Anoop Virk is an Entrepreneur & Philanthropist
What does being a woman mean to you?
I think it’s an honour to be a woman and that our community of women are resilient, compassionate, and fearless leaders.
What has been your biggest achievement, personally and professionally, as a woman?
As a teenager, I created Project L.O.V.E (Letting our Voices Empower) and built a primary community school in Sub-Saharan Africa with 50 per cent girls, creating a platform for gender equality. Seeing my vision turn into a reality for hundreds of kids getting educated with the values of gender equality was an inspiring moment in my life. Being named the first ever female executive producer for TEDxVancouver was an absolute honour to be able to serve my city in that capacity.
Did you ever face a challenge simply because you were a woman?
Yes, the first time I was hit hard with the reality of being a woman was when I was in Sub-Saharan Africa as a teenager. I was a business development officer at an NGO in a male-dominated workplace, and a group of men challenged me and my abilities because of the fact that I was a woman and believed I shouldn’t be in a position of power. This is what started me creating Project L.O.V.E which began as giving gender equality workshops at my workplace, and then spread to building a primary community school with 50 per cent girls.
What is your success mantra?
My success mantra would be to surround yourself with people that are smarter than you. When creating new projects or new businesses, I always want to make sure I’m surrounded by experts that are able to support and guide me to the best decisions.
What’s your advice for women who wish to follow your path?
Believe in yourself. Be true to who you are and honour your values. I think it’s important to be emotionally, physically, and spiritually strong — and prioritize taking care of yourself. It’s incredibly important to surround yourself with people who want the best for you and have your back. Ultimately, I think it starts with YOU and being your best friend and being kind to yourself.
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