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US: Two Indians find place in 'Forty Women to Watch over 40' list

india Updated: Jun 25, 2013 16:35 IST
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Two Indian origin women have been named in the list of 'Forty Women to Watch over 40' list that recognises women who made it clear that global citizenship and entrepreneurial innovation is not limited to the young.

Jalak Jobanputra and Shelly Kapoor Collins were the two Indian origin women on the list that commemorates the women, who are leaning in after the age of 40 and also creating momentum.

Jalak Jobanputra is the founding partner of FuturePerfect Ventures -- an early stage venture capital fund based in NYC with a global focus.

While, Shelly Kapoor Collins is the Founder and CEO of Rootsquare, a social media based fund-raising and mobilization platform for nonprofits and political campaigns.

'Forty Women to Watch over 40' was created by Christina Vuleta and Whitney Johnson to bring awareness to the reality that in
novation gets even better with age.

The list celebrates women who are upending the perception that 40 is past your prime. "They are reinventing, leaning in, and creating momentum that will be felt by those beyond their community and field," it said.

The winners were selected from over 1,000 nominees around the world, spanning a variety of sectors from arts and sciences to politics and entertainment and include social entrepreneurs and corporate change-makers as well.

"I believe it is critically important to give younger women new role models," says Christina Vuleta, founder of 40:20 Vision, a cross-generational mentoring resource.

"Research shows that women today don't look ahead to older women for inspiration. But I see from my work that it is more a lack of visibility. Older women are out there quietly changing the world, but they are not the usual suspects for media selection and corporations do too little to celebrate them," she added.

Others in the list include, Rachel Armstrong: Co-Director AVATAR group, Linda Avey: Co-founder, 23andMe and Curious; Dondeena Bradley: VP Global Design & Development, Nutrition, PepsiCo; Victoria Carter: Company Director, Co-founder Cityhop; Carine Clark CEO at Allegiance among others.