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Ladies: Always Stand Your Ground

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 The laws in these countries can be superseded for the right price.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

How Will a Woman in the White House Change America?

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

Why Women Should Help Other Women

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.  

Self-made Billionaire

Self-made Billionaire

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Malini Saba, Self-made Billionaire

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

What has she taught us?

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

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

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

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

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

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Personal Qualities

Personal Qualities

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Malini Saba – Personal Qualities

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Iron Lady with a Velvet Glove

The Iron Lady with a Velvet Glove

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Malini Saba – The Iron Lady with a velvet glove

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

Her favorite quote:

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


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

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

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

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

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

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In a Nutshell

In a Nutshell

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Malini Saba – In a Nutshell

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

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

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

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

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

Malini Saba leaves us with her quote:

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

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

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A Great Female Leader

A Great Female Leader

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What makes a great female leader?

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

A great female leader:

Shows compassion.

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

Doesn’t over-work.

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

Overcomes adversity with grace.

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

Uses feminism as an advantage.

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

Is tough when needed.

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

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

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Ten things you did not know about Malini Saba

Ten things you did not know about Malini Saba

Ten things you did not know about Malini Saba

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

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

  1. She is a top paid Commodity CEO.
    She has an impressive salary. This serves as a testament to her formidable talent as a business woman.

  2. She is one of the very few self-made in the commodity Industry.
    Not only does Ms. Saba pull in huge stacks, she is the first woman owner and CEO in the commodity space. This should be inspiring women everywhere – even in a traditionally male dominated industry, a woman’s hard work and perseverance can result with her at the helm in a 21st century society.

  3. She is a psychologist.
    Though Saba, current job of CEO is a business – oriented position- which she is particularly week equipped for, given her PHD and considerable experience – she originally studied psychology. Her psychology role is indispensable during her work with her business.

  4. She was rated one of 10 to succeed in San Francisco magazine.
    She was picked one of ten to definitely succeed and to watch over the next 10 years.

  5. Her favorite cars are Mercedes and Bentley
    She is crazy about cars and loves to race.

  6. Her favorite past time is cooking.
    She loves to cook and create new recipes. She authored a Cook book “The Abbreviated Cook”. Click here to learn more.

  7. She does not always like Fame.
    In an interview wiith Malini Saba, the prominent CEO expressed some annoyance with being recognized constantly. Though she attempts to stay under the radar and do simple things she finds it sometimes intrusive.

  8. She loves children.
    She loves being around children. She finds that they keep her grounded and they help her keep things simple

  9. She collects teddy bears.
    She finds them to be calming.

  10. She meditates.
    Malini Saba is a spiritual person. She believes that staying true to the core of what the universe is about is important for all our well-being. In her words it is all about the YING and YANG. It’s a balance. We need to have that to be able to run a multi-million-dollar company and always remember it is not all about you – it is about the company.

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

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

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