Past Event


August 15, 2017

Forum Koramangala Mall- Bangalore’s 1st Mall has celebrated the 71st Independence Day with a highly inspiring initiative: #FreedomForHer. This campaign had 3 major elements – ‘Talks, Workshops and Art Exhibitions’ and was supported by lot of initiatives which inspired all young girls to live life to the fullest being strong and confident to face all the ups and downs.


  1. Wings of Freedom: This encouraged Mall guests to Step Up to take Wings and get their pictures clicked.
  2. Shahrukh Poem: “Tell the world, I’m beautiful, because I fight like a girl”
  3. Poem by Team Forum Koramangala: Mother’s inspiring words for daughter- “Have no regrets, be all that you want to be, in you my daughter, I see a new me”.
  4. 71 Set up: As India celebrates her 71 st year of freedom, we honoured it with the stories of 30 trailblazers. 30 women who broke the barriers, challenged their limitations and showed us that women can claim their freedom. Women can experience independence.

Panel Discussions:

Panel discussion of Influencer Women from different sectors of society who spoke about the status of freedom for Women in today’s world and motivated the masses for Women Empowerment.

Aparna Athreya
Aparna Athreya

Founder Director – Story Triangle & Kid and Parent Foundation

She is a storyteller, educator, story coach and change maker. She has presented at conferences across the country about business, education and storytelling. She was featured as a forerunner in woman entrepreneurship in The Hindu Metroplus on women’s day 2016. Her motto to all is to “Never let the child in you grow up”

Yasmeen Iqbal
Yasmeen Iqbal

Yasmeen Iqbal is a Multi-passionate Social Entrepreneur and a Catalyst for Change working towards a more equitable and empowered society. In 2001, together with a friend, she started Ahaan Foundation, a non-profit organization that works at empowering women, children and youth through qualitative educational and livelihood initiatives. Over the years, more than 500 socio-economically disadvantaged children have benefitted from Ahaan Foundation’s educational sponsorship programs and many are currently pursuing higher education and graduate programs in some of the best institutions in and around Bangalore.

Prarthana Prateek Kaul
Prarthana Prateek Kaul

Mrs. Prarthana Prateek Kaul is a cause marketeer, motivational trainer, consultant and

co-founder of GiftAbled. Established in 2013, GiftAbled is a Social Enterprise which strives to create an ecosystem of like-minded individuals to collectively build an inclusive society. Prarthana is also a Lead Resource and conducts workshops across India in the areas of disability sensitization, sign language, braille, volunteer management and employee Volunteering and engagement. She brings with her a decade-long experience in development sector.

Chinu Kala
Chinu Kala

Chinu Kala is a former Mrs. India finalist, entrepreneur, socialist and the person behind the fashion label, Rubans. In 2016, she was awarded the title of Debutante Retailer of the Year at the Star Retailer Awards.

Her company Fonte Corporate partners with some of the largest corporate names, providing corporate gifting solutions. Her fashion brand Rubans has retail stores across the country and is one of the fastest growing fashion brands in the country.

Archana Krishnamurthy
Archana Krishnamurthy

Founder of Conscious Living Center (CLC)

A registered trademark used for activities conducted by her organisation Mindful Living (OPC) Private Limited. She is a Franklin Covey Certified Executive Coach, Motivational Speaker and a Senior Associate of Prime Meridian Consulting Private Limited which is a Leadership Development and Corporate L&D Consulting Organisation working with Fortune 500 companies in India and overseas. Archana has over 25 years of professional experience during which she has held senior leadership positions in corporate houses, chambers of commerce and industry, educational institutions and NGO’s.

Geeta Menon
Geeta Menon

Geeta Menon holds Masters in Social Work (specialization in family and child welfare) and Short term courses on legal rights from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. As Stree Jagruti Samiti, we have worked over 30 years now in urban slums,, adolescent girls and child labour issues, organizing workshops/trainings on issues of women domestic workers’ life, skills for adolescent girls, programs on health, law and women in society, domestic violence, movement against trafficking and rape, sexual assault. She has conducted many sessions on Gender as well as on issues of sexual harassment, sexual abuse cases too.

Her organisation, Mitr Sanketa has just set up a transit shelter for women needing refuge from domestic or other forms of violence and the domestic workers rescued from trafficking.. She is a mentor to many students of social work.

Self Defense Workshops:

Women learned the art of Self-Defense and helped themselves in gaining confidence.

Supporting Messages for Indian Sports Women:

Everyone shared their messages of encouragement & support towards Women in sports. #WeSupportWomenInSports #KheloIndia

Messages for Bangalore Police:

Everyone shared their messages for Bangalore Police through the message board, ballot boxes (anonymous) and video bites. The compiled video clips and the messages will be handed over to the Bangalore Police #Realitycheck

Motivational Speeches:

Speeches by two very eminent personalities helped spread the motivational vibe and encouraged the society to support the noble initiative #FreedomForHer.

Poornima Kotak
Poornima Kotak

Poornima Kotak is India’s Leading Personal Branding Coach, who specializes in Personal Branding and Transformation for Individuals, for whom their personal & business success is important. It is her mission to help people and organizations strengthen their Personal Branding & leverage it to become successful.

She quit her corporate career to follow her mission of helping people move from good to great through Strengthening & Leveraging their Personal Branding.

Alok Kumar Keshri
Alok Kumar Keshri

Alok Keshri is highly experienced with an overall 10 + Years of Experience in Motivational Speaking Engagement and Soft skills Training. His training methods are unique & exciting to participants leaving a massive impact in the minds of the audience. The training ‘bug’ caught him early in his career as a Software Engineer when he realized true satisfaction came from helping others achieve success. He has since then trained corporate professionals, School & College students, staff & managers at various levels. His skills as a trainer resulted in him being sought to complete training assignments in India & abroad.

#FreedomForHer Motivational Speaker: Poornima Kotak

#FreedomForHer Motivational Speaker: Anoop Keshari

#FreedomForHer - Panel Discussion 1

#FreedomForHer - Panel Discussion 2