Osheen Arora

Rowland Scholar
2017 – 2018

Osheen Arora has worked in a range of companies in New Delhi, India, and has just completed a Masters at the LSE. She now comes to Goodenough and is about to commence a Masters in Management at the London Business School. Her long term goal is to do management consulting for the 51 million micro, small and medium businesses in India.

What has your Fellowship enabled you to do, explore, or gain that you wouldn’t have otherwise?

A seeker of knowledge and passionate for ideas that have the ability to transform a life, I am a student of everything I encounter. The fellowship has enabled me to be a student everyday and look at the world from a completely different perspective. Experiences, ultimately, form a part of our identity. Watching Opera for the first time with an Italian friend in a dining room where the Prime Minister of New Zealand once dined is the kind of experience the fellowship has enabled me to have. It has helped me discover myself in new ways. Goodenough College is more than just a community living. With more than 750 people from more than 83 nations, it is a mini-world in itself. Its culture has always been one to defy narrow categorization and allow for extensive exploration. The fellowship has helped me leverage this rich culture along with studying at one of the best business schools in the beautiful London city.

What impact has your Fellowship had on your ability to lead in the 21st century?

I believe in a kind of leadership that matters and an impact that lasts and the fellowship has taken my belief a step forward. The three years I spent studying in a girls’ college during my undergraduation were beautiful as they taught me how to be a woman who uplifts other women. That’s when I took up the challenge to create entrepreneurs out of underprivileged women who had not been allowed to come out of their shells. This idea changed my life, along with 27 other women. According to the surveys I conducted, 90% women did not use sanitary napkins. I set up two women empowerment projects which focused on female hygiene and sustainable employment by tapping their existing talents and helped them earn their own income. 21st century leadership is no more about decisions and delegation. It is about creating leaders. The fellowship ignited my passion for things I already love – and for those that I have yet to discover – and helping me shape into a socially conscious business leader. Impactful leaders are those who are authentic in speech and action, creating waves of expedient change wherever they go.

How do you imagine your Fellowship will impact on your personal and professional growth in the next chapter of your life?

The fellowship, along with providing self-assurance, has given me the self-confidence and empowerment that I have always hoped for in the women I have uplifted. Studying management has taught me how to set great goals and strive to achieve them. Meeting people from all walks of life, I am learning how to identify my strengths and weaknesses, learn from others and embrace change. My long-term goal is to provide consulting services for the micro, small and medium businesses in India and cater to the rapid transformations in this segment. I believe success isn’t for the resume; it is for one’s eulogy. It is to be the best version of yourself. It is to create an impact. An impact that leads to the collective well-being of the community around you through self-expression, personal growth, women empowerment and skill-building.