WOTW : Ritu Bhasin
I didn’t always feel empowered to be an unapologetic, fiercely authentic leader. While I was highly successful and living the “corporate dream” in my early career, I had a startling realization: the person I was in my day-to-day life bore little resemblance to my true self. Because of my experiences with racism and bullying, I found myself minimizing racial, religious, gender, and class-based aspects of my identity to “fit in” among circles where I felt I didn’t belong. And in doing this, I was profoundly unhappy.
After much soul-searching, I decided to transform my life. I completed my MBA, left my corporate job, launched my own business, became a mindfulness practitioner and teacher, and dedicated my life to helping others become more empowered and inclusive. Most importantly, I committed to living as authentically as possible in all that I did going forward.
In 2010, I launched Bhasin Consulting Inc., a diversity and inclusion-focused consulting firm, and gained a global reputation for my work in leadership development, diversity and inclusion, and women’s advancement. Through my work, I am committed to disrupting the status quo to build a world in which each of us celebrates our own differences and the differences of others. I have delivered talks to thousands, inspiring leaders to be more inclusive, and encouraging those who have experienced oppression to be more empowered.