They  even went as far as to create a false situation regarding my immigration status and demand payment to make it go away.

Despite all of this, I did not fold. It would have been very easy to run away and tell myself all this is not  worth the hassle, but I had a business to run and I had invested too much to just drop it. I had to find a way to make it work despite the threats and the false accusations.

As a woman in business, you will meet the good and the bad. You must meet them both, and learn how to handle the most difficult parts calmly and with a clear head. You will also learn that they WILL NOT win if you do not let FEAR take over and cloud your thinking.

The most important thing to remember is to never let fear take over. The best weapon against threats and false accusations is success. You must succeed in order to defeat them.

Focus on your business and your path and always have a lawyer you can trust on your side. Not just an expensive lawyer, but a lawyer who believes in the rights of others ―Human Rights.

If I had folded when these things were thrown at me over the past 10 years, I would not have a business that is worth over half a billion dollars in this part of the world.

Never fold to pressure and difficulties. When one door shuts go through the other, there is always a way to succeed.

This originally appeared on HuffingtonPost.com

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How Will a Woman in the White House Change America?

Two hundred years ago, when a woman took a husband in the United States she lost what limited freedom she had as a young adult.

Did you know that after the revolutionary war women who fought and aided independence efforts lost all of their legal standing as an equal under the new Constitution of the United States of America?

In the 1800’s a small group of women decided to protest this flawed system and fight for ours rights and freedoms. This fight brought about small and slow but very meaningful change. They were adamant in improving women’s inferior status in the United States.

The movement for Women’s Suffrage movement began in 1869 began, and on August 26, 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. With it, 17 million women won for themselves that most basic promise of democracy: the right to vote. ( npv.org)

Forty years had to pass before we looked at the women’s movement again. In the 1960’s  women rose again to ensure federal laws were implemented to create equality in employment and education.

The year is now 2016, 56 years later, and for the first time ever, we have a woman officially nominated by a major political party for President in the United states.  Why did we take so long to acknowledge the fact that a woman can be responsible for the Oval office?

The rest of the world moved ahead much earlier. In 1960 Sri Lanka elected the world’s first female prime minister, followed by Argentina in 1974 with the election of President Estela Isabel Martines.

I believe a woman will uphold the respect and integrity of the Oval office when she is finally elected President of the United States.

If a woman becomes President of the most powerful country in the world, it would also have a major impact on the role and importance of women around the world.

She will also manage the world differently and will have a new approach to handling conflicts. Regardless of political party differences, we must come together to celebrate this achievement.

This is not a small fete. By becoming the first woman President , she now holds the most powerful position in the world. A woman with her qualifications would have a balanced view on foreign and national policy.

Having Hillary, a woman, in the white house will be a strength. Why will she be President in November ? She has the best resume thus far from all the Presidents we have ever had. She has been The First lady, Senator,  and Secretary of State. We have never in our history had anyone with so many credentials.

When we hire someone for a CEO position, we want years of experience on all fronts and it MUST apply to the most powerful job in the world as well.

A woman will stay calm through the verbal attacks. She has the ability to handle stress and stand her ground with grace and charm on matters. Hillary is a great debater and has been her whole life.  She is a great strategist and far better one than Bill. She is and will make sure she is inclusive of all races, religion and stature. She will fight terrorists, and without creating the divide in her nation.  She will keep America strong and most importantly she knows what really happens behind closed doors at the white house.

This originally appeared on HuffingtonPost.com

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Why Women Should Help Other Women

At a restaurant two days ago my husband and I sat next to a couple of young ladies. We were there for about two hours and the whole time, their conversation centered around how terrible and manipulative their female manager was, and then finally disintegrated into a negative comment about the manager’s physical appearance.

I felt sorry for the two girls and was also saddened by the fact that they felt the need to attack their manager’s physical appearance in response to some perceived unkindness in the workplace.

I believe it is so important that women learn to be kind to one another because have climbed so far to get to where we are today. We must lend a hand and encourage other women behind us to be their best whenever possible.

It is from this belief that I founded Stree, or “Dignified Women” to help and encourage women to succeed in their own environment ― because success has a different definition for all of us.

Stree’s primary focus is on education, and over the past 15 years has helped over 3,000,000 women. Stree has provided scholarships and fought for the rights for women in villages and countries around the world, and financed 1000’s of women-owned business. While I feel this is only a dent in the larger picture, those women we have helped will go out and help others in their communities.

We have fought for their human rights and their civil rights. We support and fund several orphanages for girls around the world. I believe that if we do not support more women things cannot continue to change for the better.

It is important for women to help one another as mothers, as business women, as mother-in laws and as daughters. Certain skills are naturally more developed for women than they are for men. We can multi-task. We are nurturers. We can handle tremendous amounts of professional and personal pressure. We possess these attributes because we are made to have children. These skills are already in our DNA.

I feel very strongly that maintaining our femininity in all of it’s various shapes and forms is our strength.  We do not have to become men to be strong.  Our femininity is POWER, and we should never sacrifice it or try to strip it away from others.

I did not have the privilege of having a woman guide me through my journey, but I wish I did. I built my business from nothing to over a billion dollars. My role models were strong women like Indira Ghandi, Eleanor Roosevelt, Margaret Thatcher. They fought more difficult battles to get to where they did. They taught me to never give up.

Women are the future. We are the movers and the shakers of the new millenia , our foremothers spilt blood and fought for our freedom and our rights. We should embrace it now and help each other to ensure our girls ahead of us learn from us and stand tall.

We live in a time when we are all connected through the wonderful world of web and the world is so small. This allows us to reach out more than before and mentor those who are rising behind us, increasing the possibility of women presidents (regardless of political party), women chairpersons , women in management and owners of businesses.

We are women, goddesses who have the power to change and make the world better if we stand together united. Regardless of our race, religion or status in our societies we all have one thing in common. We want to move ahead in whatever that dream is for us. We MUST stretch our hand out to help one another.

I’ll leave you with this quote –  Indhira Ghandi – “You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist. Stretch your hands and bring our fellow women to the forefront of politics, our homes, our business lives. If we have reached our pinnacle be that money or stature. It is our responsibility to stretch our hands to those behind us and draw them up.”

So please, stop judging your fellow women by size, beauty and color. We are all WOMEN so let’s ROAR together.

This originally appeared on Huffington Post.com.  

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8 Characteristics of a Strong woman, Malini Saba

What do the following household names have in common — Amelia Earhart, Rosa Parks, and Malala Yousafzai? Describing these women as powerful, strong, brave, and revolutionary is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to recognizing their achievements. But what exactly made them that way?

Amelia Earhart was the first female pilot to perform a solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean. That was a big deal at the time. When you think about it, it still is.

Rosa Parks refused to give in to the racist culture of the early-mid 1900s by refusing to move to the back of the bus. We all know the impact that action had on history.

Malini Saba was awarded the Federation Peace Prize for her role of becoming the first Sri Lankan woman to achieve great business success despite the war against Tamils for thirty years.  She is the youngest person to ever receive the Peace Prize.

These strong, charismatic, powerful women are all icons of human achievement, and a testament to their gender. But how exactly do these women tap into such greatness? What is their secret?

Truth is, there’s no prerequisite of fame or grand gestures to be a powerful woman. Power is an internal characteristic, not an award from society. That’s when women display noble characteristics of strength, leadership, integrity, and honor, we should revel in their achievements, and respect their legacies.

Here are just some characteristics (out of many) that powerful and strong women typically display:

1. They are comfortable with themselves and their pasts.

Running away is not something that powerful women do. Unfortunately, trauma is highly prevalent for women. Powerful women do not let their past overtake them. Healing from the past is a long road, and a strong woman knows this. She does not expect to heal overnight, yet she keeps trying to close her wounds and move forward. A strong woman will do what she can to help others without endangering their own safety. They use their experiences to teach others new truths or raise awareness for certain causes. They are smart, however, they know not to trust just anyone with the details of their traumas.

2. They don’t let rejection ruin their spirit or their lives.

Fear of rejection is a natural part of life. Rejection is a painful experience for whoever suffers through it. Being rejected is a common human experience, although some people handle the pain much better than others. A strong woman knows that she needs to take the time to grieve, and incorporate loss into their framework for strength and success. A powerful woman refuses to let such things overwhelm her life. She still chases her goals, finds new opportunities, and learns from her experiences. When one door closes, another door opens, and strong, smart, capable women know that better than most.

3. They are honest but not overly trusting.

Lies and dishonesty are a part of life, and a strong woman has had her fair share of betrayals to know one or two things about trust. She knows that in her orchard, there will always be some bad apples. This doesn’t deter her and she will stay true to herself. She is honest about who she is but doesn’t
wear her secrets on her sleeve. This characteristic saves her wasted time, money, and heartbreak. Drama may consume her friends but she stays far away, and takes time to develop trust for others.

4. They possess incredible amounts of creativity.

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. A powerful woman is aware of this and when one way is not working, she is ready to move onto the next. Even when there is no other path clearly marked, she is ready to forge ahead. She has a bright streak of creativity that allows her to constantly brainstorm new and innovative ideas. Her imagination is nearly limitless and fuels her ambition, making her a beacon of hope and intuition for others who encounter her attitude.

5. They make fantastic role models.

Everyone has had a role model at one point or another that ended up changing their lives. Becoming a role model is something that powerful women appreciate and enjoy. These women help others unlock their potential and creativity through their guidance. Powerful women reflect upon their own role models and previous mentors to help guide them and channel that energy into their own great leadership skills.

6. They easily admit it when they are wrong.

Admitting to wrongdoing can be embarrassing and stressful for anyone. Strong women are not immune to these emotions, but they are able to cope with them and ask for help when it’s needed. They’re not arrogant. When a strong woman needs help, she’s always comfortable enough to ask graciously and appreciate the assistance. Because women (and men) know that valuable help is a true opportunity.

7. They never try to bring down their peers (or other women).

Some people feel the need to drag others down instead of building them back up. This is not something that powerful women do. Instead of finding joy in beating others down, they find joy in bringing them up. She knows that her value is not dependent on anyone else and only dependent on herself. Strong women do not feed into the stereotype that women hate each other. Instead, when they notice their friends and peers struggling, they do their best to help. They fill in the gaps of other people instead of making them worse. They try to be a support and a shoulder others can lean on when they are in need.

8. They take great care of themselves, and of others.

Powerful women keep their minds, bodies, and emotions strong through self-care. Self-care is truly engaging in anything that will keep you healthy. Strong women know that they need to stay hydrated, eat well, and exercise. They also know that self-care does not stop with the physical body, as the mind needs to be cared for as well. They can control their emotions and know how to cope with mental health problems. It is important to note that having a mental illness does not make someone weak.

Understanding these eight reasons, it is clear that Malini Saba deserves to be seen among other strong women as she has achieved success despite the odds against her. She has suffered loss and was strong enough to step back in with both feet and persevere. In Malini Saba own words” We can sit and cry for what others have tried to do to bring us down, or we can get right back up and rise like the phoenix from the ashes.”

In her words “Throw me to the wolves and I WILL return the leader of the pack. “

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Malini Saba Legacy

By Chandra Lingam

Malini unknowingly will leave a legacy with her Charitable work globally. She started it because it is a passion. A passion to help others in need and create a world where everyone has same opportunities. Saba believes that through different decades, different political environments , we as a people should always stay focused on our goals to help others. Never to be swayed by the changes around on the 30,000 feet level.

In Malini’s words “Politics change every four years , but the ground level problems always stay the same. To create a real impact its up to us civilians with passion to move mountains and bring  the mountain to Muhammed as the saying goes”  she explained with a smile.  Malini went on to explain “ If that is all we focus on we can as a world of common people make real change”.

I went on to ask her five things she would say about how to leave a legacy.
Saba responded with 5 ways. 

  1. Support the People and Causes That are Important to You
    My best friend of decades ago once asked me what I thought was the most important attribute of friendship. I replied that support was the major theme of friendship. There isn’t any more wonderful feeling in life than making the choice to sustain loyalty to a friend by lovingly supporting everything that is good and right about that person’s life. My friend was an advocate of Older adult  in the city we resided in and I supported those causes, too, as she supported mine. Although we parted ways when I moved out of the city, she would always reach out to me and remember my work, my life and my family.
  2. Reflect and Decide What is Most Important in Your Life
    When you review your life’s journey, several ideas may come to mind: Did you grow and perhaps transform your life, make changes when you needed to, find your truth, inspire others, become a leader or influence others? Touching lives and exemplifying a truthful path is paramount to living a joyful and purposeful life. Your legacy will live on.
  3. Share Your Blessings With Others
    I was walking two dogs the other day — one dog was totally blind and the other dog stubbornly knew her mind. I stopped suddenly in the middle of my son’s beautiful neighborhood to observe with wonder the late afternoon thunderclouds bulging out from the mountains. I thought of all the blessings I have in life and how I try to be mindful of sharing with others the richness of my life. I have been given abundance and such is my fate. And it is my legacy to give back this abundance to others. Everyone has blessings to share, even if it a simple smile of acknowledgement.
  4. Be a Mentor to Others
    A mentor by definition is a more experienced or more knowledgeable person with an area of expertise. Everyone has some significant truth to impart to others that will guide less experienced people in life. The mentoring/mentee relationship involves personal development and support. This process involves an exchange of knowledge complimented by psychological and/or social support that is crucial to sustaining new mindsets. Sometimes these relationships last a lifetime, even when the mentee has moved on to influence others.
  5. Pursue Your Passions Because They Are Infectious
    Your passions are your legacy. Passion comes from an outpouring of the interests and ideas that make a difference in your life. Finding and pursing your passion allows you to see your destiny clearly. That’s what happened to me with meditating and music. I can attest to the fact that life won’t be any fun if you don’t pursue your passions to the fullest. It’s contagious. It’s religious. Don’t miss the opportunity to pursue your passions and then continue to look for new adventures.

Malini Saba is a visionary and someone who sees things through a difference lens than most of us. She is willing to push the envelope when needed and never afraid to ask for what she needs for the betterment of others.

I followed her to one of the hospitals she supports in India. We walked in like just another person. She never made any appointments. She was treated like another person until one of the board members recognized her and immediately the service altered.  I asked her why she did not call them ahead of time, her response, “I want to see how they serve their patients. Money should never buy better service when it comes to healthcare. Everyone health problem is the same and has the same intensity to their families. I do this to see if they practice what they preach.”

Having interviewed many wealthy Asians, I found Malini Saba just the opposite. She was so very humble and had no airs about her and you would never realize how really wealthy she really is because of the manner she conducts herself.

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Investor Characteristics Five Key Essential Ingredients

What makes a good investor?

By Richard West

I met Ms. Saba in Australia. I was privileged to have an hour to interview her. My question to her was two-fold, ”1) What makes a good investor and 2) How did you build your portfolio of companies?”

“There are five key characteristics are needed in order to become a good investor”, she said.

Investor Malini Saba

An average investor uses his/her money and invests the rest; a good investor invests his/her money and uses the rest. Investing is a risk vs. returns game.

  1. Goal setting - Failing to plan is planning to fail!
    A good investor will always have clear goal. It is very important to have a plan to achieve the goals. Variations most likely tend to divert an investor from the agenda. Having a plan of action within a defined period of time for a particular return on investment is a sign of a good investor. They are prepared for the uncertainty of the market while the plans are usually made considering both the sides.

  2. Knowledge - When you know better, you do better!
    Besides utilizing time to the best, a good investor possesses knowledge of the market. He/she understands the position of funds and has researched about the company investment strategy and philosophy. You need to know where your money is being utilized. A good investor analyses the growth pattern of the company over the years from genuine sources. On the accounts of the anticipations and knowledge a good investor will have a defined plan for exit point as well. An active learner who is open to make a right choice on the basic of genuinity of knowledge is a good investor.

  3. Right Decision - Listen to the world but do what is right!
    A good investor knows the time. They keep an eye on current scenario in the market. They update their knowledge about market activities and growth. Having a sound understanding of trends enables the investors to overlook their plans and decide the term of investment. Having an understanding of current trends and company market position makes one a good investor. They own their mistakes and learn not to make them again. It’s not necessary that the good investor jumps into the trends; he/she just does what is right.

  4. Patience - Keep calm and carry on!
    Over the period of time a good investor creates wealth due to his patience. It is probably the finest quality to have. A good investor has faith in his plans. They usually do not feel bad about the 10% downtick; they would rather sit tight to celebrate the 100% uptick. They are persistent about sticking to the plans. They usually do not get into the buy and sell trends.

  5. Risk Aversion - Know thyself!
    Good investors know the inherent risk in investing. They understand their plans and analyze their expected returns. Being risk averse is a quality shaped by experience, knowledge and confidence over the above mentioned key characteristics.

Malini Saba’s Mantra:

“Remember to let go once you have decided to invest your money. The rest is in the hands of those you have entrusted to do the job. Thus, choose well and wisely based on analysis and research and also use your gut instinct. If you do those well, the rest is in the pudding as the British say.”

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Mother Behind Scenes, Woman Behind Business

Mother Behind the Scenes, Woman Behind the Business
By Elana Shongan

I wanted to write this personalized outlook of a woman I admire dearly. She is humble and caring but fiercely strong and puts up with no nonsense. This is my take on this amazing woman.

I had the occasion to see Madam herself sweeping and mopping at home. She works late into the night and sometimes wakes up early at 2:00 AM to finish work. When I went to see her she was doing this. I think it helps her think and release stress.

I still remember her photograph with the then American President Bill Clinton. She isn’t a tall woman, but she is a towering figure. Madam Saba is a female icon and she shows it to the world what women are capable of doing if they decide something.

Soon to be mother Malini Saba with President Bill Clinton

When she met with the late President Mandela she was calm and graceful and cracked jokes with him.

Behind closed doors Saba is a mother and a homemaker. Malini applies her relentless work ethic to home life overseeing the rearing of her child and performing home domestic duties.

Her child was born by cesarean section three days early. She felt unwell during her pregnancy and given that she could not have any more children. The business magnet work ethic applied to family home in Monaco where she juggles her job, studying the trade, organizing the household, shopping, sewing, cooking and ironing.

Madam Saba is not the kind of person to lounge around, she prefers to sightsee rather than relaxing by the pool. After a business trip she rounds her family up and drags them out to a weekend getaway camping. This allows her to connect back with them and find out what she missed.

Madam is partial to a glass of good wine to keep her going while she writes her speeches and works on her business at night. She sleeps only for four hours a night and no one can ever order her to bed to lie down and get more rest.

Saba is very particular about overseeing her the upbringing of her child. She makes sure she is there to take her to school in the morning and pick her up and works from home thereafter. She does not believe in nannies. Her mantra –  they grow up so fast, I want to savor every moment of her changes till then.

One of Madam Saba’s favorite thing to do is cook. When she is up in the morning she plans the menu for the day. She will make a hot fresh meal for her child’s lunch box and always leaves little motivational notes in there as surprises.  She will prep the evening meal before leaving the home for work.

Her dinners are always elaborate. It’s a four-course meal. She makes it compulsory that everyone sits at the table, says grace and then eats together. Saba believes it is during this time you have quality time to engage on variety of topics of the day as a family as a unit.

When Madam Saba travels, she makes sure she has hand written several notes and request I place them in her lunch box as surprises. She makes sure she facetimes her child in the morning when she wakes up, after she comes back from school and before she sleeps. There are times she also helps her with her homework.

Despite her business engagements, political meetings and philanthropy work, she always makes time for her baby. She says motherhood is the most difficult job in the world and the most satisfying. “I love being a mother and I am a mother first and foremost.” says Madam Malini.

Madam Saba embodies every hard-working mother out there in the world trying hard to juggle both work and being a mother.

 

 

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Love Thy Neighbor

Who is your neighbor?

The word tolerance means the willingness to accept or to tolerate, especially opinions or behavior you may not agree with, or to behave sensibly with those who are not like you. It means showing respect for the race, gender, opinions, religion and ideologies of other people or groups, and to admire the good qualities and good work of others. And to express one’s point of view in a decent and respectful way while respecting the sentiments of others.

Tolerance can be shown in many ways, on different occasions and at different times. A person might fully disagree with others on any issue, from religion to politics, while at the same time and respecting those with different ideas and opinions and treating them with full dignity and honor.

peace, love and tolerance

Tolerance is needed in all spheres of life, and on every level and on every stage, because it plays a vital role to establish peace and love, from the smallest unit up to the highest unit of society.

Tolerance does not mean that only one person or party shows tolerance and the others do not. When some people disagree on a certain issue they must advocate and express their opinion in a respectful manner, and hateful and provocative words should not be used. Tolerance must be shown from both sides on issues, in order for it to be effective.

Here, let it be clear that showing respect and tolerance to the opinions of others does not necessarily mean you have to compromise your principles or embrace or accept others’ ideas. It is simply a matter of fundamental human rights.

The right of every human being that his sensibilities and sentiments shall not be violated and offended must be recognized. And every human person has the right to have an opinion and to express it.

In this globalisation, where people of different backgrounds, cultures and religions are living together, and where the world has become multicultural and full of diversity, establishing tolerance and harmony has become very crucial and important, and fostering mutual love and affection has become vital.

Without tolerance and harmony the lasting peace of societies cannot be maintained, and loyalty for each other cannot be established.

I hope that as we move ahead into the new dawn, we as a people would not just jump on the wagon of intolerance because our leaders encourage that  but work towards agreeing to be different and agree to disagree.

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Malini Saba Shares Secrets

BACKSTAGE Secrets of Malini Saba

1) Best Career advice I’ve gotten:

Always think before you act. Never take anything personally – it’s business.

 

2) Moment I felt I’d Made it:

When I stopped worrying about money.

 

3) How I made my first Dollar:

I worked at Red Rooster as a cashier.

 

4) Favorite Perks in the job:

I get to travel all over the world in my job and I meet interesting people.

 

5) If I weren’t a businesswoman what would I be?

I would be a writer. I love writing.

 

6) Three qualities that got me to where I am today:

I never give up on anything. I listen to everyones opinion. I forgive and forget.

 

7) Song I would play at my funeral:

Frank Sinatra’s. –  “MY WAY”

 

8) Food I am not ashamed to admit I love:

Chocolate cheesecake. It’s my favorite thing to eat .It makes me happy.

 

9) Superhero power I would like to have –

To make the world happy. I would swish it like a wand and make everyone happy with where they are in their life and happy

With what they have.

 

10) What every woman should try once in her lifetime –

Taking a trip on the ORIENT EXPRESS. It’s the best experience and just beautiful and set in time.

 

11) If I could live abroad where would it be.

I would like on an island like BORA BORA. Its just an amazing place.

 

12) First Album I bought  –

Modanna ’s –  Like a Virgin.

 

13) Book that left a lasting impression on me

South Beach Diet  –  Never knew anything like that could actually work.

 

14) On My bucket list –

I want to take the BLUE Train in Africa, see Iceland and fly a plane.

 

15) One thing I am exceptionally good at –

Dancing.

 

16) One thing I am exceptionally bad at –

Lying.

 

17) How I clear my head after a crappy day:

I listen to Frank Sinatra record and gave a glass of wine.

 

18) My First Kiss –

The man I married.

 

19) Advice to a woman with a broken heart:

Take it is as a learning experience and that the Universe was protecting you from further hurt. The Universe took it away because

Something better is on its way to you. Cherish that feeling and trust the universe. It makes miracles happen when you let go.

 

20) Craziest thing I did for love –

I moved countries for him only to discover he was after my money.

 

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Ladies: Always Stand Your Ground

When I arrived in Asia, I was a rookie ― a deer in headlights. I left the Garden of Eden that was Silicon Valley for the wilderness, and I quickly learned how difficult it was to start from scratch without having anyone you can trust.

It’s been 12 years since then, and we have set up offices in 8 different jurisdictions, all of which are now thriving ― but this was not the case in the beginning.  Raising money to grow the business in Asia was difficult. The laws in these countries can be superseded for the right price. It’s who you know, how much you have, and how much of it you are willing to disperse of it to the right person.

If these people became displeased with you, they would try their utmost to discredit you and bring you down.

Men have broken into my home at night and threatened me, telling me I needed to leave the country or die.

I have had a man I trusted spy through cameras he installed in our office to take our contracts before we got them.

I have had men accuse me of having affairs with my staff, and post pictures about it.

They  even went as far as to create a false situation regarding my immigration status and demand payment to make it go away.

Despite all of this, I did not fold. It would have been very easy to run away and tell myself all this is not  worth the hassle, but I had a business to run and I had invested too much to just drop it. I had to find a way to make it work despite the threats and the false accusations.

As a woman in business, you will meet the good and the bad. You must meet them both, and learn how to handle the most difficult parts calmly and with a clear head. You will also learn that they WILL NOT win if you do not let FEAR take over and cloud your thinking.

The most important thing to remember is to never let fear take over. The best weapon against threats and false accusations is success. You must succeed in order to defeat them.

Focus on your business and your path and always have a lawyer you can trust on your side. Not just an expensive lawyer, but a lawyer who believes in the rights of others ―Human Rights.

If I had folded when these things were thrown at me over the past 10 years, I would not have a business that is worth over half a billion dollars in this part of the world.

Never fold to pressure and difficulties. When one door shuts go through the other, there is always a way to succeed.

This originally appeared on HuffingtonPost.com

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How Will a Woman in the White House Change America?

Two hundred years ago, when a woman took a husband in the United States she lost what limited freedom she had as a young adult.

Did you know that after the revolutionary war women who fought and aided independence efforts lost all of their legal standing as an equal under the new Constitution of the United States of America?

In the 1800’s a small group of women decided to protest this flawed system and fight for ours rights and freedoms. This fight brought about small and slow but very meaningful change. They were adamant in improving women’s inferior status in the United States.

The movement for Women’s Suffrage movement began in 1869 began, and on August 26, 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. With it, 17 million women won for themselves that most basic promise of democracy: the right to vote. ( npv.org)

Forty years had to pass before we looked at the women’s movement again. In the 1960’s  women rose again to ensure federal laws were implemented to create equality in employment and education.

The year is now 2016, 56 years later, and for the first time ever, we have a woman officially nominated by a major political party for President in the United states.  Why did we take so long to acknowledge the fact that a woman can be responsible for the Oval office?

The rest of the world moved ahead much earlier. In 1960 Sri Lanka elected the world’s first female prime minister, followed by Argentina in 1974 with the election of President Estela Isabel Martines.

I believe a woman will uphold the respect and integrity of the Oval office when she is finally elected President of the United States.

If a woman becomes President of the most powerful country in the world, it would also have a major impact on the role and importance of women around the world.

She will also manage the world differently and will have a new approach to handling conflicts. Regardless of political party differences, we must come together to celebrate this achievement.

This is not a small fete. By becoming the first woman President , she now holds the most powerful position in the world. A woman with her qualifications would have a balanced view on foreign and national policy.

Having Hillary, a woman, in the white house will be a strength. Why will she be President in November ? She has the best resume thus far from all the Presidents we have ever had. She has been The First lady, Senator,  and Secretary of State. We have never in our history had anyone with so many credentials.

When we hire someone for a CEO position, we want years of experience on all fronts and it MUST apply to the most powerful job in the world as well.

A woman will stay calm through the verbal attacks. She has the ability to handle stress and stand her ground with grace and charm on matters. Hillary is a great debater and has been her whole life.  She is a great strategist and far better one than Bill. She is and will make sure she is inclusive of all races, religion and stature. She will fight terrorists, and without creating the divide in her nation.  She will keep America strong and most importantly she knows what really happens behind closed doors at the white house.

This originally appeared on HuffingtonPost.com

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Why Women Should Help Other Women

At a restaurant two days ago my husband and I sat next to a couple of young ladies. We were there for about two hours and the whole time, their conversation centered around how terrible and manipulative their female manager was, and then finally disintegrated into a negative comment about the manager’s physical appearance.

I felt sorry for the two girls and was also saddened by the fact that they felt the need to attack their manager’s physical appearance in response to some perceived unkindness in the workplace.

I believe it is so important that women learn to be kind to one another because have climbed so far to get to where we are today. We must lend a hand and encourage other women behind us to be their best whenever possible.

It is from this belief that I founded Stree, or “Dignified Women” to help and encourage women to succeed in their own environment ― because success has a different definition for all of us.

Stree’s primary focus is on education, and over the past 15 years has helped over 3,000,000 women. Stree has provided scholarships and fought for the rights for women in villages and countries around the world, and financed 1000’s of women-owned business. While I feel this is only a dent in the larger picture, those women we have helped will go out and help others in their communities.

We have fought for their human rights and their civil rights. We support and fund several orphanages for girls around the world. I believe that if we do not support more women things cannot continue to change for the better.

It is important for women to help one another as mothers, as business women, as mother-in laws and as daughters. Certain skills are naturally more developed for women than they are for men. We can multi-task. We are nurturers. We can handle tremendous amounts of professional and personal pressure. We possess these attributes because we are made to have children. These skills are already in our DNA.

I feel very strongly that maintaining our femininity in all of it’s various shapes and forms is our strength.  We do not have to become men to be strong.  Our femininity is POWER, and we should never sacrifice it or try to strip it away from others.

I did not have the privilege of having a woman guide me through my journey, but I wish I did. I built my business from nothing to over a billion dollars. My role models were strong women like Indira Ghandi, Eleanor Roosevelt, Margaret Thatcher. They fought more difficult battles to get to where they did. They taught me to never give up.

Women are the future. We are the movers and the shakers of the new millenia , our foremothers spilt blood and fought for our freedom and our rights. We should embrace it now and help each other to ensure our girls ahead of us learn from us and stand tall.

We live in a time when we are all connected through the wonderful world of web and the world is so small. This allows us to reach out more than before and mentor those who are rising behind us, increasing the possibility of women presidents (regardless of political party), women chairpersons , women in management and owners of businesses.

We are women, goddesses who have the power to change and make the world better if we stand together united. Regardless of our race, religion or status in our societies we all have one thing in common. We want to move ahead in whatever that dream is for us. We MUST stretch our hand out to help one another.

I’ll leave you with this quote –  Indhira Ghandi – “You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist. Stretch your hands and bring our fellow women to the forefront of politics, our homes, our business lives. If we have reached our pinnacle be that money or stature. It is our responsibility to stretch our hands to those behind us and draw them up.”

So please, stop judging your fellow women by size, beauty and color. We are all WOMEN so let’s ROAR together.

This originally appeared on Huffington Post.com.  

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8 Characteristics of a Strong woman, Malini Saba

What do the following household names have in common — Amelia Earhart, Rosa Parks, and Malala Yousafzai? Describing these women as powerful, strong, brave, and revolutionary is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to recognizing their achievements. But what exactly made them that way?

Amelia Earhart was the first female pilot to perform a solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean. That was a big deal at the time. When you think about it, it still is.

Rosa Parks refused to give in to the racist culture of the early-mid 1900s by refusing to move to the back of the bus. We all know the impact that action had on history.

Malini Saba was awarded the Federation Peace Prize for her role of becoming the first Sri Lankan woman to achieve great business success despite the war against Tamils for thirty years.  She is the youngest person to ever receive the Peace Prize.

These strong, charismatic, powerful women are all icons of human achievement, and a testament to their gender. But how exactly do these women tap into such greatness? What is their secret?

Truth is, there’s no prerequisite of fame or grand gestures to be a powerful woman. Power is an internal characteristic, not an award from society. That’s when women display noble characteristics of strength, leadership, integrity, and honor, we should revel in their achievements, and respect their legacies.

Here are just some characteristics (out of many) that powerful and strong women typically display:

1. They are comfortable with themselves and their pasts.

Running away is not something that powerful women do. Unfortunately, trauma is highly prevalent for women. Powerful women do not let their past overtake them. Healing from the past is a long road, and a strong woman knows this. She does not expect to heal overnight, yet she keeps trying to close her wounds and move forward. A strong woman will do what she can to help others without endangering their own safety. They use their experiences to teach others new truths or raise awareness for certain causes. They are smart, however, they know not to trust just anyone with the details of their traumas.

2. They don’t let rejection ruin their spirit or their lives.

Fear of rejection is a natural part of life. Rejection is a painful experience for whoever suffers through it. Being rejected is a common human experience, although some people handle the pain much better than others. A strong woman knows that she needs to take the time to grieve, and incorporate loss into their framework for strength and success. A powerful woman refuses to let such things overwhelm her life. She still chases her goals, finds new opportunities, and learns from her experiences. When one door closes, another door opens, and strong, smart, capable women know that better than most.

3. They are honest but not overly trusting.

Lies and dishonesty are a part of life, and a strong woman has had her fair share of betrayals to know one or two things about trust. She knows that in her orchard, there will always be some bad apples. This doesn’t deter her and she will stay true to herself. She is honest about who she is but doesn’t
wear her secrets on her sleeve. This characteristic saves her wasted time, money, and heartbreak. Drama may consume her friends but she stays far away, and takes time to develop trust for others.

4. They possess incredible amounts of creativity.

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. A powerful woman is aware of this and when one way is not working, she is ready to move onto the next. Even when there is no other path clearly marked, she is ready to forge ahead. She has a bright streak of creativity that allows her to constantly brainstorm new and innovative ideas. Her imagination is nearly limitless and fuels her ambition, making her a beacon of hope and intuition for others who encounter her attitude.

5. They make fantastic role models.

Everyone has had a role model at one point or another that ended up changing their lives. Becoming a role model is something that powerful women appreciate and enjoy. These women help others unlock their potential and creativity through their guidance. Powerful women reflect upon their own role models and previous mentors to help guide them and channel that energy into their own great leadership skills.

6. They easily admit it when they are wrong.

Admitting to wrongdoing can be embarrassing and stressful for anyone. Strong women are not immune to these emotions, but they are able to cope with them and ask for help when it’s needed. They’re not arrogant. When a strong woman needs help, she’s always comfortable enough to ask graciously and appreciate the assistance. Because women (and men) know that valuable help is a true opportunity.

7. They never try to bring down their peers (or other women).

Some people feel the need to drag others down instead of building them back up. This is not something that powerful women do. Instead of finding joy in beating others down, they find joy in bringing them up. She knows that her value is not dependent on anyone else and only dependent on herself. Strong women do not feed into the stereotype that women hate each other. Instead, when they notice their friends and peers struggling, they do their best to help. They fill in the gaps of other people instead of making them worse. They try to be a support and a shoulder others can lean on when they are in need.

8. They take great care of themselves, and of others.

Powerful women keep their minds, bodies, and emotions strong through self-care. Self-care is truly engaging in anything that will keep you healthy. Strong women know that they need to stay hydrated, eat well, and exercise. They also know that self-care does not stop with the physical body, as the mind needs to be cared for as well. They can control their emotions and know how to cope with mental health problems. It is important to note that having a mental illness does not make someone weak.

Understanding these eight reasons, it is clear that Malini Saba deserves to be seen among other strong women as she has achieved success despite the odds against her. She has suffered loss and was strong enough to step back in with both feet and persevere. In Malini Saba own words” We can sit and cry for what others have tried to do to bring us down, or we can get right back up and rise like the phoenix from the ashes.”

In her words “Throw me to the wolves and I WILL return the leader of the pack. “

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Malini Saba Legacy

By Chandra Lingam

Malini unknowingly will leave a legacy with her Charitable work globally. She started it because it is a passion. A passion to help others in need and create a world where everyone has same opportunities. Saba believes that through different decades, different political environments , we as a people should always stay focused on our goals to help others. Never to be swayed by the changes around on the 30,000 feet level.

In Malini’s words “Politics change every four years , but the ground level problems always stay the same. To create a real impact its up to us civilians with passion to move mountains and bring  the mountain to Muhammed as the saying goes”  she explained with a smile.  Malini went on to explain “ If that is all we focus on we can as a world of common people make real change”.

I went on to ask her five things she would say about how to leave a legacy.
Saba responded with 5 ways. 

  1. Support the People and Causes That are Important to You
    My best friend of decades ago once asked me what I thought was the most important attribute of friendship. I replied that support was the major theme of friendship. There isn’t any more wonderful feeling in life than making the choice to sustain loyalty to a friend by lovingly supporting everything that is good and right about that person’s life. My friend was an advocate of Older adult  in the city we resided in and I supported those causes, too, as she supported mine. Although we parted ways when I moved out of the city, she would always reach out to me and remember my work, my life and my family.
  2. Reflect and Decide What is Most Important in Your Life
    When you review your life’s journey, several ideas may come to mind: Did you grow and perhaps transform your life, make changes when you needed to, find your truth, inspire others, become a leader or influence others? Touching lives and exemplifying a truthful path is paramount to living a joyful and purposeful life. Your legacy will live on.
  3. Share Your Blessings With Others
    I was walking two dogs the other day — one dog was totally blind and the other dog stubbornly knew her mind. I stopped suddenly in the middle of my son’s beautiful neighborhood to observe with wonder the late afternoon thunderclouds bulging out from the mountains. I thought of all the blessings I have in life and how I try to be mindful of sharing with others the richness of my life. I have been given abundance and such is my fate. And it is my legacy to give back this abundance to others. Everyone has blessings to share, even if it a simple smile of acknowledgement.
  4. Be a Mentor to Others
    A mentor by definition is a more experienced or more knowledgeable person with an area of expertise. Everyone has some significant truth to impart to others that will guide less experienced people in life. The mentoring/mentee relationship involves personal development and support. This process involves an exchange of knowledge complimented by psychological and/or social support that is crucial to sustaining new mindsets. Sometimes these relationships last a lifetime, even when the mentee has moved on to influence others.
  5. Pursue Your Passions Because They Are Infectious
    Your passions are your legacy. Passion comes from an outpouring of the interests and ideas that make a difference in your life. Finding and pursing your passion allows you to see your destiny clearly. That’s what happened to me with meditating and music. I can attest to the fact that life won’t be any fun if you don’t pursue your passions to the fullest. It’s contagious. It’s religious. Don’t miss the opportunity to pursue your passions and then continue to look for new adventures.

Malini Saba is a visionary and someone who sees things through a difference lens than most of us. She is willing to push the envelope when needed and never afraid to ask for what she needs for the betterment of others.

I followed her to one of the hospitals she supports in India. We walked in like just another person. She never made any appointments. She was treated like another person until one of the board members recognized her and immediately the service altered.  I asked her why she did not call them ahead of time, her response, “I want to see how they serve their patients. Money should never buy better service when it comes to healthcare. Everyone health problem is the same and has the same intensity to their families. I do this to see if they practice what they preach.”

Having interviewed many wealthy Asians, I found Malini Saba just the opposite. She was so very humble and had no airs about her and you would never realize how really wealthy she really is because of the manner she conducts herself.

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Investor Characteristics Five Key Essential Ingredients

What makes a good investor?

By Richard West

I met Ms. Saba in Australia. I was privileged to have an hour to interview her. My question to her was two-fold, ”1) What makes a good investor and 2) How did you build your portfolio of companies?”

“There are five key characteristics are needed in order to become a good investor”, she said.

Investor Malini Saba

An average investor uses his/her money and invests the rest; a good investor invests his/her money and uses the rest. Investing is a risk vs. returns game.

  1. Goal setting - Failing to plan is planning to fail!
    A good investor will always have clear goal. It is very important to have a plan to achieve the goals. Variations most likely tend to divert an investor from the agenda. Having a plan of action within a defined period of time for a particular return on investment is a sign of a good investor. They are prepared for the uncertainty of the market while the plans are usually made considering both the sides.

  2. Knowledge - When you know better, you do better!
    Besides utilizing time to the best, a good investor possesses knowledge of the market. He/she understands the position of funds and has researched about the company investment strategy and philosophy. You need to know where your money is being utilized. A good investor analyses the growth pattern of the company over the years from genuine sources. On the accounts of the anticipations and knowledge a good investor will have a defined plan for exit point as well. An active learner who is open to make a right choice on the basic of genuinity of knowledge is a good investor.

  3. Right Decision - Listen to the world but do what is right!
    A good investor knows the time. They keep an eye on current scenario in the market. They update their knowledge about market activities and growth. Having a sound understanding of trends enables the investors to overlook their plans and decide the term of investment. Having an understanding of current trends and company market position makes one a good investor. They own their mistakes and learn not to make them again. It’s not necessary that the good investor jumps into the trends; he/she just does what is right.

  4. Patience - Keep calm and carry on!
    Over the period of time a good investor creates wealth due to his patience. It is probably the finest quality to have. A good investor has faith in his plans. They usually do not feel bad about the 10% downtick; they would rather sit tight to celebrate the 100% uptick. They are persistent about sticking to the plans. They usually do not get into the buy and sell trends.

  5. Risk Aversion - Know thyself!
    Good investors know the inherent risk in investing. They understand their plans and analyze their expected returns. Being risk averse is a quality shaped by experience, knowledge and confidence over the above mentioned key characteristics.

Malini Saba’s Mantra:

“Remember to let go once you have decided to invest your money. The rest is in the hands of those you have entrusted to do the job. Thus, choose well and wisely based on analysis and research and also use your gut instinct. If you do those well, the rest is in the pudding as the British say.”

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Mother Behind Scenes, Woman Behind Business

Mother Behind the Scenes, Woman Behind the Business
By Elana Shongan

I wanted to write this personalized outlook of a woman I admire dearly. She is humble and caring but fiercely strong and puts up with no nonsense. This is my take on this amazing woman.

I had the occasion to see Madam herself sweeping and mopping at home. She works late into the night and sometimes wakes up early at 2:00 AM to finish work. When I went to see her she was doing this. I think it helps her think and release stress.

I still remember her photograph with the then American President Bill Clinton. She isn’t a tall woman, but she is a towering figure. Madam Saba is a female icon and she shows it to the world what women are capable of doing if they decide something.

Soon to be mother Malini Saba with President Bill Clinton

When she met with the late President Mandela she was calm and graceful and cracked jokes with him.

Behind closed doors Saba is a mother and a homemaker. Malini applies her relentless work ethic to home life overseeing the rearing of her child and performing home domestic duties.

Her child was born by cesarean section three days early. She felt unwell during her pregnancy and given that she could not have any more children. The business magnet work ethic applied to family home in Monaco where she juggles her job, studying the trade, organizing the household, shopping, sewing, cooking and ironing.

Madam Saba is not the kind of person to lounge around, she prefers to sightsee rather than relaxing by the pool. After a business trip she rounds her family up and drags them out to a weekend getaway camping. This allows her to connect back with them and find out what she missed.

Madam is partial to a glass of good wine to keep her going while she writes her speeches and works on her business at night. She sleeps only for four hours a night and no one can ever order her to bed to lie down and get more rest.

Saba is very particular about overseeing her the upbringing of her child. She makes sure she is there to take her to school in the morning and pick her up and works from home thereafter. She does not believe in nannies. Her mantra –  they grow up so fast, I want to savor every moment of her changes till then.

One of Madam Saba’s favorite thing to do is cook. When she is up in the morning she plans the menu for the day. She will make a hot fresh meal for her child’s lunch box and always leaves little motivational notes in there as surprises.  She will prep the evening meal before leaving the home for work.

Her dinners are always elaborate. It’s a four-course meal. She makes it compulsory that everyone sits at the table, says grace and then eats together. Saba believes it is during this time you have quality time to engage on variety of topics of the day as a family as a unit.

When Madam Saba travels, she makes sure she has hand written several notes and request I place them in her lunch box as surprises. She makes sure she facetimes her child in the morning when she wakes up, after she comes back from school and before she sleeps. There are times she also helps her with her homework.

Despite her business engagements, political meetings and philanthropy work, she always makes time for her baby. She says motherhood is the most difficult job in the world and the most satisfying. “I love being a mother and I am a mother first and foremost.” says Madam Malini.

Madam Saba embodies every hard-working mother out there in the world trying hard to juggle both work and being a mother.

 

 

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Love Thy Neighbor

Who is your neighbor?

The word tolerance means the willingness to accept or to tolerate, especially opinions or behavior you may not agree with, or to behave sensibly with those who are not like you. It means showing respect for the race, gender, opinions, religion and ideologies of other people or groups, and to admire the good qualities and good work of others. And to express one’s point of view in a decent and respectful way while respecting the sentiments of others.

Tolerance can be shown in many ways, on different occasions and at different times. A person might fully disagree with others on any issue, from religion to politics, while at the same time and respecting those with different ideas and opinions and treating them with full dignity and honor.

peace, love and tolerance

Tolerance is needed in all spheres of life, and on every level and on every stage, because it plays a vital role to establish peace and love, from the smallest unit up to the highest unit of society.

Tolerance does not mean that only one person or party shows tolerance and the others do not. When some people disagree on a certain issue they must advocate and express their opinion in a respectful manner, and hateful and provocative words should not be used. Tolerance must be shown from both sides on issues, in order for it to be effective.

Here, let it be clear that showing respect and tolerance to the opinions of others does not necessarily mean you have to compromise your principles or embrace or accept others’ ideas. It is simply a matter of fundamental human rights.

The right of every human being that his sensibilities and sentiments shall not be violated and offended must be recognized. And every human person has the right to have an opinion and to express it.

In this globalisation, where people of different backgrounds, cultures and religions are living together, and where the world has become multicultural and full of diversity, establishing tolerance and harmony has become very crucial and important, and fostering mutual love and affection has become vital.

Without tolerance and harmony the lasting peace of societies cannot be maintained, and loyalty for each other cannot be established.

I hope that as we move ahead into the new dawn, we as a people would not just jump on the wagon of intolerance because our leaders encourage that  but work towards agreeing to be different and agree to disagree.

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Malini Saba Shares Secrets

BACKSTAGE Secrets of Malini Saba

1) Best Career advice I’ve gotten:

Always think before you act. Never take anything personally – it’s business.

 

2) Moment I felt I’d Made it:

When I stopped worrying about money.

 

3) How I made my first Dollar:

I worked at Red Rooster as a cashier.

 

4) Favorite Perks in the job:

I get to travel all over the world in my job and I meet interesting people.

 

5) If I weren’t a businesswoman what would I be?

I would be a writer. I love writing.

 

6) Three qualities that got me to where I am today:

I never give up on anything. I listen to everyones opinion. I forgive and forget.

 

7) Song I would play at my funeral:

Frank Sinatra’s. –  “MY WAY”

 

8) Food I am not ashamed to admit I love:

Chocolate cheesecake. It’s my favorite thing to eat .It makes me happy.

 

9) Superhero power I would like to have –

To make the world happy. I would swish it like a wand and make everyone happy with where they are in their life and happy

With what they have.

 

10) What every woman should try once in her lifetime –

Taking a trip on the ORIENT EXPRESS. It’s the best experience and just beautiful and set in time.

 

11) If I could live abroad where would it be.

I would like on an island like BORA BORA. Its just an amazing place.

 

12) First Album I bought  –

Modanna ’s –  Like a Virgin.

 

13) Book that left a lasting impression on me

South Beach Diet  –  Never knew anything like that could actually work.

 

14) On My bucket list –

I want to take the BLUE Train in Africa, see Iceland and fly a plane.

 

15) One thing I am exceptionally good at –

Dancing.

 

16) One thing I am exceptionally bad at –

Lying.

 

17) How I clear my head after a crappy day:

I listen to Frank Sinatra record and gave a glass of wine.

 

18) My First Kiss –

The man I married.

 

19) Advice to a woman with a broken heart:

Take it is as a learning experience and that the Universe was protecting you from further hurt. The Universe took it away because

Something better is on its way to you. Cherish that feeling and trust the universe. It makes miracles happen when you let go.

 

20) Craziest thing I did for love –

I moved countries for him only to discover he was after my money.

 

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Ladies: Always Stand Your Ground

When I arrived in Asia, I was a rookie ― a deer in headlights. I left the Garden of Eden that was Silicon Valley for the wilderness, and I quickly learned how difficult it was to start from scratch without having anyone you can trust.

It’s been 12 years since then, and we have set up offices in 8 different jurisdictions, all of which are now thriving ― but this was not the case in the beginning.  Raising money to grow the business in Asia was difficult. The laws in these countries can be superseded for the right price. It’s who you know, how much you have, and how much of it you are willing to disperse of it to the right person.

If these people became displeased with you, they would try their utmost to discredit you and bring you down.

Men have broken into my home at night and threatened me, telling me I needed to leave the country or die.

I have had a man I trusted spy through cameras he installed in our office to take our contracts before we got them.

I have had men accuse me of having affairs with my staff, and post pictures about it.

They  even went as far as to create a false situation regarding my immigration status and demand payment to make it go away.

Despite all of this, I did not fold. It would have been very easy to run away and tell myself all this is not  worth the hassle, but I had a business to run and I had invested too much to just drop it. I had to find a way to make it work despite the threats and the false accusations.

As a woman in business, you will meet the good and the bad. You must meet them both, and learn how to handle the most difficult parts calmly and with a clear head. You will also learn that they WILL NOT win if you do not let FEAR take over and cloud your thinking.

The most important thing to remember is to never let fear take over. The best weapon against threats and false accusations is success. You must succeed in order to defeat them.

Focus on your business and your path and always have a lawyer you can trust on your side. Not just an expensive lawyer, but a lawyer who believes in the rights of others ―Human Rights.

If I had folded when these things were thrown at me over the past 10 years, I would not have a business that is worth over half a billion dollars in this part of the world.

Never fold to pressure and difficulties. When one door shuts go through the other, there is always a way to succeed.

This originally appeared on HuffingtonPost.com

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How Will a Woman in the White House Change America?

Two hundred years ago, when a woman took a husband in the United States she lost what limited freedom she had as a young adult.

Did you know that after the revolutionary war women who fought and aided independence efforts lost all of their legal standing as an equal under the new Constitution of the United States of America?

In the 1800’s a small group of women decided to protest this flawed system and fight for ours rights and freedoms. This fight brought about small and slow but very meaningful change. They were adamant in improving women’s inferior status in the United States.

The movement for Women’s Suffrage movement began in 1869 began, and on August 26, 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. With it, 17 million women won for themselves that most basic promise of democracy: the right to vote. ( npv.org)

Forty years had to pass before we looked at the women’s movement again. In the 1960’s  women rose again to ensure federal laws were implemented to create equality in employment and education.

The year is now 2016, 56 years later, and for the first time ever, we have a woman officially nominated by a major political party for President in the United states.  Why did we take so long to acknowledge the fact that a woman can be responsible for the Oval office?

The rest of the world moved ahead much earlier. In 1960 Sri Lanka elected the world’s first female prime minister, followed by Argentina in 1974 with the election of President Estela Isabel Martines.

I believe a woman will uphold the respect and integrity of the Oval office when she is finally elected President of the United States.

If a woman becomes President of the most powerful country in the world, it would also have a major impact on the role and importance of women around the world.

She will also manage the world differently and will have a new approach to handling conflicts. Regardless of political party differences, we must come together to celebrate this achievement.

This is not a small fete. By becoming the first woman President , she now holds the most powerful position in the world. A woman with her qualifications would have a balanced view on foreign and national policy.

Having Hillary, a woman, in the white house will be a strength. Why will she be President in November ? She has the best resume thus far from all the Presidents we have ever had. She has been The First lady, Senator,  and Secretary of State. We have never in our history had anyone with so many credentials.

When we hire someone for a CEO position, we want years of experience on all fronts and it MUST apply to the most powerful job in the world as well.

A woman will stay calm through the verbal attacks. She has the ability to handle stress and stand her ground with grace and charm on matters. Hillary is a great debater and has been her whole life.  She is a great strategist and far better one than Bill. She is and will make sure she is inclusive of all races, religion and stature. She will fight terrorists, and without creating the divide in her nation.  She will keep America strong and most importantly she knows what really happens behind closed doors at the white house.

This originally appeared on HuffingtonPost.com

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Why Women Should Help Other Women

At a restaurant two days ago my husband and I sat next to a couple of young ladies. We were there for about two hours and the whole time, their conversation centered around how terrible and manipulative their female manager was, and then finally disintegrated into a negative comment about the manager’s physical appearance.

I felt sorry for the two girls and was also saddened by the fact that they felt the need to attack their manager’s physical appearance in response to some perceived unkindness in the workplace.

I believe it is so important that women learn to be kind to one another because have climbed so far to get to where we are today. We must lend a hand and encourage other women behind us to be their best whenever possible.

It is from this belief that I founded Stree, or “Dignified Women” to help and encourage women to succeed in their own environment ― because success has a different definition for all of us.

Stree’s primary focus is on education, and over the past 15 years has helped over 3,000,000 women. Stree has provided scholarships and fought for the rights for women in villages and countries around the world, and financed 1000’s of women-owned business. While I feel this is only a dent in the larger picture, those women we have helped will go out and help others in their communities.

We have fought for their human rights and their civil rights. We support and fund several orphanages for girls around the world. I believe that if we do not support more women things cannot continue to change for the better.

It is important for women to help one another as mothers, as business women, as mother-in laws and as daughters. Certain skills are naturally more developed for women than they are for men. We can multi-task. We are nurturers. We can handle tremendous amounts of professional and personal pressure. We possess these attributes because we are made to have children. These skills are already in our DNA.

I feel very strongly that maintaining our femininity in all of it’s various shapes and forms is our strength.  We do not have to become men to be strong.  Our femininity is POWER, and we should never sacrifice it or try to strip it away from others.

I did not have the privilege of having a woman guide me through my journey, but I wish I did. I built my business from nothing to over a billion dollars. My role models were strong women like Indira Ghandi, Eleanor Roosevelt, Margaret Thatcher. They fought more difficult battles to get to where they did. They taught me to never give up.

Women are the future. We are the movers and the shakers of the new millenia , our foremothers spilt blood and fought for our freedom and our rights. We should embrace it now and help each other to ensure our girls ahead of us learn from us and stand tall.

We live in a time when we are all connected through the wonderful world of web and the world is so small. This allows us to reach out more than before and mentor those who are rising behind us, increasing the possibility of women presidents (regardless of political party), women chairpersons , women in management and owners of businesses.

We are women, goddesses who have the power to change and make the world better if we stand together united. Regardless of our race, religion or status in our societies we all have one thing in common. We want to move ahead in whatever that dream is for us. We MUST stretch our hand out to help one another.

I’ll leave you with this quote –  Indhira Ghandi – “You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist. Stretch your hands and bring our fellow women to the forefront of politics, our homes, our business lives. If we have reached our pinnacle be that money or stature. It is our responsibility to stretch our hands to those behind us and draw them up.”

So please, stop judging your fellow women by size, beauty and color. We are all WOMEN so let’s ROAR together.

This originally appeared on Huffington Post.com.  

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8 Characteristics of a Strong woman, Malini Saba

What do the following household names have in common — Amelia Earhart, Rosa Parks, and Malala Yousafzai? Describing these women as powerful, strong, brave, and revolutionary is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to recognizing their achievements. But what exactly made them that way?

Amelia Earhart was the first female pilot to perform a solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean. That was a big deal at the time. When you think about it, it still is.

Rosa Parks refused to give in to the racist culture of the early-mid 1900s by refusing to move to the back of the bus. We all know the impact that action had on history.

Malini Saba was awarded the Federation Peace Prize for her role of becoming the first Sri Lankan woman to achieve great business success despite the war against Tamils for thirty years.  She is the youngest person to ever receive the Peace Prize.

These strong, charismatic, powerful women are all icons of human achievement, and a testament to their gender. But how exactly do these women tap into such greatness? What is their secret?

Truth is, there’s no prerequisite of fame or grand gestures to be a powerful woman. Power is an internal characteristic, not an award from society. That’s when women display noble characteristics of strength, leadership, integrity, and honor, we should revel in their achievements, and respect their legacies.

Here are just some characteristics (out of many) that powerful and strong women typically display:

1. They are comfortable with themselves and their pasts.

Running away is not something that powerful women do. Unfortunately, trauma is highly prevalent for women. Powerful women do not let their past overtake them. Healing from the past is a long road, and a strong woman knows this. She does not expect to heal overnight, yet she keeps trying to close her wounds and move forward. A strong woman will do what she can to help others without endangering their own safety. They use their experiences to teach others new truths or raise awareness for certain causes. They are smart, however, they know not to trust just anyone with the details of their traumas.

2. They don’t let rejection ruin their spirit or their lives.

Fear of rejection is a natural part of life. Rejection is a painful experience for whoever suffers through it. Being rejected is a common human experience, although some people handle the pain much better than others. A strong woman knows that she needs to take the time to grieve, and incorporate loss into their framework for strength and success. A powerful woman refuses to let such things overwhelm her life. She still chases her goals, finds new opportunities, and learns from her experiences. When one door closes, another door opens, and strong, smart, capable women know that better than most.

3. They are honest but not overly trusting.

Lies and dishonesty are a part of life, and a strong woman has had her fair share of betrayals to know one or two things about trust. She knows that in her orchard, there will always be some bad apples. This doesn’t deter her and she will stay true to herself. She is honest about who she is but doesn’t
wear her secrets on her sleeve. This characteristic saves her wasted time, money, and heartbreak. Drama may consume her friends but she stays far away, and takes time to develop trust for others.

4. They possess incredible amounts of creativity.

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. A powerful woman is aware of this and when one way is not working, she is ready to move onto the next. Even when there is no other path clearly marked, she is ready to forge ahead. She has a bright streak of creativity that allows her to constantly brainstorm new and innovative ideas. Her imagination is nearly limitless and fuels her ambition, making her a beacon of hope and intuition for others who encounter her attitude.

5. They make fantastic role models.

Everyone has had a role model at one point or another that ended up changing their lives. Becoming a role model is something that powerful women appreciate and enjoy. These women help others unlock their potential and creativity through their guidance. Powerful women reflect upon their own role models and previous mentors to help guide them and channel that energy into their own great leadership skills.

6. They easily admit it when they are wrong.

Admitting to wrongdoing can be embarrassing and stressful for anyone. Strong women are not immune to these emotions, but they are able to cope with them and ask for help when it’s needed. They’re not arrogant. When a strong woman needs help, she’s always comfortable enough to ask graciously and appreciate the assistance. Because women (and men) know that valuable help is a true opportunity.

7. They never try to bring down their peers (or other women).

Some people feel the need to drag others down instead of building them back up. This is not something that powerful women do. Instead of finding joy in beating others down, they find joy in bringing them up. She knows that her value is not dependent on anyone else and only dependent on herself. Strong women do not feed into the stereotype that women hate each other. Instead, when they notice their friends and peers struggling, they do their best to help. They fill in the gaps of other people instead of making them worse. They try to be a support and a shoulder others can lean on when they are in need.

8. They take great care of themselves, and of others.

Powerful women keep their minds, bodies, and emotions strong through self-care. Self-care is truly engaging in anything that will keep you healthy. Strong women know that they need to stay hydrated, eat well, and exercise. They also know that self-care does not stop with the physical body, as the mind needs to be cared for as well. They can control their emotions and know how to cope with mental health problems. It is important to note that having a mental illness does not make someone weak.

Understanding these eight reasons, it is clear that Malini Saba deserves to be seen among other strong women as she has achieved success despite the odds against her. She has suffered loss and was strong enough to step back in with both feet and persevere. In Malini Saba own words” We can sit and cry for what others have tried to do to bring us down, or we can get right back up and rise like the phoenix from the ashes.”

In her words “Throw me to the wolves and I WILL return the leader of the pack. “

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Malini Saba Legacy

By Chandra Lingam

Malini unknowingly will leave a legacy with her Charitable work globally. She started it because it is a passion. A passion to help others in need and create a world where everyone has same opportunities. Saba believes that through different decades, different political environments , we as a people should always stay focused on our goals to help others. Never to be swayed by the changes around on the 30,000 feet level.

In Malini’s words “Politics change every four years , but the ground level problems always stay the same. To create a real impact its up to us civilians with passion to move mountains and bring  the mountain to Muhammed as the saying goes”  she explained with a smile.  Malini went on to explain “ If that is all we focus on we can as a world of common people make real change”.

I went on to ask her five things she would say about how to leave a legacy.
Saba responded with 5 ways. 

  1. Support the People and Causes That are Important to You
    My best friend of decades ago once asked me what I thought was the most important attribute of friendship. I replied that support was the major theme of friendship. There isn’t any more wonderful feeling in life than making the choice to sustain loyalty to a friend by lovingly supporting everything that is good and right about that person’s life. My friend was an advocate of Older adult  in the city we resided in and I supported those causes, too, as she supported mine. Although we parted ways when I moved out of the city, she would always reach out to me and remember my work, my life and my family.
  2. Reflect and Decide What is Most Important in Your Life
    When you review your life’s journey, several ideas may come to mind: Did you grow and perhaps transform your life, make changes when you needed to, find your truth, inspire others, become a leader or influence others? Touching lives and exemplifying a truthful path is paramount to living a joyful and purposeful life. Your legacy will live on.
  3. Share Your Blessings With Others
    I was walking two dogs the other day — one dog was totally blind and the other dog stubbornly knew her mind. I stopped suddenly in the middle of my son’s beautiful neighborhood to observe with wonder the late afternoon thunderclouds bulging out from the mountains. I thought of all the blessings I have in life and how I try to be mindful of sharing with others the richness of my life. I have been given abundance and such is my fate. And it is my legacy to give back this abundance to others. Everyone has blessings to share, even if it a simple smile of acknowledgement.
  4. Be a Mentor to Others
    A mentor by definition is a more experienced or more knowledgeable person with an area of expertise. Everyone has some significant truth to impart to others that will guide less experienced people in life. The mentoring/mentee relationship involves personal development and support. This process involves an exchange of knowledge complimented by psychological and/or social support that is crucial to sustaining new mindsets. Sometimes these relationships last a lifetime, even when the mentee has moved on to influence others.
  5. Pursue Your Passions Because They Are Infectious
    Your passions are your legacy. Passion comes from an outpouring of the interests and ideas that make a difference in your life. Finding and pursing your passion allows you to see your destiny clearly. That’s what happened to me with meditating and music. I can attest to the fact that life won’t be any fun if you don’t pursue your passions to the fullest. It’s contagious. It’s religious. Don’t miss the opportunity to pursue your passions and then continue to look for new adventures.

Malini Saba is a visionary and someone who sees things through a difference lens than most of us. She is willing to push the envelope when needed and never afraid to ask for what she needs for the betterment of others.

I followed her to one of the hospitals she supports in India. We walked in like just another person. She never made any appointments. She was treated like another person until one of the board members recognized her and immediately the service altered.  I asked her why she did not call them ahead of time, her response, “I want to see how they serve their patients. Money should never buy better service when it comes to healthcare. Everyone health problem is the same and has the same intensity to their families. I do this to see if they practice what they preach.”

Having interviewed many wealthy Asians, I found Malini Saba just the opposite. She was so very humble and had no airs about her and you would never realize how really wealthy she really is because of the manner she conducts herself.

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Investor Characteristics Five Key Essential Ingredients

What makes a good investor?

By Richard West

I met Ms. Saba in Australia. I was privileged to have an hour to interview her. My question to her was two-fold, ”1) What makes a good investor and 2) How did you build your portfolio of companies?”

“There are five key characteristics are needed in order to become a good investor”, she said.

Investor Malini Saba

An average investor uses his/her money and invests the rest; a good investor invests his/her money and uses the rest. Investing is a risk vs. returns game.

  1. Goal setting - Failing to plan is planning to fail!
    A good investor will always have clear goal. It is very important to have a plan to achieve the goals. Variations most likely tend to divert an investor from the agenda. Having a plan of action within a defined period of time for a particular return on investment is a sign of a good investor. They are prepared for the uncertainty of the market while the plans are usually made considering both the sides.

  2. Knowledge - When you know better, you do better!
    Besides utilizing time to the best, a good investor possesses knowledge of the market. He/she understands the position of funds and has researched about the company investment strategy and philosophy. You need to know where your money is being utilized. A good investor analyses the growth pattern of the company over the years from genuine sources. On the accounts of the anticipations and knowledge a good investor will have a defined plan for exit point as well. An active learner who is open to make a right choice on the basic of genuinity of knowledge is a good investor.

  3. Right Decision - Listen to the world but do what is right!
    A good investor knows the time. They keep an eye on current scenario in the market. They update their knowledge about market activities and growth. Having a sound understanding of trends enables the investors to overlook their plans and decide the term of investment. Having an understanding of current trends and company market position makes one a good investor. They own their mistakes and learn not to make them again. It’s not necessary that the good investor jumps into the trends; he/she just does what is right.

  4. Patience - Keep calm and carry on!
    Over the period of time a good investor creates wealth due to his patience. It is probably the finest quality to have. A good investor has faith in his plans. They usually do not feel bad about the 10% downtick; they would rather sit tight to celebrate the 100% uptick. They are persistent about sticking to the plans. They usually do not get into the buy and sell trends.

  5. Risk Aversion - Know thyself!
    Good investors know the inherent risk in investing. They understand their plans and analyze their expected returns. Being risk averse is a quality shaped by experience, knowledge and confidence over the above mentioned key characteristics.

Malini Saba’s Mantra:

“Remember to let go once you have decided to invest your money. The rest is in the hands of those you have entrusted to do the job. Thus, choose well and wisely based on analysis and research and also use your gut instinct. If you do those well, the rest is in the pudding as the British say.”

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Mother Behind Scenes, Woman Behind Business

Mother Behind the Scenes, Woman Behind the Business
By Elana Shongan

I wanted to write this personalized outlook of a woman I admire dearly. She is humble and caring but fiercely strong and puts up with no nonsense. This is my take on this amazing woman.

I had the occasion to see Madam herself sweeping and mopping at home. She works late into the night and sometimes wakes up early at 2:00 AM to finish work. When I went to see her she was doing this. I think it helps her think and release stress.

I still remember her photograph with the then American President Bill Clinton. She isn’t a tall woman, but she is a towering figure. Madam Saba is a female icon and she shows it to the world what women are capable of doing if they decide something.

Soon to be mother Malini Saba with President Bill Clinton

When she met with the late President Mandela she was calm and graceful and cracked jokes with him.

Behind closed doors Saba is a mother and a homemaker. Malini applies her relentless work ethic to home life overseeing the rearing of her child and performing home domestic duties.

Her child was born by cesarean section three days early. She felt unwell during her pregnancy and given that she could not have any more children. The business magnet work ethic applied to family home in Monaco where she juggles her job, studying the trade, organizing the household, shopping, sewing, cooking and ironing.

Madam Saba is not the kind of person to lounge around, she prefers to sightsee rather than relaxing by the pool. After a business trip she rounds her family up and drags them out to a weekend getaway camping. This allows her to connect back with them and find out what she missed.

Madam is partial to a glass of good wine to keep her going while she writes her speeches and works on her business at night. She sleeps only for four hours a night and no one can ever order her to bed to lie down and get more rest.

Saba is very particular about overseeing her the upbringing of her child. She makes sure she is there to take her to school in the morning and pick her up and works from home thereafter. She does not believe in nannies. Her mantra –  they grow up so fast, I want to savor every moment of her changes till then.

One of Madam Saba’s favorite thing to do is cook. When she is up in the morning she plans the menu for the day. She will make a hot fresh meal for her child’s lunch box and always leaves little motivational notes in there as surprises.  She will prep the evening meal before leaving the home for work.

Her dinners are always elaborate. It’s a four-course meal. She makes it compulsory that everyone sits at the table, says grace and then eats together. Saba believes it is during this time you have quality time to engage on variety of topics of the day as a family as a unit.

When Madam Saba travels, she makes sure she has hand written several notes and request I place them in her lunch box as surprises. She makes sure she facetimes her child in the morning when she wakes up, after she comes back from school and before she sleeps. There are times she also helps her with her homework.

Despite her business engagements, political meetings and philanthropy work, she always makes time for her baby. She says motherhood is the most difficult job in the world and the most satisfying. “I love being a mother and I am a mother first and foremost.” says Madam Malini.

Madam Saba embodies every hard-working mother out there in the world trying hard to juggle both work and being a mother.

 

 

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Love Thy Neighbor

Who is your neighbor?

The word tolerance means the willingness to accept or to tolerate, especially opinions or behavior you may not agree with, or to behave sensibly with those who are not like you. It means showing respect for the race, gender, opinions, religion and ideologies of other people or groups, and to admire the good qualities and good work of others. And to express one’s point of view in a decent and respectful way while respecting the sentiments of others.

Tolerance can be shown in many ways, on different occasions and at different times. A person might fully disagree with others on any issue, from religion to politics, while at the same time and respecting those with different ideas and opinions and treating them with full dignity and honor.

peace, love and tolerance

Tolerance is needed in all spheres of life, and on every level and on every stage, because it plays a vital role to establish peace and love, from the smallest unit up to the highest unit of society.

Tolerance does not mean that only one person or party shows tolerance and the others do not. When some people disagree on a certain issue they must advocate and express their opinion in a respectful manner, and hateful and provocative words should not be used. Tolerance must be shown from both sides on issues, in order for it to be effective.

Here, let it be clear that showing respect and tolerance to the opinions of others does not necessarily mean you have to compromise your principles or embrace or accept others’ ideas. It is simply a matter of fundamental human rights.

The right of every human being that his sensibilities and sentiments shall not be violated and offended must be recognized. And every human person has the right to have an opinion and to express it.

In this globalisation, where people of different backgrounds, cultures and religions are living together, and where the world has become multicultural and full of diversity, establishing tolerance and harmony has become very crucial and important, and fostering mutual love and affection has become vital.

Without tolerance and harmony the lasting peace of societies cannot be maintained, and loyalty for each other cannot be established.

I hope that as we move ahead into the new dawn, we as a people would not just jump on the wagon of intolerance because our leaders encourage that  but work towards agreeing to be different and agree to disagree.

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Malini Saba Shares Secrets

BACKSTAGE Secrets of Malini Saba

1) Best Career advice I’ve gotten:

Always think before you act. Never take anything personally – it’s business.

 

2) Moment I felt I’d Made it:

When I stopped worrying about money.

 

3) How I made my first Dollar:

I worked at Red Rooster as a cashier.

 

4) Favorite Perks in the job:

I get to travel all over the world in my job and I meet interesting people.

 

5) If I weren’t a businesswoman what would I be?

I would be a writer. I love writing.

 

6) Three qualities that got me to where I am today:

I never give up on anything. I listen to everyones opinion. I forgive and forget.

 

7) Song I would play at my funeral:

Frank Sinatra’s. –  “MY WAY”

 

8) Food I am not ashamed to admit I love:

Chocolate cheesecake. It’s my favorite thing to eat .It makes me happy.

 

9) Superhero power I would like to have –

To make the world happy. I would swish it like a wand and make everyone happy with where they are in their life and happy

With what they have.

 

10) What every woman should try once in her lifetime –

Taking a trip on the ORIENT EXPRESS. It’s the best experience and just beautiful and set in time.

 

11) If I could live abroad where would it be.

I would like on an island like BORA BORA. Its just an amazing place.

 

12) First Album I bought  –

Modanna ’s –  Like a Virgin.

 

13) Book that left a lasting impression on me

South Beach Diet  –  Never knew anything like that could actually work.

 

14) On My bucket list –

I want to take the BLUE Train in Africa, see Iceland and fly a plane.

 

15) One thing I am exceptionally good at –

Dancing.

 

16) One thing I am exceptionally bad at –

Lying.

 

17) How I clear my head after a crappy day:

I listen to Frank Sinatra record and gave a glass of wine.

 

18) My First Kiss –

The man I married.

 

19) Advice to a woman with a broken heart:

Take it is as a learning experience and that the Universe was protecting you from further hurt. The Universe took it away because

Something better is on its way to you. Cherish that feeling and trust the universe. It makes miracles happen when you let go.

 

20) Craziest thing I did for love –

I moved countries for him only to discover he was after my money.

 

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Ladies: Always Stand Your Ground

When I arrived in Asia, I was a rookie ― a deer in headlights. I left the Garden of Eden that was Silicon Valley for the wilderness, and I quickly learned how difficult it was to start from scratch without having anyone you can trust.

It’s been 12 years since then, and we have set up offices in 8 different jurisdictions, all of which are now thriving ― but this was not the case in the beginning.  Raising money to grow the business in Asia was difficult. The laws in these countries can be superseded for the right price. It’s who you know, how much you have, and how much of it you are willing to disperse of it to the right person.

If these people became displeased with you, they would try their utmost to discredit you and bring you down.

Men have broken into my home at night and threatened me, telling me I needed to leave the country or die.

I have had a man I trusted spy through cameras he installed in our office to take our contracts before we got them.

I have had men accuse me of having affairs with my staff, and post pictures about it.

They  even went as far as to create a false situation regarding my immigration status and demand payment to make it go away.

Despite all of this, I did not fold. It would have been very easy to run away and tell myself all this is not  worth the hassle, but I had a business to run and I had invested too much to just drop it. I had to find a way to make it work despite the threats and the false accusations.

As a woman in business, you will meet the good and the bad. You must meet them both, and learn how to handle the most difficult parts calmly and with a clear head. You will also learn that they WILL NOT win if you do not let FEAR take over and cloud your thinking.

The most important thing to remember is to never let fear take over. The best weapon against threats and false accusations is success. You must succeed in order to defeat them.

Focus on your business and your path and always have a lawyer you can trust on your side. Not just an expensive lawyer, but a lawyer who believes in the rights of others ―Human Rights.

If I had folded when these things were thrown at me over the past 10 years, I would not have a business that is worth over half a billion dollars in this part of the world.

Never fold to pressure and difficulties. When one door shuts go through the other, there is always a way to succeed.

This originally appeared on HuffingtonPost.com

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How Will a Woman in the White House Change America?

Two hundred years ago, when a woman took a husband in the United States she lost what limited freedom she had as a young adult.

Did you know that after the revolutionary war women who fought and aided independence efforts lost all of their legal standing as an equal under the new Constitution of the United States of America?

In the 1800’s a small group of women decided to protest this flawed system and fight for ours rights and freedoms. This fight brought about small and slow but very meaningful change. They were adamant in improving women’s inferior status in the United States.

The movement for Women’s Suffrage movement began in 1869 began, and on August 26, 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. With it, 17 million women won for themselves that most basic promise of democracy: the right to vote. ( npv.org)

Forty years had to pass before we looked at the women’s movement again. In the 1960’s  women rose again to ensure federal laws were implemented to create equality in employment and education.

The year is now 2016, 56 years later, and for the first time ever, we have a woman officially nominated by a major political party for President in the United states.  Why did we take so long to acknowledge the fact that a woman can be responsible for the Oval office?

The rest of the world moved ahead much earlier. In 1960 Sri Lanka elected the world’s first female prime minister, followed by Argentina in 1974 with the election of President Estela Isabel Martines.

I believe a woman will uphold the respect and integrity of the Oval office when she is finally elected President of the United States.

If a woman becomes President of the most powerful country in the world, it would also have a major impact on the role and importance of women around the world.

She will also manage the world differently and will have a new approach to handling conflicts. Regardless of political party differences, we must come together to celebrate this achievement.

This is not a small fete. By becoming the first woman President , she now holds the most powerful position in the world. A woman with her qualifications would have a balanced view on foreign and national policy.

Having Hillary, a woman, in the white house will be a strength. Why will she be President in November ? She has the best resume thus far from all the Presidents we have ever had. She has been The First lady, Senator,  and Secretary of State. We have never in our history had anyone with so many credentials.

When we hire someone for a CEO position, we want years of experience on all fronts and it MUST apply to the most powerful job in the world as well.

A woman will stay calm through the verbal attacks. She has the ability to handle stress and stand her ground with grace and charm on matters. Hillary is a great debater and has been her whole life.  She is a great strategist and far better one than Bill. She is and will make sure she is inclusive of all races, religion and stature. She will fight terrorists, and without creating the divide in her nation.  She will keep America strong and most importantly she knows what really happens behind closed doors at the white house.

This originally appeared on HuffingtonPost.com

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Why Women Should Help Other Women

At a restaurant two days ago my husband and I sat next to a couple of young ladies. We were there for about two hours and the whole time, their conversation centered around how terrible and manipulative their female manager was, and then finally disintegrated into a negative comment about the manager’s physical appearance.

I felt sorry for the two girls and was also saddened by the fact that they felt the need to attack their manager’s physical appearance in response to some perceived unkindness in the workplace.

I believe it is so important that women learn to be kind to one another because have climbed so far to get to where we are today. We must lend a hand and encourage other women behind us to be their best whenever possible.

It is from this belief that I founded Stree, or “Dignified Women” to help and encourage women to succeed in their own environment ― because success has a different definition for all of us.

Stree’s primary focus is on education, and over the past 15 years has helped over 3,000,000 women. Stree has provided scholarships and fought for the rights for women in villages and countries around the world, and financed 1000’s of women-owned business. While I feel this is only a dent in the larger picture, those women we have helped will go out and help others in their communities.

We have fought for their human rights and their civil rights. We support and fund several orphanages for girls around the world. I believe that if we do not support more women things cannot continue to change for the better.

It is important for women to help one another as mothers, as business women, as mother-in laws and as daughters. Certain skills are naturally more developed for women than they are for men. We can multi-task. We are nurturers. We can handle tremendous amounts of professional and personal pressure. We possess these attributes because we are made to have children. These skills are already in our DNA.

I feel very strongly that maintaining our femininity in all of it’s various shapes and forms is our strength.  We do not have to become men to be strong.  Our femininity is POWER, and we should never sacrifice it or try to strip it away from others.

I did not have the privilege of having a woman guide me through my journey, but I wish I did. I built my business from nothing to over a billion dollars. My role models were strong women like Indira Ghandi, Eleanor Roosevelt, Margaret Thatcher. They fought more difficult battles to get to where they did. They taught me to never give up.

Women are the future. We are the movers and the shakers of the new millenia , our foremothers spilt blood and fought for our freedom and our rights. We should embrace it now and help each other to ensure our girls ahead of us learn from us and stand tall.

We live in a time when we are all connected through the wonderful world of web and the world is so small. This allows us to reach out more than before and mentor those who are rising behind us, increasing the possibility of women presidents (regardless of political party), women chairpersons , women in management and owners of businesses.

We are women, goddesses who have the power to change and make the world better if we stand together united. Regardless of our race, religion or status in our societies we all have one thing in common. We want to move ahead in whatever that dream is for us. We MUST stretch our hand out to help one another.

I’ll leave you with this quote –  Indhira Ghandi – “You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist. Stretch your hands and bring our fellow women to the forefront of politics, our homes, our business lives. If we have reached our pinnacle be that money or stature. It is our responsibility to stretch our hands to those behind us and draw them up.”

So please, stop judging your fellow women by size, beauty and color. We are all WOMEN so let’s ROAR together.

This originally appeared on Huffington Post.com.  

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8 Characteristics of a Strong woman, Malini Saba

What do the following household names have in common — Amelia Earhart, Rosa Parks, and Malala Yousafzai? Describing these women as powerful, strong, brave, and revolutionary is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to recognizing their achievements. But what exactly made them that way?

Amelia Earhart was the first female pilot to perform a solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean. That was a big deal at the time. When you think about it, it still is.

Rosa Parks refused to give in to the racist culture of the early-mid 1900s by refusing to move to the back of the bus. We all know the impact that action had on history.

Malini Saba was awarded the Federation Peace Prize for her role of becoming the first Sri Lankan woman to achieve great business success despite the war against Tamils for thirty years.  She is the youngest person to ever receive the Peace Prize.

These strong, charismatic, powerful women are all icons of human achievement, and a testament to their gender. But how exactly do these women tap into such greatness? What is their secret?

Truth is, there’s no prerequisite of fame or grand gestures to be a powerful woman. Power is an internal characteristic, not an award from society. That’s when women display noble characteristics of strength, leadership, integrity, and honor, we should revel in their achievements, and respect their legacies.

Here are just some characteristics (out of many) that powerful and strong women typically display:

1. They are comfortable with themselves and their pasts.

Running away is not something that powerful women do. Unfortunately, trauma is highly prevalent for women. Powerful women do not let their past overtake them. Healing from the past is a long road, and a strong woman knows this. She does not expect to heal overnight, yet she keeps trying to close her wounds and move forward. A strong woman will do what she can to help others without endangering their own safety. They use their experiences to teach others new truths or raise awareness for certain causes. They are smart, however, they know not to trust just anyone with the details of their traumas.

2. They don’t let rejection ruin their spirit or their lives.

Fear of rejection is a natural part of life. Rejection is a painful experience for whoever suffers through it. Being rejected is a common human experience, although some people handle the pain much better than others. A strong woman knows that she needs to take the time to grieve, and incorporate loss into their framework for strength and success. A powerful woman refuses to let such things overwhelm her life. She still chases her goals, finds new opportunities, and learns from her experiences. When one door closes, another door opens, and strong, smart, capable women know that better than most.

3. They are honest but not overly trusting.

Lies and dishonesty are a part of life, and a strong woman has had her fair share of betrayals to know one or two things about trust. She knows that in her orchard, there will always be some bad apples. This doesn’t deter her and she will stay true to herself. She is honest about who she is but doesn’t
wear her secrets on her sleeve. This characteristic saves her wasted time, money, and heartbreak. Drama may consume her friends but she stays far away, and takes time to develop trust for others.

4. They possess incredible amounts of creativity.

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. A powerful woman is aware of this and when one way is not working, she is ready to move onto the next. Even when there is no other path clearly marked, she is ready to forge ahead. She has a bright streak of creativity that allows her to constantly brainstorm new and innovative ideas. Her imagination is nearly limitless and fuels her ambition, making her a beacon of hope and intuition for others who encounter her attitude.

5. They make fantastic role models.

Everyone has had a role model at one point or another that ended up changing their lives. Becoming a role model is something that powerful women appreciate and enjoy. These women help others unlock their potential and creativity through their guidance. Powerful women reflect upon their own role models and previous mentors to help guide them and channel that energy into their own great leadership skills.

6. They easily admit it when they are wrong.

Admitting to wrongdoing can be embarrassing and stressful for anyone. Strong women are not immune to these emotions, but they are able to cope with them and ask for help when it’s needed. They’re not arrogant. When a strong woman needs help, she’s always comfortable enough to ask graciously and appreciate the assistance. Because women (and men) know that valuable help is a true opportunity.

7. They never try to bring down their peers (or other women).

Some people feel the need to drag others down instead of building them back up. This is not something that powerful women do. Instead of finding joy in beating others down, they find joy in bringing them up. She knows that her value is not dependent on anyone else and only dependent on herself. Strong women do not feed into the stereotype that women hate each other. Instead, when they notice their friends and peers struggling, they do their best to help. They fill in the gaps of other people instead of making them worse. They try to be a support and a shoulder others can lean on when they are in need.

8. They take great care of themselves, and of others.

Powerful women keep their minds, bodies, and emotions strong through self-care. Self-care is truly engaging in anything that will keep you healthy. Strong women know that they need to stay hydrated, eat well, and exercise. They also know that self-care does not stop with the physical body, as the mind needs to be cared for as well. They can control their emotions and know how to cope with mental health problems. It is important to note that having a mental illness does not make someone weak.

Understanding these eight reasons, it is clear that Malini Saba deserves to be seen among other strong women as she has achieved success despite the odds against her. She has suffered loss and was strong enough to step back in with both feet and persevere. In Malini Saba own words” We can sit and cry for what others have tried to do to bring us down, or we can get right back up and rise like the phoenix from the ashes.”

In her words “Throw me to the wolves and I WILL return the leader of the pack. “

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Malini Saba Legacy

By Chandra Lingam

Malini unknowingly will leave a legacy with her Charitable work globally. She started it because it is a passion. A passion to help others in need and create a world where everyone has same opportunities. Saba believes that through different decades, different political environments , we as a people should always stay focused on our goals to help others. Never to be swayed by the changes around on the 30,000 feet level.

In Malini’s words “Politics change every four years , but the ground level problems always stay the same. To create a real impact its up to us civilians with passion to move mountains and bring  the mountain to Muhammed as the saying goes”  she explained with a smile.  Malini went on to explain “ If that is all we focus on we can as a world of common people make real change”.

I went on to ask her five things she would say about how to leave a legacy.
Saba responded with 5 ways. 

  1. Support the People and Causes That are Important to You
    My best friend of decades ago once asked me what I thought was the most important attribute of friendship. I replied that support was the major theme of friendship. There isn’t any more wonderful feeling in life than making the choice to sustain loyalty to a friend by lovingly supporting everything that is good and right about that person’s life. My friend was an advocate of Older adult  in the city we resided in and I supported those causes, too, as she supported mine. Although we parted ways when I moved out of the city, she would always reach out to me and remember my work, my life and my family.
  2. Reflect and Decide What is Most Important in Your Life
    When you review your life’s journey, several ideas may come to mind: Did you grow and perhaps transform your life, make changes when you needed to, find your truth, inspire others, become a leader or influence others? Touching lives and exemplifying a truthful path is paramount to living a joyful and purposeful life. Your legacy will live on.
  3. Share Your Blessings With Others
    I was walking two dogs the other day — one dog was totally blind and the other dog stubbornly knew her mind. I stopped suddenly in the middle of my son’s beautiful neighborhood to observe with wonder the late afternoon thunderclouds bulging out from the mountains. I thought of all the blessings I have in life and how I try to be mindful of sharing with others the richness of my life. I have been given abundance and such is my fate. And it is my legacy to give back this abundance to others. Everyone has blessings to share, even if it a simple smile of acknowledgement.
  4. Be a Mentor to Others
    A mentor by definition is a more experienced or more knowledgeable person with an area of expertise. Everyone has some significant truth to impart to others that will guide less experienced people in life. The mentoring/mentee relationship involves personal development and support. This process involves an exchange of knowledge complimented by psychological and/or social support that is crucial to sustaining new mindsets. Sometimes these relationships last a lifetime, even when the mentee has moved on to influence others.
  5. Pursue Your Passions Because They Are Infectious
    Your passions are your legacy. Passion comes from an outpouring of the interests and ideas that make a difference in your life. Finding and pursing your passion allows you to see your destiny clearly. That’s what happened to me with meditating and music. I can attest to the fact that life won’t be any fun if you don’t pursue your passions to the fullest. It’s contagious. It’s religious. Don’t miss the opportunity to pursue your passions and then continue to look for new adventures.

Malini Saba is a visionary and someone who sees things through a difference lens than most of us. She is willing to push the envelope when needed and never afraid to ask for what she needs for the betterment of others.

I followed her to one of the hospitals she supports in India. We walked in like just another person. She never made any appointments. She was treated like another person until one of the board members recognized her and immediately the service altered.  I asked her why she did not call them ahead of time, her response, “I want to see how they serve their patients. Money should never buy better service when it comes to healthcare. Everyone health problem is the same and has the same intensity to their families. I do this to see if they practice what they preach.”

Having interviewed many wealthy Asians, I found Malini Saba just the opposite. She was so very humble and had no airs about her and you would never realize how really wealthy she really is because of the manner she conducts herself.

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Investor Characteristics Five Key Essential Ingredients

What makes a good investor?

By Richard West

I met Ms. Saba in Australia. I was privileged to have an hour to interview her. My question to her was two-fold, ”1) What makes a good investor and 2) How did you build your portfolio of companies?”

“There are five key characteristics are needed in order to become a good investor”, she said.

Investor Malini Saba

An average investor uses his/her money and invests the rest; a good investor invests his/her money and uses the rest. Investing is a risk vs. returns game.

  1. Goal setting - Failing to plan is planning to fail!
    A good investor will always have clear goal. It is very important to have a plan to achieve the goals. Variations most likely tend to divert an investor from the agenda. Having a plan of action within a defined period of time for a particular return on investment is a sign of a good investor. They are prepared for the uncertainty of the market while the plans are usually made considering both the sides.

  2. Knowledge - When you know better, you do better!
    Besides utilizing time to the best, a good investor possesses knowledge of the market. He/she understands the position of funds and has researched about the company investment strategy and philosophy. You need to know where your money is being utilized. A good investor analyses the growth pattern of the company over the years from genuine sources. On the accounts of the anticipations and knowledge a good investor will have a defined plan for exit point as well. An active learner who is open to make a right choice on the basic of genuinity of knowledge is a good investor.

  3. Right Decision - Listen to the world but do what is right!
    A good investor knows the time. They keep an eye on current scenario in the market. They update their knowledge about market activities and growth. Having a sound understanding of trends enables the investors to overlook their plans and decide the term of investment. Having an understanding of current trends and company market position makes one a good investor. They own their mistakes and learn not to make them again. It’s not necessary that the good investor jumps into the trends; he/she just does what is right.

  4. Patience - Keep calm and carry on!
    Over the period of time a good investor creates wealth due to his patience. It is probably the finest quality to have. A good investor has faith in his plans. They usually do not feel bad about the 10% downtick; they would rather sit tight to celebrate the 100% uptick. They are persistent about sticking to the plans. They usually do not get into the buy and sell trends.

  5. Risk Aversion - Know thyself!
    Good investors know the inherent risk in investing. They understand their plans and analyze their expected returns. Being risk averse is a quality shaped by experience, knowledge and confidence over the above mentioned key characteristics.

Malini Saba’s Mantra:

“Remember to let go once you have decided to invest your money. The rest is in the hands of those you have entrusted to do the job. Thus, choose well and wisely based on analysis and research and also use your gut instinct. If you do those well, the rest is in the pudding as the British say.”

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Mother Behind Scenes, Woman Behind Business

Mother Behind the Scenes, Woman Behind the Business
By Elana Shongan

I wanted to write this personalized outlook of a woman I admire dearly. She is humble and caring but fiercely strong and puts up with no nonsense. This is my take on this amazing woman.

I had the occasion to see Madam herself sweeping and mopping at home. She works late into the night and sometimes wakes up early at 2:00 AM to finish work. When I went to see her she was doing this. I think it helps her think and release stress.

I still remember her photograph with the then American President Bill Clinton. She isn’t a tall woman, but she is a towering figure. Madam Saba is a female icon and she shows it to the world what women are capable of doing if they decide something.

Soon to be mother Malini Saba with President Bill Clinton

When she met with the late President Mandela she was calm and graceful and cracked jokes with him.

Behind closed doors Saba is a mother and a homemaker. Malini applies her relentless work ethic to home life overseeing the rearing of her child and performing home domestic duties.

Her child was born by cesarean section three days early. She felt unwell during her pregnancy and given that she could not have any more children. The business magnet work ethic applied to family home in Monaco where she juggles her job, studying the trade, organizing the household, shopping, sewing, cooking and ironing.

Madam Saba is not the kind of person to lounge around, she prefers to sightsee rather than relaxing by the pool. After a business trip she rounds her family up and drags them out to a weekend getaway camping. This allows her to connect back with them and find out what she missed.

Madam is partial to a glass of good wine to keep her going while she writes her speeches and works on her business at night. She sleeps only for four hours a night and no one can ever order her to bed to lie down and get more rest.

Saba is very particular about overseeing her the upbringing of her child. She makes sure she is there to take her to school in the morning and pick her up and works from home thereafter. She does not believe in nannies. Her mantra –  they grow up so fast, I want to savor every moment of her changes till then.

One of Madam Saba’s favorite thing to do is cook. When she is up in the morning she plans the menu for the day. She will make a hot fresh meal for her child’s lunch box and always leaves little motivational notes in there as surprises.  She will prep the evening meal before leaving the home for work.

Her dinners are always elaborate. It’s a four-course meal. She makes it compulsory that everyone sits at the table, says grace and then eats together. Saba believes it is during this time you have quality time to engage on variety of topics of the day as a family as a unit.

When Madam Saba travels, she makes sure she has hand written several notes and request I place them in her lunch box as surprises. She makes sure she facetimes her child in the morning when she wakes up, after she comes back from school and before she sleeps. There are times she also helps her with her homework.

Despite her business engagements, political meetings and philanthropy work, she always makes time for her baby. She says motherhood is the most difficult job in the world and the most satisfying. “I love being a mother and I am a mother first and foremost.” says Madam Malini.

Madam Saba embodies every hard-working mother out there in the world trying hard to juggle both work and being a mother.

 

 

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Love Thy Neighbor

Who is your neighbor?

The word tolerance means the willingness to accept or to tolerate, especially opinions or behavior you may not agree with, or to behave sensibly with those who are not like you. It means showing respect for the race, gender, opinions, religion and ideologies of other people or groups, and to admire the good qualities and good work of others. And to express one’s point of view in a decent and respectful way while respecting the sentiments of others.

Tolerance can be shown in many ways, on different occasions and at different times. A person might fully disagree with others on any issue, from religion to politics, while at the same time and respecting those with different ideas and opinions and treating them with full dignity and honor.

peace, love and tolerance

Tolerance is needed in all spheres of life, and on every level and on every stage, because it plays a vital role to establish peace and love, from the smallest unit up to the highest unit of society.

Tolerance does not mean that only one person or party shows tolerance and the others do not. When some people disagree on a certain issue they must advocate and express their opinion in a respectful manner, and hateful and provocative words should not be used. Tolerance must be shown from both sides on issues, in order for it to be effective.

Here, let it be clear that showing respect and tolerance to the opinions of others does not necessarily mean you have to compromise your principles or embrace or accept others’ ideas. It is simply a matter of fundamental human rights.

The right of every human being that his sensibilities and sentiments shall not be violated and offended must be recognized. And every human person has the right to have an opinion and to express it.

In this globalisation, where people of different backgrounds, cultures and religions are living together, and where the world has become multicultural and full of diversity, establishing tolerance and harmony has become very crucial and important, and fostering mutual love and affection has become vital.

Without tolerance and harmony the lasting peace of societies cannot be maintained, and loyalty for each other cannot be established.

I hope that as we move ahead into the new dawn, we as a people would not just jump on the wagon of intolerance because our leaders encourage that  but work towards agreeing to be different and agree to disagree.

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Malini Saba Shares Secrets

BACKSTAGE Secrets of Malini Saba

1) Best Career advice I’ve gotten:

Always think before you act. Never take anything personally – it’s business.

 

2) Moment I felt I’d Made it:

When I stopped worrying about money.

 

3) How I made my first Dollar:

I worked at Red Rooster as a cashier.

 

4) Favorite Perks in the job:

I get to travel all over the world in my job and I meet interesting people.

 

5) If I weren’t a businesswoman what would I be?

I would be a writer. I love writing.

 

6) Three qualities that got me to where I am today:

I never give up on anything. I listen to everyones opinion. I forgive and forget.

 

7) Song I would play at my funeral:

Frank Sinatra’s. –  “MY WAY”

 

8) Food I am not ashamed to admit I love:

Chocolate cheesecake. It’s my favorite thing to eat .It makes me happy.

 

9) Superhero power I would like to have –

To make the world happy. I would swish it like a wand and make everyone happy with where they are in their life and happy

With what they have.

 

10) What every woman should try once in her lifetime –

Taking a trip on the ORIENT EXPRESS. It’s the best experience and just beautiful and set in time.

 

11) If I could live abroad where would it be.

I would like on an island like BORA BORA. Its just an amazing place.

 

12) First Album I bought  –

Modanna ’s –  Like a Virgin.

 

13) Book that left a lasting impression on me

South Beach Diet  –  Never knew anything like that could actually work.

 

14) On My bucket list –

I want to take the BLUE Train in Africa, see Iceland and fly a plane.

 

15) One thing I am exceptionally good at –

Dancing.

 

16) One thing I am exceptionally bad at –

Lying.

 

17) How I clear my head after a crappy day:

I listen to Frank Sinatra record and gave a glass of wine.

 

18) My First Kiss –

The man I married.

 

19) Advice to a woman with a broken heart:

Take it is as a learning experience and that the Universe was protecting you from further hurt. The Universe took it away because

Something better is on its way to you. Cherish that feeling and trust the universe. It makes miracles happen when you let go.

 

20) Craziest thing I did for love –

I moved countries for him only to discover he was after my money.

 

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Ladies: Always Stand Your Ground

When I arrived in Asia, I was a rookie ― a deer in headlights. I left the Garden of Eden that was Silicon Valley for the wilderness, and I quickly learned how difficult it was to start from scratch without having anyone you can trust.

It’s been 12 years since then, and we have set up offices in 8 different jurisdictions, all of which are now thriving ― but this was not the case in the beginning.  Raising money to grow the business in Asia was difficult. The laws in these countries can be superseded for the right price. It’s who you know, how much you have, and how much of it you are willing to disperse of it to the right person.

If these people became displeased with you, they would try their utmost to discredit you and bring you down.

Men have broken into my home at night and threatened me, telling me I needed to leave the country or die.

I have had a man I trusted spy through cameras he installed in our office to take our contracts before we got them.

I have had men accuse me of having affairs with my staff, and post pictures about it.

They  even went as far as to create a false situation regarding my immigration status and demand payment to make it go away.

Despite all of this, I did not fold. It would have been very easy to run away and tell myself all this is not  worth the hassle, but I had a business to run and I had invested too much to just drop it. I had to find a way to make it work despite the threats and the false accusations.

As a woman in business, you will meet the good and the bad. You must meet them both, and learn how to handle the most difficult parts calmly and with a clear head. You will also learn that they WILL NOT win if you do not let FEAR take over and cloud your thinking.

The most important thing to remember is to never let fear take over. The best weapon against threats and false accusations is success. You must succeed in order to defeat them.

Focus on your business and your path and always have a lawyer you can trust on your side. Not just an expensive lawyer, but a lawyer who believes in the rights of others ―Human Rights.

If I had folded when these things were thrown at me over the past 10 years, I would not have a business that is worth over half a billion dollars in this part of the world.

Never fold to pressure and difficulties. When one door shuts go through the other, there is always a way to succeed.

This originally appeared on HuffingtonPost.com

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How Will a Woman in the White House Change America?

Two hundred years ago, when a woman took a husband in the United States she lost what limited freedom she had as a young adult.

Did you know that after the revolutionary war women who fought and aided independence efforts lost all of their legal standing as an equal under the new Constitution of the United States of America?

In the 1800’s a small group of women decided to protest this flawed system and fight for ours rights and freedoms. This fight brought about small and slow but very meaningful change. They were adamant in improving women’s inferior status in the United States.

The movement for Women’s Suffrage movement began in 1869 began, and on August 26, 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. With it, 17 million women won for themselves that most basic promise of democracy: the right to vote. ( npv.org)

Forty years had to pass before we looked at the women’s movement again. In the 1960’s  women rose again to ensure federal laws were implemented to create equality in employment and education.

The year is now 2016, 56 years later, and for the first time ever, we have a woman officially nominated by a major political party for President in the United states.  Why did we take so long to acknowledge the fact that a woman can be responsible for the Oval office?

The rest of the world moved ahead much earlier. In 1960 Sri Lanka elected the world’s first female prime minister, followed by Argentina in 1974 with the election of President Estela Isabel Martines.

I believe a woman will uphold the respect and integrity of the Oval office when she is finally elected President of the United States.

If a woman becomes President of the most powerful country in the world, it would also have a major impact on the role and importance of women around the world.

She will also manage the world differently and will have a new approach to handling conflicts. Regardless of political party differences, we must come together to celebrate this achievement.

This is not a small fete. By becoming the first woman President , she now holds the most powerful position in the world. A woman with her qualifications would have a balanced view on foreign and national policy.

Having Hillary, a woman, in the white house will be a strength. Why will she be President in November ? She has the best resume thus far from all the Presidents we have ever had. She has been The First lady, Senator,  and Secretary of State. We have never in our history had anyone with so many credentials.

When we hire someone for a CEO position, we want years of experience on all fronts and it MUST apply to the most powerful job in the world as well.

A woman will stay calm through the verbal attacks. She has the ability to handle stress and stand her ground with grace and charm on matters. Hillary is a great debater and has been her whole life.  She is a great strategist and far better one than Bill. She is and will make sure she is inclusive of all races, religion and stature. She will fight terrorists, and without creating the divide in her nation.  She will keep America strong and most importantly she knows what really happens behind closed doors at the white house.

This originally appeared on HuffingtonPost.com

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Why Women Should Help Other Women

At a restaurant two days ago my husband and I sat next to a couple of young ladies. We were there for about two hours and the whole time, their conversation centered around how terrible and manipulative their female manager was, and then finally disintegrated into a negative comment about the manager’s physical appearance.

I felt sorry for the two girls and was also saddened by the fact that they felt the need to attack their manager’s physical appearance in response to some perceived unkindness in the workplace.

I believe it is so important that women learn to be kind to one another because have climbed so far to get to where we are today. We must lend a hand and encourage other women behind us to be their best whenever possible.

It is from this belief that I founded Stree, or “Dignified Women” to help and encourage women to succeed in their own environment ― because success has a different definition for all of us.

Stree’s primary focus is on education, and over the past 15 years has helped over 3,000,000 women. Stree has provided scholarships and fought for the rights for women in villages and countries around the world, and financed 1000’s of women-owned business. While I feel this is only a dent in the larger picture, those women we have helped will go out and help others in their communities.

We have fought for their human rights and their civil rights. We support and fund several orphanages for girls around the world. I believe that if we do not support more women things cannot continue to change for the better.

It is important for women to help one another as mothers, as business women, as mother-in laws and as daughters. Certain skills are naturally more developed for women than they are for men. We can multi-task. We are nurturers. We can handle tremendous amounts of professional and personal pressure. We possess these attributes because we are made to have children. These skills are already in our DNA.

I feel very strongly that maintaining our femininity in all of it’s various shapes and forms is our strength.  We do not have to become men to be strong.  Our femininity is POWER, and we should never sacrifice it or try to strip it away from others.

I did not have the privilege of having a woman guide me through my journey, but I wish I did. I built my business from nothing to over a billion dollars. My role models were strong women like Indira Ghandi, Eleanor Roosevelt, Margaret Thatcher. They fought more difficult battles to get to where they did. They taught me to never give up.

Women are the future. We are the movers and the shakers of the new millenia , our foremothers spilt blood and fought for our freedom and our rights. We should embrace it now and help each other to ensure our girls ahead of us learn from us and stand tall.

We live in a time when we are all connected through the wonderful world of web and the world is so small. This allows us to reach out more than before and mentor those who are rising behind us, increasing the possibility of women presidents (regardless of political party), women chairpersons , women in management and owners of businesses.

We are women, goddesses who have the power to change and make the world better if we stand together united. Regardless of our race, religion or status in our societies we all have one thing in common. We want to move ahead in whatever that dream is for us. We MUST stretch our hand out to help one another.

I’ll leave you with this quote –  Indhira Ghandi – “You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist. Stretch your hands and bring our fellow women to the forefront of politics, our homes, our business lives. If we have reached our pinnacle be that money or stature. It is our responsibility to stretch our hands to those behind us and draw them up.”

So please, stop judging your fellow women by size, beauty and color. We are all WOMEN so let’s ROAR together.

This originally appeared on Huffington Post.com.  

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8 Characteristics of a Strong woman, Malini Saba

What do the following household names have in common — Amelia Earhart, Rosa Parks, and Malala Yousafzai? Describing these women as powerful, strong, brave, and revolutionary is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to recognizing their achievements. But what exactly made them that way?

Amelia Earhart was the first female pilot to perform a solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean. That was a big deal at the time. When you think about it, it still is.

Rosa Parks refused to give in to the racist culture of the early-mid 1900s by refusing to move to the back of the bus. We all know the impact that action had on history.

Malini Saba was awarded the Federation Peace Prize for her role of becoming the first Sri Lankan woman to achieve great business success despite the war against Tamils for thirty years.  She is the youngest person to ever receive the Peace Prize.

These strong, charismatic, powerful women are all icons of human achievement, and a testament to their gender. But how exactly do these women tap into such greatness? What is their secret?

Truth is, there’s no prerequisite of fame or grand gestures to be a powerful woman. Power is an internal characteristic, not an award from society. That’s when women display noble characteristics of strength, leadership, integrity, and honor, we should revel in their achievements, and respect their legacies.

Here are just some characteristics (out of many) that powerful and strong women typically display:

1. They are comfortable with themselves and their pasts.

Running away is not something that powerful women do. Unfortunately, trauma is highly prevalent for women. Powerful women do not let their past overtake them. Healing from the past is a long road, and a strong woman knows this. She does not expect to heal overnight, yet she keeps trying to close her wounds and move forward. A strong woman will do what she can to help others without endangering their own safety. They use their experiences to teach others new truths or raise awareness for certain causes. They are smart, however, they know not to trust just anyone with the details of their traumas.

2. They don’t let rejection ruin their spirit or their lives.

Fear of rejection is a natural part of life. Rejection is a painful experience for whoever suffers through it. Being rejected is a common human experience, although some people handle the pain much better than others. A strong woman knows that she needs to take the time to grieve, and incorporate loss into their framework for strength and success. A powerful woman refuses to let such things overwhelm her life. She still chases her goals, finds new opportunities, and learns from her experiences. When one door closes, another door opens, and strong, smart, capable women know that better than most.

3. They are honest but not overly trusting.

Lies and dishonesty are a part of life, and a strong woman has had her fair share of betrayals to know one or two things about trust. She knows that in her orchard, there will always be some bad apples. This doesn’t deter her and she will stay true to herself. She is honest about who she is but doesn’t
wear her secrets on her sleeve. This characteristic saves her wasted time, money, and heartbreak. Drama may consume her friends but she stays far away, and takes time to develop trust for others.

4. They possess incredible amounts of creativity.

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. A powerful woman is aware of this and when one way is not working, she is ready to move onto the next. Even when there is no other path clearly marked, she is ready to forge ahead. She has a bright streak of creativity that allows her to constantly brainstorm new and innovative ideas. Her imagination is nearly limitless and fuels her ambition, making her a beacon of hope and intuition for others who encounter her attitude.

5. They make fantastic role models.

Everyone has had a role model at one point or another that ended up changing their lives. Becoming a role model is something that powerful women appreciate and enjoy. These women help others unlock their potential and creativity through their guidance. Powerful women reflect upon their own role models and previous mentors to help guide them and channel that energy into their own great leadership skills.

6. They easily admit it when they are wrong.

Admitting to wrongdoing can be embarrassing and stressful for anyone. Strong women are not immune to these emotions, but they are able to cope with them and ask for help when it’s needed. They’re not arrogant. When a strong woman needs help, she’s always comfortable enough to ask graciously and appreciate the assistance. Because women (and men) know that valuable help is a true opportunity.

7. They never try to bring down their peers (or other women).

Some people feel the need to drag others down instead of building them back up. This is not something that powerful women do. Instead of finding joy in beating others down, they find joy in bringing them up. She knows that her value is not dependent on anyone else and only dependent on herself. Strong women do not feed into the stereotype that women hate each other. Instead, when they notice their friends and peers struggling, they do their best to help. They fill in the gaps of other people instead of making them worse. They try to be a support and a shoulder others can lean on when they are in need.

8. They take great care of themselves, and of others.

Powerful women keep their minds, bodies, and emotions strong through self-care. Self-care is truly engaging in anything that will keep you healthy. Strong women know that they need to stay hydrated, eat well, and exercise. They also know that self-care does not stop with the physical body, as the mind needs to be cared for as well. They can control their emotions and know how to cope with mental health problems. It is important to note that having a mental illness does not make someone weak.

Understanding these eight reasons, it is clear that Malini Saba deserves to be seen among other strong women as she has achieved success despite the odds against her. She has suffered loss and was strong enough to step back in with both feet and persevere. In Malini Saba own words” We can sit and cry for what others have tried to do to bring us down, or we can get right back up and rise like the phoenix from the ashes.”

In her words “Throw me to the wolves and I WILL return the leader of the pack. “

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Malini Saba Legacy

By Chandra Lingam

Malini unknowingly will leave a legacy with her Charitable work globally. She started it because it is a passion. A passion to help others in need and create a world where everyone has same opportunities. Saba believes that through different decades, different political environments , we as a people should always stay focused on our goals to help others. Never to be swayed by the changes around on the 30,000 feet level.

In Malini’s words “Politics change every four years , but the ground level problems always stay the same. To create a real impact its up to us civilians with passion to move mountains and bring  the mountain to Muhammed as the saying goes”  she explained with a smile.  Malini went on to explain “ If that is all we focus on we can as a world of common people make real change”.

I went on to ask her five things she would say about how to leave a legacy.
Saba responded with 5 ways. 

  1. Support the People and Causes That are Important to You
    My best friend of decades ago once asked me what I thought was the most important attribute of friendship. I replied that support was the major theme of friendship. There isn’t any more wonderful feeling in life than making the choice to sustain loyalty to a friend by lovingly supporting everything that is good and right about that person’s life. My friend was an advocate of Older adult  in the city we resided in and I supported those causes, too, as she supported mine. Although we parted ways when I moved out of the city, she would always reach out to me and remember my work, my life and my family.
  2. Reflect and Decide What is Most Important in Your Life
    When you review your life’s journey, several ideas may come to mind: Did you grow and perhaps transform your life, make changes when you needed to, find your truth, inspire others, become a leader or influence others? Touching lives and exemplifying a truthful path is paramount to living a joyful and purposeful life. Your legacy will live on.
  3. Share Your Blessings With Others
    I was walking two dogs the other day — one dog was totally blind and the other dog stubbornly knew her mind. I stopped suddenly in the middle of my son’s beautiful neighborhood to observe with wonder the late afternoon thunderclouds bulging out from the mountains. I thought of all the blessings I have in life and how I try to be mindful of sharing with others the richness of my life. I have been given abundance and such is my fate. And it is my legacy to give back this abundance to others. Everyone has blessings to share, even if it a simple smile of acknowledgement.
  4. Be a Mentor to Others
    A mentor by definition is a more experienced or more knowledgeable person with an area of expertise. Everyone has some significant truth to impart to others that will guide less experienced people in life. The mentoring/mentee relationship involves personal development and support. This process involves an exchange of knowledge complimented by psychological and/or social support that is crucial to sustaining new mindsets. Sometimes these relationships last a lifetime, even when the mentee has moved on to influence others.
  5. Pursue Your Passions Because They Are Infectious
    Your passions are your legacy. Passion comes from an outpouring of the interests and ideas that make a difference in your life. Finding and pursing your passion allows you to see your destiny clearly. That’s what happened to me with meditating and music. I can attest to the fact that life won’t be any fun if you don’t pursue your passions to the fullest. It’s contagious. It’s religious. Don’t miss the opportunity to pursue your passions and then continue to look for new adventures.

Malini Saba is a visionary and someone who sees things through a difference lens than most of us. She is willing to push the envelope when needed and never afraid to ask for what she needs for the betterment of others.

I followed her to one of the hospitals she supports in India. We walked in like just another person. She never made any appointments. She was treated like another person until one of the board members recognized her and immediately the service altered.  I asked her why she did not call them ahead of time, her response, “I want to see how they serve their patients. Money should never buy better service when it comes to healthcare. Everyone health problem is the same and has the same intensity to their families. I do this to see if they practice what they preach.”

Having interviewed many wealthy Asians, I found Malini Saba just the opposite. She was so very humble and had no airs about her and you would never realize how really wealthy she really is because of the manner she conducts herself.

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Investor Characteristics Five Key Essential Ingredients

What makes a good investor?

By Richard West

I met Ms. Saba in Australia. I was privileged to have an hour to interview her. My question to her was two-fold, ”1) What makes a good investor and 2) How did you build your portfolio of companies?”

“There are five key characteristics are needed in order to become a good investor”, she said.

Investor Malini Saba

An average investor uses his/her money and invests the rest; a good investor invests his/her money and uses the rest. Investing is a risk vs. returns game.

  1. Goal setting - Failing to plan is planning to fail!
    A good investor will always have clear goal. It is very important to have a plan to achieve the goals. Variations most likely tend to divert an investor from the agenda. Having a plan of action within a defined period of time for a particular return on investment is a sign of a good investor. They are prepared for the uncertainty of the market while the plans are usually made considering both the sides.

  2. Knowledge - When you know better, you do better!
    Besides utilizing time to the best, a good investor possesses knowledge of the market. He/she understands the position of funds and has researched about the company investment strategy and philosophy. You need to know where your money is being utilized. A good investor analyses the growth pattern of the company over the years from genuine sources. On the accounts of the anticipations and knowledge a good investor will have a defined plan for exit point as well. An active learner who is open to make a right choice on the basic of genuinity of knowledge is a good investor.

  3. Right Decision - Listen to the world but do what is right!
    A good investor knows the time. They keep an eye on current scenario in the market. They update their knowledge about market activities and growth. Having a sound understanding of trends enables the investors to overlook their plans and decide the term of investment. Having an understanding of current trends and company market position makes one a good investor. They own their mistakes and learn not to make them again. It’s not necessary that the good investor jumps into the trends; he/she just does what is right.

  4. Patience - Keep calm and carry on!
    Over the period of time a good investor creates wealth due to his patience. It is probably the finest quality to have. A good investor has faith in his plans. They usually do not feel bad about the 10% downtick; they would rather sit tight to celebrate the 100% uptick. They are persistent about sticking to the plans. They usually do not get into the buy and sell trends.

  5. Risk Aversion - Know thyself!
    Good investors know the inherent risk in investing. They understand their plans and analyze their expected returns. Being risk averse is a quality shaped by experience, knowledge and confidence over the above mentioned key characteristics.

Malini Saba’s Mantra:

“Remember to let go once you have decided to invest your money. The rest is in the hands of those you have entrusted to do the job. Thus, choose well and wisely based on analysis and research and also use your gut instinct. If you do those well, the rest is in the pudding as the British say.”

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Mother Behind Scenes, Woman Behind Business

Mother Behind the Scenes, Woman Behind the Business
By Elana Shongan

I wanted to write this personalized outlook of a woman I admire dearly. She is humble and caring but fiercely strong and puts up with no nonsense. This is my take on this amazing woman.

I had the occasion to see Madam herself sweeping and mopping at home. She works late into the night and sometimes wakes up early at 2:00 AM to finish work. When I went to see her she was doing this. I think it helps her think and release stress.

I still remember her photograph with the then American President Bill Clinton. She isn’t a tall woman, but she is a towering figure. Madam Saba is a female icon and she shows it to the world what women are capable of doing if they decide something.

Soon to be mother Malini Saba with President Bill Clinton

When she met with the late President Mandela she was calm and graceful and cracked jokes with him.

Behind closed doors Saba is a mother and a homemaker. Malini applies her relentless work ethic to home life overseeing the rearing of her child and performing home domestic duties.

Her child was born by cesarean section three days early. She felt unwell during her pregnancy and given that she could not have any more children. The business magnet work ethic applied to family home in Monaco where she juggles her job, studying the trade, organizing the household, shopping, sewing, cooking and ironing.

Madam Saba is not the kind of person to lounge around, she prefers to sightsee rather than relaxing by the pool. After a business trip she rounds her family up and drags them out to a weekend getaway camping. This allows her to connect back with them and find out what she missed.

Madam is partial to a glass of good wine to keep her going while she writes her speeches and works on her business at night. She sleeps only for four hours a night and no one can ever order her to bed to lie down and get more rest.

Saba is very particular about overseeing her the upbringing of her child. She makes sure she is there to take her to school in the morning and pick her up and works from home thereafter. She does not believe in nannies. Her mantra –  they grow up so fast, I want to savor every moment of her changes till then.

One of Madam Saba’s favorite thing to do is cook. When she is up in the morning she plans the menu for the day. She will make a hot fresh meal for her child’s lunch box and always leaves little motivational notes in there as surprises.  She will prep the evening meal before leaving the home for work.

Her dinners are always elaborate. It’s a four-course meal. She makes it compulsory that everyone sits at the table, says grace and then eats together. Saba believes it is during this time you have quality time to engage on variety of topics of the day as a family as a unit.

When Madam Saba travels, she makes sure she has hand written several notes and request I place them in her lunch box as surprises. She makes sure she facetimes her child in the morning when she wakes up, after she comes back from school and before she sleeps. There are times she also helps her with her homework.

Despite her business engagements, political meetings and philanthropy work, she always makes time for her baby. She says motherhood is the most difficult job in the world and the most satisfying. “I love being a mother and I am a mother first and foremost.” says Madam Malini.

Madam Saba embodies every hard-working mother out there in the world trying hard to juggle both work and being a mother.

 

 

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Love Thy Neighbor

Who is your neighbor?

The word tolerance means the willingness to accept or to tolerate, especially opinions or behavior you may not agree with, or to behave sensibly with those who are not like you. It means showing respect for the race, gender, opinions, religion and ideologies of other people or groups, and to admire the good qualities and good work of others. And to express one’s point of view in a decent and respectful way while respecting the sentiments of others.

Tolerance can be shown in many ways, on different occasions and at different times. A person might fully disagree with others on any issue, from religion to politics, while at the same time and respecting those with different ideas and opinions and treating them with full dignity and honor.

peace, love and tolerance

Tolerance is needed in all spheres of life, and on every level and on every stage, because it plays a vital role to establish peace and love, from the smallest unit up to the highest unit of society.

Tolerance does not mean that only one person or party shows tolerance and the others do not. When some people disagree on a certain issue they must advocate and express their opinion in a respectful manner, and hateful and provocative words should not be used. Tolerance must be shown from both sides on issues, in order for it to be effective.

Here, let it be clear that showing respect and tolerance to the opinions of others does not necessarily mean you have to compromise your principles or embrace or accept others’ ideas. It is simply a matter of fundamental human rights.

The right of every human being that his sensibilities and sentiments shall not be violated and offended must be recognized. And every human person has the right to have an opinion and to express it.

In this globalisation, where people of different backgrounds, cultures and religions are living together, and where the world has become multicultural and full of diversity, establishing tolerance and harmony has become very crucial and important, and fostering mutual love and affection has become vital.

Without tolerance and harmony the lasting peace of societies cannot be maintained, and loyalty for each other cannot be established.

I hope that as we move ahead into the new dawn, we as a people would not just jump on the wagon of intolerance because our leaders encourage that  but work towards agreeing to be different and agree to disagree.

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Malini Saba Shares Secrets

BACKSTAGE Secrets of Malini Saba

1) Best Career advice I’ve gotten:

Always think before you act. Never take anything personally – it’s business.

 

2) Moment I felt I’d Made it:

When I stopped worrying about money.

 

3) How I made my first Dollar:

I worked at Red Rooster as a cashier.

 

4) Favorite Perks in the job:

I get to travel all over the world in my job and I meet interesting people.

 

5) If I weren’t a businesswoman what would I be?

I would be a writer. I love writing.

 

6) Three qualities that got me to where I am today:

I never give up on anything. I listen to everyones opinion. I forgive and forget.

 

7) Song I would play at my funeral:

Frank Sinatra’s. –  “MY WAY”

 

8) Food I am not ashamed to admit I love:

Chocolate cheesecake. It’s my favorite thing to eat .It makes me happy.

 

9) Superhero power I would like to have –

To make the world happy. I would swish it like a wand and make everyone happy with where they are in their life and happy

With what they have.

 

10) What every woman should try once in her lifetime –

Taking a trip on the ORIENT EXPRESS. It’s the best experience and just beautiful and set in time.

 

11) If I could live abroad where would it be.

I would like on an island like BORA BORA. Its just an amazing place.

 

12) First Album I bought  –

Modanna ’s –  Like a Virgin.

 

13) Book that left a lasting impression on me

South Beach Diet  –  Never knew anything like that could actually work.

 

14) On My bucket list –

I want to take the BLUE Train in Africa, see Iceland and fly a plane.

 

15) One thing I am exceptionally good at –

Dancing.

 

16) One thing I am exceptionally bad at –

Lying.

 

17) How I clear my head after a crappy day:

I listen to Frank Sinatra record and gave a glass of wine.

 

18) My First Kiss –

The man I married.

 

19) Advice to a woman with a broken heart:

Take it is as a learning experience and that the Universe was protecting you from further hurt. The Universe took it away because

Something better is on its way to you. Cherish that feeling and trust the universe. It makes miracles happen when you let go.

 

20) Craziest thing I did for love –

I moved countries for him only to discover he was after my money.

 

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Ladies: Always Stand Your Ground

When I arrived in Asia, I was a rookie ― a deer in headlights. I left the Garden of Eden that was Silicon Valley for the wilderness, and I quickly learned how difficult it was to start from scratch without having anyone you can trust.

It’s been 12 years since then, and we have set up offices in 8 different jurisdictions, all of which are now thriving ― but this was not the case in the beginning.  Raising money to grow the business in Asia was difficult. The laws in these countries can be superseded for the right price. It’s who you know, how much you have, and how much of it you are willing to disperse of it to the right person.

If these people became displeased with you, they would try their utmost to discredit you and bring you down.

Men have broken into my home at night and threatened me, telling me I needed to leave the country or die.

I have had a man I trusted spy through cameras he installed in our office to take our contracts before we got them.

I have had men accuse me of having affairs with my staff, and post pictures about it.

They  even went as far as to create a false situation regarding my immigration status and demand payment to make it go away.

Despite all of this, I did not fold. It would have been very easy to run away and tell myself all this is not  worth the hassle, but I had a business to run and I had invested too much to just drop it. I had to find a way to make it work despite the threats and the false accusations.

As a woman in business, you will meet the good and the bad. You must meet them both, and learn how to handle the most difficult parts calmly and with a clear head. You will also learn that they WILL NOT win if you do not let FEAR take over and cloud your thinking.

The most important thing to remember is to never let fear take over. The best weapon against threats and false accusations is success. You must succeed in order to defeat them.

Focus on your business and your path and always have a lawyer you can trust on your side. Not just an expensive lawyer, but a lawyer who believes in the rights of others ―Human Rights.

If I had folded when these things were thrown at me over the past 10 years, I would not have a business that is worth over half a billion dollars in this part of the world.

Never fold to pressure and difficulties. When one door shuts go through the other, there is always a way to succeed.

This originally appeared on HuffingtonPost.com

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How Will a Woman in the White House Change America?

Two hundred years ago, when a woman took a husband in the United States she lost what limited freedom she had as a young adult.

Did you know that after the revolutionary war women who fought and aided independence efforts lost all of their legal standing as an equal under the new Constitution of the United States of America?

In the 1800’s a small group of women decided to protest this flawed system and fight for ours rights and freedoms. This fight brought about small and slow but very meaningful change. They were adamant in improving women’s inferior status in the United States.

The movement for Women’s Suffrage movement began in 1869 began, and on August 26, 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. With it, 17 million women won for themselves that most basic promise of democracy: the right to vote. ( npv.org)

Forty years had to pass before we looked at the women’s movement again. In the 1960’s  women rose again to ensure federal laws were implemented to create equality in employment and education.

The year is now 2016, 56 years later, and for the first time ever, we have a woman officially nominated by a major political party for President in the United states.  Why did we take so long to acknowledge the fact that a woman can be responsible for the Oval office?

The rest of the world moved ahead much earlier. In 1960 Sri Lanka elected the world’s first female prime minister, followed by Argentina in 1974 with the election of President Estela Isabel Martines.

I believe a woman will uphold the respect and integrity of the Oval office when she is finally elected President of the United States.

If a woman becomes President of the most powerful country in the world, it would also have a major impact on the role and importance of women around the world.

She will also manage the world differently and will have a new approach to handling conflicts. Regardless of political party differences, we must come together to celebrate this achievement.

This is not a small fete. By becoming the first woman President , she now holds the most powerful position in the world. A woman with her qualifications would have a balanced view on foreign and national policy.

Having Hillary, a woman, in the white house will be a strength. Why will she be President in November ? She has the best resume thus far from all the Presidents we have ever had. She has been The First lady, Senator,  and Secretary of State. We have never in our history had anyone with so many credentials.

When we hire someone for a CEO position, we want years of experience on all fronts and it MUST apply to the most powerful job in the world as well.

A woman will stay calm through the verbal attacks. She has the ability to handle stress and stand her ground with grace and charm on matters. Hillary is a great debater and has been her whole life.  She is a great strategist and far better one than Bill. She is and will make sure she is inclusive of all races, religion and stature. She will fight terrorists, and without creating the divide in her nation.  She will keep America strong and most importantly she knows what really happens behind closed doors at the white house.

This originally appeared on HuffingtonPost.com

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Why Women Should Help Other Women

At a restaurant two days ago my husband and I sat next to a couple of young ladies. We were there for about two hours and the whole time, their conversation centered around how terrible and manipulative their female manager was, and then finally disintegrated into a negative comment about the manager’s physical appearance.

I felt sorry for the two girls and was also saddened by the fact that they felt the need to attack their manager’s physical appearance in response to some perceived unkindness in the workplace.

I believe it is so important that women learn to be kind to one another because have climbed so far to get to where we are today. We must lend a hand and encourage other women behind us to be their best whenever possible.

It is from this belief that I founded Stree, or “Dignified Women” to help and encourage women to succeed in their own environment ― because success has a different definition for all of us.

Stree’s primary focus is on education, and over the past 15 years has helped over 3,000,000 women. Stree has provided scholarships and fought for the rights for women in villages and countries around the world, and financed 1000’s of women-owned business. While I feel this is only a dent in the larger picture, those women we have helped will go out and help others in their communities.

We have fought for their human rights and their civil rights. We support and fund several orphanages for girls around the world. I believe that if we do not support more women things cannot continue to change for the better.

It is important for women to help one another as mothers, as business women, as mother-in laws and as daughters. Certain skills are naturally more developed for women than they are for men. We can multi-task. We are nurturers. We can handle tremendous amounts of professional and personal pressure. We possess these attributes because we are made to have children. These skills are already in our DNA.

I feel very strongly that maintaining our femininity in all of it’s various shapes and forms is our strength.  We do not have to become men to be strong.  Our femininity is POWER, and we should never sacrifice it or try to strip it away from others.

I did not have the privilege of having a woman guide me through my journey, but I wish I did. I built my business from nothing to over a billion dollars. My role models were strong women like Indira Ghandi, Eleanor Roosevelt, Margaret Thatcher. They fought more difficult battles to get to where they did. They taught me to never give up.

Women are the future. We are the movers and the shakers of the new millenia , our foremothers spilt blood and fought for our freedom and our rights. We should embrace it now and help each other to ensure our girls ahead of us learn from us and stand tall.

We live in a time when we are all connected through the wonderful world of web and the world is so small. This allows us to reach out more than before and mentor those who are rising behind us, increasing the possibility of women presidents (regardless of political party), women chairpersons , women in management and owners of businesses.

We are women, goddesses who have the power to change and make the world better if we stand together united. Regardless of our race, religion or status in our societies we all have one thing in common. We want to move ahead in whatever that dream is for us. We MUST stretch our hand out to help one another.

I’ll leave you with this quote –  Indhira Ghandi – “You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist. Stretch your hands and bring our fellow women to the forefront of politics, our homes, our business lives. If we have reached our pinnacle be that money or stature. It is our responsibility to stretch our hands to those behind us and draw them up.”

So please, stop judging your fellow women by size, beauty and color. We are all WOMEN so let’s ROAR together.

This originally appeared on Huffington Post.com.  

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8 Characteristics of a Strong woman, Malini Saba

What do the following household names have in common — Amelia Earhart, Rosa Parks, and Malala Yousafzai? Describing these women as powerful, strong, brave, and revolutionary is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to recognizing their achievements. But what exactly made them that way?

Amelia Earhart was the first female pilot to perform a solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean. That was a big deal at the time. When you think about it, it still is.

Rosa Parks refused to give in to the racist culture of the early-mid 1900s by refusing to move to the back of the bus. We all know the impact that action had on history.

Malini Saba was awarded the Federation Peace Prize for her role of becoming the first Sri Lankan woman to achieve great business success despite the war against Tamils for thirty years.  She is the youngest person to ever receive the Peace Prize.

These strong, charismatic, powerful women are all icons of human achievement, and a testament to their gender. But how exactly do these women tap into such greatness? What is their secret?

Truth is, there’s no prerequisite of fame or grand gestures to be a powerful woman. Power is an internal characteristic, not an award from society. That’s when women display noble characteristics of strength, leadership, integrity, and honor, we should revel in their achievements, and respect their legacies.

Here are just some characteristics (out of many) that powerful and strong women typically display:

1. They are comfortable with themselves and their pasts.

Running away is not something that powerful women do. Unfortunately, trauma is highly prevalent for women. Powerful women do not let their past overtake them. Healing from the past is a long road, and a strong woman knows this. She does not expect to heal overnight, yet she keeps trying to close her wounds and move forward. A strong woman will do what she can to help others without endangering their own safety. They use their experiences to teach others new truths or raise awareness for certain causes. They are smart, however, they know not to trust just anyone with the details of their traumas.

2. They don’t let rejection ruin their spirit or their lives.

Fear of rejection is a natural part of life. Rejection is a painful experience for whoever suffers through it. Being rejected is a common human experience, although some people handle the pain much better than others. A strong woman knows that she needs to take the time to grieve, and incorporate loss into their framework for strength and success. A powerful woman refuses to let such things overwhelm her life. She still chases her goals, finds new opportunities, and learns from her experiences. When one door closes, another door opens, and strong, smart, capable women know that better than most.

3. They are honest but not overly trusting.

Lies and dishonesty are a part of life, and a strong woman has had her fair share of betrayals to know one or two things about trust. She knows that in her orchard, there will always be some bad apples. This doesn’t deter her and she will stay true to herself. She is honest about who she is but doesn’t
wear her secrets on her sleeve. This characteristic saves her wasted time, money, and heartbreak. Drama may consume her friends but she stays far away, and takes time to develop trust for others.

4. They possess incredible amounts of creativity.

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. A powerful woman is aware of this and when one way is not working, she is ready to move onto the next. Even when there is no other path clearly marked, she is ready to forge ahead. She has a bright streak of creativity that allows her to constantly brainstorm new and innovative ideas. Her imagination is nearly limitless and fuels her ambition, making her a beacon of hope and intuition for others who encounter her attitude.

5. They make fantastic role models.

Everyone has had a role model at one point or another that ended up changing their lives. Becoming a role model is something that powerful women appreciate and enjoy. These women help others unlock their potential and creativity through their guidance. Powerful women reflect upon their own role models and previous mentors to help guide them and channel that energy into their own great leadership skills.

6. They easily admit it when they are wrong.

Admitting to wrongdoing can be embarrassing and stressful for anyone. Strong women are not immune to these emotions, but they are able to cope with them and ask for help when it’s needed. They’re not arrogant. When a strong woman needs help, she’s always comfortable enough to ask graciously and appreciate the assistance. Because women (and men) know that valuable help is a true opportunity.

7. They never try to bring down their peers (or other women).

Some people feel the need to drag others down instead of building them back up. This is not something that powerful women do. Instead of finding joy in beating others down, they find joy in bringing them up. She knows that her value is not dependent on anyone else and only dependent on herself. Strong women do not feed into the stereotype that women hate each other. Instead, when they notice their friends and peers struggling, they do their best to help. They fill in the gaps of other people instead of making them worse. They try to be a support and a shoulder others can lean on when they are in need.

8. They take great care of themselves, and of others.

Powerful women keep their minds, bodies, and emotions strong through self-care. Self-care is truly engaging in anything that will keep you healthy. Strong women know that they need to stay hydrated, eat well, and exercise. They also know that self-care does not stop with the physical body, as the mind needs to be cared for as well. They can control their emotions and know how to cope with mental health problems. It is important to note that having a mental illness does not make someone weak.

Understanding these eight reasons, it is clear that Malini Saba deserves to be seen among other strong women as she has achieved success despite the odds against her. She has suffered loss and was strong enough to step back in with both feet and persevere. In Malini Saba own words” We can sit and cry for what others have tried to do to bring us down, or we can get right back up and rise like the phoenix from the ashes.”

In her words “Throw me to the wolves and I WILL return the leader of the pack. “

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Malini Saba Legacy

By Chandra Lingam

Malini unknowingly will leave a legacy with her Charitable work globally. She started it because it is a passion. A passion to help others in need and create a world where everyone has same opportunities. Saba believes that through different decades, different political environments , we as a people should always stay focused on our goals to help others. Never to be swayed by the changes around on the 30,000 feet level.

In Malini’s words “Politics change every four years , but the ground level problems always stay the same. To create a real impact its up to us civilians with passion to move mountains and bring  the mountain to Muhammed as the saying goes”  she explained with a smile.  Malini went on to explain “ If that is all we focus on we can as a world of common people make real change”.

I went on to ask her five things she would say about how to leave a legacy.
Saba responded with 5 ways. 

  1. Support the People and Causes That are Important to You
    My best friend of decades ago once asked me what I thought was the most important attribute of friendship. I replied that support was the major theme of friendship. There isn’t any more wonderful feeling in life than making the choice to sustain loyalty to a friend by lovingly supporting everything that is good and right about that person’s life. My friend was an advocate of Older adult  in the city we resided in and I supported those causes, too, as she supported mine. Although we parted ways when I moved out of the city, she would always reach out to me and remember my work, my life and my family.
  2. Reflect and Decide What is Most Important in Your Life
    When you review your life’s journey, several ideas may come to mind: Did you grow and perhaps transform your life, make changes when you needed to, find your truth, inspire others, become a leader or influence others? Touching lives and exemplifying a truthful path is paramount to living a joyful and purposeful life. Your legacy will live on.
  3. Share Your Blessings With Others
    I was walking two dogs the other day — one dog was totally blind and the other dog stubbornly knew her mind. I stopped suddenly in the middle of my son’s beautiful neighborhood to observe with wonder the late afternoon thunderclouds bulging out from the mountains. I thought of all the blessings I have in life and how I try to be mindful of sharing with others the richness of my life. I have been given abundance and such is my fate. And it is my legacy to give back this abundance to others. Everyone has blessings to share, even if it a simple smile of acknowledgement.
  4. Be a Mentor to Others
    A mentor by definition is a more experienced or more knowledgeable person with an area of expertise. Everyone has some significant truth to impart to others that will guide less experienced people in life. The mentoring/mentee relationship involves personal development and support. This process involves an exchange of knowledge complimented by psychological and/or social support that is crucial to sustaining new mindsets. Sometimes these relationships last a lifetime, even when the mentee has moved on to influence others.
  5. Pursue Your Passions Because They Are Infectious
    Your passions are your legacy. Passion comes from an outpouring of the interests and ideas that make a difference in your life. Finding and pursing your passion allows you to see your destiny clearly. That’s what happened to me with meditating and music. I can attest to the fact that life won’t be any fun if you don’t pursue your passions to the fullest. It’s contagious. It’s religious. Don’t miss the opportunity to pursue your passions and then continue to look for new adventures.

Malini Saba is a visionary and someone who sees things through a difference lens than most of us. She is willing to push the envelope when needed and never afraid to ask for what she needs for the betterment of others.

I followed her to one of the hospitals she supports in India. We walked in like just another person. She never made any appointments. She was treated like another person until one of the board members recognized her and immediately the service altered.  I asked her why she did not call them ahead of time, her response, “I want to see how they serve their patients. Money should never buy better service when it comes to healthcare. Everyone health problem is the same and has the same intensity to their families. I do this to see if they practice what they preach.”

Having interviewed many wealthy Asians, I found Malini Saba just the opposite. She was so very humble and had no airs about her and you would never realize how really wealthy she really is because of the manner she conducts herself.

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Investor Characteristics Five Key Essential Ingredients

What makes a good investor?

By Richard West

I met Ms. Saba in Australia. I was privileged to have an hour to interview her. My question to her was two-fold, ”1) What makes a good investor and 2) How did you build your portfolio of companies?”

“There are five key characteristics are needed in order to become a good investor”, she said.

Investor Malini Saba

An average investor uses his/her money and invests the rest; a good investor invests his/her money and uses the rest. Investing is a risk vs. returns game.

  1. Goal setting - Failing to plan is planning to fail!
    A good investor will always have clear goal. It is very important to have a plan to achieve the goals. Variations most likely tend to divert an investor from the agenda. Having a plan of action within a defined period of time for a particular return on investment is a sign of a good investor. They are prepared for the uncertainty of the market while the plans are usually made considering both the sides.

  2. Knowledge - When you know better, you do better!
    Besides utilizing time to the best, a good investor possesses knowledge of the market. He/she understands the position of funds and has researched about the company investment strategy and philosophy. You need to know where your money is being utilized. A good investor analyses the growth pattern of the company over the years from genuine sources. On the accounts of the anticipations and knowledge a good investor will have a defined plan for exit point as well. An active learner who is open to make a right choice on the basic of genuinity of knowledge is a good investor.

  3. Right Decision - Listen to the world but do what is right!
    A good investor knows the time. They keep an eye on current scenario in the market. They update their knowledge about market activities and growth. Having a sound understanding of trends enables the investors to overlook their plans and decide the term of investment. Having an understanding of current trends and company market position makes one a good investor. They own their mistakes and learn not to make them again. It’s not necessary that the good investor jumps into the trends; he/she just does what is right.

  4. Patience - Keep calm and carry on!
    Over the period of time a good investor creates wealth due to his patience. It is probably the finest quality to have. A good investor has faith in his plans. They usually do not feel bad about the 10% downtick; they would rather sit tight to celebrate the 100% uptick. They are persistent about sticking to the plans. They usually do not get into the buy and sell trends.

  5. Risk Aversion - Know thyself!
    Good investors know the inherent risk in investing. They understand their plans and analyze their expected returns. Being risk averse is a quality shaped by experience, knowledge and confidence over the above mentioned key characteristics.

Malini Saba’s Mantra:

“Remember to let go once you have decided to invest your money. The rest is in the hands of those you have entrusted to do the job. Thus, choose well and wisely based on analysis and research and also use your gut instinct. If you do those well, the rest is in the pudding as the British say.”

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Mother Behind Scenes, Woman Behind Business

Mother Behind the Scenes, Woman Behind the Business
By Elana Shongan

I wanted to write this personalized outlook of a woman I admire dearly. She is humble and caring but fiercely strong and puts up with no nonsense. This is my take on this amazing woman.

I had the occasion to see Madam herself sweeping and mopping at home. She works late into the night and sometimes wakes up early at 2:00 AM to finish work. When I went to see her she was doing this. I think it helps her think and release stress.

I still remember her photograph with the then American President Bill Clinton. She isn’t a tall woman, but she is a towering figure. Madam Saba is a female icon and she shows it to the world what women are capable of doing if they decide something.

Soon to be mother Malini Saba with President Bill Clinton

When she met with the late President Mandela she was calm and graceful and cracked jokes with him.

Behind closed doors Saba is a mother and a homemaker. Malini applies her relentless work ethic to home life overseeing the rearing of her child and performing home domestic duties.

Her child was born by cesarean section three days early. She felt unwell during her pregnancy and given that she could not have any more children. The business magnet work ethic applied to family home in Monaco where she juggles her job, studying the trade, organizing the household, shopping, sewing, cooking and ironing.

Madam Saba is not the kind of person to lounge around, she prefers to sightsee rather than relaxing by the pool. After a business trip she rounds her family up and drags them out to a weekend getaway camping. This allows her to connect back with them and find out what she missed.

Madam is partial to a glass of good wine to keep her going while she writes her speeches and works on her business at night. She sleeps only for four hours a night and no one can ever order her to bed to lie down and get more rest.

Saba is very particular about overseeing her the upbringing of her child. She makes sure she is there to take her to school in the morning and pick her up and works from home thereafter. She does not believe in nannies. Her mantra –  they grow up so fast, I want to savor every moment of her changes till then.

One of Madam Saba’s favorite thing to do is cook. When she is up in the morning she plans the menu for the day. She will make a hot fresh meal for her child’s lunch box and always leaves little motivational notes in there as surprises.  She will prep the evening meal before leaving the home for work.

Her dinners are always elaborate. It’s a four-course meal. She makes it compulsory that everyone sits at the table, says grace and then eats together. Saba believes it is during this time you have quality time to engage on variety of topics of the day as a family as a unit.

When Madam Saba travels, she makes sure she has hand written several notes and request I place them in her lunch box as surprises. She makes sure she facetimes her child in the morning when she wakes up, after she comes back from school and before she sleeps. There are times she also helps her with her homework.

Despite her business engagements, political meetings and philanthropy work, she always makes time for her baby. She says motherhood is the most difficult job in the world and the most satisfying. “I love being a mother and I am a mother first and foremost.” says Madam Malini.

Madam Saba embodies every hard-working mother out there in the world trying hard to juggle both work and being a mother.

 

 

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Love Thy Neighbor

Who is your neighbor?

The word tolerance means the willingness to accept or to tolerate, especially opinions or behavior you may not agree with, or to behave sensibly with those who are not like you. It means showing respect for the race, gender, opinions, religion and ideologies of other people or groups, and to admire the good qualities and good work of others. And to express one’s point of view in a decent and respectful way while respecting the sentiments of others.

Tolerance can be shown in many ways, on different occasions and at different times. A person might fully disagree with others on any issue, from religion to politics, while at the same time and respecting those with different ideas and opinions and treating them with full dignity and honor.

peace, love and tolerance

Tolerance is needed in all spheres of life, and on every level and on every stage, because it plays a vital role to establish peace and love, from the smallest unit up to the highest unit of society.

Tolerance does not mean that only one person or party shows tolerance and the others do not. When some people disagree on a certain issue they must advocate and express their opinion in a respectful manner, and hateful and provocative words should not be used. Tolerance must be shown from both sides on issues, in order for it to be effective.

Here, let it be clear that showing respect and tolerance to the opinions of others does not necessarily mean you have to compromise your principles or embrace or accept others’ ideas. It is simply a matter of fundamental human rights.

The right of every human being that his sensibilities and sentiments shall not be violated and offended must be recognized. And every human person has the right to have an opinion and to express it.

In this globalisation, where people of different backgrounds, cultures and religions are living together, and where the world has become multicultural and full of diversity, establishing tolerance and harmony has become very crucial and important, and fostering mutual love and affection has become vital.

Without tolerance and harmony the lasting peace of societies cannot be maintained, and loyalty for each other cannot be established.

I hope that as we move ahead into the new dawn, we as a people would not just jump on the wagon of intolerance because our leaders encourage that  but work towards agreeing to be different and agree to disagree.

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Malini Saba Shares Secrets

BACKSTAGE Secrets of Malini Saba

1) Best Career advice I’ve gotten:

Always think before you act. Never take anything personally – it’s business.

 

2) Moment I felt I’d Made it:

When I stopped worrying about money.

 

3) How I made my first Dollar:

I worked at Red Rooster as a cashier.

 

4) Favorite Perks in the job:

I get to travel all over the world in my job and I meet interesting people.

 

5) If I weren’t a businesswoman what would I be?

I would be a writer. I love writing.

 

6) Three qualities that got me to where I am today:

I never give up on anything. I listen to everyones opinion. I forgive and forget.

 

7) Song I would play at my funeral:

Frank Sinatra’s. –  “MY WAY”

 

8) Food I am not ashamed to admit I love:

Chocolate cheesecake. It’s my favorite thing to eat .It makes me happy.

 

9) Superhero power I would like to have –

To make the world happy. I would swish it like a wand and make everyone happy with where they are in their life and happy

With what they have.

 

10) What every woman should try once in her lifetime –

Taking a trip on the ORIENT EXPRESS. It’s the best experience and just beautiful and set in time.

 

11) If I could live abroad where would it be.

I would like on an island like BORA BORA. Its just an amazing place.

 

12) First Album I bought  –

Modanna ’s –  Like a Virgin.

 

13) Book that left a lasting impression on me

South Beach Diet  –  Never knew anything like that could actually work.

 

14) On My bucket list –

I want to take the BLUE Train in Africa, see Iceland and fly a plane.

 

15) One thing I am exceptionally good at –

Dancing.

 

16) One thing I am exceptionally bad at –

Lying.

 

17) How I clear my head after a crappy day:

I listen to Frank Sinatra record and gave a glass of wine.

 

18) My First Kiss –

The man I married.

 

19) Advice to a woman with a broken heart:

Take it is as a learning experience and that the Universe was protecting you from further hurt. The Universe took it away because

Something better is on its way to you. Cherish that feeling and trust the universe. It makes miracles happen when you let go.

 

20) Craziest thing I did for love –

I moved countries for him only to discover he was after my money.

 

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Ladies: Always Stand Your Ground

When I arrived in Asia, I was a rookie ― a deer in headlights. I left the Garden of Eden that was Silicon Valley for the wilderness, and I quickly learned how difficult it was to start from scratch without having anyone you can trust.

It’s been 12 years since then, and we have set up offices in 8 different jurisdictions, all of which are now thriving ― but this was not the case in the beginning.  Raising money to grow the business in Asia was difficult. The laws in these countries can be superseded for the right price. It’s who you know, how much you have, and how much of it you are willing to disperse of it to the right person.

If these people became displeased with you, they would try their utmost to discredit you and bring you down.

Men have broken into my home at night and threatened me, telling me I needed to leave the country or die.

I have had a man I trusted spy through cameras he installed in our office to take our contracts before we got them.

I have had men accuse me of having affairs with my staff, and post pictures about it.

They  even went as far as to create a false situation regarding my immigration status and demand payment to make it go away.

Despite all of this, I did not fold. It would have been very easy to run away and tell myself all this is not  worth the hassle, but I had a business to run and I had invested too much to just drop it. I had to find a way to make it work despite the threats and the false accusations.

As a woman in business, you will meet the good and the bad. You must meet them both, and learn how to handle the most difficult parts calmly and with a clear head. You will also learn that they WILL NOT win if you do not let FEAR take over and cloud your thinking.

The most important thing to remember is to never let fear take over. The best weapon against threats and false accusations is success. You must succeed in order to defeat them.

Focus on your business and your path and always have a lawyer you can trust on your side. Not just an expensive lawyer, but a lawyer who believes in the rights of others ―Human Rights.

If I had folded when these things were thrown at me over the past 10 years, I would not have a business that is worth over half a billion dollars in this part of the world.

Never fold to pressure and difficulties. When one door shuts go through the other, there is always a way to succeed.

This originally appeared on HuffingtonPost.com

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How Will a Woman in the White House Change America?

Two hundred years ago, when a woman took a husband in the United States she lost what limited freedom she had as a young adult.

Did you know that after the revolutionary war women who fought and aided independence efforts lost all of their legal standing as an equal under the new Constitution of the United States of America?

In the 1800’s a small group of women decided to protest this flawed system and fight for ours rights and freedoms. This fight brought about small and slow but very meaningful change. They were adamant in improving women’s inferior status in the United States.

The movement for Women’s Suffrage movement began in 1869 began, and on August 26, 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. With it, 17 million women won for themselves that most basic promise of democracy: the right to vote. ( npv.org)

Forty years had to pass before we looked at the women’s movement again. In the 1960’s  women rose again to ensure federal laws were implemented to create equality in employment and education.

The year is now 2016, 56 years later, and for the first time ever, we have a woman officially nominated by a major political party for President in the United states.  Why did we take so long to acknowledge the fact that a woman can be responsible for the Oval office?

The rest of the world moved ahead much earlier. In 1960 Sri Lanka elected the world’s first female prime minister, followed by Argentina in 1974 with the election of President Estela Isabel Martines.

I believe a woman will uphold the respect and integrity of the Oval office when she is finally elected President of the United States.

If a woman becomes President of the most powerful country in the world, it would also have a major impact on the role and importance of women around the world.

She will also manage the world differently and will have a new approach to handling conflicts. Regardless of political party differences, we must come together to celebrate this achievement.

This is not a small fete. By becoming the first woman President , she now holds the most powerful position in the world. A woman with her qualifications would have a balanced view on foreign and national policy.

Having Hillary, a woman, in the white house will be a strength. Why will she be President in November ? She has the best resume thus far from all the Presidents we have ever had. She has been The First lady, Senator,  and Secretary of State. We have never in our history had anyone with so many credentials.

When we hire someone for a CEO position, we want years of experience on all fronts and it MUST apply to the most powerful job in the world as well.

A woman will stay calm through the verbal attacks. She has the ability to handle stress and stand her ground with grace and charm on matters. Hillary is a great debater and has been her whole life.  She is a great strategist and far better one than Bill. She is and will make sure she is inclusive of all races, religion and stature. She will fight terrorists, and without creating the divide in her nation.  She will keep America strong and most importantly she knows what really happens behind closed doors at the white house.

This originally appeared on HuffingtonPost.com

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Why Women Should Help Other Women

At a restaurant two days ago my husband and I sat next to a couple of young ladies. We were there for about two hours and the whole time, their conversation centered around how terrible and manipulative their female manager was, and then finally disintegrated into a negative comment about the manager’s physical appearance.

I felt sorry for the two girls and was also saddened by the fact that they felt the need to attack their manager’s physical appearance in response to some perceived unkindness in the workplace.

I believe it is so important that women learn to be kind to one another because have climbed so far to get to where we are today. We must lend a hand and encourage other women behind us to be their best whenever possible.

It is from this belief that I founded Stree, or “Dignified Women” to help and encourage women to succeed in their own environment ― because success has a different definition for all of us.

Stree’s primary focus is on education, and over the past 15 years has helped over 3,000,000 women. Stree has provided scholarships and fought for the rights for women in villages and countries around the world, and financed 1000’s of women-owned business. While I feel this is only a dent in the larger picture, those women we have helped will go out and help others in their communities.

We have fought for their human rights and their civil rights. We support and fund several orphanages for girls around the world. I believe that if we do not support more women things cannot continue to change for the better.

It is important for women to help one another as mothers, as business women, as mother-in laws and as daughters. Certain skills are naturally more developed for women than they are for men. We can multi-task. We are nurturers. We can handle tremendous amounts of professional and personal pressure. We possess these attributes because we are made to have children. These skills are already in our DNA.

I feel very strongly that maintaining our femininity in all of it’s various shapes and forms is our strength.  We do not have to become men to be strong.  Our femininity is POWER, and we should never sacrifice it or try to strip it away from others.

I did not have the privilege of having a woman guide me through my journey, but I wish I did. I built my business from nothing to over a billion dollars. My role models were strong women like Indira Ghandi, Eleanor Roosevelt, Margaret Thatcher. They fought more difficult battles to get to where they did. They taught me to never give up.

Women are the future. We are the movers and the shakers of the new millenia , our foremothers spilt blood and fought for our freedom and our rights. We should embrace it now and help each other to ensure our girls ahead of us learn from us and stand tall.

We live in a time when we are all connected through the wonderful world of web and the world is so small. This allows us to reach out more than before and mentor those who are rising behind us, increasing the possibility of women presidents (regardless of political party), women chairpersons , women in management and owners of businesses.

We are women, goddesses who have the power to change and make the world better if we stand together united. Regardless of our race, religion or status in our societies we all have one thing in common. We want to move ahead in whatever that dream is for us. We MUST stretch our hand out to help one another.

I’ll leave you with this quote –  Indhira Ghandi – “You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist. Stretch your hands and bring our fellow women to the forefront of politics, our homes, our business lives. If we have reached our pinnacle be that money or stature. It is our responsibility to stretch our hands to those behind us and draw them up.”

So please, stop judging your fellow women by size, beauty and color. We are all WOMEN so let’s ROAR together.

This originally appeared on Huffington Post.com.  

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8 Characteristics of a Strong woman, Malini Saba

What do the following household names have in common — Amelia Earhart, Rosa Parks, and Malala Yousafzai? Describing these women as powerful, strong, brave, and revolutionary is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to recognizing their achievements. But what exactly made them that way?

Amelia Earhart was the first female pilot to perform a solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean. That was a big deal at the time. When you think about it, it still is.

Rosa Parks refused to give in to the racist culture of the early-mid 1900s by refusing to move to the back of the bus. We all know the impact that action had on history.

Malini Saba was awarded the Federation Peace Prize for her role of becoming the first Sri Lankan woman to achieve great business success despite the war against Tamils for thirty years.  She is the youngest person to ever receive the Peace Prize.

These strong, charismatic, powerful women are all icons of human achievement, and a testament to their gender. But how exactly do these women tap into such greatness? What is their secret?

Truth is, there’s no prerequisite of fame or grand gestures to be a powerful woman. Power is an internal characteristic, not an award from society. That’s when women display noble characteristics of strength, leadership, integrity, and honor, we should revel in their achievements, and respect their legacies.

Here are just some characteristics (out of many) that powerful and strong women typically display:

1. They are comfortable with themselves and their pasts.

Running away is not something that powerful women do. Unfortunately, trauma is highly prevalent for women. Powerful women do not let their past overtake them. Healing from the past is a long road, and a strong woman knows this. She does not expect to heal overnight, yet she keeps trying to close her wounds and move forward. A strong woman will do what she can to help others without endangering their own safety. They use their experiences to teach others new truths or raise awareness for certain causes. They are smart, however, they know not to trust just anyone with the details of their traumas.

2. They don’t let rejection ruin their spirit or their lives.

Fear of rejection is a natural part of life. Rejection is a painful experience for whoever suffers through it. Being rejected is a common human experience, although some people handle the pain much better than others. A strong woman knows that she needs to take the time to grieve, and incorporate loss into their framework for strength and success. A powerful woman refuses to let such things overwhelm her life. She still chases her goals, finds new opportunities, and learns from her experiences. When one door closes, another door opens, and strong, smart, capable women know that better than most.

3. They are honest but not overly trusting.

Lies and dishonesty are a part of life, and a strong woman has had her fair share of betrayals to know one or two things about trust. She knows that in her orchard, there will always be some bad apples. This doesn’t deter her and she will stay true to herself. She is honest about who she is but doesn’t
wear her secrets on her sleeve. This characteristic saves her wasted time, money, and heartbreak. Drama may consume her friends but she stays far away, and takes time to develop trust for others.

4. They possess incredible amounts of creativity.

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. A powerful woman is aware of this and when one way is not working, she is ready to move onto the next. Even when there is no other path clearly marked, she is ready to forge ahead. She has a bright streak of creativity that allows her to constantly brainstorm new and innovative ideas. Her imagination is nearly limitless and fuels her ambition, making her a beacon of hope and intuition for others who encounter her attitude.

5. They make fantastic role models.

Everyone has had a role model at one point or another that ended up changing their lives. Becoming a role model is something that powerful women appreciate and enjoy. These women help others unlock their potential and creativity through their guidance. Powerful women reflect upon their own role models and previous mentors to help guide them and channel that energy into their own great leadership skills.

6. They easily admit it when they are wrong.

Admitting to wrongdoing can be embarrassing and stressful for anyone. Strong women are not immune to these emotions, but they are able to cope with them and ask for help when it’s needed. They’re not arrogant. When a strong woman needs help, she’s always comfortable enough to ask graciously and appreciate the assistance. Because women (and men) know that valuable help is a true opportunity.

7. They never try to bring down their peers (or other women).

Some people feel the need to drag others down instead of building them back up. This is not something that powerful women do. Instead of finding joy in beating others down, they find joy in bringing them up. She knows that her value is not dependent on anyone else and only dependent on herself. Strong women do not feed into the stereotype that women hate each other. Instead, when they notice their friends and peers struggling, they do their best to help. They fill in the gaps of other people instead of making them worse. They try to be a support and a shoulder others can lean on when they are in need.

8. They take great care of themselves, and of others.

Powerful women keep their minds, bodies, and emotions strong through self-care. Self-care is truly engaging in anything that will keep you healthy. Strong women know that they need to stay hydrated, eat well, and exercise. They also know that self-care does not stop with the physical body, as the mind needs to be cared for as well. They can control their emotions and know how to cope with mental health problems. It is important to note that having a mental illness does not make someone weak.

Understanding these eight reasons, it is clear that Malini Saba deserves to be seen among other strong women as she has achieved success despite the odds against her. She has suffered loss and was strong enough to step back in with both feet and persevere. In Malini Saba own words” We can sit and cry for what others have tried to do to bring us down, or we can get right back up and rise like the phoenix from the ashes.”

In her words “Throw me to the wolves and I WILL return the leader of the pack. “

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Malini Saba Legacy

By Chandra Lingam

Malini unknowingly will leave a legacy with her Charitable work globally. She started it because it is a passion. A passion to help others in need and create a world where everyone has same opportunities. Saba believes that through different decades, different political environments , we as a people should always stay focused on our goals to help others. Never to be swayed by the changes around on the 30,000 feet level.

In Malini’s words “Politics change every four years , but the ground level problems always stay the same. To create a real impact its up to us civilians with passion to move mountains and bring  the mountain to Muhammed as the saying goes”  she explained with a smile.  Malini went on to explain “ If that is all we focus on we can as a world of common people make real change”.

I went on to ask her five things she would say about how to leave a legacy.
Saba responded with 5 ways. 

  1. Support the People and Causes That are Important to You
    My best friend of decades ago once asked me what I thought was the most important attribute of friendship. I replied that support was the major theme of friendship. There isn’t any more wonderful feeling in life than making the choice to sustain loyalty to a friend by lovingly supporting everything that is good and right about that person’s life. My friend was an advocate of Older adult  in the city we resided in and I supported those causes, too, as she supported mine. Although we parted ways when I moved out of the city, she would always reach out to me and remember my work, my life and my family.
  2. Reflect and Decide What is Most Important in Your Life
    When you review your life’s journey, several ideas may come to mind: Did you grow and perhaps transform your life, make changes when you needed to, find your truth, inspire others, become a leader or influence others? Touching lives and exemplifying a truthful path is paramount to living a joyful and purposeful life. Your legacy will live on.
  3. Share Your Blessings With Others
    I was walking two dogs the other day — one dog was totally blind and the other dog stubbornly knew her mind. I stopped suddenly in the middle of my son’s beautiful neighborhood to observe with wonder the late afternoon thunderclouds bulging out from the mountains. I thought of all the blessings I have in life and how I try to be mindful of sharing with others the richness of my life. I have been given abundance and such is my fate. And it is my legacy to give back this abundance to others. Everyone has blessings to share, even if it a simple smile of acknowledgement.
  4. Be a Mentor to Others
    A mentor by definition is a more experienced or more knowledgeable person with an area of expertise. Everyone has some significant truth to impart to others that will guide less experienced people in life. The mentoring/mentee relationship involves personal development and support. This process involves an exchange of knowledge complimented by psychological and/or social support that is crucial to sustaining new mindsets. Sometimes these relationships last a lifetime, even when the mentee has moved on to influence others.
  5. Pursue Your Passions Because They Are Infectious
    Your passions are your legacy. Passion comes from an outpouring of the interests and ideas that make a difference in your life. Finding and pursing your passion allows you to see your destiny clearly. That’s what happened to me with meditating and music. I can attest to the fact that life won’t be any fun if you don’t pursue your passions to the fullest. It’s contagious. It’s religious. Don’t miss the opportunity to pursue your passions and then continue to look for new adventures.

Malini Saba is a visionary and someone who sees things through a difference lens than most of us. She is willing to push the envelope when needed and never afraid to ask for what she needs for the betterment of others.

I followed her to one of the hospitals she supports in India. We walked in like just another person. She never made any appointments. She was treated like another person until one of the board members recognized her and immediately the service altered.  I asked her why she did not call them ahead of time, her response, “I want to see how they serve their patients. Money should never buy better service when it comes to healthcare. Everyone health problem is the same and has the same intensity to their families. I do this to see if they practice what they preach.”

Having interviewed many wealthy Asians, I found Malini Saba just the opposite. She was so very humble and had no airs about her and you would never realize how really wealthy she really is because of the manner she conducts herself.

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Investor Characteristics Five Key Essential Ingredients

What makes a good investor?

By Richard West

I met Ms. Saba in Australia. I was privileged to have an hour to interview her. My question to her was two-fold, ”1) What makes a good investor and 2) How did you build your portfolio of companies?”

“There are five key characteristics are needed in order to become a good investor”, she said.

Investor Malini Saba

An average investor uses his/her money and invests the rest; a good investor invests his/her money and uses the rest. Investing is a risk vs. returns game.

  1. Goal setting - Failing to plan is planning to fail!
    A good investor will always have clear goal. It is very important to have a plan to achieve the goals. Variations most likely tend to divert an investor from the agenda. Having a plan of action within a defined period of time for a particular return on investment is a sign of a good investor. They are prepared for the uncertainty of the market while the plans are usually made considering both the sides.

  2. Knowledge - When you know better, you do better!
    Besides utilizing time to the best, a good investor possesses knowledge of the market. He/she understands the position of funds and has researched about the company investment strategy and philosophy. You need to know where your money is being utilized. A good investor analyses the growth pattern of the company over the years from genuine sources. On the accounts of the anticipations and knowledge a good investor will have a defined plan for exit point as well. An active learner who is open to make a right choice on the basic of genuinity of knowledge is a good investor.

  3. Right Decision - Listen to the world but do what is right!
    A good investor knows the time. They keep an eye on current scenario in the market. They update their knowledge about market activities and growth. Having a sound understanding of trends enables the investors to overlook their plans and decide the term of investment. Having an understanding of current trends and company market position makes one a good investor. They own their mistakes and learn not to make them again. It’s not necessary that the good investor jumps into the trends; he/she just does what is right.

  4. Patience - Keep calm and carry on!
    Over the period of time a good investor creates wealth due to his patience. It is probably the finest quality to have. A good investor has faith in his plans. They usually do not feel bad about the 10% downtick; they would rather sit tight to celebrate the 100% uptick. They are persistent about sticking to the plans. They usually do not get into the buy and sell trends.

  5. Risk Aversion - Know thyself!
    Good investors know the inherent risk in investing. They understand their plans and analyze their expected returns. Being risk averse is a quality shaped by experience, knowledge and confidence over the above mentioned key characteristics.

Malini Saba’s Mantra:

“Remember to let go once you have decided to invest your money. The rest is in the hands of those you have entrusted to do the job. Thus, choose well and wisely based on analysis and research and also use your gut instinct. If you do those well, the rest is in the pudding as the British say.”

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Mother Behind Scenes, Woman Behind Business

Mother Behind the Scenes, Woman Behind the Business
By Elana Shongan

I wanted to write this personalized outlook of a woman I admire dearly. She is humble and caring but fiercely strong and puts up with no nonsense. This is my take on this amazing woman.

I had the occasion to see Madam herself sweeping and mopping at home. She works late into the night and sometimes wakes up early at 2:00 AM to finish work. When I went to see her she was doing this. I think it helps her think and release stress.

I still remember her photograph with the then American President Bill Clinton. She isn’t a tall woman, but she is a towering figure. Madam Saba is a female icon and she shows it to the world what women are capable of doing if they decide something.

Soon to be mother Malini Saba with President Bill Clinton

When she met with the late President Mandela she was calm and graceful and cracked jokes with him.

Behind closed doors Saba is a mother and a homemaker. Malini applies her relentless work ethic to home life overseeing the rearing of her child and performing home domestic duties.

Her child was born by cesarean section three days early. She felt unwell during her pregnancy and given that she could not have any more children. The business magnet work ethic applied to family home in Monaco where she juggles her job, studying the trade, organizing the household, shopping, sewing, cooking and ironing.

Madam Saba is not the kind of person to lounge around, she prefers to sightsee rather than relaxing by the pool. After a business trip she rounds her family up and drags them out to a weekend getaway camping. This allows her to connect back with them and find out what she missed.

Madam is partial to a glass of good wine to keep her going while she writes her speeches and works on her business at night. She sleeps only for four hours a night and no one can ever order her to bed to lie down and get more rest.

Saba is very particular about overseeing her the upbringing of her child. She makes sure she is there to take her to school in the morning and pick her up and works from home thereafter. She does not believe in nannies. Her mantra –  they grow up so fast, I want to savor every moment of her changes till then.

One of Madam Saba’s favorite thing to do is cook. When she is up in the morning she plans the menu for the day. She will make a hot fresh meal for her child’s lunch box and always leaves little motivational notes in there as surprises.  She will prep the evening meal before leaving the home for work.

Her dinners are always elaborate. It’s a four-course meal. She makes it compulsory that everyone sits at the table, says grace and then eats together. Saba believes it is during this time you have quality time to engage on variety of topics of the day as a family as a unit.

When Madam Saba travels, she makes sure she has hand written several notes and request I place them in her lunch box as surprises. She makes sure she facetimes her child in the morning when she wakes up, after she comes back from school and before she sleeps. There are times she also helps her with her homework.

Despite her business engagements, political meetings and philanthropy work, she always makes time for her baby. She says motherhood is the most difficult job in the world and the most satisfying. “I love being a mother and I am a mother first and foremost.” says Madam Malini.

Madam Saba embodies every hard-working mother out there in the world trying hard to juggle both work and being a mother.

 

 

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Love Thy Neighbor

Who is your neighbor?

The word tolerance means the willingness to accept or to tolerate, especially opinions or behavior you may not agree with, or to behave sensibly with those who are not like you. It means showing respect for the race, gender, opinions, religion and ideologies of other people or groups, and to admire the good qualities and good work of others. And to express one’s point of view in a decent and respectful way while respecting the sentiments of others.

Tolerance can be shown in many ways, on different occasions and at different times. A person might fully disagree with others on any issue, from religion to politics, while at the same time and respecting those with different ideas and opinions and treating them with full dignity and honor.

peace, love and tolerance

Tolerance is needed in all spheres of life, and on every level and on every stage, because it plays a vital role to establish peace and love, from the smallest unit up to the highest unit of society.

Tolerance does not mean that only one person or party shows tolerance and the others do not. When some people disagree on a certain issue they must advocate and express their opinion in a respectful manner, and hateful and provocative words should not be used. Tolerance must be shown from both sides on issues, in order for it to be effective.

Here, let it be clear that showing respect and tolerance to the opinions of others does not necessarily mean you have to compromise your principles or embrace or accept others’ ideas. It is simply a matter of fundamental human rights.

The right of every human being that his sensibilities and sentiments shall not be violated and offended must be recognized. And every human person has the right to have an opinion and to express it.

In this globalisation, where people of different backgrounds, cultures and religions are living together, and where the world has become multicultural and full of diversity, establishing tolerance and harmony has become very crucial and important, and fostering mutual love and affection has become vital.

Without tolerance and harmony the lasting peace of societies cannot be maintained, and loyalty for each other cannot be established.

I hope that as we move ahead into the new dawn, we as a people would not just jump on the wagon of intolerance because our leaders encourage that  but work towards agreeing to be different and agree to disagree.

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Malini Saba Shares Secrets

BACKSTAGE Secrets of Malini Saba

1) Best Career advice I’ve gotten:

Always think before you act. Never take anything personally – it’s business.

 

2) Moment I felt I’d Made it:

When I stopped worrying about money.

 

3) How I made my first Dollar:

I worked at Red Rooster as a cashier.

 

4) Favorite Perks in the job:

I get to travel all over the world in my job and I meet interesting people.

 

5) If I weren’t a businesswoman what would I be?

I would be a writer. I love writing.

 

6) Three qualities that got me to where I am today:

I never give up on anything. I listen to everyones opinion. I forgive and forget.

 

7) Song I would play at my funeral:

Frank Sinatra’s. –  “MY WAY”

 

8) Food I am not ashamed to admit I love:

Chocolate cheesecake. It’s my favorite thing to eat .It makes me happy.

 

9) Superhero power I would like to have –

To make the world happy. I would swish it like a wand and make everyone happy with where they are in their life and happy

With what they have.

 

10) What every woman should try once in her lifetime –

Taking a trip on the ORIENT EXPRESS. It’s the best experience and just beautiful and set in time.

 

11) If I could live abroad where would it be.

I would like on an island like BORA BORA. Its just an amazing place.

 

12) First Album I bought  –

Modanna ’s –  Like a Virgin.

 

13) Book that left a lasting impression on me

South Beach Diet  –  Never knew anything like that could actually work.

 

14) On My bucket list –

I want to take the BLUE Train in Africa, see Iceland and fly a plane.

 

15) One thing I am exceptionally good at –

Dancing.

 

16) One thing I am exceptionally bad at –

Lying.

 

17) How I clear my head after a crappy day:

I listen to Frank Sinatra record and gave a glass of wine.

 

18) My First Kiss –

The man I married.

 

19) Advice to a woman with a broken heart:

Take it is as a learning experience and that the Universe was protecting you from further hurt. The Universe took it away because

Something better is on its way to you. Cherish that feeling and trust the universe. It makes miracles happen when you let go.

 

20) Craziest thing I did for love –

I moved countries for him only to discover he was after my money.

 

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Ladies: Always Stand Your Ground

When I arrived in Asia, I was a rookie ― a deer in headlights. I left the Garden of Eden that was Silicon Valley for the wilderness, and I quickly learned how difficult it was to start from scratch without having anyone you can trust.

It’s been 12 years since then, and we have set up offices in 8 different jurisdictions, all of which are now thriving ― but this was not the case in the beginning.  Raising money to grow the business in Asia was difficult. The laws in these countries can be superseded for the right price. It’s who you know, how much you have, and how much of it you are willing to disperse of it to the right person.

If these people became displeased with you, they would try their utmost to discredit you and bring you down.

Men have broken into my home at night and threatened me, telling me I needed to leave the country or die.

I have had a man I trusted spy through cameras he installed in our office to take our contracts before we got them.

I have had men accuse me of having affairs with my staff, and post pictures about it.

They  even went as far as to create a false situation regarding my immigration status and demand payment to make it go away.

Despite all of this, I did not fold. It would have been very easy to run away and tell myself all this is not  worth the hassle, but I had a business to run and I had invested too much to just drop it. I had to find a way to make it work despite the threats and the false accusations.

As a woman in business, you will meet the good and the bad. You must meet them both, and learn how to handle the most difficult parts calmly and with a clear head. You will also learn that they WILL NOT win if you do not let FEAR take over and cloud your thinking.

The most important thing to remember is to never let fear take over. The best weapon against threats and false accusations is success. You must succeed in order to defeat them.

Focus on your business and your path and always have a lawyer you can trust on your side. Not just an expensive lawyer, but a lawyer who believes in the rights of others ―Human Rights.

If I had folded when these things were thrown at me over the past 10 years, I would not have a business that is worth over half a billion dollars in this part of the world.

Never fold to pressure and difficulties. When one door shuts go through the other, there is always a way to succeed.

This originally appeared on HuffingtonPost.com

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How Will a Woman in the White House Change America?

Two hundred years ago, when a woman took a husband in the United States she lost what limited freedom she had as a young adult.

Did you know that after the revolutionary war women who fought and aided independence efforts lost all of their legal standing as an equal under the new Constitution of the United States of America?

In the 1800’s a small group of women decided to protest this flawed system and fight for ours rights and freedoms. This fight brought about small and slow but very meaningful change. They were adamant in improving women’s inferior status in the United States.

The movement for Women’s Suffrage movement began in 1869 began, and on August 26, 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. With it, 17 million women won for themselves that most basic promise of democracy: the right to vote. ( npv.org)

Forty years had to pass before we looked at the women’s movement again. In the 1960’s  women rose again to ensure federal laws were implemented to create equality in employment and education.

The year is now 2016, 56 years later, and for the first time ever, we have a woman officially nominated by a major political party for President in the United states.  Why did we take so long to acknowledge the fact that a woman can be responsible for the Oval office?

The rest of the world moved ahead much earlier. In 1960 Sri Lanka elected the world’s first female prime minister, followed by Argentina in 1974 with the election of President Estela Isabel Martines.

I believe a woman will uphold the respect and integrity of the Oval office when she is finally elected President of the United States.

If a woman becomes President of the most powerful country in the world, it would also have a major impact on the role and importance of women around the world.

She will also manage the world differently and will have a new approach to handling conflicts. Regardless of political party differences, we must come together to celebrate this achievement.

This is not a small fete. By becoming the first woman President , she now holds the most powerful position in the world. A woman with her qualifications would have a balanced view on foreign and national policy.

Having Hillary, a woman, in the white house will be a strength. Why will she be President in November ? She has the best resume thus far from all the Presidents we have ever had. She has been The First lady, Senator,  and Secretary of State. We have never in our history had anyone with so many credentials.

When we hire someone for a CEO position, we want years of experience on all fronts and it MUST apply to the most powerful job in the world as well.

A woman will stay calm through the verbal attacks. She has the ability to handle stress and stand her ground with grace and charm on matters. Hillary is a great debater and has been her whole life.  She is a great strategist and far better one than Bill. She is and will make sure she is inclusive of all races, religion and stature. She will fight terrorists, and without creating the divide in her nation.  She will keep America strong and most importantly she knows what really happens behind closed doors at the white house.

This originally appeared on HuffingtonPost.com

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Why Women Should Help Other Women

At a restaurant two days ago my husband and I sat next to a couple of young ladies. We were there for about two hours and the whole time, their conversation centered around how terrible and manipulative their female manager was, and then finally disintegrated into a negative comment about the manager’s physical appearance.

I felt sorry for the two girls and was also saddened by the fact that they felt the need to attack their manager’s physical appearance in response to some perceived unkindness in the workplace.

I believe it is so important that women learn to be kind to one another because have climbed so far to get to where we are today. We must lend a hand and encourage other women behind us to be their best whenever possible.

It is from this belief that I founded Stree, or “Dignified Women” to help and encourage women to succeed in their own environment ― because success has a different definition for all of us.

Stree’s primary focus is on education, and over the past 15 years has helped over 3,000,000 women. Stree has provided scholarships and fought for the rights for women in villages and countries around the world, and financed 1000’s of women-owned business. While I feel this is only a dent in the larger picture, those women we have helped will go out and help others in their communities.

We have fought for their human rights and their civil rights. We support and fund several orphanages for girls around the world. I believe that if we do not support more women things cannot continue to change for the better.

It is important for women to help one another as mothers, as business women, as mother-in laws and as daughters. Certain skills are naturally more developed for women than they are for men. We can multi-task. We are nurturers. We can handle tremendous amounts of professional and personal pressure. We possess these attributes because we are made to have children. These skills are already in our DNA.

I feel very strongly that maintaining our femininity in all of it’s various shapes and forms is our strength.  We do not have to become men to be strong.  Our femininity is POWER, and we should never sacrifice it or try to strip it away from others.

I did not have the privilege of having a woman guide me through my journey, but I wish I did. I built my business from nothing to over a billion dollars. My role models were strong women like Indira Ghandi, Eleanor Roosevelt, Margaret Thatcher. They fought more difficult battles to get to where they did. They taught me to never give up.

Women are the future. We are the movers and the shakers of the new millenia , our foremothers spilt blood and fought for our freedom and our rights. We should embrace it now and help each other to ensure our girls ahead of us learn from us and stand tall.

We live in a time when we are all connected through the wonderful world of web and the world is so small. This allows us to reach out more than before and mentor those who are rising behind us, increasing the possibility of women presidents (regardless of political party), women chairpersons , women in management and owners of businesses.

We are women, goddesses who have the power to change and make the world better if we stand together united. Regardless of our race, religion or status in our societies we all have one thing in common. We want to move ahead in whatever that dream is for us. We MUST stretch our hand out to help one another.

I’ll leave you with this quote –  Indhira Ghandi – “You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist. Stretch your hands and bring our fellow women to the forefront of politics, our homes, our business lives. If we have reached our pinnacle be that money or stature. It is our responsibility to stretch our hands to those behind us and draw them up.”

So please, stop judging your fellow women by size, beauty and color. We are all WOMEN so let’s ROAR together.

This originally appeared on Huffington Post.com.  

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