Interviewed by The Success Today – A Digital Webzine.
Could you tell us about yourself and your work?
Hello, I am Dr. Sangeeta Patil, Founder of Hey Foundation. I have a Ph.D. in Management and M.S. W (Master of Social Work) and 23 years of diversified experience in Corporates & NGOs. I am also engaged in developing programs for empowering women through Counseling & Vocational Training. I am an enterprising, diligent, and energetic professional with a proven track record in ¡ various HR functions having an advanced understanding of the entire gamut of HR driven by innovative & strategic practices. I have Strong conceptual clarity and excellent interpersonal & communication skills. I have also represented India in the 9th International Women’s Leadership & Empowerment Conference, held in Bangkok, Thailand, in March 2018. Presented Paper on “Women of India – Nation’s Growth Engine”, I am a Design Thinking Practitioner from the Society of Design Thinking Professionals (SDTP); I am also certified in the Iron Lady Corporate Leadership Program, Honoured with multi Awards & accolades in Social Work Category.
About HEY Foundation: Human Empowerment with You! Established in November of 2009, we aim to empower people towards creating awareness and bringing social change. We have introduced Nursing & Paramedical, Tailoring & Beautician Courses in rural Thane for school & college dropouts. We are supporting women weavers of Nashik by creating a market for Handloom. We also help women to start a home-based business by guiding & encouraging them in their startups. Many women have benefitted through our training programmes. We conduct income-generating activities for women & help them in being self-reliant. We are working with the tribal community for their social upliftment & sustainable development in Adivasi Padas in rural Thane.
How you and your service is helping society?
I believe that instead of giving someone a fish to eat, teach them fishing. So my more of concentration is on skill development training because if you teach somebody a skill, he can earn his livelihood with dignity.
What is the USP of your work?
The USP of our work is that we encourage employment. So in the rural areas, there are always fewer employment opportunities, so we teach some skills to women and girls there in rural areas so they can start their work without depending on anybody, so financial independence is much needed. And so this is the use of our work.
What are your Vision and Mission?
Our vision is to irradicate unemployment in the rural areas and provide maximum employment opportunities to the women and the youth in the rural areas so there will be fewer people travelling towards the metropolitan cities and less chaos in the cities. If they get all the necessary facilities in their rural areas, they can stay connected with their families and earn their livelihood.
What are your achievements in this industry?
I have been facilitated with many awards, you can check my LinkedIn profile, or on any other social media platform, you can get the list.
Does your work ever feel tedious to you? If so, how do you stay driven and motivated towards it?
Yes, I often feel tedious because there is a lack of support from the community, people are very rigid in supporting the cause, and they think that all the NGOs are corrupt. But it is not like there are genuine NGOs that work on a grassroots level to support the community, but very few people come forward to offer their support. Because if there are no funds, we won’t be able to do anything. As far as running the show goes, it always takes a cause, and nothing comes for free. So, however, I try and do it alone; if more CSR and other people come forward and donate, we can do much better for society.
When I see the smiling faces of the woman or a girl who comes up and shares her story with me about how she was able to earn something for herself and her family, this gives me immense satisfaction and keeps me going.
What are your hobbies and specific interests other than your profession?
As far as my hobbies are concerned, I love painting, I’m a person who loves to see a brighter life, and that is why I like to bring smiles to people’s faces. Also, I try to help people as much as possible and help them stand on their own feet.
You have achieved so much in life; any specific advice you’d like to share with our readers to grow in life?
Yes, I’d like to share that everyone is unique and has personal goals. Don’t compare yourself with anybody. How much ever, you can try and help your fellow members see that your near and dear ones may be in some problem or they need your help, so please check on them. Few people will not come up and tell whether they are going through a tough time or a bad phase of their lives, and if they are not in contact, you try and reach them. Don’t just restrict WhatsApp chats or texts; call them, check on them frequently talk to each other. Many people are going through some mental problems, depression, losing jobs, and much stress. So keep in regular touch with your friends and family, and help each other, because only together can we help create a difference in society.
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