Ladies of Lavonne

Hillary Clinton could not have been more right when she said: “When more women enter the workforce, it spurs innovation, increases productivity, and grows economies.”

We at Lavonne are extremely blessed to boast of a team that comprises some of the most talented, ambitious, hardworking, and successful women. Without them, we wouldn’t have achieved the kind of success we have. Very often, amid the mundane chores of everyday life in one of the busiest workplaces to be at, we forget to acknowledge them enough for all that they do to make this place as wonderful as it is. And on International Women’s Day, this year, we thought it would be nice to not just give them a shout-out for being awesome at their jobs, but we felt it would be fun to get our followers/patrons to know these ladies better.

  1. Joonie Tan, Executive Pastry Artist
    Q: As a woman in your field, what is the greatest challenge you face?
    A: I’m in a woman dominating field, and I’m happy to say that the journey has been pretty smooth.

    Q: What does women’s empowerment mean to you?
    A: Women’s empowerment to me means equality on every front, not just at the workplace but also at home. It’s about improving the overall quality of life for women across the world.

    Q: If you could change one thing in the world today, what would that be?
    A: To anyone who believes a particular job or role is meant only for men, I’d like to get them to know that there’s nothing a man does that a woman cannot do. I’m also hoping the day will come when men worry as much as women about how to strike the perfect balance between work and home. It’s not easy and yet somehow, I’m so proud of how we women are so good at it!

  2. Manooshi Chandy, Chef Instructor
    Q: As a woman in your field, what is the greatest challenge you face?
    A:  Being in a field dominated by men is the most challenging thing.

    Q: What does women’s empowerment mean to you?
    A: “There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.” —Michelle Obama. That is exactly what I think women empowerment is. Creating an environment for women to just be. To be complicated. To be delicate. To be a lioness. To accomplish.

    Q: If you could change one thing in the world today, what would that be?
    A: Women are really hard on one another and themselves. We have it hard as it is. We don’t need to make things tougher! That’s one thing I wish would change.

  3. Arushi Deeya Jhawar, Chef Instructor

    Q: As a woman in your field, what is the greatest challenge you face?
    A: Although I’m fortunate to get an opportunity to constantly grow and develop my skills each day, other women like me are not given enough recognition for their ability to handle pressure and excel in a male dominated industry.

    Q: What does women’s empowerment mean to you?
    A: Women’s empowerment doesn’t start with the society. It starts with us, the women. When we believe in ourselves, only then would the world too. “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” – Ayn Rand

    Q: If you could change one thing in the world today, what would that be?
    A: Women take a back seat very easily and don’t always stand up for themselves or other women. It would be wonderful to have an environment where we could back each other and move ahead together. A change like this would truly empower women.

  4. Prathana Narang, Assistant Chef Instructor
    Q: As a woman in your field, what is the greatest challenge you face?
    A: The greatest challenge that I face in this industry is that people are very judgmental towards our capabilities and do not believe that women can excel in commercial kitchens.

    Q: What does women’s empowerment mean to you?
    A: To me women’s empowerment means acceptance of equality not just between genders but equality of thought, opportunities, and effort which lead to a woman’s success.

    Q: If you could change one thing in the world today, what would that be?
    A: A large number of people around the world believe that a woman’s role is only to raise a family but the change that I would want this outlook to change because every woman can be a bread winner of the family and can lead the family.

  5. Mann Jain, Kitchen Assistant Executive
    Q: As a woman in your field, what is the greatest challenge you face?
    A: The greatest challenge I’d say would be the physical one. It gets physically stressful sometimes, the long hours and continuous standing.  It’s a difficult field to be in, but the work makes you feel excited.

    Q: What does women’s empowerment mean to you?
    A: Women empowerment to me means lifting up other women as well as myself to excel. To not put them down and give them a chance. Because let’s be honest, women are no less than men. I believe in trusting women with responsibilities because that’s when they shine.

    Q: If you could change one thing in the world today, what would that be?
    A: I’d really like to change the president of America. He’s evil. More power to Hillary!

  6. Shubha Kamath, Accounts & HR
    Q: As a woman in your field, what is the greatest challenge you face?
    A: Being a woman manager is a great challenge. People have the perception that women cannot make good managers or hold high posts. But a role like mine calls for me to deal with a cross-section of people, from vendors and colleagues.

    Q: What does women’s empowerment mean to you?
    A: There is nothing women cannot achieve. They just need to be given the opportunity. The mindset of society must change. For me women’s empowerment is about women being socially and economically independent. It also calls for education of the girl child and decreasing the wage gap for women.

    Q: If you could change one thing in the world today, what would that be?
    A: Here in India, after marriage people think whatever a woman earns should go to  her in-laws and her husband. I think it’s her choice just like the man gets to make his choice about how he spends his money. There is more than one thing I’d like to change. Safety for girls is very important. In the Indian culture, they say we need to respect our sisters and mothers. But what we should say is respect all women. Respect every human being. I get really angry when our so called leaders/ politicians talk about our women leaders and make sexist remarks. No woman anywhere needs to tolerate this!

  7. Nanda Gowda, Student Coordinator
    Q: As a woman in your field, what is the greatest challenge you face?
    A: Every student is different from the other. Each person’s temperament is different and it could get a little difficult handling so many students who are so unlike each other.

    Q: What does women’s empowerment mean to you?
    A: Women’s empowerment to me means a society in which women can make their own decisions without fear.

    Q: If you could change one thing in the world today, what would that be?
    A: I’d like for more and more women to be encouraged to think for themselves, to pursue things that make them happy, and to make their own decisions.

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