What if your dreams are way bigger than your reality? Who would you ask for help? How would you find the courage and confidence to take action?
Anu Bhardwaj, serial entrepreneur and investor, shares her journey of struggling financially, being nobody and knowing no one, to building a global movement championing economic empowerment for women worldwide.
Anu is the founder of Women INVESTING in Women DIGITAL, the world’s largest digital media platform focused on Women & Investing with over 1,000,000+ followers across 120 countries. She is also founder of the State of Women Radio Network that shares stories of role models, thought leaders and changemakers with a mission to make an impact on the state of women everywhere. In this episode, Anu takes us through her journey and how she discovered her why and defined her path. She is candid about the obstacles she faced, why she is unapologetically authentic, and how her tenacity and optimism have helped her overcome barriers. She lives her life outside the box and in pursuit of a really big mission. She shares why it’s so important for women to have equal opportunity and access to education, and positions of power and influence.
[02:22] Anu’s background
[04:31] Story of Women Investing in Women Digital
[06:11] Women Investing in Women Digital Mission
[09:56] Focus on “can do” versus “can’t do”
[13:32] Creating impact in the world
[14:56] Understanding gender equality and parity around the globe
[18:10] Millennials and Gen Z – what business leaders need to know
[20:54] Making it all happen
[29:51] Gaining access and earning trust
[34:24] Building relationships
[39:52] The future for women of color
[43:58] Embracing success in the digital age
[45:05] What is your Why
“If you’re going to get something done, you need confidence.” – Anu Bhardwaj
“I think it’s very important for you to have role models and leaders within your organization that really speak to millennials and Gen Z.” – Anu Bhardwaj
“It’s not what don’t I have, it’s what do I have that you have to really focus on and, and just run with it.” – Anu Bhardwaj
“There’s this common sisterhood where we can support one another and invest in one another.” – Anu Bhardwaj
“My Why is ultimately paving the way for girls who did not have the opportunity and I think it’s our duty and our obligation to help.” – Anu Bhardwaj
Anu is the founder of SHEQ+, Krypto 4 Kids, Qrpto Queens, & Women INVESTING in Women DIGITAL, the world’s largest digital media platform focused on Women & Investing.
Launching in December2014, WIIW Digital includes over 1,000,000+ followers across 120 countries; the “Women INVESTING in Women and Girls” Radio show on Voice America Kids now featured on the State of Women Radio Network, and the WIIW Global Summit & Women in Private Equity Roundtable Series, which took place in New York City, Stockholm, Johannesburg, San Diego, Scottsdale, Muscat, Singapore, Phoenix, Vienna, & Ankara.
Prior to founding WIIW DIGITAL, Bhardwaj spearheaded the 2010-2013 U.S. Department of Commerce Private Equity/Venture Capital Certified Trade Missions to the Nordics and Middle East, representing over $175 billion USD private-equity and venture-capital interests in collaboration with the International Trade Administration, the U.S. Embassies in Sweden, Denmark.