Vandana Gupta is one of the co-founders of Devditi Foundation, and is a self-motivated go-getter.
Hailing from an affluent business family and a graduate from Lady Shriram College, Gupta co-founded a successful stockbroking company after her marriage into a family of finance professionals. She has successfully juggled multiple roles of a mother, wife and homemaker along with her professional life.
She has two children aged 27 and 23, who are doing extremely well in life. Not content to rest, she co-founded the Devditi Foundation along with Sapna Khandelwal, two years ago.
Devditi Foundation is doing truly valuable work in areas of environmental responsibility, promoting Indian culture and traditions, uplifting the lesser privileged sections of society and eradicating hunger.
Tell us about yourself, your background and what you do currently
I am a Delhi based entrepreneur. Born in a business family and married into a family of finance professionals, I have spent the major part of my life juggling professional responsibilities at the stock broking firm that I co-founded with my brother-in-law, and personal responsibilities as a wife, mother and daughter-in-law in a joint family.
Currently, I am involved in Devditi Foundation, a women’s empowerment organisation that I co-founded two years ago along with Sapna Khandelwal.
Tell us about any current projects or initiatives you wish to promote
Devditi Foundation has grown a lot in its scope, from cultural connect and women’s empowerment, to social and environmental initiatives. Our current areas of focus are spreading awareness and implementation of responsible waste management, and the Devditi Roti Banks, through which we are trying to help eradicate hunger in the city.
A step ahead of Roti Bank, we have started Devditi Bank in general. Where we collect different items and distribute to the needy. The upcoming collection is of suits and sarees which will be distributed to the inmates of Tihar Jail.
What has been your biggest challenge in achieving your success?
I’d say the biggest challenges have been a struggle against the status quo, both for myself and for the other members of the organisation. Juggling home responsibilities alongside taking our vision forward was taxing at all levels — physical, mental as well as emotional. And then there was the challenge of making the other members believe in themselves and make the effort to participate in a consistent, everyday basis, and not just through periodic contributions. Having played on backfoot all their lives in our patriarchal society, it needed a lot of persuasion to get them confident enough to play on the front foot.
What has been your greatest achievement personally?
I give my utmost to everything that I tackle in life. So, I take equal pride in all my achievements, whether it is my children who have grown up to be responsible, caring, self-dependant human beings, the stock broking firm, I co-founded with my family and to which I have a major chunk of my life, my well-ordered household, my fitness regimen, or the pace at which Devditi Foundation is becoming a catalyst for positive social change. I find all the milestones equally satisfying.
If you weren’t doing what you do now, what would you be doing?
I would either have been an athlete or would have been on stage.
Who has been your biggest inspiration?
My husband’s belief in me and his staunch support of my efforts has bolstered me to a great extent. However, the inspiration was always inside me. As a female in the male dominated society of our time, I was always a rebel and determined to do something meaningful with my life.
What does the future hold for you?
I have a fire inside me, that does not let me rest on my laurels. I am my own biggest critic and competitor. In future too, I see myself always doing something meaningful, which also makes the world around me better and gives back to society.