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Winner all the way

All Smiles Sindhuja Varma with the award   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

Sindhuja Varma easily makes it to the list of people who can inspire. Recognition came calling recently in the form of the ‘Leading Woman in Human Resources award' at the ‘Women Leaders in India Awards 2011.'

Sindhuja works as a Senior Manager (Human Resources- Learning and Development) with a multinational insurance company in Technopark. The Awards, now in its third edition, instituted by the United Kingdom-based ii Global Business Information (P) Ltd, celebrates remarkable achievements of successful women leaders, entrepreneurs and professionals.

“It feels great to be recognised. Women leaders from various companies competed in 38 categories and the HR category had some 200 nominations. The ii Global office in Bangalore and a panel from NDTV Profit scrutinised the nominations after which five were shortlisted. The winner was chosen by an international panel of ii Global in Dubai,” she says.

With over 18 years of experience in HR and administration, Sindhuja now heads the learning and development activities at her company besides heading the Diversity Forum “which is responsible for ensuring that we work to bring on board a diverse workforce. Such diversity could be about gender inclusivity or working with the physically challenged.” Sindhuja also leads a forum for “developing leadership (called LEAP) by bringing in eminent persons/ role models to share their leadership journey with our young leaders” and heads wellness initiatives at her company.

Born leader

“The key to leadership is connecting with people. I believe I've had the leadership qualities and drive to work with people even as a young girl. So, psychology was my immediate choice after I dropped my engineering plans. Although nobody endorsed my decision, I went on my own to take admission,” says Sindhuja.

A Kerala University topper in psychology (for graduation and post graduation), she has an MPhil in organisational behaviour and a PhD in environmental psychology. Her Ph.D. thesis is unique in that it “looked into the two-way relationship between man and his habitat. Like what Sir Winston Churchill said, ‘We shape our buildings, thereafter they shape us,'” Sindhuja says.

She has worked in cost-effective housing sector, travel and tourism field and with NGOs before joining her present company some eight years back.

Her motto

She believes: “Every day is a beautiful day and you have a choice to be happy or not.” Being an NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) master practitioner and Reiki practitioner have immensely helped, she says. “Above all, I've had a strong support system, my parents (father, R. Ravi Varma, and mother, Saraswathy Varma) and my two sons.”


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