Diversity & Inclusion
Our Latest
#WeLead Story

Deepa Mani

ASPL #WeLead Campaign  |  Vol.

48
Deepa Mani
Deepa Mani is the Founder and Artistic Director of an Indian Classical and Contemporary Dance School in Melbourne called “Chandralaya”. Dance has always been Deepa’s significant part of her life and she quit her Corporate life of 17 years in building Business Architecture and Strategies for companies and decided to pursue her passion for Dance and impart knowledge to both young and wise minds.
“When we (both men and women) connect and engage with others who have different perspectives than our very own, we can collectively achieve goals, contribute to and influence every part of a workplace, ensuring that everyone feels safe and respected.” — Deepa Mani

1. Tell us a little about yourself?

My name is Deepa Mani, Founder and Artistic Director of an Indian Classical and Contemporary Dance School in Melbourne called “Chandralaya”. Dance has always been a significant part of my life since the age of 5 (I am a trained professional classical (Bharathanatyam) and modern contemporary dancer), that I decided to pursue this more seriously once my little one turned 3. So I quit my Corporate life of 17 years building Business Architecture and Strategies for companies and decided to pursue my passion for Dance and impart knowledge to both young and wise minds. It has been an exciting journey, and most importantly, a rewarding one where I get to give back what I learned over 30+ years and help build strong communities by teaching this rich and colourful art form.

2. Who are the women who have inspired you the most in your life?

Many women continue to inspire me every day, including my friends and acquaintances (business and personal). However, there are a few who have always stayed in my mind. The first is my late mother, who is a force of inspiration and energy, and I wouldn’t be where I am today if not for her dedication and commitment. My mother continues to inspire me every day through the school (Chandralaya was named after her), and I always feel her energy every time I dance, be it practise or a performance on stage. The second person is Oprah Winfrey, who continues to be a source of inspiration for girls of many generations to come. She came from nothing and is giving so much back to the world, especially the women communities. The third person is Vice President Kamala Harris, who has proved that a woman can get to be in one of the most powerful positions in the world regardless of her background if she simply puts her mind to it and works hard.

3. Why do you think it’s important to increase the number of women in business, particularly in leadership roles?

Having women leaders in business is becoming more important than ever because women are now taking on multiple leadership roles in almost every industry we can think of. Women are proving themselves every single day with new innovations and solving huge problems. I truly believe diversity in leadership roles is good for business, and maintaining parity is critical in this day and age.

4. How would you describe your current thinking about diversity and inclusion?

Diversity and inclusion must reflect representation and a sense of belonging across a wide range of traits, backgrounds, and experiences. When we (both men and women) connect and engage with others who have different perspectives than our very own, we can collectively achieve goals, contribute to and influence every part of a workplace, ensuring that everyone feels safe and respected.

5. Would you like to tell us a bit more about your thoughts/ comments?

To learn more, visit https://www.chandralaya.com.au

Share:

Share on linkedin
LinkedIn
Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on email
Email

Share:

Share on linkedin
Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on email

More Posts

Liz Dingle

Liz is the sole parent of two boys ages 10 and 12. She worked in senior corporate marketing for 20 years but she found that her corporate career kept her from spending enough time during her boys’ schooling years so she decided to make a big change. Liz followed her heart rather than her head so she started a new career and her own business in executive mindset coaching.

Gloria Tabi

Gloria is a mum, wife, sister, auntie and love all things outdoors, including running and photography. She is an Author and Chief Diversity Equity & Inclusion Specialist at EVERYDAY INCLUSION. Gloria’s research specialises in Social Analysis on Race, Social Inequalities and Anti-Racism.

Marlie Jolanda

Marlie is a meaningful Marketing & Business Coach and the founder of Secret SisinBiz Society which membershio model is to help Sisters-in-Business grow personally and professionally. Marlie is so passionate about this because she is on a MISSION to close the gap between income and influence between men and women.

Jess Munday

Jess is a 32-year-old business owner and mum of two young kids, a 3-year-old boy Jagger and a 1-year-old girl Indiana. Starting a business wasn’t her intention. She graduated in 2012 with a degree in HR and Management and felt she had certainly found her calling, progressing through the ranks of a global fashion retailer, a job which she loved. It was during maternity leave that an opportunity presented itself. Initially a side project, it soon gained more traction than anyone could have predicted!

Talent, Train & Transform.

Follow us on social media
#ASPL #WeLead #WomenInLeadership

Contact Us

© 2022 ASPL Group | All Rights Reserved