Miniya Chatterji, 38Founder and CEO, Sustain Labs Paris, Online sustainability incubator platform, DelhiOn leading in a maledominated industryPictures courtesy: Mandar Deodhar1) You don’t have to wear the pants: Don’t change yourself to be ‘like the boys’ and to be invited to the informal masculine activities the men bond over. You,Miniya Chatterji, 38Founder and CEO, Sustain Labs Paris, Online sustainability incubator platform, DelhiOn leading in a maledominated industryPictures courtesy: Mandar Deodhar1) You don’t have to wear the pants: Don’t change yourself to be ‘like the boys’ and to be invited to the informal masculine activities the men bond over. You don’t have to emulate them to be accepted as one of them. Your strength lies in your womanhood and your unique perspective, preserve that.2) Speak up, backed by facts: Do voice out what you have in mind but always to the right person. Build total control over what you say.3) Don’t be anti-men: You might have to face hardships in getting the work done, but don’t unreasonably blame that on gender differences such that you hold grudges against men. You can get your way, without male bashing.4) Mind the egos: Patriarchal societal structures across all economic classes guarantee a high probability of large male egos. This will take some time to change. At the workplace, be mindful of tiptoeing around inflated male egos.Adwaita Nayar, 27Head (Retail), Nykaa, E-commerce beauty website, MumbaiOn taking start-ups to next levelPictures courtesy: Mandar Deodhar1) Hire the best talent: People who bring unique skill sets and entrepreneurial drive can propel the start-up forward.2) Believe in yourself: The initial years are uphill as you try to provide product-market fit, build teams and find funding. There will be days firefighting customer service complaints, staying up all night, and dealing with key team member exits. Have patience during all this.advertisement3) Work with small teams, and limited budgets: A small team moves fast, people have a sense of ownership, and everyone knows technicalities of difficult assignments. Limited budgets force you to understand a function to see where you can be more efficient.Aarifa Bhinderwala, 28Founder and Chief pole artist, Pole Brunt, Dance and fitness studio, MumbaiOn pole dance being a form of art, athletic in naturePictures courtesy: Danesh Jassawala/ Location courtesy: The Space, Juhu, Mumbai1) A media of many configurations: It seamlessly blends the disciplines of art and sport making it one of the most versatile forms of performing arts. It appeals to both a dancer and an athlete and the amalgamation of the two opens up a new world.2) Works on mind body connect: It works every muscle in the body and mind, creating a harmonious and stimulating union of the two. It gradually helps build strength, endurance, flexibility, stamina, control, co-ordination and balance. It helps face and overcome fear as the body performs increasingly challenging tricks and results in an elevated sense of selfesteem and confidence.3) Inculcates never-say-die spirit in the practitioner: The excitement of learning a new pole move and performing it effortlessly is a high, never felt before.4) Life lessons in movement: Using the body in conjunction with the apparatus builds opportunities for unlearning (negative limiting responses) and learning (a positive outlook towards challenges). It makes one realise that we are way stronger than we think we are. There are no pre-requisites to learning pole dance in terms of age, fitness levels or body type.